Carbon fiber extension tube to minimize the area shaded by the tripod or tripod head.
With almost any kind of panorama, be it a whole spherical panorama or an extremely wide-angle shot with a strong downward pan, you have to deal with the problem of the "ground image" (called "nadir" in professional circles). When looking "down", the tripod is actually always disturbing!
To see little or nothing of the tripod in the finished panorama, there are several possibilities, e.g:
All methods have one thing in common: The smaller the area shaded by the tripod or tripod head (the so-called footprint), the
faster and easier it is to achieve a better result!
Basically, the setup below the nodal point adapter (and the nodal point adapter itself!) should have the smallest possible diameter and be as far away from the lens (or the entrance pupil) as possible. A few simple suggestions can be easily implemented:
Many photographers also prefer to use a quick-release system (e.g. Arca-Swiss), which is rather disadvantageous in terms of a small footprint due to the controls for clamping. Therefore the use of a tripod center column is of little use, because it increases the distance of the lens to the tripod legs, but not to the tripod head and clamping system.
With the pocketPANO Extension Rod, we now offer an ultra-light and highly stable extension made of high-quality carbon fiber that can be universally mounted between the tripod or tripod head and the nodal point adapter.
This automatically reduces the area shaded by the tripod or tripod head!
The following comparison clearly shows this:
Without Extension Rod
Large shaded area when using the nodal point adapter directly on a ball head with clamp.
With Extension Rod
Clearly reduced shading area, which is only determined by the narrow base of the VARIO nodal point adapter.
Here is an overview of the most important facts: