Thanks for those amazing image comparisons Bob! Well done, what a great scene! Also looks bloody cold to a boy from Australia😅
I opened your images on my 1.2m wide curved screen and they blow me away.
However, the 40mm lens shows more sharpness and clarity than the 55mm, both in foreground and the distant mountains.
I think that you may be able to bring out more clarity in the 55mm pano using Topaz Photo AI?
May I ask, what drone are you using and what are the camera and lens models?
Joost & John, I must also congratulate you on PTGUI Pro. This has been such a solid workhorse and I am using it (and recommending it) to members of the Melbourne Camera Club for the new Panorama/Drone group that we are forming. This 1890's camera club will be dragged into the modern era screaming and shouting with glee! They're still fixated on Adobe solutions which give you no control over stitching.
Bob, you have posed an interesting new challenge: Using mixed lenses in a panorama. This is specially an issue when using a longer lens like 200mm and trying to avoid the problems of out of focus near objects.
Start with this 3Gpx panorama captured with Inspire 2/X7/50mm lens:
Best viewed on a wide screen, not a mobile phone...it is 3Gpx!
Click on the hotspot to see the DOF problem in this 500,000px wide panorama from Heidelberg Town Hall.
( A BIG PLUS for PTGUI Pro to be able to stitch this size. Also a BIG THUMBS DOWN to Photoshop, which can't post-process a pano this big. AFFINITY Photo did a great job). Apologies for one blurred frame - that was my error!🤔.
The Virtual Tour was created in Pano2VR, which also has no problems with very large panoramas.
Apologies for the long-winded explanation, but I think that a virtual tour with mixed resolution is not yet possible.
BUT, you can capture that excellent clarity and resolution with a 40mm lens, then use a longer lens to capture smaller panos of distant objects and bring those out in an iFrame using virtual tour technology.
I have some examples of that if you think it may work for you.
I like a 50mm lens on SonyA7R4 very much to capture 3Gpx panoramas using Nodal Ninja Mecha and I am happy to sacrifice sharpness in very close objects and get a great depth of field for objects further away. Another example of this, created with PTGUI Pro of course!:
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