The Best Of The Murphy Law's Worst of 2006
Downtown San Jose, California, USA
Dec 24, 2006 12:23AM PST
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© 2006 Val T. Hoang, All Rights Reserved.
EquipmentCanon EOS 5D, saw off Nikkor 10.5mm mounted on Roundshot VR-Drive head and combo Manfrotto tripod/center column 458B/556B.
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Behind the scene : how this panorama was madeThe integrated plastic hood of Nikkor 10.5mm was partially sawed off in order to get the full frame pictures with Canon 5D when I received the Nikon lens to Canon body adapter in the morning.
While I tried to adjust the aperture to f/8 or 9 by inserting a little plastic tab used for f-stop adjustments, it was dropped inside the lens that caused the focusing ring to jam and stopped at distance indicator on digit '0' of '0.3'. It could not be rotated further to either 0.5 or ∞ (infinity). I had no other choice but to panograph with the focusing setting as is for now.
Thirty minutes were spent manually adjusting and testing the lens. The VR panorama was taken with guessing f/8 and stuck focus point at 0.3 with 4 shots to cover all scene including zenith and nadir.
During this time, I attracted the attention of a roaming security guard. It was late, and he was suspicious of what I was doing behind the tall structure. I hid the camera behind the 23-feet sculpture from the bright spotlight. He became friendly after I explained what I was doing and even bragged that his girlfriend was a hobbyist of photography. I gain one or two more viewers for WWW Panorama.
By the way, prior this incident, the process of sawing off the Nikkor lens 10.5mm was made easier for me with the tips from the following tutorials:
- Sawing off the sun-shield (Nikkor 10.5 mm f/2.8 fisheye: Get back the hidden complete Angle of View) by Micheal Thoby of michel.thoby.free.fr
- Fitting a Nikkor 10.5mm Fisheye to a Canon EOS mount DSLR/SLR by Smooth of smooth360.com
- Quicktime VR (360°/180°) with 3 shots with a Nikon 10.5mm on a Canon 5D by Eric Rougier of fromparis.com
Many thanks to Michel Thoby, Smooth and Eric Rougier.