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RE: [PanoToolsNG] Re: Help with selection of a proper Panning head

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  • Mark D. Fink
    Hi Jim, Robert did a great job summarizing. There is a page on the wiki with details on many of the heads available. You can find it here -
    Message 1 of 7 , Dec 5, 2007
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      Hi Jim,



      Robert did a great job summarizing. There is a page on the wiki with details
      on many of the heads available. You can find it here -
      http://wiki.panotools.org/Heads. As you can see, there are plenty to choose
      from.



      Mark

      www.pinnacle-vr.com <http://www.pinnacle-vr.com/>

      www.northernlight.net <http://www.northernlight.net/>



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      From: PanoToolsNG@yahoogroups.com [mailto:PanoToolsNG@yahoogroups.com] On
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      Sent: Tuesday, December 04, 2007 8:42 PM
      To: PanoToolsNG@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: [PanoToolsNG] Re: Help with selection of a proper Panning head



      --- In PanoToolsNG@ <mailto:PanoToolsNG%40yahoogroups.com> yahoogroups.com,
      "montanajimbo2001" <mrjimbo@...>
      wrote:
      >
      > I would appreciate some constructive coaching regarding pan head
      > assemblies that might work... I want to do single row 360's using a
      > 4 x 5 and / or an 8x10 view camera...

      Hi Jim,

      It would help us all if you could say what your goals are, subject
      matter and target use(s) are. For the single row work must assume
      prints and for VR's must assume internet. But...?

      With a view camera, not sure if you really need a pano head at all as
      you may be able to fix the NPP (no parallax point) on the rail. And if
      your shooting traditional landscapes the NPP is not much of a concern
      anyway.

      > I would also like to work into #60/180's using a D2x.

      This is quite traditional and has many solutions, the NN5 is the
      newest one and is getting great reviews. Also check out the 360
      Precision offerings, Kadian latest head, and many others. Google " 360
      panoramic heads" or something similar, you'll get lots of options.

      The 303 set is one. The 303 Plus is quite old, built for 35mm film
      cameras - not changed since, but very strong and precise movements.
      The 303SPH is similar, but much more flexible and quite a bit more
      coarse in adjustments. It's still probably the most flexible VR head
      in the market and many use the rotator with other setups. ( same
      rotator as the 303 Plus and can be purchased separately)

      No single VR head would work well for view cameras panos and 35m VR
      targets. The requirements are simply too different.

      I think you will find the same is true for the tripod and other gear
      you need. Both require different solutions for different challenges to
      produce professional results.

      Regards,

      Robert





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