Side to side adjustment needed on R10 (and R1)

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  1. Side to side adjustment needed on R10 (and R1)

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    I have been using an R1 pano head at 5 degrees tilt for years now. Looking into my spare parts box I found an R10 fixed at 5 degrees. I got a screaming deal a few years ago off of eBay, so I could not turn it down. Today I decided to see what it would take to put the R10 into service.
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    Going through the calibration exercise I found that the fore/aft setting was exactly the same for both the R1 and R10 pano heads. Good job thinking ahead Nick. (Nikon D800, Tokina 12-17, 5 degrees up tilt = 21mm)
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    Problem is that my 6" calibration disk I put between the rotator and tripod head was coming out saw toothed in the stitched pano.
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    Mind you pictures taken with the R10 slightly off center stitch ok, but when you are using a monopod you need to eliminate as much error in your set up as you can since you will be inducing NPP errors while taking pictures.
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    Now that I have been doing this for a few years I knew what adjustment needed to be made in order to have the disk come out nice and round.
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    I went out to my machine shop for yet another round of "modify the pano head". I turned the precision drilled holes into precision slots. I also elongated the counter sinks.
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    Now I have about 2mm side to side adjustment. I was able to dial in the pano head to the point where my calibration disk is nice and round, not pointy or lumpy.
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    Nick, please modify your R10 clamp to include slots instead of holes. No matter how well you make your pano heads (no complaints here) there is still room to improve and get the camera precisely at the NPP.
    Last edited by DennisS; 03-17-2014 at 05:24 PM.
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    Finally got around to taking pictures of my modified R10.
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    Here are my mods to the R10. They allow for greater repeatability (when you take apart and reassemble) and more accurate calibration.
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    The base gets two pins. This allows the vertical arm to be turned around for either upward or downward tilt. The vertical arm will always go back into the same position it was prior to disassembly.
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    Next the vertical arm receives a "keyway" that allows for very precise side to side adjustment. The slot is for the spring under the plunge pin.
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    The base of the clamp gets a slot to mate with the vertical arm. The hole in the center is for the spring loaded plunge pin (which is left out of the original R10). The bolt holes are slotted to allow for side to side adjustment.
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    Top view of the clamp.
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    Top view of the assembly.
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    Nobody needs any of these mods in order to create great panos with a stock unit. For my use, these mods allow for more accuracy and greater usability of an already great pano head.
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    Distance scale engraved on the bottom.
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    nice mod.



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    Any chance of something like this being offered officially Nick? I too find myself having to move the R1/R10 sideways! I've mounted mine on a short rail and placed a clamp on the rotator! It works but is a little inelegant!
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    Nick, are you listening? People have contacted me off list about this mod. Remember the nadir adapter and NN3 ring clamp adapter?
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