Linhof Large Leveling Head II with Panorama Plate, Dovetail Guide, and Dovetail Track Plate

Linhof Large Leveling Head II with Panorama Plate, Dovetail Guide, and Dovetail Track Plate

Linhof Large Leveling Head II with Panorama Plate, Dovetail Guide, and Dovetail Track Plate

B&H # LILLHIID MFR # 3657
Linhof Large Leveling Head II with Panorama Plate, Dovetail Guide, and Dovetail Track Plate

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Product Highlights

  • For Panoramic Photography, Holds 22 lb
  • Leveling Base, Built-In Panning Platform
  • Independent 360° Rotation with Lock
  • Arca-Type Compatible Clamp on Platform
  • Includes Arca-Type Quick Release Plate
  • Provides 17° of Roll, Left or Right
  • Keeps Camera and Images Level to Subject
  • Ensures Horizontal Rotation Axis
  • Helps Maximize Panoramic Image Area
  • Useful for Cylindrical Panoramas
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Linhof 3657 overview

  • 1Description

This Large Leveling Head II from Linhof is designed to allow a camera to be incrementally rotated on a horizontal axis for capturing a sequence of images that are intended to be aligned and merged into a single panoramic photo. It features a built-in Linhof panorama plate with a dovetail guide, which is a panning platform with an Arca-type clamp that provides the ability to rotate a camera 360° according to clearly visible hatch marks engraved at 5° intervals. Depending on which camera and lens is placed on this leveling head, as well as the lens's focal length, those interval hatch marks can be used to ensure that images within a sequence sufficiently overlap to form a panorama. Cameras or panoramic head components with 1/4"-20 or 3/8"-16 female accessory threads can be placed on the panorama plate with a dovetail guide using the included Linhof 003693 50mm Dovetail Track Plate, which is an Arca-type compatible quick release plate.

The leveling head has a load capacity of 22 lb and is compatible with tripods or support systems that feature a 3/8"-16 mount. Loosening its control handle allows the leveling head's panorama plate to be rolled left or right, by up to 17°.

Two corner-facing, adjacent bubble levels built into the dovetail guide help to ensure that this leveling head is properly angled to provide a camera with a horizontal rotation axis. This is particularly useful for cylindrical panoramas where their individual component images must remain uniformly level to avoid the appearance of slanting upwards or downwards after they are aligned. Cylindrical panoramas that initially appear to be slanted can require extensive cropping to obtain parallel top and bottom sides. This can result in a dramatic loss of picture area and apparent height, causing unexpected as well as unwanted changes to image composition and content. By incorporating this leveling head within a support system configured for the process of creating panoramas, misaligned horizontal orientations relative to a panoramic subject can be precisely compensated for, preventing slanted images and maximizing their potential area, helping to preserve creative intent.

  • Designed to allow a camera to be incrementally rotated on a horizontal axis for the purpose of capturing a sequence of images that are intended to be aligned and merged into a single panoramic photo
  • Panorama plate with dovetail guide that is an Arca-type clamp provides the ability to rotate a camera 360° per visible hatch marks engraved at 5° intervals
  • Cameras or panoramic head components with 1/4"-20 or 3/8"-16 female accessory threads can be placed on the panorama plate with dovetail guide using the included Linhof 003693 50mm Dovetail Track Plate, which is an Arca-type compatible quick release plate
  • Large locking knob with knurled surface allows a compatible Arca-type quick release plate to be easily secured or removed from the clamp
  • Locking ring between panorama plate and dovetail guide allows the panorama plate to be fastened in one position or to rotate 360°
  • Interval hatch marks on panorama plate can be used to ensure that images as part of a sequence sufficiently overlap to form a panorama
  • Provides up to 17° of roll, left or right
  • Ensures that individual panorama component images obtained by incrementally rotating the camera remain uniformly level to avoid the appearance of slanting upwards or downwards after they are aligned
  • Prevents need to extensively crop aligned panorama component images to obtain a final panoramic image with parallel top and bottom sides
  • Maximizes potential area of final panoramic image, helps to preserve creative intent
  • Compatible with tripods or support systems that feature a 3/8"-16 mount
  • 22 lb load capacity
  • Control handle can be loosened or tightened to enable tilt movement
  • Durable, cast aluminum construction
  • Interchangeable 1/4"-20 and 3/8"-16 mounts for dovetail track plate
  • Hex key to remove or install interchangeable 1/4"-20 and 3/8"-16 mounts for dovetail track plate
  • Integrated hex key retainer in panorama plate with dovetail guide
  • 3/8"-16 to 1/4"-20 reducer bushing can be used to adapt cameras or panoramic head components with 3/8"-16 female accessory threads to dovetail track plate with 1/4"-20 mount installed
UPC: 053661093836
In the Box
Linhof Large Leveling Head II with Panorama Plate, Dovetail Guide, and Dovetail Track Plate
  • 003693 50mm Dovetail Track Plate
  • 1/4"-20 Mount for Dovetail Track Plate
  • 3/8"-16 Mount for Dovetail Track Plate
  • Hex Key for Dovetail Track Plate Mounts
  • 3/8"-16 to 1/4"-20 Reducer Bushing
  • Limited 5-Year Warranty
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    Linhof 3657 specs

    Material of Construction Cast Aluminum
    Load Capacity 22.0 lb (10.0 kg)
    Quick Release Yes, 1/4"-20 or 3/8"-16 mount
    Spirit Level Yes
    Separate Panning Lock Yes
    Tripod Mount Thread Size 3/8"-16
    Panning Range 360°
    Roll Range -17.0°/+17.0°
    Height 3.7" (9.3 cm)
    Maximum Diameter 3.5" (9.0 cm)
    Weight 1.7 lb / 0.8 kg

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