The need for more leveling accuracy for the horizon plus minimizing vibration and bulk, led me to find a more elaborate solution.
So I came up creating a single row panorama (or panoramic) head that could hold a heavier camera and lens in a horizontal or vertical position, being able to adjust in all planes.
The Panorama-Panoramic Clamp
|First we build from base upwards, attaching (here clamping) one of Benro PC-0 or PC-1 Panorama Clamp to the ball head clamp. Just for the information the panorama clamp can also be screwed directly on top of the ball head, replacing the original clamp for more permanent solution and to avoid some weigh.|
However, I prefer versatility.
|Here the base for the Panorama Clamp is the Benro B-2 ball head designated for 20kg (44 lbs) load.|
The horizontal leveling of our construction is critical, therefore we level the panorama clamp aided by its bubble level on top, before we lock the ball head as tight as possible.
|Here again Benro A-298 EX Versatile Tripod is used as the legs.|
The Nodal Rail
|Next comes the Nodal Rail to complete the setup.|
In order to avoid the Paralax phenomenon we need to determine our lens Nodal point and set it exactly above our panorama head pivoting point. Therefore, we need a Nodal Rail in order to accomplish that.
You may find useful information for the nodal rail pictured above, in my post Creating an Economy Nodal/Macro Rail .
|If we use a very wide angle lens or in order to determine our lens's entrance pupil (nodal point) the camera can be simply placed horizontally on the Nodal Rail.|
|The whole structure should be cross checked for leveling aided by the 3-Axis Bubble level on the camera's hot shoe.|
|For middle to short telephoto lenses, the best positioning of the camera would be vertical, in order to cover more area and increase the number of shots to complete an 180° or 360° Panorama.|
|Also in this case the whole structure should be cross checked for leveling aided by the 3-Axis Bubble level on the camera's hot shoe.|
|Here I use the Giottos MH-680 VR Vertical Rails in order to get in portrait position.|
Shooting the Panorama
And off we go...
... 30°... 60°... 90°...
|...180° and so on...|
I hope you found this idea useful and enjoy shooting great panoramas! Thank you for viewing.
All Photos: © 2010 S.C.Vlachos
More information on Panoramic equipment may be found in the following;
Relevant Articles :
Create a Multi Row Panorama Head
Using a Multi Row Panorama Head and
Create a Multi Row Panorama Head Ver. II
Using Multi Row Panorama Head Ver. II
Benro PC-1 Panorama (Panoramic) Clamp
Benro B-2 ball head
Benro A-298 EX Versatile Tripod
Giottos MH-680 VR Sliding Plate
Kiwi Fotos LP-169 Lens Plate
Fotoporo QAL-500 5cm Quick Release Clamp
Hejnar Photo Index Bars
Hot-Shoe 3-Axis Spirit / Bubble Level
Create an Economy Nodal/Macro Rail