Thanks chaps - really gd answers.
Tim B said:
“When you say “4m range”, I’m guessing you mean 4m distance between camera and the subject”.
Correct. And Heiko, we need to know what range (distance between camera and wall) you had - was it really 11.4m?!
Because I’m pointing out that two separate methods are recommended, for getting enough photo coverage. You can do either one of them perfectly, and still fail on the other method. We need to fulfil both methods at the same time.
The first method recommended is ‘not more than 30o apart’, and in this method the camera view angle is irrelevant - it’s purely about range, and not moving sideways by more than 57.7% of that range (because tan30 = 0.577). In para1 of my OP I was moving sideways (and also up-down) by 50% of range, which works out on the safe side, at 26.6o (because tan-1(0.5) = 26.6o).
The second method recommended is ‘80% overlap between photos’, and in this method the camera view angle is all-important, as TimB fully explains.
I’ve just been trying a 8mm spherical fisheye lens, which has 180o view angle, in other words can see the entire wall in every photo (albeit from differing viewpoints). In that case, overlap is 100% in every pic, regardless of how far I move sideways! That was because strongly recommended as strategy in a tutorial for another photogrammetry s/ware, precisely because of the massive redundancy in multiple views of every Feature (although at cost of image resolution). That s/ware could handle the distortion but it seems RC can’t - yet! Division was useless - simple Brown3 was the only one that just once produced one major component, but with pathetic Feature count.
Back to the conventional 18-55mm Nikkor DX AF-S on Nikon D60, I notice TimB says:
“Angle of view is directly related to your sensor size and lens focal length”
The old D60 isn’t full-size sensor, has 23.6x15.8mm 10.75mpx sensor, so looks like I should be applying a 0.66 crop factor multiplier to my understanding that say a 28mm lens (or rather, a zoom lens set at 28mm) gives view half-angle 33o horizontally and 23o vertically? So I should set the zoom at 18mm.
That 33o (and near enough the 23o) actually are wide enough that the my 26.6o apart practice (both horizontally and vertically) does also fulfil the 80% overlap recommendation, as described in para2 of my OP. Or does it? Edit - no it doesn’t! I’m busy trying to visualise this, will be right back.
Unfortunately the old D60 doesn’t have live-view (only in the optical viewfinder) hence no 3x3 grid - but yes that’s easy enough to estimate, tho I’m actually using a tripod (it’s long-exposure interior photography) and moving it in a strict grid (horizontal and vertical) of measured intervals.
At 2m range (1m sideways) and 10.75mpx, “Heiko’s problem is tha relatively textureless plaster surface of the walls” still remains for me - but that’s another story!