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Re: [OM] Moosie goes EEEE (and a confession)

Subject: Re: [OM] Moosie goes EEEE (and a confession)
From: Bill Pearce <billpearce@xxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sat, 3 Mar 2018 01:28:10 -0500 (EST)
I too have the 7-14 Panny. It is a real pleasure to use, and is the equal of 
the 17-35/2.8 I used so so much on my Nikon. 

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From: "Moose" <olymoose@xxxxxxxxx> 
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Sent: Saturday, March 3, 2018 12:09:57 AM 
Subject: [OM] Moosie goes EEEE (and a confession) 

A couple of months ago, I posted "Another short tour", a link to a small 
gallery, which several people seemed to like. 

What I didn't point out is that 11 of the 20 images were taken with a Panny 
7-14/4. 

For Bhutan, I bought a Laowa 7.5/2.0. I anticipated the need for close quarters 
UWA with speed. I did indeed encounter 
close quarters where it allowed me to get shot I wouldn't have with even the 
9-18, and I'm glad I had it along. But I 
didn't encounter much in the way of a need for f2. Only a coupe of shots that 
dim AND flat enough for the DoF. The 
really great shots with it were of deeply 3D subjects. 

OTOH, I learned some of my limits. Working around the house, in the garden, 
etc., with tripod and MF lenses, I'm pretty 
good at recording lens data. In the field, surrounded by seemingly endless 
photo ops, I am simply bad at it. Worse, in 
the heat of using two or three cameras at a time, with multiple subjects, and 
so on, I don't always remember to focus an 
MF lens. Bad Moosie! 

The folks with DoF calculators will tell you that @ 7.5 mm and f4 or f5.6, you 
can set it at hyperfocal distance and all 
will be in focus. I suppose that's true, if you are displaying uncropped at 
8x10" display size. But it isn't true 
looking closer. 

Sooo, I decided that a 7-14 that would take care of focus and EXIF for me was 
in order. And I didn't see the need for a 
stop of speed in exchange for the size/weight/$$ of the Oly 7-14/2.8 Pro. So 
far, I'm pretty happy with the Panny 7-14/4. 

But MikeL showed a nice panorama shot with a fishy lens. Kept the horizon level 
and did some incomplete correction of 
the distortion and it looks good! And Wiiiiiide! 

So I did some research, and ended up with a new to me Panny 8/4 diagonal fishy 
lens. Again, I just didn't need the 
speed, size, weight and $$ of the Oly f2.8 Pro. 

It's a reasonably nice looking thingie, less retro cute than the Laowa, the 
same weight, a little shorter and fatter. 
<http://zone-10.com/tope2/main.php?g2_itemId=22599> 

After a lot of futzing around with fishy images and software, I found a product 
called Fisheye-Hemi, by Imadio, did a 
better job than anything I could get close to. 

Here's a resulting, roughly 150°, panorama of sunset over Mendocino Bay. 
<https://photos.app.goo.gl/qVmVBqmhFxn5s1Zh1> 
I did take some shots with the 7-14, too, and could do a stitched pano, but the 
clouds were moving and light changing 
pretty fast, so it would take some work. For web and reasonable size print 
work, I'm pretty impressed. 

Another example: This is a really lovely spot in the Blake House Garden near 
us, with a bench where we often sit for a 
while. Even 7 mm doesn't capture the place/view, as it's quite an intimate spot 
(i.e. small). 
<http://zone-10.com/tope2/main.php?g2_itemId=22729> 

If the subject had any straight lines, they would be distorted. As it is, it's 
by far the closest to how the place 
looks/feels that I've managed. The uncorrected fishy file looks pretty goofy, 
but Fisheye-Hemi has done a good job. 

No Bunions Moose 

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