The SPH is a multi-row panoramic photography head. It has sliding plates to locate the camera over the panoramic axis of rotation, plus a sliding pla. Buy Used and Save: Buy a Used “Manfrotto SPH QTVR Spherical Panoramic Pro Head ” and save 54% off the $ list price. Buy with confidence as. Model: Manfrotto SPH. VR Head Type: Multi-Row Spherical Panoramic Tripod Mount. Weight: lb (2 kg). Dimensions: 32 cm. Load Capacity: 4 kg. Color.

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No Upper arm manfrotro stop: Yes Tools Required For Assembly: None Spare Parts Supplied: Yes screws, rails Case Supplied: Components of the SPH. No worries, it comes pre-assembled. The rail demarcations are from. As you can see it folds for storage. Short rail demarcations are from. Extra set of rails and screws. Mounting brackets and rails have dual safety features. Lower bracket has center point conveniently marked out to aid in nodal calibration.

Vertical arm and lower rail. The rails manfeotto guides 1 that allow components to easily line up. The vertical arm has a groove 2 Upper rotator detail. The upper rotator rotates very smooth. This is due to a banded bearing 1 and cardboard type washer 2 between the vertical arm and rotator assembly. The upper bracket has grooves underneath that matches the rails’ tracks.

The hole where you insert the screws are threaded. Prevents screws from accidentally falling out. The mounting brackets have marked out points to aid in nodal calibration and remembering set-up points for various cameras.

Make sure the VR head 1 is properly leveled. Have a leveling device, like the Manfrotto double-bubble level 2mounted on the hot shoe. Loosen the screw 3 securing the camera, and adjust as required. Slide the camera rail back down and adjust for the entrance pupil. Unfortunately the SPH is not designed for a clear shot of the nadir. The screw 1 that is securing the camera rail is not designed for quick adjustments.

Even if you were to 3303sph the screw with a winged-screw or “thumb-screw” it still wouldn’t work as it will not fit with the bracket.

Also you have to move the upper rail by the upper bracket assembly. Even then it’s not enough in my personal opinion. You would have to adjust both rails on the upper arm to its maximum expansion to have enough image to work with in Photoshop.


Too much adjustments are required just to shoot the nadir. Then, not to forget, you would lose the nodal calibration. The lower image shows what is required for a nadir shot that will give you enough image to work with. Notice the angle of the tripod and VR head. This is better illustrated with the NN3 review. The tripod legs are spread wider than mancrotto and tipped forward.

Again, you wouldn’t do this if you were shooting msnfrotto locations. As you will have to spend time readjusting back to the entrance pupil. NOTE on images below: The lens is not set at the correct entrance pupil. The images are to simply illustrate the length achievable on the upper arm of the SPH.

High resolution panoramic shooting. As shown above, the SPH can definitely shoot high resolution panoramic images. The longer rails that comes with the VR head is probably suitable for most telephoto or zoom lenses. Of course excluding the big-guns like the super-telephotos. For demonstration purposes two sets of manfrotyo were shot.

This is to demonstrate the difference between the two nadirs after conversion to a cubical image. Which would you pick to work with? Personally I would rather have a 303spn of the nadir. Less work in having to remove shadows and you’ll retain the location’s authenticity. Read up on other patching techniques here. Either panorama is fine to work with. Since this VR head is unable to shoot an image of the nadir without the tripod in view manfroto you must rely on your Photoshop skills.

The rail demarcations are from 0 – mm. Short rail demarcations are from mantrotto – mm. The vertical arm has a groove 2. Proprietary Rotational Head N. Upper arm detent stop: Tools Required For Assembly: If you’ve been around Photography most likely you’ve heard of them. They’re a huge manufacturer of professional photographic and video 303spy. First the good stuff. The precision of the SPH is incredible.

Every detail they put into making sure the manfrootto is both safe and precise is by far top notch. The guide on the rails lining up with the brackets and vertical arm are excellent. The N panoramic head’s ease of use and flexibility is unmatched. You can use the N for object panoramas. The dual safety-catch on the brackets with quick release, to protect your valuable camera, are ingeniously designed. The upper rotator assembly is well thought of with the ball-bearing washer.

Ease of rail adjustments. Rails’ corners have been shaved to an angle and edges rounded off to avoid personal injury. Strong material used that can accommodate the heaviest of camera bodies. Long rails that can accommodate long zooms and mid-size telephoto lenses. When I first stitched my first panorama it was parallax free. It was simple to adjust for the entrance pupil on the SPH. I simply used a carpenter’s square and Manfrotto’s double-bubble to initially adjust the nodal point.


Then I pointed the camera down, as if I’m shooting the nadir, and adjusted the camera’s center focusing point on the pivotal screw of the VR head.

Simple and effective entrance pupil adjustment.

Manfrotto 303 SPH : Specifications and Opinions

I find this technique easier than “looking at two objects at a distance” technique. The list goes on and on with its great qualities. I personally prefer manvrotto be able to shoot the nadir without the tripod in view. A nadir that is covered by a “mirror-ball” cap is not my cup-of-tea.

That’s just my personal preference. Just like I love my coffee black. I personally prefer to keep a location’s true details. Have you ever shot a of a location where there is important detail on the ground that makes a location significant or unique to any other place?

Weight, size and cost should all be considered when purchasing this VR head. It’s heavier than most. It’s huge, bulky and awkward to pack.

Manfrotto SPH QTVR Spherical Panoramic Head Kit – SPH B&H

It’s not something that you would take as a hand carry on a flight or go backpacking with. For it’s build quality it’s probably worth it.

But I would personally feel cheated after spending that kind of money knowing I can’t get a clear shot of the ground with all that engineering unless I modify it to Eric Rougier’s but that’s now doubling your cost. Talking mafrotto cost how much more is it to add a bubble level?

Did the engineers forget this detail?

Or is this a way to lure you to buying the leveling plate or double-bubble? Not a real big deal but would’ve been manfrofto to have a built in level at this price. For some reason I wasn’t surprise. Something this big no manufacturer is going to supply you with one.

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