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Acratech Panoramic Head

B&H # ACPH Mfr # 1165
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You Pay: $369.00
Product Highlights
  • For Multi-Row Stitched Panoramic Imagery
  • Use with Lenses Up to 600mm f/4.0
  • Arca-Style Quick-Release Clamp
  • Laser-Etched Markings for Pan & Tilt
  • Separate Control for Tension
  • Precision CNC-Machined Aluminum
  • Stainless Steel Hardware
  • Supports Loads Up to 25 lb
  • Top Centering Marks, Weighs 0.94 lb
  • Made in USA

The Acratech Panoramic Head is designed to facilitate precise panoramic photography with DSLR cameras and lenses as long as 600mm f/4.0. With laser-etched degree markers in both the pan and tilt dimensions, the Panoramic Head is suitable for multi-row stitched imagery, facilitating the broadest views possible. The head has separate controls for pan and tilt, of course, and there's also fully adjustable tension control.

Sturdy construction is a hallmark of the Panoramic Head – it's based on Acratech's Long Lens Head so heavy lenses will be well served. The head is composed of CNC-machined aluminum, which is anodized for a black-satin finish. Hardware is made of long-lasting stainless steel, and all knobs are secured so that they can't vibrate loose and fall off.

Use your existing Arca-style camera plate – the quick-release clamp is compatible with plates from several manufacturers (plate sold separately). The clamp not removable but is indexable, and it locks in at 90° increments.

Weighs less than 1 lb with quick-release clamp
Precision laser-etched degree markings on both the pan and the tilt axes
Provides easy, smooth balance for long lenses
Precision CNC-machined
Compatible with Kirk, Really Right Stuff, and many other Arca-Swiss-style quick-release plates (sold separately)
Beautiful black-satin anodized finish
Fits all standard tripods
Long-lasting stainless steel hardware
All knobs are secured so they cannot vibrate loose and fall off
Indexable quick-release clamp locks in at 90° increments
Solid, precision operation feel
Made in the U.S.
Load Capacity 25 lb (11.3 kg)
Spirit Level Not specified by manufacturer
Pan Range 360°
Tilt Range Not specified by manufacturer
Tension Control Yes
Tripod Mount Thread Size 3/8"-16 with included 1/4"-20 bushing
Dimensions Working height: 3.60" (91.5 mm)
Base diameter: 2.37" (60.2 mm)
Knob to knob: 4.57" (116.2 mm)
Weight 0.94 lb (0.42 kg)
Acratech Panoramic Head
  • Bushing: 1/4"-20
  • Limited 10-Year Warranty
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    AcratechPanoramic Head
     
    3.7

    (based on 6 reviews)

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    • 4 Stars

       

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    • 3 Stars

       

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    50%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Compact (3)
    • Lightweight (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/scenery (3)
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        • Was this a gift?:
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      4.0

      Good Product with a couple of Issues

      By AlaskaAce

      from Tucson, AZ

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Loose Screws
      • Wrong Instruction Sheet

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Multi-row Panographs

      Comments about Acratech Panoramic Head:

      I bought this head for multi-row panorama photography. I know that it will not be able to do 360 degree panos, but I wanted two or three row panos. it does that fine. Haven't had time to do much yet, but a couple of test panos were easily done. It also is a good large lens support.
      The four star rating is for the following reasons
      The instruction sheet included was for a different head. One of the screws holding an index pointer was missing, but I found it in the box and replaced it with no problem. May be a quality control issue.

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      2.0

      Precise? Hardly

      By Bill in GA

      from Atlanta, GA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

        • Poor design

        Best Uses

          Comments about Acratech Panoramic Head:

          Probably the best feature of this head is that it is easier and faster to setup than a traditional system using seperate rails. Its best feature is certainly not shooting panoramas. When the head is level and not tilted, it works fine for single row panos as would any other panning device. Multi-row and spherical panos are another story. The problem is that when the head is tilted, the lens's entrance pupil (nodal point) is no longer centered over the panning axis. The greater the tilt, the greater the offset. This causes parallax errors with nearby objects in the scene. Stitching software can not properly align the images with these errors. To get an acceptable pano, much work is needed editing control points and masking misaligned areas. The extra time spent doing this more than offsets any time saved during setup. I was able to get decent spherical panos with my Samyang 8mm lens by finding the entrance pupil offset at 15 degrees tilt down. This turned out to be around plus 25mm and was at the physical limits of my Acratech nodal rail. A tilt of 30 degrees down or more would require a much longer nodal rail to correct for the offset. To effectively use this head for panos, each lens would have to be calibrated for each tilt used and adjusted for offset during shooting. But this may cause parallax errors as well. I was told by Acratech that this head was designed for multi-row panos and that parallax errors should not be a problem. It is a very poor design and should not have been marketed as a panoramic head. Acratech states that it can also be used as a long lens head. I would be uncomfortable putting anything on it longer than a 200mm. I certainly would not put my 500mm on it. I bought the Acratech leveling head to use with this. When the bubble is centered on the leveling head, the bubble on the pano head is not. I found the leveling head bubble to be accurate and ignore the pano head bubble. Panning the head is not smooth and is noisy. It sounds like parts are rubbing together. There are definately no bearings or lubrication in the head. The panning clamp does not lock down securely and the head can be rotated no matter how tight the head is clamped. The bottom line: It is not a serious tool for shooting panoramas. If you want to do single row panos, you are better off using something else. If you want to do multi-row or spherical panos, you are better off using something else. I'm thinking that with practice, even hand held panos would give better results than this head does.

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          5.0

          Solid As Can Be

          By camilo bonilla

          from Miami, FL

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Easy to Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Sports/Action
            • Travel
            • Video
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Acratech Panoramic Head:

            I bought this item primarily as a long lens head, to replace an old ballhead which would sag noticeably with my heaviest lens and camera combination (at about 6 or 7 lbs.) even though it was rated for 60 lbs.
            I cannot stress enough how well built this head is. It is rigid enough to allow for crisp, repeatable 1 minute exposures at 1000 mm equivalent. No piece of equipment is replacement for decent long lens technique and weather; but this thing could probably hold very heavy setups even in a brisk crosswind without much trouble. To say that it clamps down with a death grip would be an understatement.

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            5.0

            perfect head for lens panoramas

            By Necati Ufuk Başkır

            from TURKEY

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Pros

            • Compact

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Acratech Panoramic Head:

                I baught 1,5 years ago, I am very glad to use this head, I am using short (24-70mm) or long (70-300mm, 300mm, 500mm or 800mm)lens for panorama,it is very strong there is just problem when make pan for this problem I am using fesiol panhead.

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                1.0

                Will it do a perfect pano?

                By Jack

                from Canada

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Useless

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Acratech Panoramic Head:

                    This head is missing an important feature. How can you adjust the nodal for the lens you will use? You will have to buy the Nodal Rail which add $200 to the price.

                    I would not recommand this head.

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                    5.0

                    Perfect!!!

                    By Jake

                    from Clinton, UT

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                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy to Use
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery

                      Comments about Acratech Panoramic Head:

                      I bought this head because I do quite a bit of panoramic shots and needed a head that would make things easier. I can do multi-row and vertical panorama's now with no problems.

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