NEW- October 8th 2005
When enough people ask, clearly one should respond, so I spend Saturday with a borrowed Nikon 10.5mm to make a perfect bracket for it. After messing around a bit I did settle on the main space after the focusing ring. including the new screw and vingnut design for assembling the pieces.
The Nikon 10.5mm bracket weigh about 110 grams, its a perfect bracket for both every day work, backpacking and hiking..
Nikon 10.5mm mounted for spherical panoramas
This is serial number 001 - just finished, a bit dirty but works great.
- It seems there is more to this lens than what meets the eye, when I rotated it diagonally suddenly I could see the base of the bracket in the picture, and a
quick test suggest that taking 8 pictures would comfortably create a panorama with very close to 180 degrees of vertical FOV. My guess is that if you stick the lens on a full fame dSLR and removed the plastic lens shade, you would have 180 deg vertical FOV in 3-4 shots around.. I have not tried, drop me a email if you know anything about this. I would like to post as much information as possible on this lens.
- Instead of a large rotator I am using a Bogen extension which rotates smoothly and have no practical footprint in the picture, I removed the head from the tripod and mount the Bogen extension directly to the center screw of the tripod, the result is a very small footprint, which I find mostly can easily be retouched with the cloning tool in Photoshop.
Manfrotto product # 259B - Bogen code (USA only): 3007X
Cost is app $20 at places like Samy's in LA and B&H Photo.
Samy's Catalog for the Manfrotto extension tube.
- Availability - email me, This is a more rare lens, and I'm making this bracket up on demand.
- You can place a order today via PayPal to my email.
price is $125 + $15 shipping in the USA
international shipping is additional $30 with USPS Global Express.
- Domestic in the USA total price including shipping is $140.-
- International shipping total price including shipping is $155.-