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  • New Pole System From Fanotec

    If you are looking to take your panoramas (and general photography) to new heights take note.
    Here are some photos that give you an idea of the direction Nick at Fanotec is going with new pole designs. The poles were a big hit at the conference and brought a great deal of attention.


    [flash]http://www.nodalninja.com/images/poles/poleFlash.swf[/flash]
    The 6 meter pole being extended to its full 6 meter length. I had a D300 with Samyang lens on an R1 sitting atop the 6 meter pole. The carbon fiber construction makes it very strong and lightweight. It is very easy for one person to raise and lower this pole.



    The 6 meter pole can be separated yielding an inner 3 meter pole. Pictured above is the inner 3 meter pole shown next to the completed 6 meter pole. Once the pole is separated there is an adapter plate which mounts to base of 3 meter pole.



    There are also smaller poles (2.4 meter) with 4 sections. They are standalone units which can be stacked together.
    Shown above 1 2.4 meter pole with 3 meter pole and 6 meter pole.




    The Camera and R1 attaches very securely to the end of the poles











    You can easily attach one of our advanced rotators (RD8 or RD16) to the base of the pole. This will allow you to "feel" the stops as you rotate the pole.
    The tripod is for display purposes only and not a product of Fanotec.


    adapters for the quick release system and base cover which can be used if opting not to use rotator.

    There is no pricing on the poles just yet but true to form they will be competitively priced. Hoping to have them available by late summer early fall.

    Bill

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    Re: New Pole System From Fanotec

    I am also working on a 9-section pole which can go above 10m. Still doing more tests to find the best balance between weight, size and price.
    The pole will be a modular design. Users can buy 3 sections at a time. So they can build a 3-section, 6-section or 9-section when their needs arise.
    I will also make adapters for normal tripods to use as a base for the pole.


    Nick
    Fanotec
    We listen. We try harder.

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    • #3
      Re: New Pole System From Fanotec

      Some ideas for very long poles:
      - Easily removable knot established to one of sections. Knot has three places for connecting strings from top downwards to legs of tripod or another base. For tripod's legs need also quick-detachable knots with a simple tensioner of strings (similar to system of a fast lacing of sports footwear).
      - For very rigid support need more techy knot, which has the bearing in a basis. Instead of ropes uses additional sections for support by assistants of the photographer. If assistants is not available, need detachable thorns and ribbon bases for connecting to supporting poles.
      - On each section to fix a velcro-ring, for cables (remote, zig-view, a motor-head etc).

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      • #4
        Re: New Pole System From Fanotec

        ....And for very-very long poles need to include to set a small parachute for DSLR, prayer book and "Good luck!" - sticker for car window Too strong winds walk at height.

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        • #5
          Re: New Pole System From Fanotec

          Originally posted by Rodeus View Post
          ....And for very-very long poles need to include to set a small parachute for DSLR, prayer book and "Good luck!" - sticker for car window Too strong winds walk at height.
          no, we are not going into the professional/specialist market. We want to build a system easily manageable by average users. So, we will stop at ~10-12 meter high.


          nick
          Fanotec
          We listen. We try harder.

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          • #6
            Re: New Pole System From Fanotec

            It was the joke, Nick

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            • #7
              Re: New Pole System From Fanotec

              Originally posted by Rodeus View Post
              It was the joke, Nick
              I think he works too much
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              • #8
                Re: New Pole System From Fanotec

                Let's all encourage Nick to keep on working too much. The results are amazing.

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                • #9
                  Re: New Pole System From Fanotec

                  Originally posted by nick fan View Post
                  no, we are not going into the professional/specialist market. We want to build a system easily manageable by average users. So, we will stop at ~10-12 meter high.

                  nick
                  That's 32 to 38 feet for all us Americans -- that's plenty high. That's starting to get helicopter high....

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                  • #10
                    Re: New Pole System From Fanotec

                    One of the replies mentioned "The tripod is for display purposes only and not a product of Fanotec". Can you reveal the name of the tripod manufacturer? I've searched the web a bit and haven't seen anything similar. Thanks.
                    Now is the best of time.

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                    • #11
                      Re: New Pole System From Fanotec

                      Originally posted by kclark View Post
                      One of the replies mentioned "The tripod is for display purposes only and not a product of Fanotec". Can you reveal the name of the tripod manufacturer? I've searched the web a bit and haven't seen anything similar. Thanks.
                      That is a modified Velbon Ultra Maxi-Mini
                      http://www.velbon.co.uk/newvelbon/pa...amaximini.html

                      center column replaced by a custom one for better stability.


                      nick
                      Fanotec
                      We listen. We try harder.

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                      • #12
                        Re: New Pole System From Fanotec

                        Hi,

                        I have found a similar model from gitzo a time ago, very solid and stable. Comes with a plate with 3/8 mount screw, legs can be adjusted in 3 positions. The rotator sits in a higher position becoming more safe to dust.

                        I will send pics tomorrow. http://www.kamera-express.nl/Product....aspx?id=28064

                        Cheers

                        Heinz

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                        • #13
                          Re: New Pole System From Fanotec

                          Thank you both for your replies about the tripod legs! Both of these options look interesting.

                          Nick, do you make a custom center columns for the velbon? Or is it just a matter of locating the right column and getting out the hack saw
                          Now is the best of time.

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                          • #14
                            Re: New Pole System From Fanotec

                            Originally posted by kclark View Post
                            Thank you both for your replies about the tripod legs! Both of these options look interesting.

                            Nick, do you make a custom center columns for the velbon? Or is it just a matter of locating the right column and getting out the hack saw
                            You can use epoxy to glued the center column.
                            I can also make a few center column if more people show interests.


                            nick
                            Fanotec
                            We listen. We try harder.

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                            • #15
                              Re: New Pole System From Fanotec

                              Nick,

                              It would be very handy to have a bubble level somewhere near the photographer's eyes. It can be detachable or mounted permanently...

                              Andrey

                              PS. would love to put my hands on this new pole!

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