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Acratech Panoramic Head with Leveling Base Kit

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Acratech Panoramic Head with Leveling Base Kit
Key Features
  • For Multi-Row Stitched Panoramic Imagery
  • Use with Lenses up to 600mm f/4.0
  • Arca-Type Compatible Quick Release Clamp
  • Laser-Etched Markings for Pan & Tilt
Create beautiful panoramic images with the Acratech Panoramic Head with Leveling Base Kit from B&H while having up to a 600mm lens perfectly balanced. The setup gives you the ability to precisely move a camera and lens incrementally and create a stitched panoramic image.
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Panoramic Head with Leveling Base Kit Overview

Create beautiful panoramic images with the Acratech Panoramic Head with Leveling Base Kit from B&H while having up to a 600mm lens perfectly balanced. The setup gives you the ability to precisely move a camera and lens incrementally and create a stitched panoramic image.

Acratech Panoramic Head with Arca-Type Quick Release (Classic Knob)

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 on 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, 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-type camera plate – the quick release clamp features a classic knob clamp and is compatible with plates from several manufacturers (plate sold separately). The clamp is 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-type 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.
Acratech Leveling Base, with 3/8" Tripod Thread - Supports 25 lb (11.4 kg)

The Acratech Leveling Base is a leveling base that fits between the tripod (or stand) and the tripod head, and can be used with any tripod that features a 3/8" head screw. This device allows for the photo or video head to be quickly leveled, independently from the tripod.

At its center is an oilless and greaseless ball that will not attract or hold dirt and debris. It allows 10° movement in any direction, and features smooth knob action for easy and secure positioning.

Precision bull's eye bubble level provides accurate positioning
Ball will not shift when tightened
Satin black anodized finish
All knobs are captive so they cannot fall off accidentally
Low profile design-just 1.77" (45mm) tall not including the 3/8"-16 threaded screw
2.4" (60mm) Base & top diameter(excluding the knob and bubble level)
Precision C.N.C. machining
Made in the U.S.A.

Acratech Panoramic Head with Arca-Type Quick Release (Classic Knob) Specs

General
Head TypeTilt Head
Base Mount1/4"-20 & 3/8"-16 Female
Quick Release Plate TypeArca-Type
Load Capacity25 lb / 11.3 kg
Number of Bubble Levels1
Friction ControlYes
Independent Pan LockYes
MaterialAluminum
Pan & Tilt Range
Vertical Tilt+90° to -90°
Panning Range360°
Physical
Base Diameter1.2" / 30 mm
DimensionsH: 3.6 x W: 4.5 x L: 3.0" / H: 9.1 x W: 11.4 x L: 7.6 cm
Weight1 lb / 0.5 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.3 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)6.7 x 5.3 x 4.3"

Acratech Leveling Base, with 3/8" Tripod Thread - Supports 25 lb (11.4 kg) Specs

Load Capacity25 lb (11.4 kg)
Control Range10° movement in any direction
Height1.77" (45mm)
Weight8 oz (240 g)
Packaging Info
Package Weight0.755 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)4.75 x 4.35 x 3.4"

Panoramic Head with Leveling Base Kit Reviews

It is that good

By Carla
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-11-23

This is as good as it gets. 100% worth the money. Immaculate build quality. Precise and easy to see indicators. Smooth operation and a bubble that proves the level, that you can actually see! Imagine if you will. This is was huge purchase for me, and I love it.

Solid and precise

By David
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-09-25

I bought this to enable accurate panoramas using a nodal rail. It works beautifully and is very sturdy.

Great Combo

By Felix
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-23

Been using it a few months. Great for Marco, Pano, Landscape and time lapse. I tend to get confused with all the different knobs. Just takes a little getting used to. Not easy levelling the bubble especially when mounted to a taller tripod and the bubble level is above eye level.

trade off in everything

By Daniel
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2022-03-17

Leveling base is rock solid, but when you start stacking stuff on top of it,(like in this example a panoramic head) it becomes same as short center column. It flexes too much. If only someone could come up with something like this but much shorter.

Head and Leveling Base Combined

By Brian
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-03-04

This panoramic head combined with the leveling base provide a compact method for pan and tilt control of the camera/lens combination. The ability to quickly rotate the QR clamp 90 for either camera base or lens foot clamping is particularly useful. There are separate knobs on the tilt pivot to control drag and lock but a single knob on the pan base to provide adjustable pan drag and locking. Note that this does not provide the same level of adjustable damping as a video head but it is compact, light and ideal for a traveling tripod. I have only been using the unit for a few days and so far I'm finding that regardless of adjustment the drag tends to vary slightly over the tilt range. However, I expect the tilt drag to smooth out over time and on that basis I'm giving it five stars.

Solid solution!

By Perry
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-02-16

Initially, I was hesitant to replace my previous ball head with this approach; however, upon installing the Acratech Panoramic Head with Leveling Base Kit my reservations disappeared...This unit is rock solid and the leveling base works smoothly to dial in a level shooting position. I've put a D850 with a 300mm f2.8 on it to test weight load operation and again it passed with flying colors; in fact, it feels a lot more secure when making adjustments than with the ball head set-up...I would recommend this product without any reservation or caveats.

Completely perfect

By Carla
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-11-16

I shoot night sky images - complicated panos on a tracker. Getting the best leveler and way head has been a game changer. I have tried a lot of setups. Now I am putting the tracker on the leveler, a V plate on the tracker and this exquisite head on the V plate. The V plate is the weak link. But all it has to do is stay flat - I tighten it down like no tomorrow. The Acratech does all the heavy lifting. I can see the degrees! The movement is smooth! And the screw tighteners are just perfect. The leveler is also very nice. It does have a tiny bit of play with my heavy tracker kit so I need to make sure I have a good deal of settling before shooting a 3 minute exposure. But I can SEE the bubble and the screw doesn't move the level when I clamp it down (hear that Leophoto?). Worth the $

Works as advertised

By Craig
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-09-26

Began learning to shoot panos using a ball head which was frustrating so I began looking for a solution. The leveling base ended most of my frustrations with its quick, easy and accurate leveling. No more fiddling with the tripod legs. The panoramic head is rock solid and operates smoothly. I've tested it's stability with a rather heavy 200-600mm lens and it performed flawlessly. Whenever I achieved poor results or had any frustrations it was due to operator error. I can't say this is the best combination on the market as I haven't used others but I can say it ended my frustrations. It simply works very well for me.

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Does the clamp of the Panoramic Head have ...

Does the clamp of the Panoramic Head have laser-Etched markings if I buy the Kit with the leveling base? I ask this question because the older model of the clamp did not have markings...
Asked by: Ralph
Yes, it has the laser markings on the clamp. There are photos on the B & H and Acratech websites that show the clamp with markings.
Answered by: Acratech Product Expert
Date published: 2022-07-18

The mounting plate seems a considerable distance ...

The mounting plate seems a considerable distance above the pivot point. Does this cause parallax problems with a multi level panorama with say a 70-200 lens?
Asked by: Lyman
No ones you find the nodal point you should not have any issue with panoramic photography with 70-200mm
Answered by: vilson
Date published: 2021-02-01

Is this head compatible with the Wimberly ...

Is this head compatible with the Wimberly Sidekick?
Asked by: Brian
The Wimberley Arca Sidekick Ball to Gimbal Head Adapter is designed for use with ball heads, not panoramic tilt heads such as the Acratech Panoramic Head with Leveling Base Kit. While the Wimberley Sidekick would connect to the Acratech Panoramic Head, you may not get full range of motion using the panoramic head.
Answered by: Manzell
Date published: 2022-03-02
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