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baker1444
09-23-2009, 08:31 AM
Hi guys I'm looking at giving this kind of photography a shot and was wondering if my 18-105mm lens set to 18mm would be wide enough to create a good image. Has anyone here used this lens for doing these 360's?

Bill Bailey
09-23-2009, 09:09 AM
Hi guys I'm looking at giving this kind of photography a shot and was wondering if my 18-105mm lens set to 18mm would be wide enough to create a good image. Has anyone here used this lens for doing these 360's?

Yes the 18mm lens is an excellent lens for creating panoramas. You might need some added shots - approx 10 around for single row. You could also shoot mult-row for high-resolution full 360x180 degree spherical panoramas.

Bill

baker1444
09-23-2009, 09:24 AM
Thanks Bill for the quick reply!! I needed to make sure before getting to far into it. Are the images created using a 10mm or 12mm any better or just require less images and those take less stitching.

Bill Bailey
09-23-2009, 10:08 AM
Thanks Bill for the quick reply!! I needed to make sure before getting to far into it. Are the images created using a 10mm or 12mm any better or just require less images and those take less stitching.

I like to show off Dorin's website in Romania - see http://www.dxn.ro/
He uses the 18-55mm and 8mm lenses. You will see the quality of the work that is possible.

hindenhaag
09-24-2009, 10:46 PM
Hi,


may be you will be glad with this: D90 Lower rail setting 54

18-105VR/f3,5-5,6 D90:

18 100
24 95
35 88
50 78
70 66
105 28 you have to replace the normal knob with the screw from the rail stop and add two rings to be able to fix the plate.

cheers

Heinz

gaetan777
02-28-2010, 05:45 AM
"you have to replace the normal knob with the screw from the rail stop and add two rings to be able to fix the plate"

Hello Heinz...

Could you give us more informations about this ?
Maybe with pictures if youhave time...

Thank you

-g-

hindenhaag
03-01-2010, 02:11 PM
Hi,

you can not reach a rail setting of 28 with the normal knob of the upper rail. So i used the screw of the rail stop plate, which is too long. To be able to fix the camera tight, i added two rings to the screw to get the right length. Now you can fix the camera plate tight.

In the meantime you as well can order a special knob from the estore.

Heinz

hindenhaag
03-01-2010, 02:19 PM
another one

Heinz

nick fan
03-01-2010, 10:54 PM
another one

Heinz

you can also use this knob.
http://store.nodalninja.com/product_p/vrk-3-s.htm


Nick

freefallnick
04-02-2010, 05:34 PM
Hi, new to the forum and nodal ninja's and pano shots, hopefully it's ok to post this here since I have the same camera. I have a D90 as well with the 18-105 kit lens, I also have a Nikon 50mm f/1.8D AF Nikkor Lens and a Sigma 70-300. Which Nodal Ninja do I need to get? I tried looking at the chart but I dont understand some of it. I like the panos ive seen on here where you can scroll all the way around but the first thing I'd like to try and do is get a nice flat pano/multi shot of our san juan islands. Any help would be appreciated.
Thanks.

Bill Bailey
04-02-2010, 05:40 PM
Hi, new to the forum and nodal ninja's and pano shots, hopefully it's ok to post this here since I have the same camera. I have a D90 as well with the 18-105 kit lens, I also have a Nikon 50mm f/1.8D AF Nikkor Lens and a Sigma 70-300. Which Nodal Ninja do I need to get? I tried looking at the chart but I dont understand some of it. I like the panos ive seen on here where you can scroll all the way around but the first thing I'd like to try and do is get a nice flat pano/multi shot of our san juan islands. Any help would be appreciated.
Thanks.

Hello - welcome to the forum.
The least expensive recommendation is the NN5L
http://store.nodalninja.com/category_s/31.htm
You can go up in price from their depending on the added features you seek.
Cheers
Bill

freefallnick
04-02-2010, 05:45 PM
So I wouldnt want to get an NN3?

Bill Bailey
04-02-2010, 05:54 PM
So I wouldnt want to get an NN3?

The Sigma 70-300mm is far to large a lens - just wont fit. You could use the D90 with 50mm lens on NN3.

freefallnick
04-02-2010, 05:56 PM
Would I ever want to use it though? Having never taken these photos before I wasn't sure which lenses I would use.

Also, is it better to get the RD16? or RD8 or what?

hindenhaag
04-02-2010, 11:12 PM
Hi and welcome,

I suppose you won't use the big lens in the beginning. Though you get a better resolution, it takes a much bigger amount of pictures and in the beginning I would not dare to shoot and stitch panoramas with this lens right now.

But take in your mind, if once your are infected with this virus, you might do something else than "6 shots around or 4, or 3 with fisheye lenses". Or you want to step over to FX frame cameras. In this case you would need the NN5w/RD16 for two reasons: weight of the camera-lens combination is too heavy, your lens asks the longer upper rail of the NN5 for the upper rails settings. NN5 / RD16 gives you the widest range to expand without buying something new.

So this is something you have to take in your mind when deciding to buy your equipment.

I will set up photos for you D90 NN5 NN3 Kit Lens, 50mm today and send information about rail- and detend plunger settings of the rotator.

Meanwhile you could work through the store, NN3 MkII complete set or with rotator RD8, NN5 RD16, Ez-Leveller II, to check the amount of money you have to spend for the different set up's.

Keep in mind, you are just missing a Nikkor 10.5mm/f2.8 DX fisheye lens, high price but highest quality.

So it takes some time to get all this information, but I am quite sure we can get you running quite soon.

Heinz

hindenhaag
04-03-2010, 11:06 AM
Hi, some setup photos for you D90 NN5/RD16 and NN3 MKII.

You can not use the 17-55mm/f2.8 DX with the NN3, the upper rail setting needs a 132 at zoom 17. So you need an NN5 for this lens.

Do not feel irritated with the picture of the 10.5mmfisheye lens. It shows the lens with the mounted lens ring for the R1. And it is shaved, cause i normally use it with D3 on R1. But now problem at all to use it with the mounted lens ring on NN3 and NN5. :wink:

If you like to use larger and heavier lenses with the D90 than shown in the NN3, you have to choose for NN5.

The tripod for NN3, normally used for R1 is a lightweight solution from gitzo, GT1541.

The tripod for NN5/RD16 D3 is a manfrotto 055ProB.

Regards

Heinz

hindenhaag
04-03-2010, 11:11 AM
Now the ones for D90 NN3.

Hope this might help for your decisions.

Heinz

freefallnick
04-03-2010, 11:31 AM
i have no idea what any of this stuff means or how it would help my decision. I do see you posted images of other lenses that I dont have.

hindenhaag
04-03-2010, 01:02 PM
"This stuff" means to give you, and others as well, an impression of what your camera the D90 looks like mounted to NN3 and NN5. Cause one of your questions was "what nodal ninja..". Two of your lenses are shown in the pictures, 18-105mm and 50mm.

The quickest way to shoot panoramas is to use a fisheye lens. Because of this I added 10.5mm fisheye. And to get to know the border line for the NN3, I added the 18-200mmVRII which you can get in a D90 set as well and many people have it cause it is a nice and lightweight combination for most situations.

The lenses shown with NN3 can be used on it without problems. But when you follow my comments, you will realize that the 17-55/f2.8 DX lens can only be used on the NN5 because of weight and upper rail setting. And then you know that your sigma 70-300 won't work , as Bill mentioned, on the NN3 as well.

When you have followed the forum for a longer time, you might recognize, that a lot of people ask "what NN model for my combination?" And a lot of questions about rail settings of the D90 and other cameras.

So the answers being placed in many cases are not only placed to solve your personal problem, but for many others as well.

This is why from time to time I place "Stuff" on this forum.

Regards,

Heinz

freefallnick
04-04-2010, 10:02 AM
Thanks for the explanation, I understand now and your information does help in decide. Now I guess I need to decide which rotator to order with my NN :001_smile:

hindenhaag
04-04-2010, 11:11 AM
For which NN did you decide?

Heinz

freefallnick
04-04-2010, 10:09 PM
I figure I should just get the NN5 rather than get NN3 and possibly want to upgrade at a later date. Is it better to choose NN5 over NN5L for the 15 degree locking mechanism? Also, is there any kind of a delay when ordering or anything or are there Nodal Ninja's available to be shipped out right away?

freefallnick
04-04-2010, 10:24 PM
Also, I noticed there are quick release plates in the e-store, is there any way to tell what one to get or is it just trial and error? I was looking at getting this tripod: http://www.amazon.com/Dolica-AX620B100-62-Inch-Proline-Tripod/dp/B001D60LG8

hindenhaag
04-04-2010, 11:54 PM
Hi,

it should be NN5. With this model you may use the locking mechanism or not. So you can use free settings as well. With heavier lenses it should be this model.

Concerning your tripod, you should use one without ball head or where you can remove it and set the NN directly on top. NN5 and camera on top will give a lot of torque. A normal ballhead won't stand this. You risk to loose your camera by falling down.

Try to get one which can be raised similar to the Manfrotto 055ProB. In this case I raise the center column for the width of a hand to have the best carrying point to replace the whole system and. I can use the system without bending down. If you have to raise the centre column more than that, even Pro Systems will move in heavy wind conditions cause of the torque on top.

When you do not have a quick release system till now, use the QRS2 system.

So try to get the best tripod for your needs. Even when it is not very cheep. But this will leave you some money left to get an EZ-Leveller or the remote control you need if you do not have one already instead of buying a second tripod.

I use this wireless remote control which can be fitted to my nikon cameras for e reasonable price. Good an popular product in Europe. http://www.hahnel.ie/index.cfm?page=dslrremotecontrols&id=35&pId=35

Heinz

freefallnick
04-05-2010, 12:10 AM
Ok great, thanks for the info. Any idea how quickly an NN5 would ship out? We have a tulip festival going on right now and the fields would make an excellent pano shot. I live in WA state, USA.

hindenhaag
04-05-2010, 12:29 AM
Use the estore or call rob on phone to get the information.

Nodal Ninja
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Heinz