View Full Version : Suggestions for pano gear

03-09-2013, 09:19 PM
I a new to Panoroma photography and therefore looking to buy pano gear that will suit most of my needs

Here's my current set up

BH-55 head
Gitzo travellers tripod
5d MK3 with RRS L plate
70-200 2.8 L
50mm 1.4
35mm 1.4
24-70 L

I like the Nodal Ninja Gear but since I have already invested in expensive BH-55 head, I am therefore debating whether to go for RRS Pano gear or Nodal Ninja. What would you suggest ?

I am also interested in signing up for Google Trusted Photographers program.However, Google suggests that I use 8-15mm lens and R10
8-15mm costs around 1500 dollars which I cant afford.

My budget is around 1000 dollars.

03-10-2013, 12:17 AM
Hi and welcome to the forum,

You need an M1-L that would fit all your lenses. For some lenses you'll need the MFR210 as top rail like 24-70mm and 70 -200mm.

I do not want to poor water in your wine, but best shooting would be to place the panohead directly on top of tripod.


03-13-2013, 06:18 AM
Thanks for the reply

If I were to choose to place the Panohead directly on top of tripod and I go with nodal ninja, Could you please suggest what all I would need to buy keep in mind my above lenses that I would be using. My budget is around $700

03-13-2013, 03:07 PM
Hi Sunny,

M1-L, RD16II with Nadir Adapter,
evtl EZ- Leveleler II

That's what I would buy.


nick fan
03-15-2013, 04:55 AM
If you want to make 360x180 deg spherical pano, go for M1L. If you want to make multi-row mosaic image, M2 with give you more freedom in composition and enhance efficiency. You can take least image with least cropping in the final mosaic. The M1 have a fixed 7.5 deg interval will force you to take more image and crop more for mosaic.


03-31-2013, 06:52 PM

Can you use the M2 to create 360x180 deg spherical panos? I have the RD16II on my M2.

03-31-2013, 11:53 PM
Yes you can, just swap it around. You have different detend settings on RD8II, which are smaller up to 2. But the M2 is designed for use with longer focal lenses up to 400mm. You use them for gigapixel panos, where you do not take Nadir or Zenith.


04-01-2013, 07:20 AM

I didn't get the RD8II, only the RD16II with the M2. Do I need the Ultimate M1 Nadir Adapter?

My widest lenses are the Nikon 24mm f/2.8D and the Nikon 17-35mm f/2.8D AF-S. Which lens is the best to shoot 360x180 deg spherical panos? I also have the Nikon 50mm f/1.4G.



04-01-2013, 01:53 PM
Hi Mark,

I would add it to my equipment. Though there are different ways to Rome, handheld nadir shot, "Ballett version" etc but I like the Nadir Adapter.

Concerning your lenses, I'd use the 17-35 @zoom 17 or the 24mm. 50mm will give you higher resolution but will take more shots and rows. For "busy places" you can shoot with 16mm which needs 6 around or a shaved 10,5 mm which needs 4 shots around.

I've added some info about the use of Nadir Adapter in this thread: http://www.nodalninja.com/forum/showthread.php?4924-Settings-with-5DMK2-amp-Canon-8-15&p=38329#post38329


04-01-2013, 09:39 PM

Thanks for the information. Is there a good tutorial for shooting 360x180 deg spherical panos?


04-02-2013, 02:42 AM

There is one on PTGui Pro: http://www.ptgui.com/examples/ and on Panoguide: http://www.panoguide.com/howto/

Some other helpful links:

http://www.frankvanderpol.nl/fov_pan_calc.htm for calculating shots around for different lenses

www.vrwave.com data base for different lenses.



04-02-2013, 02:48 AM



04-02-2013, 04:29 AM
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