Lightweight Panohead Solutions
Panoramic heads are an indispensable tool for creating high quality panoramic
The only problem: all of them are big and heavy. They are not something you
want to carry around over long distances or take with you when space is limited
and weight plays a role.
Here are 2 different approaches to address this problem.
First of all, the main drawback of the constructions: They are optimized for light
weight and not for stability. - On the other hand, shooting with a fisheye lens,
this is not such a big issue as you can see in
All adapters use a
Panorama Plate manufactured by Novoflex which is the smallest one i am aware
Approach 1: Custom made panohead using aluminum profiles.
This version is home-made and therefore named the
"Tim Tailor-Head" ;-)
This head allows the 360° panning and a tilt of approx. 80° to take
the zenith shot. No adjustments for other camera/lens-combinations
The tripod connector is equipped with a
Novoflex MiniConnect MR for quick setup.
Setup: ~90 sec. for unfolding the head an attaching the
camera (3 screws need to be tightened: 1 for the stand, 1 for the arm
and the camera screw)
Dimensions (folded): 165x60x40 mm without panorama plate
Weight: ~200g without panorama plate
Approach 2: Milled panohead for generic pan/tilt use
This head is a prototype and has been constructed together with Georg
Poellitsch for being lightweight and least intrusive for fisheye lenses.
The material used is anodized aluminum.
Additionally, tripod and camera connectors are equipped with
Novoflex MiniConnect MR's for quick setup.
Setup: ~120 sec. (because stand has to be attached with a
separate screw. This is planned to be replaced by a quick lever)
Dimensions (folded): 235x65x45 mm without panorama plate and
Weight: ~350g without panorama plate and MiniConnect