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Acratech Panoramic Head

BH #ACPH • MFR #1165
Acratech
Acratech Panoramic Head
Key Features
  • 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
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.
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Acratech 1165 Overview

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.

Acratech 1165 Specs

Load Capacity25 lb / 11.3 kg
Spirit LevelNot Specified by Manufacturer
Pan Range360°
Tilt RangeNot Specified by Manufacturer
Tension ControlYes
Tripod Mount Thread Size3/8"-16 with Included 1/4"-20 Bushing
DimensionsWorking Height: 3.60" / 91.5 mm
Base Diameter: 2.37" / 60.2 mm
Knob to Knob: 4.57" / 116.2 mm
Weight0.94 lb / 0.42 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.3 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)6.7 x 5.3 x 4.3"
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Does anyone know how to loosen the index knob ...

Does anyone know how to loosen the index knob with the included Allen wrench so I can change the orientation of the top clamp?
Asked by: James
There is a wheel underneath the quick release clamp. If it is too tight to loosen by hand, you can use the supplied allen wrench to insert into one of the holes. Remember, right is tight and left is loose.
Answered by: Acratech Product Expert
Date published: 2020-04-20

Can anyone give suggestion as to how to loosen ...

Can anyone give suggestion as to how to loosen the index knob, it won't budge at the moment?
Asked by: James
There is a flat round turn wheel below the quick release clamp. It has holes on each lobe. Turn to the left to loosen. If it is too tight, insert the supplied allen wrench for added leverage if needed. As you loosen, the clamp can be lifted and rotated to re-position.
Answered by: Acratech Product Expert
Date published: 2020-04-20

What is the difference between this 1165 vs 1160 ...

What is the difference between this 1165 vs 1160 ? It looks different though.
Asked by: Hiromu
The 1165 has degree marking on the tilt axis and the 1160 has none. The 1165 also has a pointer ring on the pan which the 1160 has none. They both can function as a Long Lens Head but the additional parts on the 1165 allow the photographer to shoot multi row panoramas. They both have the index-able clamp which allows you to orient the clamp for a lens or a camera body.
Answered by: Acratech Product Expert
Date published: 2021-11-04

Can the the Acratech locking lever clamp be used ...

Can the the Acratech locking lever clamp be used on this head?
Asked by: brent
No, it cannot. We have a unit that will work but it has to be bought directly from us. It requires disassembly that is not recommended to be done by the customer.
Answered by: Acratech Product Expert
Date published: 2021-10-22

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I'm always looking for ways to get multiple uses from a piece of equipment. How would this head compare ergonomically to a regular gimbal head for spontaneous panning and wildlife work?
Asked by: Nolan J.
I also added a nodal rail and a large leveling base. With this setup it becomes a multi purpose rig
Answered by: Javier G.
Date published: 2018-08-28

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How does one use a camera vertically on this Acratech panoramic head? With an L Plate only?
Asked by: Bruce
I've used this head for about a year. Absolutely love it. I use an L bracket and that would seem the only way to be able to use the unit for panos in the normal nodal point sense. However, if you loosen the large knob you can see in the picture, the head can be lowered to put the camera in vertical from horizontal with only an ArcaSwiss-type plate. In a landscape pano with little prominent foreground, this non-nodal swing of the camera around the center will likely produce a good pano. If you don't currently own an L bracket and plan to do a lot of panoramas, invest in an L bracket. You'll never regret it.I do mostly one and two to three level panos and this unit works fine for all that. It won't work if you are into doing sphericals. I used to use an Induro 5-way pan head. Wonderful unit itself but it rather requires the Christmas-tree type pan rig which is annoying to carry around due to being all the brackets (see for instance the Really Right Stuff pan rig at their site). All I use now is this pan head and a 1.5 Kirk clamp bolted to about a 7 strip of 1.5 inch strap aluminum (widely available at hardware stores, but you may have to buy a 3' bar). I beveled the 7 strip to fit the Acratech clamp on the head (so I spent about $10 for the alum bar opposed to about $100 for a nodal bar and beveled part of the 7 with a grinder.Also buy the Acratech leveling head too if you don't have another.A couple of notes on this head. Very solidly made and has great feel. Only very slight complaint is that the locking knob that is in the inside of the unit that locks the clamp in place will occasionally loosen a bit and make the head slightly wobbly. I don't know how this loosens but it only needs a bit of tightening once in a while. Your camera won't fall off when it does this. The camera clamp holds securely all the time in my experience.
Answered by: STEPHEN R.
Date published: 2020-12-11

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It is possible to use this with a Really right stuff B5D3-LC L-bracket and acratech nodal slide? (I want a camera specific L-bracket, but there isn't an acratech one - they are all universal/adjustable ones)
Asked by: Anonymous
All Arca-Swiss compatible Brackets, Rails, and Plates will work with our Acratech Panoramic Head.
Answered by: Scott D. Acratech Expert
Date published: 2018-08-28

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If used with a nodal slide and leveling tripod, will this produce accurate and properly aligned multi row panos? Some of the reviews seem to indicate that there is a problem with this. I am looking at the RRS multi row package but am curious about this one.
Asked by: Eric
We have many customers using our Panoramic Head (1165) and are very satisfied with the results. There is theoretically some parallax error when the head tilts, but we have found that the error is so small that the images still stitch together correctly. The head provides good results and a light weight solution.
Answered by: Scott D. Acratech Expert
Date published: 2019-11-07
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