4. Basic Assembly

Fanotec® Spherical Panoramic Tripod Head Nodal Ninja 3 & Nodal Ninja 3 MKII - Complete Manual

NN3 MKII - 60 second setup - Setting up is Quick and Easy

How to Setup and Mount a DSLR on the NN3 MKII

NN3 Basic Assembly

Nodal Ninja 3 comes preassembled with two basic assemblies:
Lower Rail Assembly - consisting of lower horizontal rail, and lower horizontal rotator.
Upper Rail Assemby - consisting of vertical arm, upper rail, and upper rotator.
NN3 Basic Assembly

Setting things up

Place vertical arm assembly (2) on lower rail assembly and secure with the vertical rail friction set knob (1).
Make sure the vertical assembly is positioned so the upper rail is facing so it's on the inside. You will see the vertical rail also has two feet at the base - the longer is to point inwards, towards lower rotator.
There are only two adjustments needed - lower and upper, unless you have an offset tripod mount and using the T-adapter.

4.1. Setting the lower rail

Setting the lower rail

Lower adjustment knob

With the camera/lens mounted, rotate the upper rail so it is perpendicular to the ground. Point the camera directly down, making sure the barrel of the lens is in line with the upper rail.
Loosen the lower vertical rail knob (shown in image as adjustment knob), slide the vertical and upper assembly back and forth on the lower rail unit until the camera/lens is positioned directly over the lower rotator knob (with marking).
You can look through the camera viewfinder to help center. Once centered, you have your first of two settings.

Setting the lower rail
Insert a rail stop as shown and tighten to lock, and remember this position.

Setting the lower rail
The lower position is now set and will not change regardless of lens or focal length.

4.2. Setting the upper rail

Loosen the upper rotator knob and rotate the upper rail with camera/lens still attached so it points straight out (parallel with the ground), as shown below. This position is known as 0 degrees.

Setting the upper rail

Entrance Pupil on the 10.5mm Nikkor Lens is very near the Gold Ring.

Next loosen the camera mounting knob and slide the camera on the upper rail until the NNP of the lens is centered with the upper rotator. In the example we show the Nikon D70 with 10.5mm lens. The NPP point on this lens is very near the gold ring. So we slide the camera/lens on the rail so the ring is centered with the upper rotator, which is also in line with the center of the vertical rail.

Setting the upper rail
Insert a rail stop as shown and tighten to lock, and remember this position. The upper position is now set, unless you change camera and / or lenses or vary the focal length, it will remain as is.

Setting the upper rail
Using the rail stops after you learn your settings will allow you to remember the same position when re-mounting your camera.

Camera Mounting Plate
Setting the upper rail

4.3. Mounting using the Camera Mounting Plate (NCP1)

When mounting the camera plate (CP), make sure it is perpendicular to the camera body to assure a snug fit. Do NOT twist the camera plate, secure using the 1/4 screw with coin or screwdriver. Not using the screw might damage the rubber skid plate on your camera base. This would also apply to using the T-adapter as well.


Completed assembly of NN3 with rail stops and camera mounting plate.

This setup allows you mount your camera and lens in portrait mode (sideways) onto the upper rail on Nodal Ninja.

Nodal Ninja 3 folds up nicely
Nodal Ninja 3 folds up nicely. Folded only 7"x2"x2"(178mm x 50mm x 50mm).

NN3 & NN3 MKII Complete Manual

Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Nodal Ninja Features
Chapter 3. Nodal Ninja 3 Parts + video tutorial
Chapter 4. Basic Assembly + video tutorial
Chapter 5. Removing and Replacing Detents + video tutorial
Chapter 6. NN3 MKII Detent Plunger Adjustment
Chapter 7. Removing and Replacing Detent Springs on NN3 only
Chapter 8. Changing the NN3 Rotator to NN3 MKII Rotator + video tutorial
Chapter 9. Mounting camera in landscape mode + video tutorial
Chapter 10. Cameras with off-axis tripod mounts and T-adapters + video tutorial
Chapter 11. About Parallax
Chapter 12. Finding the Entrance Pupil of a Lens
Chapter 13. Frequently Asked Questions
Chapter 14. Warranty
Chapter 15. Returns
Chapter 16. Copyright Information
Chapter 17. Contributors

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