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360 Panoramic Motorised Programmable Tripod Head for DSLR

by webboggles, published

360 Panoramic Motorised Programmable Tripod Head for DSLR by webboggles May 19, 2013

Description

An easy-ish conversion for the manfrotto 3 way head to streamline taking of spherical panoramas. Made 2 so far but still work in progress.

About 170 degrees vertical fov with samyang 8mm (corner to corner)

Update: page about the project http://dslr360.ilyatitov.com/
Example panoramas: http://ilyatitov.com/360/

See it in action: http://youtu.be/m-kqBCw5f4w
http://youtu.be/QM9lXYVwHF0
http://youtu.be/dYxgKii06uE

Key Parts:
Nema 17 motor
Arduino nano
H bridge
Connectors
2 printed gears
1 printed quick release lens clamp
1 printed motor support
cable ties :D

This hack is completely reversible, ie you can take everything off and have your panoramic head in its original condition again. The parts are attached with cable ties and hot glue which comes off with a bit of force.

More info to follow if anyone is interested

This project is a continuation of my iphone panoramic head project (I didn't have a 3d printer then) http://iphone360.ilyatitov.com/

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You get what yo pay for with tripods, manfrotto tripods are perfect if you want to make it rotate with a motor. The head mount is 6cm in diameter and it is the same on a tripod I've had since 2007 and the one I picked up in the airport going on a break. The large gear fits around it perfectly with a bit of bashing and stays on without any glue. And the tripods are nice and sturdy. The head is a 3 way standard head that had 2 knobs replaced with screws.

The lens is samyang 8mm, they come in 2 versions with fixed hood and detachable hood. I've used both and its just a small difference in the lens recess of the clamp.
Awesome project. I would really like to make one of my own. I have a few questions before I get started to make sure that I am not wasting my time. I don't have a large budget.

Which Manfrotto tripod mount are you using? What is necessary functionally that makes this mount ideal? Which lens are you using?
What Samyang lens? 14?

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Print as you like, the layer height is not crucial.

Gears are a tight fit, might need a bit of filing to get them on.

The lens holder is rotated to minimise wasted plastic on support material, don't forget to enable it!

Awesome project. I would really like to make one of my own. I have a few questions before I get started to make sure that I am not wasting my time. I don't have a large budget.

Which Manfrotto tripod mount are you using? What is necessary functionally that makes this mount ideal? Which lens are you using?
You get what yo pay for with tripods, manfrotto tripods are perfect if you want to make it rotate with a motor. The head mount is 6cm in diameter and it is the same on a tripod I've had since 2007 and the one I picked up in the airport going on a break. The large gear fits around it perfectly with a bit of bashing and stays on without any glue. And the tripods are nice and sturdy. The head is a 3 way standard head that had 2 knobs replaced with screws.

The lens is samyang 8mm, they come in 2 versions with fixed hood and detachable hood. I've used both and its just a small difference in the lens recess of the clamp.
What Samyang lens? 14?
Big fan of how the mount holds the lens as close to the end as possible to minimize any skew introduced by the length of the lens.

Did you have much issue with software coming to grips that the focal plane wasn't the center point of rotation?
The last version of the lens mount is designed to position the lens so the axis of rotation matches nodal point of the lens. It can also be adjusted using one of the tilts on the tripod head to get it perfect. (ie put an object in front of the lens and adjust forward tilt until the position of reference object doesn't change in relation to background when camera is rotated from side to side) I get either "good" or "very good" in ptgui optimizer
Very nice project!

I developed a panoramic control software, Papywizard¹, for which it is possible to add plugins to control different hardwares. If you are interested, I can write one for your nice pano-head. Let me know.

¹ papywizard.org
Hey, thanks! Will it be a problem that it has only got one axis? I looked at one of the videos of how your software works with the astronomic mounts, but obviously that doesn't rotate around the nodal point. With a bit of input this can be made into a 2 axis nodal head and then you'll have a nice head you can use with more or less any lens/camera.
It is possible to rotate arround nodal point with astronomic heads, but it needs some mods of the arm with large DSLR...

No problem with only 1 axis; just config the second one to simulation (I never though to have a 'disabled' plugin...).

Feel free to open a new thread on Kolor forum, to discuss about a new plugin for your head:
http://www.kolor.com/forum/f20-motorized-panohead-project-merlin,orion-papywizard
This way, you will also present you head to photographers using Autopano...
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