Angle Nikon Lenses for 35mm Format can now be utilized to create
Virtual Reality panorama photographs.
I began to photograph Maya architecture full time, a 28mm lens became
my standard lens. A 35mm lens or even was not wide enough to record
Maya temples and palaces. I experimented with perspective correcting
lenses; perspective correcting lenses are definitely better than
straight lenses. They helped, but inside small chambers in the ancient
temples I needed a wider angle coverage.
architect Hasso Hohmann of Graz, Austria told me about the 15mm
lens of Nikon. He said it did not distort the images. At that time
I had only Leica cameras. The price of a Leica 15mm lens was more
than the price of an entire new Nikon F3 camera plus the 15mm lens.
So I asked several benefactors of the FLAAR
archaeology research program for help, and they chipped in to enable
us to obtain this ultra-wide angle Nikon system.
was the most useful lens I ever got for a 35mm camera system. I
have been able to record views inside Maya buildings that no other
archaeologist had the capability to capture. On several occasions
I have loaned this 15mm lens to other photographers that I ran into
out in the field. FLAAR has also used this wonderful lens to take
pictures for several archaeological projects that we have visited.
do not know why I went through so many years and never heard about
the properties of this 15mm lens. As long as you hold it at an appropriate
angle there is minimal distortion, and no noticeable circular distortion.
This is a wonder lens.The angle of view is 110 degrees.
you want 118 degrees of coverage, try the 13mm f5.6 Nikkor AIS lens.
More fascinating than the wide coverage is the fact that you can
focus to 12 inches. Just as soon as we can get this 13mm lens to
test we will reveal results on these FLAAR Web pages.
recent years Nikon has added a 14mm version, the AF Nikkor 14mm
architectural historian should have at least one of these three
lenses, every archaeologist needs one. Obviously if there are strong
lights, or the sun, overhead, a wide angle lens will produce flare.
But I have gotten more than enough great shots with the 15mm Nikkor
f/3.5 lens over the years.
do not know wich, if any, of these lenses will fit onto the Nikon
D100 or D70. If they do, they are well worthwhile. Lack of auto-focus
is not an issue since with wide angle lenses almost everything is
in focus anyway.