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Canon lenses commonly used for panoramic photography.

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Canon EF 8-15mm f/4 L USM fisheye zoom

Canon 8-15mm fisheye zoomThis is the first Canon fisheye zoom lens.

Field of view (FOV):

  • Full-frame @ 8mm, HFOV = VFOV = DFOV: 180° - circular image

Number of pictures required for a 360° panorama:

  • Minimum (full-frame): N, 3 images every 120° at 0° pitch (+10° recommended)
  • Minimum (1.3x,1.6x): N, 3 images every 120° using Agnos MrotatorC
  • Standard (1.3x,1.6x): N, 4 images every 90° at +10° pitch, no zenith image required
  • Recommended (1.6x): N, 5 images every 72° at +10° pitch, no zenith image required

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Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5

Canon EF-S 10-22mmField of view (FOV) - horizontal, vertical, diagonal:

  • 1.6x = 16-35mm, HFOV: 97° - 54° | VFOV: 74° - 38° | DFOV: 107° - 63°
  • EF-S lens - not compatible with full-frame Canon cameras

Number of pictures required for a 360° panorama:

  • Minimum: N, 6 images every 60° at -30° pitch, 6 images every 60° at +30°, Z
  • Recommended: N, 4 images every 90° at -60° pitch, 8 images every 45° at 0° pitch, 4 images every 90° at +60° pitch, no zenith image required
  • Alternative: N, 8 images every 45° at -30° pitch, 8 images every 45° at +30° pitch, Z

Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L

Canon EF 14mmField of view (FOV) - horizontal, vertical, diagonal:

  • Full-frame = 14mm, HFOV: 104° | VFOV: 81° | DFOV: 114°
  • 1.3x = 18mm, HFOV: 89° | VFOV: 67° | DFOV: 100°
  • 1.6x = 22mm, HFOV: 78° | VFOV: 56° | DFOV: 88°

Number of pictures required for a 360° panorama:

  • Minimum (full-frame): N, 6 images every 60° at -30° pitch, 6 images every 60° at +30° pitch, Z
  • Minimum (1.3x): N, 8 images every 45° at -30° pitch, 8 images every 45° at +30° pitch, Z
  • Minimum (1.6x): N, 8 images every 45° at -60° pitch, 8 images every 45° at 0° pitch, 8 images every 45° at +60° pitch, Z

Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye

Canon EF 15mm FisheyeField of view (FOV) - horizontal, vertical, diagonal:

  • Full-frame = 15mm, HFOV: 141° | VFOV: 91° | DFOV: 180°
  • 1.3x = 20mm, HFOV: 109° | VFOV: 70° | DFOV: 138°
  • 1.6x = 24mm, HFOV: 88° | VFOV: 58° | DFOV: 107°

Number of pictures required for a 360° panorama:

  • Minimum (full-frame): N, 5 images every 72° at 0° pitch, Z
  • Recommended (full-frame): N, 6 images every 60° at 0° pitch, Z
  • Minimum (1.3x): N, 6 images every 60° at -30° pitch, 6 images every 60° at +30° pitch, Z
  • Minimum (1.6x): N, 8 images every 45° at -30° pitch, 8 images every 45° at +30° pitch, Z

Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L

Canon EF 16-35mmField of view (FOV) - horizontal, vertical, diagonal:

  • Full-frame=16-35mm, HFOV: 97° - 54° | VFOV: 74° - 38° | DFOV: 107° - 63°
  • 1.3x=21-46mm, HFOV: 82° - 43° | VFOV: 60° - 30° | DFOV: 92° - 51°
  • 1.6x=26-56mm, HFOV: 70° - 36° | VFOV: 50° - 24° | DFOV: 80° - 42°

Number of pictures required for a 360° panorama:

  • Minimum (full-frame): N, 6 images every 60° at -30° pitch, 6 images every 60° at +30°, Z
  • Minimum (1.3x): N, 8 images every 45° at -60° pitch, 8 images every 45° at 0° pitch, 8 images every 45° at +60° pitch, Z
  • Minimum (1.6x): N, 9 images every 40° at -50° pitch, 9 images every 40° at 0° pitch, 9 images every 40° at +50° pitch, Z
  • On a full-frame body, this lens is the exact equivalent of the 10-22mm EF-S lens.

Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L

Canon EF 17-40mmField of view (FOV) - horizontal, vertical, diagonal:

  • Full-frame=17-40mm, HFOV: 93° - 48° | VFOV: 70° - 33° | DFOV: 104° - 57°
  • 1.3x=22-52mm, HFOV: 78° - 38° | VFOV: 57° - 26° | DFOV: 89° - 45°
  • 1.6x=27-64mm, HFOV: 67° - 31° | VFOV: 48° - 21° | DFOV: 77° - 37°

Number of pictures required for a 360° panorama:

  • Minimum (full-frame): N, 8 images every 45° at -30° pitch, 8 images every 45° at +30°, Z
  • Minimum (1.3x): N, 8 images every 45° at -60° pitch, 8 images every 45° at 0° pitch, 8 images every 45° at +60° pitch, Z
  • Minimum (1.6x): N, 10 images every 36° at -45° pitch, 10 images every 36° at 0° pitch, 10 images every 36° at +45° pitch, Z

Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS

Canon EF-S 17-85mmField of view (FOV) - horizontal, vertical, diagonal:

  • 1.6x=27-136mm, HFOV: 67° - 15° | VFOV: 48° - 10° | DFOV: 77° - 18°
  • EF-S lens - not compatible with full-frame Canon cameras

Number of pictures required for a 360° panorama:

  • Minimum (1.6x): N, 10 images every 36° at -45° pitch, 10 images every 36° at 0° pitch, 10 images every 36° at +45° pitch, Z
  • IS - image stabilization

Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6

Canon EF-S 18-55mmField of view (FOV) - horizontal, vertical, diagonal:

  • 1.6x=29-88mm, HFOV: 64° - 23° | VFOV: 45° - 16° | DFOV: 74° - 28°
  • EF-S lens - not compatible with full-frame Canon cameras

Number of pictures required for a 360° panorama:

  • Minimum (1.6x): N, 10 images every 36° at -45° pitch, 10 images every 36° at 0° pitch, 10 images every 36° at +45° pitch, Z

Canon EF 20mm f/2.8

Canon EF 20mmField of view (FOV) - horizontal, vertical, diagonal:

  • Full-frame=20mm, HFOV: 84° | VFOV: 62° | DFOV: 94°
  • 1.3x=26mm, HFOV: 69° | VFOV: 50° | DFOV: 80°
  • 1.6x=32mm, HFOV: 59° | VFOV: 41° | DFOV: 68°

Number of pictures required for a 360° panorama:

  • Minimum (full-frame): N, 8 images every 45° at -60° pitch, 8 images every 45° at 0° pitch, 8 images every 45° at +60° pitch, Z
  • Minimum (1.3x): N, 9 images every 40° at -50° pitch, 9 images every 40° at 0° pitch, 9 images every 40° at +50° pitch, Z
  • Minimum (1.6x): N, 10 images every 36° at -45° pitch, 10 images every 36° at 0° pitch, 10 images every 36° at +45° pitch, Z

Canon EF 20-35mm f/3.5-4.5

Canon EF 20-35mmField of view (FOV) - horizontal, vertical, diagonal:

  • Full-frame=20-35mm, HFOV: 84° - 54° | VFOV: 62° - 38° | DFOV: 94° - 63°
  • 1.3x=26-46mm, HFOV: 69° - 43° | VFOV: 50° - 30° | DFOV: 80° - 51°
  • 1.6x=32-56mm, HFOV: 59° - 36° | VFOV: 41 ° - 24° | DFOV: 68° - 42°

Number of pictures required for a 360° panorama:

  • Minimum (full-frame): N, 8 images every 45° at -60° pitch, 8 images every 45° at 0° pitch, 8 images every 45° at +60° pitch, Z
  • Minimum (1.3x): N, 9 images every 40° at -50° pitch, 9 images every 40° at 0° pitch, 9 images every 40° at +50° pitch, Z
  • Minimum (1.6x): N, 10 images every 36° at -45° pitch, 10 images every 36° at 0° pitch, 10 images every 36° at +45° pitch, Z