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Sony A7R III
Zeiss Loxia 85mm f/2.4 Sonnar

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Panoramic Stitching with Zeiss Loxia 85mm f/2.4 Sonnar

The Zeiss Loxia 85mm f/2.4 is lightweight and compact enough to be ideally suited for field use for still photography including panoramic stitching. This page comments on field experience using it.

Shot using the Really Right Stuff PG-02 LLR Pano-Gimbal Head, which allows the desired angle of camera to subject, even while it can be kept level by rotating.

Example: Carrizo Plain old ranch complex

Manual focus is idea for stitching because there are no concerns about inadvertently changing focus—focus once and shoot all frames, knowing that there will be no electronic glitch to change focus as with some cameras, nor any need to disable AF with the shutter release.

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Old ranch complex, Carrizo Plain National Monument
f6.3 @ 1/125 sec panorama 13 frames, ISO 100; 2019-03-26 18:15:44
Sony A7R III + Zeiss Loxia 85mm f/2.4 Sonnar + polarizer Zeiss
ENV: Carrizo Plain National Monument, 60°F / 15°C
RAW: Enhance Details, LACA corrected
off Elkhorn Road

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