Tough Decision! Any tips or ideas?
Results 1 to 5 of 5

Thread: Tough Decision! Any tips or ideas?

Share/Bookmark
  1. Tough Decision! Any tips or ideas?

    #1

    Greetings All!

    I have been lurking for quite some time and soaking up as much information as possible. It seems as though you have a great community of enthusiasts and professionals here, thanks for sharing all the great information!

    The time has come for me to make considerations on a Nodal Ninja set up, and I was hoping for some tips and comments prior to making my purchase.

    A little background info:

    I have been shooting professionally for 11 years now, primarily focusing on fashion in the studio and large scale events on weekends. As a hobby, I enjoy photographing landscapes and interesting locations for large prints.
    Up to now, when it comes to pano shooting I have been using my tripod (Manfrotto 055) with the Nikon 70-200mm lens for single row images. Many of my images are printed for office spaces, and I do donate a bunch of prints for local charities.
    Normally, for the charity fundraisers I photograph the area in which the benefit will take place.

    I plan on using full frame Nikon bodies, and for the sake of size and weight I will use mostly D800, D750 size bodies.

    My lenses:

    Sigma 15mm FE 2.8
    Nikon 16-35 4.0
    Nikon 24mm 2.8
    Nikon 24-70 2.8
    Sigma 35mm 1.4
    Nikon 35-70 2.8
    Nikon 50mm 1.4, 1.8
    Nikon 60mm Micro 2.8
    Nikon 70-200 VRII 2.8
    Nikon 80-200 2.8
    Sigma 85mm 1.4
    Nikon 135 2.8

    My goals are to photograph more landscapes with foreground elements, as opposed to just cities from across the river. I am in NJ, and shoot quite a bit into NYC from the water front views.
    I also plan to photograph landmarks and buildings, and the occasional 360.

    I was hoping to make use of the Sigma 15mm Fish Eye, and the 50mm as well as the 85mm since the 70-200 is very large, and would require M series equipment, which is out of my budget!
    Also, the 16-35mm would be ideal, but it seems as though it is not suitable for what I had in mind...which is the NN4 model with RB16-II and nadir adapter.

    Would the NN4 suffice for my needs, or should I consider a used NN5? I have seen a few pop up locally, they seem very well built!

    I have attached my last attempt of a pano with some foreground elements. This is a single row with Nikon D800 and 70-200 set at 70mm.
    Most of my work will look along these lines, hopefully better soon!

    Thank you all in advance for any direction you may be able to provide me, I look forward to chatting with everyone!

    Kind Regards,
    Abhi
  2. #2

    IMAGE LINK

    Sorry folks, I am having trouble uploading the image so I have placed it into dropbox.
  3. #3
    Users Country Flag
    Join Date: Apr 2008
    Location: Hong Kong
    Posts: 2,624

    Quote Originally Posted by NinjaTurtles View Post
    Greetings All!

    I have been lurking for quite some time and soaking up as much information as possible. It seems as though you have a great community of enthusiasts and professionals here, thanks for sharing all the great information!

    The time has come for me to make considerations on a Nodal Ninja set up, and I was hoping for some tips and comments prior to making my purchase.

    A little background info:

    I have been shooting professionally for 11 years now, primarily focusing on fashion in the studio and large scale events on weekends. As a hobby, I enjoy photographing landscapes and interesting locations for large prints.
    Up to now, when it comes to pano shooting I have been using my tripod (Manfrotto 055) with the Nikon 70-200mm lens for single row images. Many of my images are printed for office spaces, and I do donate a bunch of prints for local charities.
    Normally, for the charity fundraisers I photograph the area in which the benefit will take place.

    I plan on using full frame Nikon bodies, and for the sake of size and weight I will use mostly D800, D750 size bodies.

    My lenses:

    Sigma 15mm FE 2.8
    Nikon 16-35 4.0
    Nikon 24mm 2.8
    Nikon 24-70 2.8
    Sigma 35mm 1.4
    Nikon 35-70 2.8
    Nikon 50mm 1.4, 1.8
    Nikon 60mm Micro 2.8
    Nikon 70-200 VRII 2.8
    Nikon 80-200 2.8
    Sigma 85mm 1.4
    Nikon 135 2.8

    My goals are to photograph more landscapes with foreground elements, as opposed to just cities from across the river. I am in NJ, and shoot quite a bit into NYC from the water front views.
    I also plan to photograph landmarks and buildings, and the occasional 360.

    I was hoping to make use of the Sigma 15mm Fish Eye, and the 50mm as well as the 85mm since the 70-200 is very large, and would require M series equipment, which is out of my budget!
    Also, the 16-35mm would be ideal, but it seems as though it is not suitable for what I had in mind...which is the NN4 model with RB16-II and nadir adapter.

    Would the NN4 suffice for my needs, or should I consider a used NN5? I have seen a few pop up locally, they seem very well built!

    I have attached my last attempt of a pano with some foreground elements. This is a single row with Nikon D800 and 70-200 set at 70mm.
    Most of my work will look along these lines, hopefully better soon!

    Thank you all in advance for any direction you may be able to provide me, I look forward to chatting with everyone!

    Kind Regards,
    Abhi
    NN4 or M1L will work for you.

    Nick



    Fanotec
    We listen. We try harder.
  4. #4

    Abhi, I think you would find that an NN5 with RD16-II would meet your requirements very well. It is sufficiently versatile to permit the use of a variety of lenses, including the 70-200mm lens, as you can verify by a read of the User Manual that can be downloaded from the Nodal Ninja web site. Note that there are two versions of that head: the NN5 and the NN5L. The NN5 upper rotator has 15 degree detents at which the upper arm can be locked in position. When using long focal length lenses, the detents can be disabled by unscrewing four screws so that smaller vertical angular increments can be used. The NN5L does not have these detents.

    John
  5. #5

    Thank you Nick and John,

    Nick,
    The M1L is really amazing, but it will be out of my current budget. The NN4 seems to be a great option.

    John,
    I have just emailed the NN team to see if they have any used NN5's available along with the RD16-II. This may be my best bet for using the longer lenses and longer exposures. Thank you for the details about the NN5L, which I will not consider as an option. The NN5 with the positive locks would be ideal for reducing shake or sagging.

    Let's see what is available! I am not in a immediate rush so if the NN5 would be the best for my budget, I will wait until one becomes available for purchase.

    Thanks again for your input!

    -Abhi

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •