Times ago I've built a panohead with wood profiles to shoot spherical panoramas (look at www.andreabiffi.com) with my Canon EOS1D (and then my EOS40D) and Tamron 11-18mm lens. You can make a similar one (easily a better one) with a few suggestions.
After my first single image post Amanda wished to see more pictures of single parts, so I've decided to make this step-to-step guide and tell you guys about the construction. It's not a real tutorial because the panohead is already built and a lot used, as you can see from the images, and I've already painted it for the second time two years ago. Anyway it seems this tool could go through rain, snow, ice and heat wave with not much weakening :-)

Step 1: finding the plate

Construction is very simple. It's made mainly from wood profile and metal plates and screws for connections. Here in Italy is very difficult find screws and nuts with english thread, you only find thread measured in mm, not inches. Unfortunately (for me) the camera fasten hole is 1/4 inch diameter. So I bypassed the problem finding some construction pieces in an ordinary and very cheap tool: the little aluminium tripod we find everywhere in the world!
This little marvel has three useful telescopic metal legs, a beautiful steel bolt with spherical head and a very light aluminium nut, everything for a pair $. We don't need the telescopic legs unfortunately... but both nut and bolt has right thread for camera (obviously).
<p>andrea dove hai comprato il mini-tripod? non riesco pi&ugrave; a trovare un negozio a milano che li venda</p>
non li vedo in giro da anni... il mio l'avr&ograve; compato 6 anni fa... :(
<p>ok grazie! un annetto fa li vendevano all' Auchan ad 1&euro; l'uno ma ora non ci sono pi&ugrave; neanche li :S</p>
per&ograve; se vai in Via Bruno (parallela di Paolo Sarpi) forse qualcosa trovi, l&igrave; &egrave; pieno di negozi di gadget cinesi...
<p>10D? I used to have one until the shutter broke down; I bought 40D with a battery grip then, and love it.</p>
<p>I also have a 40D with battery grip :-) the 10D acted as model</p>
Hi, looks great and nice project... small question, maybe I'm missing something but my &quot;cheap&quot; tripod (15euro) can create all the same possitions on its own, why would I want to make this then? :)
It would be great if you added at least one picture of the mounted camera as well. You can probably shoot it with your cell phone :-) <br>
I can take it with another camera if you're interested, but I prefer that readers focus on pano-head, and they should imagine it with their own camera mounted so I think it's better not to post it.
Focusing hard on the pano-head, my lousy imagination sees only a bunch of sticks.
ahah! Now you can focus to the camera, but I'm afraid the panohead seems a bunch of sticks more than before!
Thank you! But now I have more questions. I see 2 screws that seem to connect to the camera - one is obvious - to the base, but the second one (seen clearly in pictures 5 &amp; 11) seems to connect to the side of the camera. <br>Perhaps there is such a connection on the cannon, (I'm a Nikon person), I guess it is useful for stabilization. But If my body does not have one, I guess I cannot use this rig?
Today I've taken some better images. Look at the last photo, you'll understand ;-)
I could see how it would help by having a picture of your camera mounted, maybe in an intro picture to begin with. Its a little hard to picture everything together without having a general idea of what the camera looks like in your head. I looked up the camera so I knew what it was beforehand. I've been thinking about making something similar, thanks for the great ideas and for a good instructable!
All right so, I'll take some photos to show various camera positions (panoramic and portrait orientation and with or without battery-grip).
Really cool and usefull welldone!
Great project, went to my Blog: <br>http://faz-voce-mesmo.blogspot.pt/2012/11/muahahaha-instructables-e-ideias-geniais.html
glad of that! :-)
Keep on making those. :-)<br>

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