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    Custom built Digital Panoramic camera setup.

    Hi, this is my first post here.
    I would like to show off a project i built around 3years ago. It has had a lot of use so excuse the current condition of it. I designed & built it with my own hands...

    In a nutshell it is a camera body built out of aluminium which i mount a Sony A7 (will also work for A7r\Mk 2,3 & 4) on the sliding back & mount any Mamiya RZ67 lens on the front end,
    which has a bellows\focusing-rail to focus (50mm ULD in pics)...

    I basically compose & focus the image using the Live-View of the A7 & set critical focus plus adjust the lenses floating element by the magnified live view on the lcd.
    I then set the sliding plate to one end & take each exposure (in between sliding the back to the next frame). It is calibrated so that each frame (7 in total) has roughly a 40% overlap for stitching.
    I can then easily merge the images in PS just using the built in reposition photomerge tool. There is no post cropping that needs to be done & zero geometric distortion as i am just capturing the large
    image circle of the RZ67 Lens in multiple 35mm frames.

    So far, i only have the 50mm ULD which is equivalent to an ultra wide lens. And i also have a 140mm Macro. I have been very impressed with the resolution\detail of the Mamiya lenses.
    Next upgrade will be getting a A7R Mk2, i would love the MK4 but the bank wont allow it atm. lol

    Anyway just thought i would share it, here are some pics of the setup & also some shots taken with it.
    Cheers
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    Re: Custom built Digital Panoramic camera setup.

    Welcome, and thank you for sharing your project.

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    These are some of the shots i have taken with this setup. Sorry if some of them look a bit cooked, im not sure if they are processed for web properly.
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    Re: Custom built Digital Panoramic camera setup.

    Very cool, very creative!
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    Re: Custom built Digital Panoramic camera setup.

    Amazing photography and great creativity in building your own kit - thanks for sharing.
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    Re: Custom built Digital Panoramic camera setup.

    Quote Originally Posted by keller212 View Post
    Hi, this is my first post here.
    I would like to show off a project i built around 3years ago. It has had a lot of use so excuse the current condition of it. I designed & built it with my own hands...

    In a nutshell it is a camera body built out of aluminium which i mount a Sony A7 (will also work for A7r\Mk 2,3 & 4) on the sliding back & mount any Mamiya RZ67 lens on the front end,
    which has a bellows\focusing-rail to focus (50mm ULD in pics)...

    I basically compose & focus the image using the Live-View of the A7 & set critical focus plus adjust the lenses floating element by the magnified live view on the lcd.
    I then set the sliding plate to one end & take each exposure (in between sliding the back to the next frame). It is calibrated so that each frame (7 in total) has roughly a 40% overlap for stitching.
    I can then easily merge the images in PS just using the built in reposition photomerge tool. There is no post cropping that needs to be done & zero geometric distortion as i am just capturing the large
    image circle of the RZ67 Lens in multiple 35mm frames.

    So far, i only have the 50mm ULD which is equivalent to an ultra wide lens. And i also have a 140mm Macro. I have been very impressed with the resolution\detail of the Mamiya lenses.
    Next upgrade will be getting a A7R Mk2, i would love the MK4 but the bank wont allow it atm. lol

    Anyway just thought i would share it, here are some pics of the setup & also some shots taken with it.
    Cheers

    Thanks for sharing .
    Quite amazing to see a home made panoramic camera today. It was fairly common in 1970s and 1980s to make panoramic cameras at home.Than when I started shooting panos many cameras were hand made by members of International Association of Panoramic Photographers - IAPP, which I believe started in mid 80s in Virginia and one of the founding members was late Mr. Eddie Goldberg from Texas. He was a real father of Panoramic photography as we know it today.
    Please share some more pictures, great job.

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    Thanks

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    Keller 212,


    You should be commended for your innovative approach to panoramic photography. There is saying "Necessity is the Mother of Invention", so if we assume your passion for Panoramic photography was a necessity, then you certainly applied invention. Yes often we describe such cobbled together devices as Rube Goldberg devices, but yours has a practical purpose and your images are inspiring. As other have expressed, I would look forward to seeing more images and if you have plans in the future for expanding on this endeavor when funds and material are available. Thanks ever so much.

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    Re: Custom built Digital Panoramic camera setup.

    Very Impressive mechanics...and creativity!

    I haven't built my own camera...but I have certainly used a wide variety of gear, and admired all the innovative engineering involved in each one.

    When you used the term "panoramic," I understood "rotating around a focal-point."

    What you're really doing is sliding the back & stitching a composite, rather than rotating the back for the composite. No parallax corrections needed!

    Great imagery...keep your vision growing...!!
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    Re: Custom built Digital Panoramic camera setup.

    Thank you guys for the encouragement & enthusiasm.
    Much appreciated...
    I will definately upload some more of my work taken with this setup as soon as I get some free time.

    Thanks again.

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    Great work - and I love the photos taken with it. Bit of panorama specialist here but I just use a Manfrotto pan head, which has its limitations, especially with straight lines and buildings. This is a very interesting solution!
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    Re: Custom built Digital Panoramic camera setup.

    Very innovative! Nice work.

    Now, about that Sony A7R IV....
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    Re: Custom built Digital Panoramic camera setup.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dante Alighieri View Post
    Very innovative! Nice work.

    Now, about that Sony A7R IV....
    Thanks!
    Yes hopefully one of these days... 😒

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    Re: Custom built Digital Panoramic camera setup.

    Do you have a view finder, or method to determine the entire image for framing? Sliding the camera back and forth to check the right and left boarders sounds pretty tedious.

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    Re: Custom built Digital Panoramic camera setup.

    After spending hours in developing this product spending a few seconds determining the view is quite trivial.
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    Re: Custom built Digital Panoramic camera setup.

    I would say more Months than hours... lol
    I find the workflow pretty straight forward. Its just a matter of sliding the plate to 1st shot & last shot position & then adjusting the ball head until im happy with framing\composition.
    The proccess really only takes a few minutes, especially once you get to know the lens & have an idea in my head of the angle of view etc...
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    Re: Custom built Digital Panoramic camera setup.

    Quote Originally Posted by keller212 View Post
    ...Its just a matter of sliding the plate to 1st shot & last shot position & then adjusting the ball head until im happy with framing\composition.
    The proccess really only takes a few minutes, especially once you get to know the lens & have an idea in my head of the angle of view etc...
    I do something similar with a Canon 35mm TS lens that has been modified so it shifts the camera instead of the lens when tripod mounted, and I've always struggled getting the framing just right. Maybe more practice is called for ; )

    Your image captures are fantastic.

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