This is a rig designed primarily for shooting aerial spherical panoramas from a full size manned helicopter (Not RC Helicopter). It is designed to allow the photographer to hang the pole out of the helicopter (tethered of course!) and drop the camera below the level of the skids. On the end of the pole is a single button. When the button is depressed the camera rotates at a rate of about one revolution per 5 seconds. As the camera rotates it is automatically triggered.
The triggering is done via magnets that run across a magnetic switch. There are no wires to worry about tangling as the camera rotates. the rig shown in this video has a 6 magnet disc installed which allows for a shot every 60 degrees. We will have 4 through 7 magnets discs available.
The end of the pole has a ring to which you would tether the entire rig to either a wrist or waist strap. Inside the telescoping pole is a stainless steel tether to keep the telescoping sections from accidentally separating and potentially dropping the camera.
This rig will only work with cameras that have wired remote ports to which two/three wires are shorted to release the shutter. Cameras such as Nikon D200, D300, D700, D3, D1 or Canon 5D, 7D, etc.
The camera mount utilizes a Nodal Ninja R1 lens ring mount. It has a built in 10 degrees of negative tilt to allow for full coverage from above the horizon through nadir. The R1 lens ring mount is suitable for most panorama lenses and bodies.
The rig can also be used on the ground... perfect for hiking and walks where you want to quickly capture an elevated panorama. By holding the pole up you can capture a spherical view in about 5 seconds from approx 9ft above ground.
Thanks to Bill Bailey of Nodal Ninja for his assistance with the R1 lens mount.
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