Making Panoramas With Fisheye Lenses

One of my favorite lenses for shooting images for panoramas is the 7 Artisans 7.5mm Fisheye lens for m43 cameras. It is supposed to have a 190 degree Field of View on a m43 camera but I believe it is a little less than that. But for shooting panoramas it really does not matter and is wide enough for my needs. But using a Fisheye lens for multi-image panoramas you have to de-fish the fisheye lens images before you blend the images for the final panorama. I do this in Photoshop using the Adaptive Wide Angle (Filter > Adaptive>Wide Angle.) All Images here were taken at the Brigantine Division of the Edwin B. Forsythe NWR in Oceanville NJ.

Image Taken with 7.5mm Fisheye Lens on an Olympus OMD-1D showing the “Fisheye” bowing look on horizon before Correcting Distortion with the Adaptive Wide Angle Filter
Screen Grab Showing Adaptive Wide Angle Filter Correction on Horizon line.

It might take a few tries before you get the “Feel” for using the Adaptive Wide Angle Filter for correcting the distortion in Fisheye lenses. Also it is pretty much setup for Full Frame Cameras so on m43 cameras (or any other format besides Full Frame you have to experiment on entering Focal length, etc. You would think Adobe would have a setting for Camera Format.

Screen Grab Showing my settings for Correcting Fisheye Look for my 7.5mm FE lens
One of the Fisheye Images Corrected for the series of images for my final Featured Image Panorama

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