This tutorial will show you how to make a high quality, durable panoramic tripod bracket. Most people realize the importance of avoiding parallax problems when shooting panorama photos. While there are a number of commercial products available for this purpose, most I wouldn’t trust with my DSLRs. Since I won’t use my equipment on anything that doesn’t look sturdy, that limits me to units that are moderately expensive. Not wanting to spend a lot of money on equipment that I use infrequently, I set about to see if I could create a more cost effective solution. Two years ago when I first made this bracket, I made it using common parts available from most local hardware/home improvement stores for under $17 ($11 if you wanted to use wing nuts).
I have tested the wide angle & telephoto brackets on my tripod with a 20-pound weight and there is literally no deflection of the bracket - this should work with most camera/lens combinations. (For reference, the camera shown in the photos is a Canon SX20 IS).
The design features I particularly wanted were:
a) flexibility - able to use with any of my cameras and lenses
b) strength - strong without excessive weight; strong enough for a DSLR and 300mm lens
c) multiple tightening knobs - to increase stability and prevent mishaps
d) low cost - keep cost reasonable but not at the expense of stability
e) balanced - minimize stress on the tripod heads
f) quick & easy to setup
g) must be able to use a lens hood