How many different interchangeable lenses do you have?

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fferreres Veteran Member • Posts: 6,894
Re: Birds Eye lenses

Bosun Higgs wrote:

Back in the late 90's when Prof. Helmut Dersch released his Panorama Tools there was an explosion of people creating full spherical VR panoramas for the first time. Reflector attachments such as the Bird's Eye were used by some, but for most real world sphericals, stitching from rotated full circle fisheye lens frames was prefered because of quality and resolution.

I was one of them. We used that features extensively and had a web plugin to show car interiors. I owned a start up company, we had at the time the best catalog with over 200 vehicles in Argentina. Then an huge economic crisis completely collapsed car sales (financial crisis mean suddenly there was NO credit whasoever to buy cars for anyone, so market went from 600,000 cars sold per year to 40,000 per year).

But there was one group of people who really embraced the "Bird's Eye" reflector method - those wanting to create macro spherical panoramas. If I recall correctly, the highly polished balls from pinball machines were found to be the most versatile reflectors for this application.

I did not know about this method. Only the one where you take two pics using a regular fisheye. We used a Coolpix camera which was quite nice at the time (this was 1999 or 2000).

I saw one macro panorama created using this method that was taken with the ball inside a running shoe, giving a 360 degree ant's-eye view of the whole interior, very surreal at the time.

I remember the excitement of making nodal point rotation mounts from scratch to be able to take sphericals back then (on film). Now, you can buy ready made kits complete with lens, and nearly every real estate website has 360 VRs.

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