This is a remix of the panoramic head by BlacklightShaman. It is a very nice design - I especially like the quick release mount. I added a few mods to make it easier to use with my setup. These are as follows:
- added alignment marks around the pivot point at 30 degree intervals
- made a cavity in the bolt area to accept/capture a nut for a 1/4" dia. x 20 bolt
- made a hole under the bubble level cavity so you can use a thin rod or drill bit to push the bubble level back out if you want to remove it.
- added alignment marks around the pivot point at 90 degrees
- added alignment marks around the pivot point at 30 degrees
- lengthened the quickmount plate bolt channel to allow the plate to slide further back
- added a groove past the end of the channel to allow for the quickmount cam bolt protrusion
- added a small hole past the M5 nut pocket in the pivot area to allow use of a small rod or drill bit to remove the nut from the pocket
- moved the M5 nut pocket to the center of the socket.
- thickened the plate and made the bolt cavity deeper so that the head of a 1/4" dia. x 20 bolt does not interfere with the socket.
- changed the heights of the knobs so you only need a few types of bolt lengths.
Also, I enlarged the nut cavities in the components to make it easier to install the nuts.
Hardware Required and General Notes
To assemble this remix you will need the following hardware:
- M5 x 36mm bolts (2x)
- M5 x 45mm bolt (1x)
- M5 nuts (6x)
- M3 x 16mm bolts (1x)
- M3 nuts (2x)
Item 1 is for the horizontal to vertical arm connection, and the quickmount socket to transversal arm connection
Item 2 is for the vertical arm to transversal arm connection
Item 4 is for the quickmount cam to socket connection
In addition you will need hardware to mount the head to the tripod and the camera to the plate. I used 1/4" dia. x 20 x 1/2"L bolts and nuts for my setup.
A. The quickmount socket knob will interfere with the vertical arm if you want to take upward-facing shots. In this case you can eliminate the knob and just use an M5x16mm bolt instead, but you will lose the ability to adjust the position of the socket on the transversal arm without using tools. If you use the same camera/lens all the time on the head this won't be a problem since you won't need to adjust this anyway once you have it set.
B. You can eliminate the horizontal arm knob and just use a bolt instead (similar to A.) if you use the same camera all the time, since you won't have to adjust this once you have it set. This is true even if you change lenses since the camera base to lens centerline distance does not change.
C. For the quickmount cam, make sure the M3 bolt head is on the cam side of the mount. This is so that the bolt protrusion under the socket will be able to pass through the channel in the transversal arm.