Spherical Panorama Bracket for
Nikon FC-E9 & FC-E8 Fisheye
NEW - June 22nd 2005 FC-E9
bracket Version 5 now available
Now made from model ariplane birch plywood very dense and extremely
strong and durable and with a NEW screw and vingnut design for
NEW - Now Available FC-E8
bracket Version 5
only 110g / 0.25 pounds
The new bracket
design, is really a significant step forward in every way, its rock
solid, locks your lens in the nodal point, easy to assemble and take
appart, super light weight.
Raw Oak Pieces straight out of the laser, note the burn
marks from the laser, the blue material is a protective tape to prevent
your bracket from getting smoked.
wood travel bracket is lightweight and works well with Nikon FC-E9 &
you are looking at is the third generation and I have carefully been
breaking the earlier versions apart to see what would break when force
is applies, the mount holding the lens is actually 4 layers of furniture
grade oak, together they form a 1 inch piece of oak, creating a VERY
strong piece of wood.
can be used for spherical panorama photography, for travel, hotel, real-estate
virtual tours, with either 2 or 3 spheres, notice how the camera on
top of this page is rotated to vertical, this is because I recommend
photographing with 3 spheres trimmed for better quality spherical panoramas...
click here for a clip from a previous discussion about vertical vs full
The design were
mostly driven by being a end user. I wanted ease of use, light, and
- The bracket were designed
to hold the lens instead of the camera this eliminates several problems
1. Camera lean, when a heavy camera is captured from the side,
since the bracket is like a clothes pin locked on the lens, there
is no leaning or vibration.
2. Since the camera size and shape is not part of the equation
the camera can be updated without having to purchase a new
3. Light Weight. As a backpacker this is very important for
me, for comparison, the Kaidan CS bracket weights 1.93 pounds, the
travel bracket only 0.35 pounds.
This is about 155 grams Backpackers and globe trotters - your bracket
- By reducing the footprint
I also reduced the amount of time spend fixing the straight down of
- 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, which I find mostly can easily be
retouched with the cloning tool in Photoshop.
product # 259B - Bogen code (USA only): 3007X
Cost is app $20 at places like Samy's in LA and B&H Photo.
here for some of my panoramas most of these are photographed with
the FC-E9 bracket, or with earlier test versions.
- FC-E9 & FC-E8 is in stock
Important - Specify Nikon FC-E8 & FC-E9 lens
Click to order
to Bo's Panorama Page
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 uncommon dense and solid wood.
What Cameras Work with
The easy answer is "pretty
much any camera you can find a way to mount behind a CF-E9 fisheye lens.
The Panorama bracket were designed to use the Nikon FC-E9 fisheye converter
lens. This lens naturally work well with most Nikon Digital cameras,
however it is worth noticing that it works equally well with most other
brands, the main requirement is being able to screw the lens to the
front of the digital camera, most new digital cameras have a way of
mounting a "extension tube" for filters and add-on lenses,
it is easy to get a adaptor filter ring at your local photo store for
fitting the Nikon FC-E9 to almost any camera, you need either a step-up
or a step-down ring. So far I have successfully used this lens with
the travel bracket on these cameras.
Pro1 does not work.!
Nikon 5400 - Recomended
Almost all CoolPix Cams
Location in the LA River
* Note, I
now also have brackets for these popular lenses.
- SIGMA 8mm
- NIKON 10.5mm
- RAYNOX 180pro
- RAYNOX 185pro