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Kaidan KiWi KiWi Panoramic Tripod Head User Manual

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User's Guide - V1.01 - 30 Sep 2004

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    KiWi ™ Panoramic Tripod Head User’s Guide - V1.01 - 30 Sep 2004...

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    KiWi Panoramic Tripod Head Overview Welcome to the Kaidan KiWi and Panoramic Photography Thank you for purchasing a Kaidan KiWi™ Panoramic Tripod Head. This manual is designed to help you understand how to use your KiWi to create quality panoramas. This docu-...

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    The KiWi Family Introducing the KiWi Components KiWi Rotator Base & Accessory Pouch Rotator Base The primary component in the KiWi family is the Rotator Base. The base uses interchange- able indexing discs called ClickDiscs that provide various click-stop positions. The base contains an integral circular bubble level and ac- commodates either 1/4”...

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    KiWi ClickDiscs How to install and remove ClickDisc indexing discs Disassembly The Rotator Base is held together with a recessed set screw which is located at the zero degree position on the barrel. Use the set screw wrench lo- cated in the blue accessory pouch and loosen the set screw (do not remove) by turning several revolutions...

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    KiWi ClickDiscs How to install and remove ClickDisc indexing discs Assembly Install the appropriate ClickDisc into the cavity on the top of the barrel. Be sure to orient the tab of the ClickDisc into the notch of the barrel. Push the ClickDisc into posi- tion.

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    KiWi Rotator Base Tripod threaded bushing adapter The KiWi comes with a tripod adapt- er bushing which accommodates both 1/4-20 inch and 3/8-16 inch threaded tripod mounts. 1/4 inch Tripod If your tripod has a 1/4 inch threaded mount, leave the brass bushing in the center hole in the bottom of the rota- tor as shown at lower left.

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    Spring Plunger Indexing How to adjust the spring force and click-stop action. The KiWi uses a spring plunger which is threaded into the horizontal plate. This plunger works with the ClickDisc to provide a solid and smooth click-stop action. The force of the plunger and the feel of the detent action can be adjusted by threading the plunger in and out of the horizontal plate.

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    Standard Camera Bracket - Camera Mounting Mounting your camera on the Standard Camera Bracket To mount your camera, first select the appropriate slot in the bracket that will best locate the tripod mount- ing thread on your camera. You may need to reposition the camera knob.

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    Twin-Axis Camera Bracket (Optional) Mounting your camera on the Twin-Axis Camera Bracket The Twin-Axis Camera Brack- et is offered as an optional choice when purchasing a KiWi. You can also purchase it separately. The Twin Axis Bracket has two separate axes of adjustment.

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    Quick Release Camera Mounts (Optional) Arca Swiss Style Quick Release Plates Both the Standard Camera Bracket and the Twin-Axis Bracket can be ordered or upgraded with a Quick Release Mount. These mounts are simply bolted on the respective bracket and make it easy to remove and replace your camera in seconds.

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    Nodal Point What is it and how do I find it? This is one of the most frequently asked questions when it comes to stitcher-based panorama creation. Once you understand the basics, you’ll be able to easily locate the nodal point for any camera and lens combination.

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    Nodal Point (continued) What is it and how do I find it? viewfinder, find another vertical edge or line that is far away, such as another building or telephone pole. Align the two objects and rotate the pan head so they are in the left hand side of the viewfinder.

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    This misalignment can also happen if the upright bracket is bent or is not exactly perpendicular to the rotation plane of the head. At Kaidan we check this dimension very closely to ensure it's as close to 90° as reasonbly possible.

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    Shooting Panoramas (continued) How do I begin? it takes. Let me also reiterate what's not as important as some people think. The overall level of the head/camera is not as critical in order to produce good stitched results. As long as the camera is not tilted or rotated and as long as the camera is positioned so that the optical axis is parallel to the rotation plane, you can tilt or position the entire head...

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    Information in this manual is subject to change without notice and does not represent a commitment on the part of Kaidan. No part of this manual may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or information storage and retrieval systems, or translated to another language, for any purpose other than the licensee’s...

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