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The answer is the 303SPH Multi Row Pan Head. Taking advantage of the introduction of this new head, Manfrotto has re-designed some of the key components of the existing range, starting from the heart -- the pan head, which is used as the rotation unit for all models in the family, as well as being a stand-alone product.
The 303SPH is a multi-row (spherical) panoramic photography head. It has sliding plates to position the camera over the panoramic axis of rotation, plus a sliding plate which rotates around the front/back tilt axis. This allows the camera to be rotated on both horizontal and vertical axes around the camera/lens nodal point, so multi-row panoramic photo sequences (cubic VR photos) can be taken accurately and easily.
Using the 303SPH ensures that software used for photo stitching produces a precisely composed VR environment with minimum post-production intervention or software correction.
The 303SPH's vertical bracket can be unlocked and rotated through 90° (then re-locked) so that the head takes up less space in transport, and so that the sliding plate mechanisms are protected against knocks and bumps. The 303SPH comes complete with a extra set of sliding plates for use with cameras of different sizes.
The Head weighs 4.4 lbs and is 12.5" high , its dimensions are 10.3" x 5.5" x 7.8", with a maximum load capacity of 8.8 lbs.
- Multi Row Cubic / Spherical Panoramas
- Mono row Panoramas
- Object Panoramas
- Three sliding plates for precise nodal point positioning on all planes/axes.
- Short plates included for more convenient use with compact cameras.
- Long plates included for use with larger SLR or medium format cameras.
- Camera attachment via 1/4 - 20" and 3/8" male screw.
- 3/8" female tripod fitting.
- Dual graduated scale to set the angle of rotation to any of the following: 90°, 60°, 45°, 36°, 30°, 24°, 20°, 15°, 10°, 5° (respectively equivalent to 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 15, 18, 24, 36, 72 photos to achieve a full 360° rotation) - on upper part of 300N rotation unit.
- Graduated scale from 0° to 360° on lower part of 300N rotation unit.
- By removing vertical brackets, the 303SPH can also be used as an object turntable.
- Vertical bracket folds down and removes for compact size during transport.
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Manfrotto 303SPH Virtual Reality and Multi-Row Pan Head
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