Few years ago I've planned to get some slightly good panoramic head. But the prices were not suitable for me. As my father work in factory, where they can make everything from everything. I decided to design my own version of panoramic head and make drawings for him. Here is the result:
But unfortunately my father was very busy for this project. Since those times, I've moved to a bigger house, where I could afford every tool I needed for handicrafting. And I could create such stuff myself. I have Olympus E-P5, so I don't want to have bulky panoramic head for bigger cameras. I had to redesign previous version. Final result is this:
Camera mounting plate is designed especially for Olympus PEN E-Px cameras. Because their tripod mount is offset from lens axis. I tried to keep things as simple as possible but still with nodal point adjustments for different lenses. Baseplate has 12 step rotation locks, that make taking panoramas little bit faster. Main material is from plexiglas. It is easy to handle like wood, but much stronger and better wear-resistant.
Final product is here:
Later I'll show some panoramaphotos made with it. Models are made in SketchUp, so if you are interested to get last model. I share it for free in SketchUp 3D Warehouse: