There seems to be a lot of questions about panoramas these days, but this is less about the actual panorama technique and more about why I would get such vastly different exposures with my camera set on full manual? Below is a panorama shot that I threw together on a whim , thinking that I might start trying to do more of these due to the fact that I no longer have a super-wide lens after switching to DX format. I was using my new (to me) D50 with AF 50mm 1.8 D. The three images were taken with the camera set on manual, 1/125 sec at f16, no exposure compensation, ISO 200. I verified through EXIF data that the settings did not change. The shots were taken within seconds of each other. The lighting was from a very overcast sky (very diffuse light) with no wind, which I thought would be the ideal situation for maintaining exposure throughout the scene. I wasn't paying much attention at the time, but I checked to see that the shots do overlap each other by a good bit. The shot I'm posting involved only a half-hearted attempt at stitching the shots together (I don't have a stitching program yet) and no post processing, other than converting to jpeg by Nikon Picture Project 1.5. The NEF versions show differences in brightness also. The entire shot is horribly underexposed (i forgot to recalculate shutter speed after stopping down for DOF). Would this exaggerate differences in light quality? Metering was set to spot, but that shouldn't matter with the camera in manual mode, right? I'll try to post a second (properly exposed) shot taken with my 24mm, for reference.