I am not sure if two 30 detents will be popular. It seems complicated for average users. It is possible though.
Customization is costly and we need to make sure at least 20 customers are interested in a particular set.
b) Do you find one skip at 5 more than objectionable than two skips for 10 stops
c) If you answered no to (b), is one skip for 12 stops a suitable alternative?
Answer 2 yes: 5, 24, 30 is better
Answer 2 no: 10, 24, 30 is better
Personally I like 5, 24, 30, but if only the 10, 24, 30 option were available I would still buy it.
I tested all my lenses today to see which detent settings would be most useful to me, and the results point to a 5,24,30 or 10,24,30 setup for the D3L. I could make use of stops at 5, 8, 10, 12, 15, 18, 24, and 30 detents. 18-20 stops is useful at 45mm (1.6x), which I don't use often so I could drop that without heartbreak.
While we're talking of advanced rotors.... there's a subset of panographers who use very long focal lengths and have shot to shot rotation needs of < 3 degrees. Since detents that fine are impractical, might you someday build a geared rotor? Gears could be used to get 1/10th degree rotational accuracy. Perhaps one full rotation of a knob could rotate the device one degree. If you restrict the range of motion to substantially less than 360 degrees (maybe 30-40) you could increase the accuracy of the angle readout without making it too huge.
From the looks of it the D8 rotator Has the detents on the sides rather than on the bottom. This eliminates the necessary play inherent in a bottom spring loaded plunger setup and allows smooth rotation without any play. As much as I like my NN3 and NN3MKII, the rotator base is still the weak link, as the tension always needs to be played with and there is the play needed to allow rotation. Do I surmise correctly about the D8? Can it replace my MKII base, which after using it extensively for the first time proved no better than its predecessor?
I still love the rest of the setup, and hope the D8 will fix the weak link.
Any news on new rotators? D8?
Any updated time frame on availability for the D8?
we will start shipping within 2 weeks. :001_smile:
the AS clamp will take some more time. I am struggling on what other features to add. The clamp is part of the very big system. I need to nail down the system first. Otherwise there will be too many versions.
Does the D8 rotator attach to the NN3 rail? I assume it does and the Allan screw holds the rail down? Also, have you eliminated the play inherent in the rotators with the bottom mounted detent mechanism; i.e. the new rotator rotates on a bearing? Very interested.