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Jürgen
04-23-2008, 02:07 PM
Just got my new upgrade knob today. Its a nice improvement!
And the mounting surface is flat, unlike the older one which had
the tension screw sticking out a bit which was difficult to use
with my (arca swiss) plates.
Here are two pictures of my setup:

http://cpicture.net/spaces/nn1.jpg

http://cpicture.net/spaces/nn2.jpg

Viele Gr?º?üe
J?ºrgen

Macro
04-23-2008, 05:52 PM
Nice rig, J?ºrgen. The new knobs with the bullseye are great.
Cheers to the NN team for continuing to make their fine products even better!
How do you keep the Arca clamp from rotating on the upper arm?
How to you like the Markins Q3. (I like the blue)

David

Jürgen
04-23-2008, 07:43 PM
Nice rig, J?ºrgen. The new knobs with the bullseye are great.
Cheers to the NN team for continuing to make their fine products even better!
How do you keep the Arca clamp from rotating on the upper arm?
How to you like the Markins Q3. (I like the blue)


Thanks David!
Yes, it feels more solid with the new rotator.
I have attached the clamp with the knob from the upper arm. See:
http://cpicture.net/spaces/nn3.jpg

I had a Markins clamp first for the upper arm as well, but the clamp was not parallel aligned to the arm
(the clamp is not a solid block and has some hollow areas which caused the misaligment because it was
not sitting flat on the arm).
But the clamp had a stop which was convienent. Anyway, the Arca-Swiss clamp sits flat on the arm now.
The Q3 is nice, but when its very cold the ball gets a little bit stuck when rotating.
It gets sometimes in the way when I'm out for some astro photos, but not a real problem.

Viele Gr?º?üe
J?ºrgen

Macro
04-23-2008, 09:26 PM
J?ºrgen,
My Markins M10 has the larger QS-60 clamp that looks wide enough to mount on my NN5L arms. But I glued it on with semi-permanent Locktite and do not remove it. I am hoping Nick will release a *one-piece* camera plate with Arca clamp that will mount both ways on the arm. This will allow it to be used with both camera plates and lens plates.

My Markins M10 also sticks sometimes, usually from dust and moisture inside. It sticks more in cold weather. At first, I thought it was going to be a big problem, but it is very easy to fix. Try this...


Fully loosen the large tension knob.
Place 2-3 drops of WD-40 on a lint-free cloth. (DO NOT apply WD-40 directly to the ball, it can run down inside the ballhead)
Use the damp cloth area to clean the ball while rotating several times in all directions.
Finish by cleaning and rotating with a dry area on the cloth.
Readjust your tension knob.


Now you blue Q3 will work like new again!

This procedure is recommended by Markins and works very well.

David

JohnnyV
04-24-2008, 12:58 PM
I have a similar Arca-Swiss clamp on my NN3...but I use an L-Bracket from Really Right Stuff. Clamp's handle faces forward and is located under lens. I also have an Arca-Swiss rail on the bottom of my NN3 with another Arca-Swiss clamp on my Arca-Swiss ballhead for easy removal/installation.

Sounds like a lot of contraptions...but it's really easy to use and is steady.

I'll get some pics up when I have time.

waters
05-08-2008, 07:24 PM
My setup uses a 1.75" Kirk clamp with an adapter plate I made to register with the upper arm and the bottom of the clamp. Works very nicely and is compact.
http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc5/TimothyW1960/NN%20Arca%20adapter/Clamp3.jpg
http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc5/TimothyW1960/NN%20Arca%20adapter/NN-clamp.jpg

Pepsi
05-27-2008, 02:58 AM
Hello,
Just ordered the upgrade knob for my NN3. :001_smile:
Here is my setup. In use is a Quick Release plate by RRS, 60mm x 50mm, 3/8" thread.
On top of Giottos MT 9170 tripod is a Newtech 2.5" Quick Release Clamp.
In the picture is the NN3 secured against twisting.
My chopsticks-solution for shots of the Nadir,when the boom
of the Giottos tripod is in horizontal position.
Cheers, Pepsi

quickcut
06-03-2008, 10:24 PM
Hi J?ºrgen,

What specific model Arca-Swiss clamp are you using?

I am looking for a new clamp and plate that is thin enough for my D80 with Sigma 10-20mm,
and like the idea of a clamp design that will be around for a long time.
It's difficult to decide without shopping in person.

thanks for the pictures,
Roger

waters
06-05-2008, 07:36 AM
Roger:

My post from yesterday got deleted, but you can use the Kirk clamp with an adapter plate you can make yourself. You need some 1/8" aluminum plate, with one piece cut to fit inside the upper arm and another to bridge the two sides. With 5 minute epoxy glue the two together. I cut some pieces that key into the bottom of the Kirk clamp and glued those to the assembly. This prevents any rotation, so you can loosen the clamp and move it for a variety of lenses. This works for my D80, with the advantage that the NN3 still fits inside the case!

Jürgen
06-07-2008, 11:14 AM
Hi J?ºrgen,

What specific model Arca-Swiss clamp are you using?

I am looking for a new clamp and plate that is thin enough for my D80 with Sigma 10-20mm,
and like the idea of a clamp design that will be around for a long time.
It's difficult to decide without shopping in person.

thanks for the pictures,
Roger


Hi Roger,
I'm using the 60mm clamp from Arca Swiss.
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/2776-REG/Arca_Swiss_802003_Quick_Release_1_4_Thread.html
The clamp is quite thin and if you are not at the end position on the lower arm with your upper arm, you should be fine.
(The clamp adds some space between the arm and the camera and you have to offset this by moving the arm to an outer position.)

Viele Gr?º?üe
J?ºrgen
http://jurgene.spaces.live.com/

quickcut
06-09-2008, 09:26 PM
Thanks everyone.

My NN3 arrived today. Hurray!

With the square washer attached to my clamp + plate, the camera is at the end of both rails.
That's an eyeball measurement. After taking some photos I'll see if this will work.
waters: thanks for sharing your setup, how did you cut the aluminum to fit the bottom of the clamp?
and is it easy to turn the clamp handle?

Roger

Bill Bailey
06-09-2008, 09:42 PM
Roger:
My post from yesterday got deleted

hmm - to date I have only had to delete two posts - one was porn and was unrelated gibberish.
We had a major server upgrade/move which did revert back the forum 36 hours - I guess we lost a dozen or so posts - drat. If one was yours I am very sorry. The new "dedicated" server we moved over onto will prove to be more reliable for the long run.
So please keep on keeping on :001_smile:
Cheers
Bill

jonschaeff
06-11-2008, 12:50 PM
i use arcaswiss like plates by benro (for kb-0) are they compatible with the system?


regards.

waters
06-11-2008, 08:40 PM
Roger:

I cut the aluminum plate on my tablesaw, but it will also cut with a bandsaw, albeit with more filing afterwards. The " keys " that fit the bottom of the Kirk clamp were cut with the bandsaw and filed to fit. The clamp handle isn't too hard to turn. A little awkward, but the trade off is worth the space savings.

nick fan
06-11-2008, 08:45 PM
i use arcaswiss like plates by benro (for kb-0) are they compatible with the system?


regards.


Yes, the Benro plate is compatible with our ASQRC1 clamp.


nick

Jürgen
06-12-2008, 01:42 PM
Here is my setup for table panoramas:
The arca swiss clamp is mounted on a small table tripod.
This way I can easily move the NN3 from the large tripod to this one.
Or the camera can be mounted directly (has a plate attached)
for self timer pictures or long time exposures (candle light) :001_smile:

http://cpicture.net/spaces/nn4.jpg

Viele Gr?º?üe
J?ºrgen
http://jurgene.spaces.live.com/

Mauro Contrafatto
06-12-2008, 03:10 PM
Here is my setup for table panoramas:
The arca swiss clamp is mounted on a small table tripod.
This way I can easily move the NN3 from the large tripod to this one.
Or the camera can be mounted directly (has a plate attached)
for self timer pictures or long time exposures (candle light) :001_smile:
http://cpicture.net/spaces/nn4.jpg


Hi J?ºrgen!

can you please specify which model is the small tripod you've been using for your setup?

Thanks!

Cheers,
Mauro

Jürgen
06-12-2008, 06:58 PM
Hi Mauro,

its a VANGUARD VS-30 Mini Table Top Tripod:

http://cpicture.net/spaces/tt1.jpg

(The clamp is extra and not part of the tripod model.)

Viele Gr?º?üe
J?ºrgen
http://jurgene.spaces.live.com/

Macro
06-13-2008, 04:06 AM
I have a very similar tabletop tripod which is light and strong. The three legs swivel around and fold flat. Very compact and light. It appears to be a type of die cast aluminum. The mini ballhead *was* a little different from J?ºrgen's Vanguard. I removed the head which leaves a 1/4" stud on top. I keep a 1/4" to 3/8" bushing handy which allows me to mount just about everything, 1/4" or 3/8". Camera, QR clamp, ballhead, NN5L, etc.

Here is another similar model by Delvcam:
http://tinyurl.com/49vfcd

Jürgen
09-20-2008, 12:41 PM
Just got the new Arca style Quick Release Clamp (http://store.nodalninja.com/product_p/asqrc1.htm)
I'm impressed with the quality. Just like the original Arca Swiss type clamp, but the big advantage is the stop and a much better price!
http://cpicture.net/spaces/nn3-clamp.jpg

Here are a some pictures from the complete setup with the new clamp:
http://cpicture.net/spaces/nn3-d700-back.jpg

http://cpicture.net/spaces/nn3-d700-front.jpg

Viele Gr?º?üe
J?ºrgen
http://jurgene.spaces.live.com/