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5. Removing and Replacing Detents

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

Detent rings


Changing the Detent Ring on the NN3 MKII



5.1. Available detent rings

  • 15/0 degree ring - number of stops = 24/0

Note: on the 0 side there are no detents.

  • 18/20 degree ring - number of stops = 20/18
  • 25.7/36 degree ring - number of stops = 14/10
  • 45/60 degree ring - number of stops = 8/6


5.2. Changing rings (pre Feb 2008 Nodal Ninja's)

To change rings, disassemble the lower rail assembly by unscrewing the lower rotator friction set knob (1).

Note: The 12 degree detent ring shown in above sample has been discontinued.


Changing rings

Place the detent ring with desired side face up and reassemble. With NN3 you may need to tighten the rotator base to adjust the desired rotating tension. To set the tension, loosen the inner screw (shown above) using a coin or standard screwdriver, then hand tighten the knurled knob (with Nodal Ninja markings) to desired tension, then tighten inner screw to lock the tension.

Note: Newer NN3's no longer use the inner rotator washer.


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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