The Manfrotto 303SPH is a multi-row panoramic photography head. It has sliding plates to locate the camera over the panoramic axis of rotation, plus a sliding plate which rotates around the front/back tilt axis. This allows the camera to be rotated on both horizontal and vertical axes around the camera/lens nodal point, so multi-row panoramic photo sequences (cubic VR photos) can be taken.
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All plates and rotation index guides on the 303SPH have markings to allow repositioning of the camera once nodal point position has been identified and noted down. The 303SPH?s vertical bracket can be unlocked and rotated through 90deg. (then re-locked) so that the head takes up less space in transport, and so that the sliding plate mechanisms are protected against knocks and bumps. The 303SPH comes complete with a extra set of sliding plates for use with cameras of different sizes.
The Manfrotto 303SPH makes use of the 300N rotation unit, which is also available as a seperate product.
Three sliding plates for nodal point positioning on all planes/axes.
Short plates included for use with compact cameras.
Long plates included for use with larger SLR or medium format cameras.
Camera attachment via 1/4 - 20? and 3/8? male screw.
3/8? female tripod fitting.
Dual graduated scale to set the angle of rotation to any of the following:
90deg., 60deg., 45deg., 36deg., 30deg., 24deg., 20deg., 15deg., 10deg., 5deg.
(respectively equivalent to 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 15, 18, 24, 36, 72 photos to achieve a full 360deg. rotation)
By removing vertical brackets, the 303SPH can also be used as an object turntable.
Vertical bracket folds down and removes for compact size during transport.
Manfrotto products may also be available under the Bogen brand name.
The price of the Manfrotto 303SPH varies by vendor, average price is about US$ 545