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Wim.Koornneef
09-26-2008, 04:37 AM
Hello Forum,

I guess you already know that the NN5 is a very versatile product.
Although the swingarm is suited for long lenses I rarely use the full length of it until recently.....

With a QTop quickmount mounted on the camera adapter of the swingarm I can make a nadir patch very easy and very fast.
All I have to do after I shot the roundshots and zenith shot is to swing the camera outside the NPP position to the front position, turn the camera in the QTop, shift the camera adapter to the end of the swingarm and take the offset nadir shot(s). The QTop has 12 fixed positions so it is easy to turn the camera 90 degrees for the offset nadir shot.

I can choose to shoot from the same tripod position or to move the tripod just outside the original position.
When the tripod is not moved then I have to retouche the end of the tripod legs out of nadir, with a repositioned tripod the offset is much larger and it can be more difficult to patch the nadir shot but then retouching is not necessary because the legs are masked out. My preferred method is to replace the tripod just outside the original position.

Here are 4 images of the setup with the round shots position, the NPP nadir position and the offset nadir position :
http://www.dmmdh.nl/zoomify/offset_nadir_shot_NN5/image_001.html

Of course it is also possible to use a QTop with a NN3 but the swingarm of that model is shorter so it could be that the offset is not enough to cover all the space between the tripod legs with 1 shot.
If the tripod is repositioned just outside the original position then there is no difference in the results between a NN5 and NN3.

Best,
Wim


EDIT:
Some extra info about the use of the offset nadir shot position

nick fan
10-01-2008, 09:21 AM
Hi Wim,

thanks a lot for the idea.

There are other methods of taking nadir shot. some are covered in detail by Rosauro.
http://www.rosaurophotography.com/html/panoramas/vr_review/nn3/nn3_review.html


nick

Tri3
10-08-2008, 07:22 AM
What exactly is the QTop quickmount? Is that part of the NN5. I tried to do a google search and only came up with this thread.

Cheers

Wim.Koornneef
10-08-2008, 09:13 AM
What exactly is the QTop quickmount?

Hello Tri3,

A QTop is a small quickmount system for cameras, you can find more about the system here:
www.qtop.eu

Best,
Wim

Bill Bailey
10-08-2008, 11:45 AM
What exactly is the QTop quickmount? Is that part of the NN5. I tried to do a google search and only came up with this thread.
Cheers

Good to see us coming up in the SE's :001_smile:

Wide-Eyed
10-10-2008, 06:12 AM
What exactly is the QTop quickmount? Is that part of the NN5. I tried to do a google search and only came up with this thread.
Cheers




Good to see us coming up in the SE's :001_smile:


What, exactly are the "SE's" ? Also hard to Google.

:confused1:

Wim.Koornneef
10-10-2008, 06:18 AM
What, exactly are the "SE's" ?

I am pretty sure that SE stands for Search Engines ;-)

Wim

Bill Bailey
10-10-2008, 10:11 AM
What exactly is the QTop quickmount? Is that part of the NN5. I tried to do a google search and only came up with this thread.
Cheers

What, exactly are the "SE's" ? Also hard to Google.
:confused1:

sorry - yes I meant search engines

DemonDuck
10-10-2008, 11:15 AM
Bill, why don't you make a similar device. Looks real useful and you guys already have the
manufacturing channel in place. How hard could it be:confused1:

Bill Bailey
10-10-2008, 12:55 PM
Bill, why don't you make a similar device. Looks real useful and you guys already have the
manufacturing channel in place. How hard could it be:confused1:

Product develop decisions are left to Nick and his decisions are largely based on end user needs. I'm not sure Nick has had a lot of requests on this but that's not to say he wouldn't consider it. He might even have it on his design table someplace amoungst all the other ideas he's working on.
Feedback from customers (and non-customers) is always encouraged.
thanks
Bill

Tri3
10-10-2008, 03:01 PM
Those Quick Tops look sweet. Bill you and Nick need to get on that train and make something similar. :001_smile:

Bill Bailey
10-10-2008, 03:44 PM
Nick - you da' man! what do you think?

Diggerdan
10-10-2008, 07:07 PM
If the Q-top quick release was available I would by 2-in a heart beat .

Dan

nick fan
10-10-2008, 08:37 PM
Those Quick Tops look sweet. Bill you and Nick need to get on that train and make something similar. :001_smile:


the Qtop is a unique design with patent pending.
there are other means to achieve the function. :-)

nick

Bill Bailey
10-11-2008, 07:21 AM
the Qtop is a unique design with patent pending.
there are other means to achieve the function. :-)
nick

We do get a lot of requests for a tripod quick release system - mainly folks with the Arca's stlye ball mounts.
While it is handle to take on and off a camera on the NN it's handy to do the same with NN on a tripod. Just this morning I got a call from a guy in Kuwait heading off to the Himalaya Mountain's and ordering a NN5 w/RD12. Working in extreme conditions (and even not so extreme) having the ability to simply unclamp, pack-and-go is an advantage.
Just stirring the pot of ideas :wink:
Bill

Tri3
10-11-2008, 11:53 AM
I just got into this pano stuff, but it sure would be nice. I will probably be doing a lot of real estate shooting, so having the quick release ability would really be nice.

On the Q-Top site they show a few pictures having multiple Q-Tops in use. http://www.pepd.de/Qtop123.jpg
http://i.pbase.com/o4/71/327271/1/62621861.JbzRlLVZ.TPQTP38.jpg

nick fan
10-11-2008, 09:31 PM
I just got into this pano stuff, but it sure would be nice. I will probably be doing a lot of real estate shooting, so having the quick release ability would really be nice.

On the Q-Top site they show a few pictures having multiple Q-Tops in use.


I would rather invest in Arca Swiss compatible QR system. They are much more versatile. I am working on them. :-) Part of the Nodal Ninja Ultimate line.


nick

Tri3
10-12-2008, 11:01 AM
Well All righty then. :biggrin: Although I do like look of it.

Nick, I could definitely use that EZ-Leveler as well.