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DIY Panoramic Head Dirt Cheap Solution for Panoramic Photos [DIY]

Professional panoramic tripod heads are quite expensive; this DIY solution is put together with scrap wood and a handful of cheap parts from the hardware store and gets the job done just as well.

If you’re not looking to impress anyone and willing to sacrifice a little compactness, this simple build can save you a ton of cash. Over at Rasterweb Pete Prodoehl shares photos and video of his DIY panoramic head built out of nothing but scrap wood he had around the work shop plus a hinge, some angle brackets, and screws/nuts/bolts. All very cheap hardware store fare.

Hit up the link below to see his build and sample photos.

Panoramic Tripod Head [Rasterweb via Make]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 06/24/11

Comments (3)

  1. Bob Abela

    Come on now. I appreciate DIY and this will work but you’d be better off investing on a tripod and tripod head. If need to watch your pennies, there are used ones that can be had for a very reasonable price. It’s a solid investment…pun intended :)

  2. Carroll Hanks

    Interesting article, however one correction. While the term “parallax point” describes what happens when you find the “Nodal point” which is the correct term. This is the point inside the lens where the image converges and starts to reverse. Note to Bob, it’s a given that the mount must be used on a tripod. I don’t think anyone would attempt to hand hold this or any other panoramic head.

  3. bilalhameed

    Interesting article, however one correction. While the term “parallax point” describes what happens when you find the “Nodal point” which is the correct term. This is the point inside the lens where the image converges and starts to reverse. Note to Bob, it’s a given that the mount must be used on a tripod. I don’t think anyone would attempt to hand hold this or any other panoramic head.

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