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What type of lens results in this type of shot? (1 image)
I am interested in taking some bands photos when I get my new camera and like the style of shot attached..

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What kind of lens do I need to acheive this unusual form?..

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Looks like a fisheye lens was used on that shot..

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Comment #1

Hard to say, as it appears to be cropped top and bottom. I don't think fisheye, more like a 10-20/10-22 sort of shot..

The distortion that is common in a very wide angle lens is magnified if the lens is used at an angle, such as pointing down from the bleachers like this..

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Comment #2

Caoedhen wrote:.

Hard to say, as it appears to be cropped top and bottom. I don'tthink fisheye, more like a 10-20/10-22 sort of shot..

The distortion that is common in a very wide angle lens is magnifiedif the lens is used at an angle, such as pointing down from thebleachers like this..

I agree that it's not quite a fisheye. You can see there are quite a few rows of bleachers below the shooter's postion. I'm thinking a true fisheye could get the whole field in from only a few rows up. Like you say, it's the increase in distortion caused by not using the wide angle at a level position that makes it look like a fisheye shot...

Comment #3

Caoedhen wrote:.

Hard to say, as it appears to be cropped top and bottom. I don'tthink fisheye, more like a 10-20/10-22 sort of shot..

The distortion that is common in a very wide angle lens is magnifiedif the lens is used at an angle, such as pointing down from thebleachers like this..

No, that's definitely not right. A 10-22 or similar wouldn't produce those curves, all the straight lines would remain straight..

It's the bottom half of a fisheye shot. Notice that the one place where the lines are straight, indicating the middle of the uncropped fisheye frame, is the top of the image as presented..

It could be taken with a fisheye lens, or it could be created with pano software...

Comment #4

I would refer to that lens as a quasi-fisheye. I would say it is about an 11mm..

I don't usually shoot that wide as my widest lens is a 16. You can see some of my work at http://www.brucekersten.comI hope this helps...

Comment #5

While it could conceivably be a partial fisheye frame, I think the consistently vertical verticals from edge to edge give it away as a panorama. It is, at any rate, precisely the output I'd expect from a pano..

Dave.

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Comment #6

It's a cylindrical panorama: http://wiki.panotools.org/Cylindrical_Projection.

You don't need any special lens to create such a picture, just take multiple shots with a regular lens and stitch them together with suitable software: http://wiki.panotools.org/Getting_started..

Comment #7

Markkuk wrote:.

It's a cylindrical panorama:http://wiki.panotools.org/Cylindrical_ProjectionYou don't need any special lens to create such a picture, just takemultiple shots with a regular lens and stitch them together withsuitable software:.

Yes.....

Perfectly possible to do with stitched multiple exposures, IF you manage to get all those people to hold still whilst you take the multiple pictures......

Hmmm.... perhaps a one-click solution is the more likely one in this case. [??]Regards,Baz..

Comment #8

Dsjtecserv wrote:.

While it could conceivably be a partial fisheye frame, I think theconsistently vertical verticals from edge to edge give it away as apanorama. It is, at any rate, precisely the output I'd expect from apano..

Well, I said in my earlier post that it could be either, but looking at it again it has to be a well-executed pano for the reason you state...

Comment #9

With fisheye lenses there is no attempt made to minimize distortion. You can get zoom lenses with the same field of view as some fisheyes that are designed to minimize distortion. Whatever type you use, you'll surely want less than 10mm focal length to get single shots like that...

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