Therefore, this third part is an addendum to the previous two articles in order to present the use of the enhanced Desmond SCV-FK Flip Kit along with a lower budget and more common ball head like the Benro B-2. Due to the resemblances, readers of the previous articles may find some parts sounding familiar or identical.
The refined idea of an inverse mounted ball head equipped with a panning base, which automatically gives to it leveling base attributes, as well as how I arrived to designing the SCV-FK Flip-Kit is fully described and explained in the original article.
Therefore, in order to avoid repeating myself, please refer to the original article Create an Economy Leveled Panoramic Rotator via a Ball Head Flip-Kit if you find difficulty comprehending the process or the purpose.
The Enhanced Flip Kit
Pursuing the goal that "anyone" can use the Flip-Kit, the prerequisites regarding the ball heads covered by this first version of the Flip-Kit, which applied some restrictions, were almost eliminated by the release of the enhanced kit.
Now the majority of ball head types are covered and even more, with the addition of the Desmond Boss Adapter for Manfrotto 490 and 050 Series Ball Heads (sold as an extra) owners Manfrotto® ball heads can use the Flip-Kit as well.
In the first article, Create an Economy Leveled Panoramic Rotator via a Ball Head Flip-Kit I had described and illustrated the relocation of the Sunwayfoto XB-44 low profile ball head existing QR clamp at the bottom of the ball head utilizing the male 3/8"-16 to male 3/8"-16 thread adapter disk since both the ball head bottom mounting hole and the clamp center mounting hole were threaded 3/8"-16.
Further, in Create a Leveled Panoramic Rotator via the SCV-Flip-Kit - Part Two I had picked for illustration the Sunwayfoto FB-36DL Lightweight Ball Head which fits the description of a ball head with narrow ball-stem using M5 size screws for clamp attachment and an 1/4"-20 clamp center hole.
Ball Head Conversion Example IIIFor this example, I selected for illustration the Benro B-2 Ball Head (Review) which fits the description of a budget ball head but with enough strength to hold large camera/lens combos, and deploys an M6 screw for its clamp attachment, but the clamp features an unthreaded center hole.
Removing the QR Clamp
|Then we isolate the SCV-FK Aluminium base and the appropriate hex socket cap screw from the kit, choosing the one that matches the threads of the screw removed from the QR clamp. In this case we need the M6 thread screw/bolt.|
Attaching the Aluminium Base
|It would be wise to hand test the hex-socket cap screw into the ball stem threads in order to ensure full compatibility and avoid causing damage to the threads.|
Preparing the QR Clamp with the 1/4" Screw
Attaching the QR Clamp on the Ball Head
Using Your Inverted Rotator
|The inverted ball head is now easily mounted on a tripod top mounting plate stud, like the Benro A-298 EX (A2980F) Versatile Transformer Tripod pictured above, via the 3/8"-16 mounting hole on the bottom side of the SCV-FK Aluminium Base. (If your tripod has a non reversible 1/4"-20 stud then an extra to 1/4"-20 to 3/8"-16 conversion bushing should be used).|
|The Flip-Kit base is both sturdy enough to hold and tall enough to permit any kind of ball head movement from slight tilting to full vertical tilting without any interference with the panning base (panning top now) or the QR clamp knobs.|
|Similarly as suggested in parts one and two, adding a low budget Nodal Slide like the Desmond DNR-120 pictured above...|
|Or a lens ring equipped with an Arca style foot, you may come up with a very versatile and low cost, entry level panoramic solution, yet fully Arca-Swiss® compatible.|
I hope you found the article and ideas useful, thank you for viewing.
Design, Photos & Photosynths: © 2014 S.C.Vlachos
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