Spherical Panorama Bracket
- We do not make this bracket at this time -

RAYNOX DCR-FE185PRO shown on Canon Pro1 with the first test bracket

NEW - August 31th 2005 Today I finished making a bracket for theRAYNOXDCR-FE185PRO, this lens will fit almost any serious digital camera on the market. This lens is quite different in personality from the Nikon FC-E9 lens in two aspects, first its nodal point is significantly behind the front element, which causes some interesting behavior with very close objects. Secondly the lens casing is made from plastic as compared to metal. However, the images from the lens stitches very icely and are easy to work with displaying only slight color fringing. So if you like me, had a taste for a cool camera othern than a Nikon cool pix.. this is the lens for you.

  • Instead of a large rotator I am using a Bogen extension which rotates smoothly and have no practical footprint in the picture, I removed the head from the tripod and mount the Bogen extension directly to the center screw of the tripod, the result is a very small footprint, however with the RAYNOXDCR-FE180PRO this does not reallly apply since this lens does not cover all the way down, on average my stitch ends up at 177 degrees. still a small footpring means the bracket is virtually not visible in the 180pro images. ask for sample shots.
    Manfrotto product # 259B - Bogen code (USA only): 3007X
    Cost is app $20 at places like Samy's in LA and B&H Photo.
    Samy's Catalog

  • I have had very good experiences getting RAYNOX fisheye lenses from Digital Distributors - Visit their website or call them at 800 774-7282

  • Check out all the RAYNOX lenses here. for spherical panorama photography you are particularly interested in the 185pro or the 180pro.

Availability - the RAYNOX DCR-FE185PRO bracket is no longer available. We stongly recomend using a Nikon FC-E9 instead.


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Laser cutting of the pieced for the SIGMA 8mm spherical fisheye panorama bracket

Bracket pieces being cut on the laser, because of the accuracy of the laser it is possible to create a very accurate spherical panorama bracket from high grade model aircraft birch plywood, which is a uncommonly dense and solid wood.