This is a bit like a diver's bends. It's driving me crazy.
Why does this panorama look like I've been using a fisheye lens?
Having finally mastered a panoramic head (Manfrotto 303 SP) and made sure the lens' nodal point is centred on the axis of rotation, I took seven images from a single vantage point using a 50 mm 1.4 prime lens and then stitched them together using PS CS4 photomerge (all the various options). The nearest point to the camera is about 3 metres; the furthest is about five metres away.
Am I too close? (If so, I'll knock down the wall behind me...). I wanted to use a prime and not a wide-angle to avoid distortion and this is the result...
Should I try to shift the tripod carefully instead?
If anyone has overcome this kind of problem, please share your knowledge. The bends are getting to me!
This is my latest attempt.