I want to shoot more and better panoramic photos and looking for a good panoramic tripod head
I heard of Nodal Ninja 3. This head is described as the best travel adapter, because it is small and light.
So after I have ordered one I discovered a calculation of whether the Nodal Ninja 3 is suitable for the used camera and lens combination on a German site (http://www.pano-store.de/kaufberatung/berechnungen - and scroll down). And I was shocked, because for my Olympus E-5/E-3 with Zuiko Digital 11-22mm 2.8-3.5 and Zuiko Digital ED 12-60mm 2.8-4.0 SWD), the result was always the same: The Nodal Ninja 3 can not be used, the Nodal Ninja 5 is suitable.
But in some forums I have found the recommendation to other users with Olympus E-3 + Zuiko Digital 11-22mm, the Nodal Ninja can be used for this.
Of course, I am totally confused now, especially because the Nodal Ninja 5 was discontinued and replaced by the smaller Nodal Ninja 4.
Please, can you help me and tell me what Nodal Ninja I can use with my Olympus E-5/E-3 + ZUIKO DIGITAL 11-22mm 2.8-3.5 and ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-60mm 2.8-4.0 SWD can use: 3 Nodal Ninja or nodal Ninja 4 or neither? Unfortunately I can not try it by myself, because I have to order it on the Internet.
P.S.: Sorry for my bad English, it's not my native language.
thanks for your answer. I am from Austria, I've added the flag in my profile.
There is a table for Zuiko lenses (http://olypedia.de/Nodalpunkte_E_System - in German), but I will not really smart of it. The tripod mount height (H) for the E-5/E-3 I haven't found anywhere, so I will send an email to Olympus. Unfortunately, I could not find any dealer outside the U.S., which still has a Nodal Ninja 5 in stock. I will contact the dealer in Austria (www.thaler-design.com) and in Germany (www.pano-store.de). SKiVR in FR seems to have no more NN5.
If the NN4 is too small or too risky for my equipment, I should probably take the M1-L. The price is certainly much higher (about € 633,52), but if the NN4 does not fit, either I will shoot no or few panoramas or sooner or later I will upgrade to M1-L. That would be twice as expensive.
Or I could buy a suitable fiseye lens for the NN4. The Zuiko 8mm fisheye is more expensive than the M1-L (€ 729.99) and for FT-cameras there are only a few lenses from third party manufacturers that provide good quality. The costs of such a lens + NN4 would be as high as for the M1-L.
I think I should think about this investment nor accurate.
the M1-L will fit because it is send with a MFR170 = 170mm and a MFR210 = 210mm. The length of the lower rail depends on your Camera body, in most cases you can work with MFR170. I know the length of the M1-L rails are longer than those of the NN4.
@Vincen or Mauro, do you have a NN5L factory irregular in stock?
thanks for your answers and your patience with me.
I measured: H = 42mm and LRS = 55mm. But what does that help me with the problem, which Nodal Ninja I need? Sorry, but I'm just more confused, because the dimensions in the picture above are wrong indeed. The more I research, the more confused I become.
Length = 98.5mm
NPP at 12mm = 112mm + 4mm (distance from sensor level to tripod screw) = 116mm
NPP at 60mm = 60mm + 4mm (distance from sensor level to tripod screw) = 64mm
Length = 92.5mm
NPP at 11mm = 113mm + 4mm (distance from sensor level to tripod screw) = 117mm
NPP at 22mm = 98mm + 4mm (distance from sensor level to tripod screw) = 102mm
Are these values important or useful for the solution of my problem?