Panoramic photographs have a very natural looking perspective when compared to using wide-angle lenses. Wide-angle lenses introduce unnatural distortions that disturb our perception of reality. The average field of vision of my panoramic photographs is 120-degrees, the same as human vision. To get the same 120-degree field of view in one frame on a DSLR requires a 10mm fisheye lens. Such a lens would distort so badly, the feeling of reality is lost.
Panoramic photography allows us to create very large prints with incredible detail. The scale of old master paintings, yet the detail of a photograph with massive cost savings. I use a Nikon D800E with a Sigma 50mm | ART lens; the quality is incredible. Larger files than a Phase One digital back, equal in quality, detail, and clarity. All for one-tenth of the cost and you would still have wide angle lens issues using Phase One. Panoramic photography is very cost effective.
Done well, panoramic photographs have a psychological quality no other format can create. Satisfy the logical side of our brain that we are looking at reality; through the size of print, detail, corrected perspectives and three-dimensional quality – overlay this with an artistic painterly treatment and we create a psychological dilemma about what exactly are we looking at. The results are seriously powerful statements that captivate us; ones we want to study longer.