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2. Nodal Ninja 5 Features

Fanotec® Spherical Panoramic Tripod Head Nodal Ninja 5 & 5L - Complete Manual

We have compiled a list of the features and benefits of Nodal Ninja. When shopping panoramic tripod heads you need as much information as you get. We feel Nodal Ninja offers the best performance with features against price. Here is a summary of the strong points of Nodal Ninja 5.
  • Price - much lesser expensive to comparable heads.
  • Longer arms - about 40mm longer than NN3. This helps to accommodate larger cameras like the D2X, D3 or MK II, MK III, and cameras with battery packs and even many medium and large format cameras.
  • Accepts a much broader range of lenses, from an 8mm Sigma to Nikon's 70-200mm f2.8.

    Nodal Ninja supports a wide range of lenses
    Nodal Ninja supports a wide range of lenses
    Nodal Ninja supports a wide range of lenses
    Nodal Ninja supports a wide range of lenses
  • NN5 - Upper arm 15 degree detents with positive locks. (NN5L does not have upper arm positive stops).
  • Upper arm rotator with 2.5 degree marking, good for making high resolution mosaics.
  • NN5 will accept loads up to approx 10 kgs due to upper arm positive locks.
  • NN5L will accept loads up to approx. 7kgs.
  • Allows your camera to be mounted in landscape mode.

    Camera and lens in landscape mode
  • Fits all tripod heads - uses both 3/8" & 1/4" thread mount adapter.
  • Small Rotator Base - less foot print to edit out when doing full spherical panos.

    Lower rotator assembly
  • Closed rail design - assures your expensive camera won't slip off accidentally.
  • Detachable upper arm detents to rotate about any desired increment.
  • Large, easy to turn, knurled edge adjustments knobs (great with gloves in cold weather).
  • Allows the use of many Quick Release Adapters.
  • As small as 10 degree click stops in lower arm rotator are possible.
  • Reversible detent rings.

    Reversible detent rings
  • Detent rings can be disabled on the fly without any tool.
  • More precise rotator base with locking function.
  • Made to higher precision tolerances than earlier models.
  • Demarcations in increments of 2.5 degree on both upper and lower rotators, great for doing high resolution mosaics at longer focal lengths.
  • Rail stops for "remembering" camera and lens settings.
  • Leveling - built-in quality bubble level for exact leveling.
  • Lower and upper arm rulers for precise measuring of Entrance pupil settings.
  • Compact - breaks down to only 90mm x 210mm (8"x3 1/2").

    NN5 weight - only 857 grams
  • Weight - only 857 grams.
  • Attractive, foam lined, zippered hard shell carry case.
  • Customer support.
  • Two year manufacture warranty.

NN5 & NN5L Complete Manual


Chapter 1. Introduction + video tutorial
Chapter 2. Nodal Ninja 5 Features
Chapter 3. Nodal Ninja 5 Exploded View + video tutorial
Chapter 4. Hard Shelled Cases for Nodal Ninja 5
Chapter 5. Basic Assembly + video tutorial
Chapter 6. Removing and Replacing Detents + video tutorial
Chapter 7. Setting up with Known NNP
Chapter 8. Using the Camera Mounting Plate (NCP1)
Chapter 9. Mounting in landscape mode + video tutorial
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

Only buy from authorized resellers. If buying new from other than an authorized reseller, no warranties or product support are included.

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