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A note about Aperture, Depth of Field, and Field of View
Aperture- a mechanism behind the camera lens similar to the iris of your eye,
opening and closing to adjust the amount of light entering the camera. The aperture
opening also determines the Depth of Field of the image.
Depth of Field- describes the objects in the image which are in focus, in terms of
their distance from the camera. For example, a camera focused at 30m, with a Depth
of Field of 8m, will have objects from 26-34m from the camera in focus. Objects
closer than 26m or further than 34m will start to become blurry.
Field of View- the vertical Field of View (vFOV) of the 0-360 attachment. The 0-360
has a vFOV of 115 degrees, meaning it will “see” from 52.5º above the horizon to 62.5º
below the horizon.
A smaller Aperture opening (higher F-Stop number) allows less light to enter the
camera, but yields a higher Depth of Field. With a high F-Stop, the shutter speed
needs to be slowed down to allow more light (else a dark photo), but will have more
Depth of Field in focus.
A larger Aperture opening (lower F-Stop number) allows more light to enter the
camera, but a lower Depth of Field. This means the shutter speed can be faster, but
fewer objects will be in focus. (With slower shutter speeds, moving objects may
The 0-360 is designed to operate with a camera F-Stop of F8.0 or higher. This
provides a high enough Depth of Field to allow the entire mirror to be in focus. With
lower F-stops, the shutter speed can be increased, but the upper or lower portions
(or both) of the mirror may not be entirely in focus. This means the image far above
or far below the horizon may not be sharply focused. This may not be a problem, as
many times the sky or the ground may not need to be sharply focused.
With the Canon SX10 IS, you should be able to get a vFOV of over 110 degrees, with
good focus across the entire image.
For best results, shoot a well-lit scene! With high F-Stops, you need good lighting, or
longer exposure times.
0-360 Panoramic Optic Setup for Canon SX10 IS
Attach collar adapte to camera, tighten ring, then attach Optic to adapter.
2) Mount Camera to tripod, securely, with lens pointing vertically.
3) Adjust tripod until Optic is vertical (refer to bubble level on top of unit).
4) Set Mode Dial (top) to 'Av' and turn Power on.
5) Rotate back controller wheel to set Aperture to F8.0
6) Press "FUNC" button and set:
(Press FUNC again to exit)
Image size 'L' (Large - maximum image dimensions)
Quality 'S' (Superfine)
7) Press "MENU" button and set:
(Press MENU again to exit)
AF-point zoom Off
AF mode Single
8) Adjust Zoom so that 'donut' is as large as possible, without running off frame, as shown:
9) Press Flash button on top to turn Flash 'Off'
10) Press 4-way controller down to the right and set ISO to 100
11) Press 4-way controller down to enable 10 second timer
12) Press 4-way controller left to enable Macro Focus
13) Press AF Frame Selector (back, top-right), then use 4-way controller
to set focus position to the horizon in the image, as shown:
14) Press the shutter release halfway to set the focus (a green box
should appear), then press fully to shoot. You have 10 seconds to hide!
15) Press "Menu" button Save Settings OK
(Now, you have stored all the settings in 'C'. While it is always a good idea to check the image preview
on the LCD screen before you shoot, you should never have to adjust the settings again! To shoot
virtual tours, set the Mode Dial to 'C', and take the shot. Very convenient!)
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