Sunday, June 6, 2010

Save yourself some money and make this pano head for your Pentax DSLR, all for about $50.00. It really works well and it's very solid.

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Hi Pentaxian friends.

I know that many of you like panoramic images, composed with several images. There are great software to stitch the images together and there are several pano heads available. They usually cost about $100.00 and more. I made my own pano head, or should I say assembled my own pano head. I you search on Ebay for "Macro focusing Rail" you will find several vendors located in China that sell the same unit that Adorama sells for $179.95, but you will pay around $35.00 to $50.00. with free shipping

Then search for "Flash Bracket" and again vendors from China have them for less than $10.00. and free shipping.

Bend the flash bracket 90 degrees and use the oversized thumb screw, supplied with the rail, to attach it to the rail, and voila...a perfect pano head that is also a macro focusing rail unit.  Now you need another oversized thumb screw to attach the camera to the bracket. If your flash bracket is like the one above, use the screws supplied to attach the camera.

One big advantage is that you can use the rail for macro focusing, and by attaching the bent flash bracket, it becomes a pano head.
The pictures below show the completed unit and I will put it against any pano head on the market.

Thank you for reading,

Yvon Bourque
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