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3. Nodal Ninja 4 Exploded View

Fanotec® Spherical Panoramic Tripod Head Nodal Ninja 4 - Complete Manual

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3.1. Parts List


3.1.1. Upper Assembly

  • 1 - Upper Rotator Tightening Knob
  • 2 - Metal Washer
  • 3 - Upper Arm Rotator Detent Pins 4ea
  • 3a - Upper Arm Rotator Hex Screws 4ea
  • 4 - Vertical Rail
  • 5 - Upper Horizontal Arm
  • 6 - Rail Stop Screw
  • 7 - Camera Mounting Knob
  • 8 - Metal Washer
  • 9 - Camera Mounting Plate
  • 10 - Rail Stop Plate
  • 11 - Upper Arm Support Screw


3.1.2. Lower Assembly

  • 12 - Lower Horizontal Rail
  • 13 - Rail Stop Plate
  • 14 - Lower Detent Release Knob with Rubber O-Ring
  • 15 - Lower Rotator Tension Knob
  • 16 - Vertical Rail Mounting Knob
  • 17 - Metal Washer
  • 18 - Lower Rotator Lock Knob
  • 19 - Rail Stop Screw
  • 20 - Lower Rotator Outer Housing
  • 21 - Lower Rotator Hex Screws 2ea
  • 22 - Lower Rotator Detent Pin
  • 23 - Reversible Detent Ring

    Rings available:
    Reversible detent rings

    - 10/12 degrees, number of stops around n = 30/36
    - 15/18 degrees, number of stops around n = 24/20
    - 20/24 degrees, number of stops around n = 18/15
    - 30/36 degrees, number of stops around n = 12/10
    - 45/60 degrees, number of stops around n = 8/6
    - 90/120 degrees, number of stops around n = 4/3
    - 45 & 60/90 & 120 degrees, number of stops around
    n = 8+6/4+3
  • 24 - Lower Rotator Inner Housing
  • 25 - 3/8" to 1/4" Screw Adapter


3.2. Part Specifications


3.2.1. Lower Rail Assembly

Adjustment distances from the lower rotator center point to the upper vertical arm mounting point, minimum adjustment distance 53mm (2 1/4"), maximum distance ???mm (???").
The lower horizontal rail is used to slide the upper vertical assembly (when attached) into 1 of 2 needed entrance pupil positions, depending on the camera and lens being used. The rail has a laser engraved scale marked in millimeters (1 mm intervals). The grooves of the scale are filled with water resistant paint to increase clarity.
The lower rail assembly incorporates the "lower rotator assembly". The lower rotator assembly allows for 360 degree horizontal rotation. The rotator base is engraved with demarcations in 2.5 degree intervals, with longer tic marks at 5 and 10 degree intervals. Numerical values every 20 degrees with diamond tic marks every 10 degrees make for great visual reference when rotating or panning the camera/lens across the horizontal plane. Mounting a camera/lens in horizontal mode allows for very precise rotation to shoot across the horizon line. Using in conjunction with the upper rotator allows for very precise rotation for single row and multirow spherical panoramas.


3.2.2. Upper Rail Assembly

Overall dimensions of upper rail = ???mm x ???mm x ???mm (???" x ???" x ???"). Adjustment distances from the upper rotator center point to the upper rail camera mounting point, minimum adjustment distance 33mm (1 1/2"), maximum distance ???mm (???"). This would be the maximum distance from camera mount to entrance pupil (a.k.a. nodal point) of a particular lens. The upper horizontal rail is used to slide the camera/lens into 1 of 2 needed entrance pupil positions, depending on the camera and lens being used. The rail has a laser engraved scale marked in millimeters (1 mm intervals). The grooves of the scale are filled with water resistant paint to increase clarity.
The upper rail assembly incorporates the "upper rotator assembly". The upper rotator assembly allows for 360 degree vertical rotation. The rotator is engraved with demarcations in 2.5 degree intervals, with longer tic marks at 5 and 10 degree intervals, numerical values of 0, 30, 60, and 90 degrees with diamond marks every 10 degrees. These markings add for great visual reference when tilting the camera to do multirow panoramas and full spherical panoramas.

Note: The upper rotator assembly can be locked "positively" every 15 degrees. The weight load limit of camera/lens with this locking detent system is approximately 7kgs (15 lbs). The upper rotator detents can be easily detached by unscrewing the 4 hex screws (see 3a above). This will free the rotator for detent free rotation. This is ideal when using longer focal length lens and for those doing mosaic photography. When opting to detach the upper detents the weight load limits decreases to approximately 5kgs (10lbs).


NN4 Complete Manual


Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Nodal Ninja 4 Features
Chapter 3. Nodal Ninja 4 Exploded View
Chapter 4. Hard Shelled Cases for Nodal Ninja 4
Chapter 5. Basic Assembly
Chapter 6. Removing and Replacing Detents
Chapter 7. Setting up with Known NNP
Chapter 8. Using the Camera Mounting Plate (NCP1)
Chapter 9. Mounting in landscape mode
Chapter 10. Quick Release Adapters
Chapter 11. Cameras / Grips with Off-axis Tripod Mounts
Chapter 12. About Parallax
Chapter 13. Finding the Entrance Pupil of a Lens
Chapter 14. Warranty
Chapter 15. Returns
Chapter 16. Copyright Information
Chapter 17. Contributors

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