Our Panoramic Head is designed as a multi-row panoramic head that also works well as a long lens head. The large degree scale on the tilt axis and the adjustable zero pointers on the pan axis make multi-row panoramas very quick and easy. The index able quick release rotates so you can attach a camera body or a long lens with a tripod collar directly to the head.
- Designed to work as a multi-row panoramic head and as a long lens head
- Easily holds over 25 lbs. (11.4kg) at any angle
- Will solidly support 600 f4.0 lenses
- Eliminates the need to carry a large, heavy gimbal head
- Provides easy, smooth balance for long lenses
- Weighs less than 1 lb. (.45kg) with quick release clamp
- Fully adjustable tension control
- Compatible with Kirk, Arca, and many other QR plates
- Fits all standard tripods (1/4-20 and 3/8-16 threads)
- Index able quick release clamp can be rotated in 90 degree increments
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I replaced a medium sized ball head with this head, and I really like it. While the ball head was useful when switching between using a camera with an L plate and shorter lens and using a long lens with a footed collar, I think that the panning head, combined with a leveling base makes panoramas far easier and it's also easier to use in a gimbal fashion with long lenses.
The head works fine. Smooth and precise vertical controls. The possibility to change direction for the clamp is very welcome and works well. For an ordinary camera everything is fine, but it is not well suited for a long lens like a 400/2,8. The head is just too small and the setup becomes shaky and difficult to use even when the tripod itself is very sturdy. The horizontal direction is in my opinion also not optimal. It is difficult to have the knob loose without becoming so loose that when you fasten it the composition will jump, and you need to readjust with the vertical controls to get it precisely where you want it.
I'm not a professional photographer so my full attention needs to be directed towards my camera settings and my composition. My first outing with the Acratech Panoramic Head was a joy. For once I didn't spend most of my time messing with my tripod. Not only is the design brilliant but the fit and feel of the knobs and dials is so nice. I'm seriously trying to think of an excuse to upgrade my other two cheaper tripods to Acratech ballheads! Thanks you for such a wonderful product!
I have been using a fluid head mounted on a leveling base instead of a ballhead for my wildlife and landscape photos for some time now and have found it to be a great solution. However, the fluid head is large and bulky. The Acratech pano head gives me the same functionality in a much smaller package. It is extremely well engineered and well made, like all Acratech produces and I would recommend it to any photographer who struggles with a traditional ballhead.
I have the RRS TFC-34 MK2 Tripod which I like, but I did not like using the RRS BH-40 LR II ballhead. I saw Thomas Heaton's video and started researching this product. Because my tripod does not allow for a bowl type solution I also needed a leveling base (1170) for this to work. I can say that this setup, for me, is a superior solution. I had screwed up a Milky Way Shot and some shots of ships on the water due to an inability to pan with the RRS ballhead. I now no longer have that problem. I also am using the Acratech Nodal Rail 1135 which works well.