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| p.1 #1 · Tripod Head Not Really Level? |
I like taking panoramas.
I have a fine tripod (Gitzo 3541LS), with a Gitzo GS5121LVL thingy to replace the standard top of the tripod. The LVL has its own bubble level, making it much easier to level the tripod head than having to monkey with the legs endlessly.
So, doing that carefully, I find that I have a random, but often (not always) significant "wander" in my panoramas, with the last frame being higher or lower than the first frame, causing me to lose a large portion of my scene.
Because the problem is random, both in direction and severity, I am quite sure it's not the tripod head causing the problems. If I spend some time carefully seeing if there is wander (which can only be done if I have a level horizon on my shot, which is not always the case), I can tilt the top, and minimize the problem.
Is it likely simply that the bubble level on the LVL isn't working properly?
Any diagnoses and cures would be gratefully received.