Vello FreeWave Orbit Motorized Pan Head with Remote

Vello FreeWave Orbit Motorized Pan Head with Remote

Vello FreeWave Orbit Motorized Pan Head with Remote

B&H # VEMPH100 MFR # MPH-100
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Product Highlights

  • Programmable 360° Panoramic Movement
  • Remote Range: 100'
  • 3 Panning Speeds
  • Virtual Tours and Photo Stitching
  • Product Photography
  • 3/8"-16 Tripod Mount
  • 16 Programmable Channels
  • 2.4 GHz Frequency
  • Head is Powered by Nikon EN-EL3e Battery
  • Remote Powered by 2 x AAA Batteries
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Vello MPH-100 overview

  • 1Description

The FreeWave Orbit from Vello is a programmable motorized pan head which allows the user to capture full 360° panoramic photographs or still or moving product photos.

The Orbit is fully programmable allowing the user to determine the degree angle of rotation, the number of shots taken within that range, the panning speed, and the direction of capture for panoramic photos. Placement of the camera and head is entirely your choice, as the head may be mounted on top of a tripod via the integrated 3/8"-16 female thread or seated on a flat surface using the anti-slip bottom pad.

An ideal tool for the budding 360° panoramic or VR photographer, the Orbit is capable of automatically producing batches of images which may be easily combined to form traditional or interactive media. Operating as a panoramic head and trigger, the Orbit can be programmed to make linear adjustments in up to 360° patterns while automatically triggering the shutter every time the camera pauses. These images can then be stitched together to form multi-image panoramas or immersive 360° virtual tours. Additionally, this function may be used with the optional product plate to create interactive, rotating product tours.

Included with the Orbit is a 2.4 GHz wireless remote capable of communicating with the head from up to 100' away. Programmable to one of 16 available channels, the user can prevent troublesome radio interference with other electronics or use two Orbit heads in close proximity without issue.

The remote may also be used atop the camera as a camera control unit, capable of triggering the camera's shutter when it is not placed on the Orbit head. Previously mentioned, a common use for this function would be 360° product photography with the optional 8" product plate—a rotating stage which can allow a camera in a fixed position to take multiple photos of a small object from up to 72 angles.

The Orbit head is powered by a rechargeable Nikon-type EN-EL3e lithium-ion battery and the remote is powered by two AAA batteries.

Shot Range
Capable of taking 3, 4, 6, 8, 12, 24, 36, 45, 60, & 72 shots within one panoramic movement
Panning Direction
Pans clockwise or counter-clockwise
Three programmable speeds, 1-3 (from fastest to slowest)
Long Exposure Control
Control your shutter duration from 1 to 99 seconds per shot
Wireless Versatility
Select from 16 separate radio channels
UPC: 847628594739
In the Box
Vello FreeWave Orbit Motorized Pan Head with Remote
  • Remote
  • EN-EL3e Battery
  • EN-EL3e Battery Charger
  • Carrying Case
  • 3/8"-16 to 1/4"-20 Reducer Bushing
  • 2.5mm to Nikon 10-Pin Shutter Release Cable
  • 2.5mm to 2.5mm Shutter Release Cable
  • 2.5mm to Canon 3-Pin Shutter Release Cable
  • 2.5mm to Nikon DC-2 Shutter Release Cable
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    • 1Description

    Vello MPH-100 specs

    Wireless Range 100' (30.4 m)
    Maximum Load Capacity 4 lb (1.8 kg)
    Tripod Mount Thread Size 3/8"-16 or 1/4"-20
    Camera Mount Thread Size 1/4"-20
    Ports 2.5 mm trigger output
    USB Mini-B (for firmware updates)
    Frequency 2.4 GHz
    Wireless Channels 16
    Panning Speed 3 speeds
    Number of Shots 1-200 (1-99 with remote)
    Power Source Head: EN-EL3e
    Remote: 2 x AAA
    Dimensions 5.1 x 2.6 x 4.7" (13.1 x 6.7 x 12 cm)
    Weight 0.9 lb (408 g)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.25 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 9.9 x 8.1 x 3.4"

    Vello MPH-100 reviews

    FreeWave Orbit Motorized Pan Head with Remote is rated 3.3 out of 5 by 3.
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from The top screw is not centered The lower tripod mount is not centered with the top 1/4 inch screw. This is especially noticeable when purchased in combination with the round product tray. Your product will wobble from side to side creating more unnecessary work in post production. It's also a problem when trying to align with the entrance pupil of a lens Technically OK for a steady pan. You can't timelapse since the speed at the slowest is just to fast. The uncentered camera mount, build quality and poor documentation don't make it a good value for the money. There are better more modern options on the market that you can control with a smart device.
    Date published: 2018-07-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I will probable buy Another Just got this product about a week and ran a few tests on it i love it so far! I love ease of use and seems to perform well. Selection on product are good for what i need it for. Remote works well and overall great product
    Date published: 2016-11-09
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice product; Manual Difficult to Understand The Pan Head is nicely constructed (for being plastic), and comes with a case to keep the parts organized. My only complaint is that the manual is not entirely clear, the print is too small, and the controls are not intuitive. But with a magnifying glass and patience I expect to figure this out; then I can already see that this will be a valuable tool. I take lots of panoramas, and I am forever getting in the way, tripping the tripod, or forgetting to takes the shots at each setting. It comes with an older Nikon type battery (EN-EL3e) and charger; all you add is two AAA batteries for remote. If you have a QR plate on your camera then you will need a corresponding clamp. It includes a bushing to change the screw size, so any size tripod screw will work on the top plate. The bottom plate has the larger size female screw. The whole unit rotates around the bottom plate. I especially like the ability to fire off bracketed exposures. To do that (on a Nikon D810) I set the camera to continuous shutter (CH), turn on bracketing, and set the exposure on the Pan Head to 1 second. That seems to be long enough to get the bracketed exposures (it is like holding down the shutter button for 1 second). Then I can walk away from the tripod and start the sequence from a distance. My only con is that it doesn't return to the beginning. For example, if it is doing 12 exposures, 30 apart, it takes the first exposure at 0 and stops after the 12th exposure at 330 If I want to take a second row I need to rotate the unit back to0 It comes with four shutter cables, including the 10-pin for Nikon. Check that the one you want is included.
    Date published: 2017-03-07
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