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D800e - used as a square format camera 

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My prefered settings File Format Color White balance EXIF ISO Equipment D800e

I am using a Nikon D800e for most of my scene captures.  While I will provide my settings and file format, I do something else that is a bit confusing for many.

I use only the center square (Green) of the camera when I compose an image.  This means I use only 24x24 mm vs 24x36 (Orange), especially when using a wide angle.  Many will ask 'Why?'.

The reason is simple.  All lenses create a disk of diffusion (Y) inside a camera.  That disk barely exceeds the sensor diagonal (24x36 mm).  This implies that the lens distortion is always present on the diagonal edges of the rectangle*.  Cropping out the faulty areas gives me the best result. 

I must take three captures (24+24+24, overlap 50% = 36mm) and stitch them afterward since I crop and doing so reduces the 'wide angle' to a 'normal lens,' killing most of the lens aberrations.

It sounds crazy but if you take the time to think about it, it is odd for sure but crazy? Not so much.

Anyway, this is my way of doing things.

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* Vignetting and other ugly distortions are always found here (Y overlap on O and B).

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Last page update: 04/07/2016

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