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  • Coming soon: Nodal Ninja 180 for single row panoramic photography

    Fanotec is proud to announce a new entry into the product line - the Nodal Ninja 180 (NN180). The NN180 will support camera/lens combinations which NN3/5 do not support. They include gears for dual shot spherical panos (such as Nikon FC-E8/E9 and the Sunex 5.6mm Fisheye) and very long converter-camera combinations such as FC-E9/ Raynox DCR-CF185 Pro with long prosumer or point and shoot Digital Cameras.


    NN180 is also intended to simplify pano taking for certain camera/lens combinations by allowing single row shooting instead of multi-row shooting. They include cameras with circular fisheye lenses (such as the Sigma 4.5mm, sigma 8mm on full frame camera, Sunex 5.6mm, Nikon FC-E8/E9) for making spherical panos, and wide angle lenses for making cylindrical panos. Lenses such as shaved Nikon 10.5mm on full frame sensor and Sigma 8mm on cropped sensor can be supported by using a L-bracket and slanted adapter (to be released later) for making spherical panos.


    Here are the features.
    * universal for all circular fisheye lens
    From compact digital cameras (T-adapter required for offset tripod socket) with FC-E8/E9 to big professional cameras like Canon 1Ds series and Nikon D3.
    * advanced rotator design (Rotator D4).
    Fully lubricated bearing for smooth rotation. Same rotator also works with other Nodal Ninja's.
    * 4 detent interval options
    Complete set of 4 detent interval options (2, 3, 4, 6 stops /180, 120, 90, 60 degrees), suitable for most fisheye lens for making spherical panos. No skipping required..
    * detent interval can be changed in seconds
    * knob for locking rotation
    Ideal for making HDR panos or in windy locations.
    * small nadir footprint
    Diameter of 54mm provides sufficient precision and stability while keeping the nadir footprint small. The unique placement of knobs means that they will never appear in the spherical panos.
    * compact and light weight
    Weight 500g. Much lighter than multi-row equivalents.
    * 5kg loading supported
    Supports all cameras up to medium format.
    * more affordable than multi-row equivalent


    Estimated time of availability is September/October.
    Target price is US$199.95 and an introductory price of US$179.95




  • nick fan
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    Re: Coming soon: Nodal Ninja 180 for single row panoramic photography

    Originally posted by 1000words View Post
    Hi all, this is my first post anywhere, never mind on this forum.

    Just proves you have a very welcoming and informative forum.

    I have a Canon 350 D (rebel) and am keen to get to try taking 360 panos. So was wondering if some one with experience could recommend a fish eye lens , to be used with a soon to be purchased Ninja 180. also a good sturdy tripod, sorry for such a basic 1st post , but you have to start somewhere. Thanks in advance.
    For 350D to make 360 x 180 deg pano on NN180, you need circular fisheye lens. 2 choices are the sigma 4.5mm and the Sunex 5.6mm
    you can also use Sigma 8mm IF AND ONLY IF you have some sort of L-bracket to let you mount the camera in portrait orientation.

    nick

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  • 1000words
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    first post question, best fisheye lens for canon 350 / rebel for use with Ninja

    Hi all, this is my first post anywhere, never mind on this forum.

    Just proves you have a very welcoming and informative forum.

    I have a Canon 350 D (rebel) and am keen to get to try taking 360 panos. So was wondering if some one with experience could recommend a fish eye lens , to be used with a soon to be purchased Ninja 180. also a good sturdy tripod, sorry for such a basic 1st post , but you have to start somewhere. Thanks in advance.

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  • nick fan
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    Re: Coming soon: Nodal Ninja 180 for single row panoramic photography

    NN180 is a single row pano head. It is mainly for fisheye lens or DC with fisheye converter. You can get a T-20 adapter to extend your DP-1 forward.


    Nick

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  • luxford
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    Re: Coming soon: Nodal Ninja 180 for single row panoramic photography

    I have not tried my 5D yet as I need to experiment to get the settings for the sigma 24-70 but it seems that I need to a plate to get the DP1 working as I cannot mount it far enough forward to put the NP over the screws.

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  • luxford
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    Re: Coming soon: Nodal Ninja 180 for single row panoramic photography

    Thanks

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  • nick fan
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    Re: Coming soon: Nodal Ninja 180 for single row panoramic photography

    Originally posted by luxford View Post
    Hello all,

    I just purchased the NN180 and this is my first post so go easy

    Does anybody know if/when there will be settings available for the 180?
    Use the upper rail setting from the database for your lens and camera.

    Mine arrived yesterday and there is an element of guesswork involved in setting it up. This is probably a stupid question but where do you align the NP with? My guess is the just behind the bubble but it is not clear?
    The center of rotation is in line with the 2 screws on the rotator. To get best and reproducible result, you need to use a quick release system. Try to push the the camera mounting plate against one side of the rail. This will eliminate any twisting due to tolerance between the rail and the plate.


    Nick

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  • luxford
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    Re: Coming soon: Nodal Ninja 180 for single row panoramic photography

    Hello all,

    I just purchased the NN180 and this is my first post so go easy

    Does anybody know if/when there will be settings available for the 180? Mine arrived yesterday and there is an element of guesswork involved in setting it up. This is probably a stupid question but where do you align the NP with? My guess is the just behind the bubble but it is not clear?

    I will be using a number of cameras with it but mostly a 5D and Sigma DP1. Any feedback from other owners will be much appreciated.

    Thanks

    Neil

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  • nick fan
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    Re: Coming soon: Nodal Ninja 180 for single row panoramic photography

    Originally posted by psJIM View Post
    Hi guys,

    Just got one delivered yesterday. Awesome piece of work, Nick and Bill.

    If it came with rubber/plastic plugs to close off unused detent holes then it would be PERFECT.
    this is a good suggestion. I will look into its possibility.


    Nick

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  • psj
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    Re: Coming soon: Nodal Ninja 180 for single row panoramic photography

    Hi guys,

    Just got one delivered yesterday. Awesome piece of work, Nick and Bill.

    If it came with rubber/plastic plugs to close off unused detent holes then it would be PERFECT.

    Did you say I must upgrade to 5D MKII with my Sigma 8mm?

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  • nick fan
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    Re: Coming soon: Nodal Ninja 180 for single row panoramic photography

    Originally posted by Aussie Ninja
    What is shown is the minimal footprint of the Nodal Ninja 180 above.

    Here is the footpint Nick suggests and technically more accurate.



    Because of the floating (NPP) it is of little consequence as you can be anywhere within around 8mm of the suggested rail settings and achieve good stitching results without parallax issues.
    Understand that the BETA NN180 used has the demarcation marks in the wrong place and the pre-release photos shown doesn't show any at all.

    Aussie Ninja
    Thanks for the tip about NPP. Sorry for my misleading words. I actually meant the quadrant of the spirit level outer casing (not the black circle). When making dual shot pano, the rotation axis should be at the NPP where angle of view is 180 deg. At this setting, you should see a circular (yes, circle) footprint of the rotator.

    The rail marking is at one side of the rail. So it is at the side that is not shown in the photo.


    nick

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  • nick fan
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    Re: Coming soon: Nodal Ninja 180 for single row panoramic photography

    Hi Aussie Ninja,

    it is kind of strange. The rotation axis should pass through to the quadrant of the bubble that is cloest to the rail. The two M6 tightening screws should bisect the circle too.
    My understanding is there should be 3 circles thouching each other in the nadir image. what do you think?


    nick

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  • Terrywoodenpic
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    Re: Coming soon: Nodal Ninja 180 for single row panoramic photography

    Originally posted by nick fan View Post
    well, it is better than all black. I like blue color. It may be better if it is darker.


    nick
    I am not sure it is sophisticated enough... it does not blend in with modern camera trends..
    Black or silver with a red or gold or blue rubber ring, might look the part.

    Though as they are will certainly be a talking point.

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  • nick fan
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    Re: Coming soon: Nodal Ninja 180 for single row panoramic photography

    Originally posted by Terrywoodenpic View Post
    But why the pretty blue Knobs?
    well, it is better than all black. I like blue color. It may be better if it is darker.


    nick

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  • Terrywoodenpic
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    Re: Coming soon: Nodal Ninja 180 for single row panoramic photography

    Originally posted by nick fan View Post
    elevated so as to
    1. reduce nadir footprint.
    2. better accommodate fisheye converters with large diameter.


    nick
    But why the pretty blue Knobs?

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