The Ultralight Panohead is compact, lightweight, and easy to use for shooting 360° x 180° spherical panorama photos. Originally designed for extended hiking and bicycle trips, the new design with click stops is adaptable for use in multiple scenarios.
This version is for the Sigma 8mm f3.5 Fisheye Lens, and is compatible with all mount types, Canon EOS, Nikon, and Sigma mounts. A panorama can be completed in 4 shots around and 1 optional hand nadir shot with an APS-C camera, and 3 shots and 1 hand nadir with a Full Frame camera. It does not fit the older f4 version of the SIgma lens.
This panohead is Google approved for Street View | Trusted, previously known as Business View.
|APS-C sensor (1.5x and 1.6x crop factor) requires 4 shots around and an optional hand nadir shot. There is no zenith hole. There is a small nadir hole, which is larger on a Canon 1.6x and smaller on a Nikon 1.5x. The image is a partially inscribed circle with the sides cut off.||Full Frame sensor (1x crop factor) requires 3 shots and an optional hand nadir shot, as it produces a completely inscribed circular image.|
|Shots Required||4 + 1||3 + 1|
|Zenith||Not Needed, Captured||Not Needed, Captured|
|Image Resolution||18mp: 10,600 x 5300
|Sensor Coverage||Circle, partially inscribed||Circle, completely inscribed|
|Lens Orientation||Portrait||Portrait or landscape|
|Lens Mount Type||Canon EOS
|Notes||Remove the lens hood||Remove the lens hood|
When shooting for Google Business View, we recommend not to use a ball head. Simply attach the panohead directly to the tripod column, and use the tripod legs to level the panohead by pushing each leg closer or farther apart until it is level.
The Google blur box in the nadir is about 62mm diameter at the bottom of the panohead. The typical Manfrotto tripod column is 59mm diameter. If your tripod column is larger, the optional Tripod Extension accessory (not included) can be used to raise the lens by another 100mm, and increase the Google blur box to 100mm diameter at the bottom of the extension.
It is also possible to hide the tripod legs inside the Google blur box. Push the legs close enough together until you cannot see the legs in the image. In the tour below, you can see the setup used to create the clean nadir in the reflection of the mirror.
|4 Clicks: The rotator has 4 click stops by default. Custom 3 or 12 clicks can be assembled on request, but cannot be changed afterward.||Aperture: The Sigma 8mm f3.5 Fisheye Lens is sharp between f8 - f11. Below f8 it tends to have softer edges and stitch seams.||Rotator Lock: When shooting 360 videos or time lapse, unintended rotation can be prevented by using the rotator lock. It is designed to only resist the weight of the camera against gravity. It is not intended to resist rotation by force. Finger tight only; do not overtighten the screw or attempt to rotate while locked, or damage may occur.|
|Control Points & Lens Shift: During stitching, your software may create control points which could cause misalignment. There should only be control points between adjacent images. For example, image 3 should only have points with 2 and 4. If 3 and 5 have control points, delete them. Also, for a better stitch, the software optimizer should aways be set to "Heavy Lens Shift." (Software is not included)||HDR & Exposure Fusion: When shooting scenes with a wide dynamic range between shadows and highlights, multiple exposures can help create a more evenly exposed shot. This would require the use of a tripod, and it is recommended to use a shutter release or remote control to prevent moving the camera during shooting. Cameras with Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB) is a helpful feature. Always shoot in full manual mode and manual white balance, and optionally shoot in RAW format for better image quality.||Mobility & Monopods: Shoot with a monopod for quick and easy panoramas. Single exposure is only possible, but usually this would be taken outdoor where the lighting is more even. If it is dark, you can increase ISO, as long as you are able to shoot faster than 1/30 to 1/60 seconds. To keep the lens as close to the nodal point as possible, look at the built in bubble level, or use the Manfrotto Autopole Spirit Level which can be attached directly to the monopod (not included).|
|Canon EOS, Nikon, Sigma
no known incompatability
|Canon EOS, Nikon, Sigma
no known incompatability
The upper part of the panohead, is printed with Selective Laser Sintering (SLS), which is a method of producing a physical duplicate of a 3D model by using a laser to fuse together particles of powder. The material used for the Ultralight Panohead is a strong Polyamide 12 nylon (PA2200 Material Data Sheet).
When it comes out from the machine, the surface is white and has a rough feel, because the nylon particles are about 60 microns. The parts are then placed in a tumbler with ceramic media for several hours until they are smooth. It is then colored in a vat of black dye for an hour. Afterwards, a layer of 2 component polyurethane clear coat is applied.