Panorama - what's the right way to do it?

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Panorama - what's the right way to do it?
Jun 7, 2012

I'm a D7k user and I have following lenses: Nikkor 35mm f/1.8, Tokina 12-24 and Nikkor 70-300 VR II.

What I want to learn is how to make a good pano shot. I need to know everything, from the lens choice to camera settings and stitching software.

I've tried making some panoramas before. On the UWA, my preferred software (Microsoft ICE) cannot stitch pics with close objects in them - they just don't match.

Also, if I shoot at 24mm, the distant objects look much smaller then they are IRL.

I guess 35mm is alright, although I need to make many more shots than when using UWA. Also, 35mm's DOF is obviously smaller, so I have to do something with my aperture.

Then, I think, 70-300 is not very great for panoramas, but I like the ability of telefocus lenses to compress the depth, maybe I will be able to use it somehow.

Anyway, I would like to hear your advice (especially if you are a long-time pano shooter). Free software is preferred

PS: can I stitch fisheye shots into normal-looking pano?
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