I, too, have been guilty of taking a lot of panoramic digital photos but none of them really came out “perfect” but here’s a great DIY that shows you how to make a panoramic tripod for about $10.
Next time you take that panoramic shot, it won’t be wasted and you will get a professional-looking panoramic photos.
Building your own panoramic head for an SLR isn’t too hard or expensive. The parts for the design shown here cost about $10. Every part here is available at a store like Home Depot.
Once you get past some of the misinformation out there, the only really hard part is figuring out the dimensions. The downside is that the mount is only useful for a specific camera/lens combo. On the other hand, you can’t mistakenly mess up one of the critical adjustments once you’ve built it, and the homemade mount is as light as a couple small pieces of wood.