The Atome is our precision panoramic rotator deisgned exclusively for use with fisheye lenses.
The Atome was designed to make the shooting of panoramic images and quick and pain free as possible.
Main benefits for the photographer include:
The Samyang 8mm f2.8 Atome features the first tilted design to allow the creation of full 360 x 180 degree panoramic images.
The 7.5 degree tilt improves the stitching quality at the zenith.
The Samyang 8mm f2.8 ships as standard with a 6 stop rotator. Option detents of 2,3,6,8 or 12 stops are available.
P.S. By choosing an optional detent you may not be able to stitch your photos into a full 360 x 180 image.
If unsure please contact us before placing your order.
Will the Atome work with my tripod ?
YES, as long as your tripod has either a 3/8" thread or 1/4" thread then it's compatible with the Atome. We do however recommend a professional level tripod with a 3/8" thread.
Can I use a quick release plate with the Atome ?
You sure can, again any accessory that has a 1/4" or 3/8" thread is compatible. We do recommend attaching the Atome directly to the tripod.
Does the Atome have click-stops or do I have to guess the correct angle ?
Yes it has click-stops, the Atome uses a twin-bearing, sealed ball plunger set-up with a stainless steel base for extremely accurate click stops. Simply rotate the Atome and it will automatically click into the next correct position for your lens.
Can I use my non-fisheye lenses with the Atome ?
We're afraid not, the Atome is a single row panoramic rotator. It's sole design criteria was for use with fisheye lenses. This allowed us to keep the Atome as small, light and as simple as possible. We offer a full range of panoramic heads for use with all lenses.
Can I change the number of the click stops ?
Yes, the stainless steel base in the Atome sets the number of click stops. Swapping over the bases takes less than two minutes. We have Atome bases from 2 stops up to 12 stops. Instructions for changing the bases can be found in the manual section.
Can I use different lenses with my current Atome ?
Yes, as the Atome is completely modular you can re-configure your Atome for use with different lenses. In same cases you might only need an additional lens ring. For example, the Sigma 8mm base with 7.5º tilt can be used with the Canon 8-15mm, Samyang 8mm and Samyang 7.5mm.