Good advice Meats. It might be of interest to know my experience of trying to obtain the best pan possible. I was shooting at a WW1 war cemetery in France and wanted to pan 360 and 180 for maximum effect to bring home the vast number of graves in this cemetery.
Being right-handed (not sure if that matters) but I tend to pan left to right, however I got two very good pans (I would say pretty much equal in 'quality') first by using my left hand to pan - and as Meat suggested just pushing with the palm of my hand. and again using my right hand but panning right to left (which I actually preferred in the final edit). Of course, I could have reversed that in post.
Someone also suggested to me that I take a long cane with me (at least 3ft) and somehow attach it to the end of the tripod's pan arm then put your hand up against it and 'walk the pan' gently pushing the cane which in turn will turn the head. I did try it and providing there was enough foot-room, that also was quite successful.
I personally have never had any success with the elastic band method.
Last edited by castman; 05-25-2010 at 02:40 PM.
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