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  1. NN Ultimate R1 for Nikon D3X & 16mm

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    Hi

    I am about to order from NN, but I have a few options.

    Option 1:
    * Nodal Ninja Ultimate R1 with D4 Rotator, Nikon 16mm Ring Clamp
    * Nodal Ninja EZ-Leveler-II

    Option 2:
    * Nodal Ninja Ultimate R1 with NO Rotator, Nikon 16mm Ring Clamp
    * Nodal Ninja Rotator R-D3L 6-8-10 with built in new EZ-Leveler-II

    Option 3:
    * Nodal Ninja Ultimate R1 with D4 Rotator, Nikon 16mm Ring Clamp

    Which combination will be less problematic to use?.. I am mostly worry about:
    * Taking nadir/zenith shots
    * Camera hitting any part of construction
    * Stability of the set

    Currently I am shooting hand-hold, so all of NN products are new to me.
    So I also wounder, do I really need EZ-Leveler-II ?..

    Thank you!
  2. Re: NN Ultimate R1 for Nikon D3X & 16mm

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    Quote Originally Posted by gcardinal View Post
    Hi
    Which combination will be less problematic to use?.. I am mostly worry about:
    * Taking nadir/zenith shots
    * Camera hitting any part of construction
    * Stability of the set

    Currently I am shooting hand-hold, so all of NN products are new to me.
    So I also wounder, do I really need EZ-Leveler-II ?..
    If you are new to spherical panorama, I suggest you to buy full spherical pano head such as NN5 series.
    Nadir/ zenith patching can be a challenge for R1/10 with full frame fisheyes.

    Nick



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  3. Re: NN Ultimate R1 for Nikon D3X & 16mm

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    Hi,

    like Nick, as a normal set up I'd recommend NN5 RD16 EZ-Leveller II for the D3x. This will offer you the change to step into higher resolutions with other than fisheye lenses. 14-24 is a nice one I like to use. 50mm/f1.4D another nice one.

    Best choice for a "normal shooting site" is the 16mm. You have no problems shooting zenith and nadir.

    Your question R1: for me best buy is your option 1.

    Why? You need 6 around for 16mm. The reason I shoot with the R1 is light weight travel, 6 or better 4 shots because of the situation, very busy place, very crowded, when it is available, shooting on a pole.

    The R-D3L won't help you to shoot less than 6 shots. I use a shaved 10.5 on the D3, I do not like the Sigma 8mm/f3.5 so much as the 10.5.

    Tell us about your decision if you like and I can send you some more infos.

    Heinz



  4. Re: NN Ultimate R1 for Nikon D3X & 16mm

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    Quote Originally Posted by nick fan View Post
    If you are new to spherical panorama, I suggest you to buy full spherical pano head such as NN5 series.
    Nadir/ zenith patching can be a challenge for R1/10 with full frame fisheyes.

    Nick
    thx for reply. I did consider NN5, and its great, but I just love the size and simplicity of R1.
    And I will mostly use it for "small planets", like this one:
    http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2444/...fc3c34b4_b.jpg

    Previously I shot handhold, and fixed nadir / zenith in Photoshop.

    But how hard is it to deal with Nadir / zenith on R1?..

    Quote Originally Posted by hindenhaag View Post
    Hi,

    like Nick, as a normal set up I'd recommend NN5 RD16 EZ-Leveller II for the D3x. This will offer you the change to step into higher resolutions with other than fisheye lenses. 14-24 is a nice one I like to use. 50mm/f1.4D another nice one.

    Best choice for a "normal shooting site" is the 16mm. You have no problems shooting zenith and nadir.

    Your question R1: for me best buy is your option 1.

    Why? You need 6 around for 16mm. The reason I shoot with the R1 is light weight travel, 6 or better 4 shots because of the situation, very busy place, very crowded, when it is available, shooting on a pole.

    The R-D3L won't help you to shoot less than 6 shots. I use a shaved 10.5 on the D3, I do not like the Sigma 8mm/f3.5 so much as the 10.5.

    Tell us about your decision if you like and I can send you some more infos.

    Heinz
    Okay, I am kinda unsure now

    I know I will only use D3x with 16mm fish-eye, maybe I will get a shaved 10.5mm.

    The one thing that scares me with NN5 is alot of options on how to set it up. All parts are moving, and I just worry if it will be a bit to much to set-it up right every time.
    On the other hand R1 looks a bit more straight-forward approach.

    Also for a litl planet, outside, I will rarely need 100% of zenith, so maybe a bit of tilt to get nadir will do the trick?..

    But of course if R1 is on the edge between "very simple, but only for a pro" I guess NN5 will be a better option.


    PS: thanks for your time guys!


  5. Re: NN Ultimate R1 for Nikon D3X & 16mm

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    Quote Originally Posted by gcardinal View Post
    Previously I shot handhold, and fixed nadir / zenith in Photoshop.

    Also for a litl planet, outside, I will rarely need 100% of zenith, so maybe a bit of tilt to get nadir will do the trick?..

    But of course if R1 is on the edge between "very simple, but only for a pro" I guess NN5 will be a better option.
    R1/10 works very well for outdoor panos. It will suit for your purpose.
    Since you have experience in patching handheld shots, you are not a newbie. R1 will just make your life easier. :-)


    Nick




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