Neil's News


3 April 2003

After more than two years of construction, the new shopping centre finally opened in the middle of Inverness. Unfortunately it appears to be useless; no Radio Shack, Maplin or anything else that will sell a resistor. Just more clothing stores as far as the eye can see.

[Nikon fisheye lens for iPIX] However, it provided an opportunity to test our company's new toy, an iPIX camera kit. It features an impressive 180° fisheye lens. Here's the left hemisphere and here is the right hemisphere. Stitch the two halves together and you get this single sphere (you may need to download the plug-in to view it). Due to draconian licensing by iPIX, it costs $25 to save a single iPIX sphere properly. So the demo on this page is watermarked, and will expire in 30 days.

It's really fun working with a 180° lens. For one thing, people behave naturally as long as you don't point it directly at them: they instinctively know how wide a camera's field of vision is and don't have a clue that they're in your frame. Another thing is that it can see straight up and straight down, so you will always get the tripod in the shot.

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