Ultralight Panohead for Samyang 8mm f3.5 Nikon (+5.5°)

Ultralight Panohead for Samyang 8mm f3.5 Nikon (+5.5°)
Ultralight Panohead for Samyang 8mm f3.5 Nikon (+5.5°) Ultralight Panohead for Samyang 8mm f3.5 Nikon (+5.5°) Ultralight Panohead for Samyang 8mm f3.5 Nikon (+5.5°) Ultralight Panohead for Samyang 8mm f3.5 Nikon (+5.5°) Ultralight Panohead for Samyang 8mm f3.5 Nikon (+5.5°) Ultralight Panohead for Samyang 8mm f3.5 Nikon (+5.5°) Ultralight Panohead for Samyang 8mm f3.5 Nikon (+5.5°) Ultralight Panohead for Samyang 8mm f3.5 Nikon (+5.5°) Ultralight Panohead for Samyang 8mm f3.5 Nikon (+5.5°) Ultralight Panohead for Samyang 8mm f3.5 Nikon (+5.5°) Ultralight Panohead for Samyang 8mm f3.5 Nikon (+5.5°)
Brand: TOM SHOT 360
Product Code: SAM-835-NIK+5.5
Availability: In Stock
excl. VAT: 184.00€
No VAT for non-EU
  • Lightweight - ONLY 135 grams
  • Compact - ONLY 136mm high
  • Selectable click stops: 3, 4, 6, 8
  • Free access to aperture ring, adjustable
  • Indicators for portrait and diagonal orientations
  • 3/8"-16 tripod thread, 1/4"-20 adapter included
  • Ring is 3D printed with strong Polyamide nylon
  • Rotator made from 6082-T6 aluminum
  • Rotator lock (finger tight only)
  • Circular Bubble Level

Updated with the new selectable 3, 4, 6, 8 click stops. Surface is now the natural nylon material and texture, without polyurethane clear coat. Photos have not yet been updated.

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 Samyang 8mm f3.5 Fisheye Lens, for both CSI and CSII versions for Nikon mount. It is also compatible with another version of this lens for Pentax K mounts. Samyang lenses are also labeled by the brands of Rokinon, Walimex Pro, and Bower. With an APS-C sensor, a panorama can be completed in 6 shots around and 1 hand nadir shot, in diagonal orientation. With a Full Frame camera with the lens hood removed, it needs 3 shots around and 1 optional hand nadir shot. It is not compatible with EOS, EOS-M, Alpha, E, NX, and X mounts.

Image Type
Nikon APS-C sensor (1.5x crop factor) produces a rectangular image with approximately 172° FOV corner to corner, which requires the lens to be shot diagonally and a minimum 6 shots around. This version of the panohead is designed with a +5.5° tilt to completely capture the zenith. If you want to patch the nadir hole when the ground has a complex texture, it is recommended to shoot at least 8 rotations in order to reduce the size of the nadir hole. The lens hood does not have to be removed. Full Frame sensor (1x crop factor) produces a partially inscribed circular image, which can be shot in portrait and a minimum of 3 shots around (4 recommended). The lens hood needs to be removed. CSII version of the lens has a removable hood, while CSI does not.
Shooting and Image Properties
  APS-C Full Frame
Shots Required 6 + 1 3 + 1
Nadir Optional Optional
Zenith Not Needed, Captured Not Needed, Captured
Image Resolution 12mp: 10,000 x 5000
16mp: 11600 x 6800
Sensor Coverage Full sensor Circle, partially inscribed,
Lens hood needs to be removed.
Lens Orientation Diagonal 33-34° Portrait
Lens Mount Type Nikon
Pentax K
Pentax K
Notes No modifications needed Lens hood needs to be removed.
Simulation of Nadir and Zenith Holes
Simulation of nadir and zenith holes
Shooting Tips
Clicks: The rotator has selectable clicks of 3, 4, 6 (default), or 8 stops. Please refer to the instruction manual on how to change to a different number of stops. Aperture: The Samyang 8mm f3.5 Fisheye Lens is sharp between f8 - f11. Below f5.6 the stitching seams become very soft. This can be compensated if more shots are taken. A useful feature of the Ultralight Panohead is that the aperture ring is free to adjust while the lens is still attached. 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).
Compatible Cameras
APS-C Full Frame
Pentax K
No known incompatability
Pentax K
No known incompatability
requires lens hood to be removed
3D Printing Technology

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.