This is another remix of the spherical panoramic head by BlacklightShaman. This one is designed to hold the camera in landscape ("normal") orientation.
I have used BlacklightShaman's quickmount, knobs, and horizontal arm element in this (slightly modified to suit this design). The base, pan arm, and tilt arm are my design.
I added revised versions of the camera arm and tilt arm files. For my fisheye lens the standard cam arm is visible, and I can't get my lens NPP point lined up with the pivot. Updated files are:
cam_arm_short: shortened the arm by 35 mm.
tilt_arm_slider_reduced: shortened the arm by 5 mm
tilt_arm_bottom_reduced: shortened the slider arm by 5 mm and cut a notch in the horizontal arm to allow the mounting plate to move forward 5 mm toward the pivot point.
Assembly and Use Notes
Print one of each part, plus an extra knob. I recommend using at least 40% infill for the pan arm, tilt arm slider and bottom, and cam arm so they don't flex too much, especially if you have a heavier camera.
To assemble this mount you will need the following hardware:
- M3 x 16mm bolts (5x)
- M3 nuts (6x)
- M5 x 16mm bolt (1x)
- M5 x 36mm bolt (1x)
- M5 x 45mm bolt (1x)
- M5 nuts (5x)
- 1/4" dia. x 20 nut (1x)
Item 1 is used for the quickmount cam to socket connection, tilt arm slider to bottom connection, and pan arm to base connection. The 1/4" dia. nut goes into the base before the pan arm is bolted in. This should allow you to use a standard 1/4" dia. x 20 bolt for mounting on your tripod.
Item 3 is for the cam arm to quickmount connection.
Item 4 is for the knob-cam arm-tilt arm connection.
Item 5 is for the knob-pan arm-tilt arm connection.
The circular offset cavity in the base is for a 12mm dia. x 7mm H bubble level. Optional if your tripod head already has a bubble level.
To use the mount, adjust the cam arm position on the tilt arm so that the no-parallax point on your lens lines up with the alignment mark on the tilt arm. The marks on the cam arm are 10 mm apart so if you know your tripod mount to no-parallax horizontal distance you can use these marks as a guide for alignment. [Note: if you will be using the same camera/lens all the time with this mount you will not need to adjust this anymore, so you really don't need the adjustment knob. In this case you could eliminate the knob and just use a M5x20mm bolt for the cam arm to tilt arm connection.
Loosen the tilt arm slider bolts (careful don't back it out too far or else the tilt arm bottom will separate from the slider) and adjust it so that the centerline of the lens barrel lines up with the center of the tilt arm/pan arm pivot bolt, and then tighten the slider bolts to lock it down. You won't need to adjust this anymore, unless you use a different camera.
The marks on the tilt arm, pan arm, and base are at 30-degree increments to help in adjustments for the pics.