Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/06/02

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Subject: [Leica] re: WTB Panoramic head
From: Andrew Nemeth <azn@nemeng.com>
Date: Sun, 3 Jun 2001 05:55:45 +1000

Pablo Kolodny <pkolodny@fibertel.com.ar> wrote:

>I'm desperately seeking a panoramic head for my next exhibition.
>I'm working in a project concerning panoramic images and would appreciate to
>use my M's in the project.

Yes - Kaidan (www.kaidan.com) is good choice, although they
tend to make more specialist Virtual Reality rotating camera
mounts rather than just simple panoramic head rotators.

Alternatively, have a look at the panoramic heads made by
Novoflex <http://www.novoflex.com> or by Manfrotto (called
the "300 Panoramic Head").  Either of these is solid and
sturdy enough for years of use.

Here is the URL for the Manfrotto (enter it all as one line!):

<http://www.manfrotto.com/products/metric/botfot3.html?menu=botfot2.html&menu1=b
otfot2.html&sectionid=2&subsectionid=3&categoryid=8&subcategoryid=35&man_code=30
0&company=MNO&doc_from=gerarchia&contatore=primo>

Whatever you do, try to avoid the Nikon Panoramic Head AP-2.
Not only does it have mushy detent clicks and wobbles a lot
as you turn the camera, but also I once pulled one of these
apart with hopes of modifying it - found that the camera mount
platform is held on with only four tiny self-tapping screws
into plastic.  Put a heavy enough camera on it and the slightest
jolt will send everything crashing to the ground.  Yeech.

BTW, I use my R6.2 + 16mm fisheye for panoramic work - a lot.

Latest material, my southernmost tip of Australia tour:

<http://4020.net/secape>


Regds,


Andrew Nemeth

<http://4020.net>    -> photos, 360 panoramic vrs, sounds
<http://nemeng.com>  -> vr java applets, leica faq, tech info

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