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Panorama using a wide angle lens vs. stitched images from a larger focal length

In a discussion on the forum on DPReview (click here for the thread, last post 01.05.2007), I was surprised to learn that using a wide angle lens compared to using several images from a larger focal length generated the same image. I was pretty sure that the image from the larger focal length was different than from the wide angle. To test this, I took a (boring) landscape picture using a 16mm wide angle lens, 12 images to make (more or less) the same image using a 50mm lens, and 33 images with a 100mm lens.

Below are the images from the differnet lenses. The 16mm image was corpped a bit to fit the wiew of the other stitched images.

1 image using a 16mm wide angle lens:
12 images using a 50mm lens:
33 images using a 100mm lens:


The original images before cropping:
From the 16mm wide angle lens:
The 12 images from the 50mm lens:
The 33 images from the 100mm lens:


Date 05.05.2007