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Advanced Rotator RD5

Advanced Rotator RD5
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Light weight
225 grams (8oz)
Compatible with
R1, R10, RS-1
Ideal for
360x180 full spherical panoramas
More than 10 kg (22lbs)
loading supported
Detent interval option
can be changed on the fly

Product Variants1 


Advanced Rotator RD5: Factory Irregular


  • SKU: F1162X
  • UPC Code: 641378090196

During production, there are occasional coating flaws/ minor scratches on some finishes. The manufacturer deems these items as Factory Irregular (FIR), places a stamp on the product. ALL FIR's carry the same warranty as regular products. They are functionally the same.

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Part in a series of Fanotec's new top of the line CNC machined advanced rotators. These rotators combine high precision, ease of use, compactness, light weight and durability. The inner ball bearing construction also provides for very fluid rotation. You can now change click stops on-the-fly, ideal in time sensitive situations in which shooting must be completed quickly, such as in shooting high resolution multi-image mosaics or shooting the same scene at different focal lengths.

The RD5 has 5 different selectable click options suitable for wide angle and standard focal length shooting (approx. 50mm).

Features you'll find in this new class of rotators:

  • Made from imported premium quality aluminum alloy.
  • Precision CNC machined components.
  • Lubricated bearings for smooth rotation.
  • Laser engraved markings.
  • Detent interval (click stop) option can be changed on the fly.
  • More than 10 kg (22lbs) loading supported.
  • Detent interval can be changed in seconds on the fly.
  • Knob for locking rotation.
  • Ideal for making 360x180 full spherical panoramas.
  • Great in windy locations.
  • Very small nadir footprint.
  • Diameter of 53mm (2 1/8") provides sufficient precision and stability while keeping the nadir footprint small.
  • The unique placement of knobs means that they will never appear in the spherical panos.
  • Compact and light weight - only 225 grams (8oz).
  • 5 different degree stop increments (with equivalent number of stops around) include:
    • 10 (36 stops)
    • 36 (10 stops)
    • 60 (6 stops)
    • 90 (4 stops)
    • 120 (3 stops)

Package includes:

  • Advanced Rotator RD5
  • Advanced Rotator RD4/5 Knob Set (F1155)
  • Silicone Dust Plug
  • Screw Adapter 3/8 - 1/4 (F9208)
  • Connecting Wire
  • M6x18 Flat Head Mounting Screw


  • Weight: 201 gr (with knobs)
  • Dimensions: Height - 40mm (1 5/8") x Diameter: 54mm (2 1/8")
  • Maximum weight load: 11kg (22lbs)
  • Ideal working weight load: approx. 5.5kgs (12lbs)
  • Metal: Anodized aluminum
  • Base Color = Non-glare black
  • Thread = base 3/8", top M6
  • Demarcations (reference tic marks) every 2.5 degrees

Note: Designed to mount on Nodal Ninja R10, R20, R1, RS1 using two M5 flat head screws, or on Nodal Ninja RS2 using two anti-twist screws and one M6 flat head screw. The mounting screws are supplied with the Nodal Ninja No Rotator Package.

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Advanced Rotator Handle US$10.00
SKU: F1115Advanced Rotator HandleAdd to Cart
Arca-Swiss Quick Release Plate for Advanced Rotator RD5/10/16II US$29.95
SKU: F1191Arca-Swiss Quick Release Plate for Advanced Rotator RD5/10/16IIAdd to Cart
Arca-Swiss Style Clamp 30mm QRC-30 for R10/R20 US$19.95
SKU: F2010Arca-Swiss Style Clamp 30mm QRC-30 for R10/R20Add to Cart
Arca-Swiss Style Screw-Knob Clamp 38mm (QRC-38DS) US$39.95
SKU: F2013Arca-Swiss Style Screw-Knob Clamp 38mm (QRC-38DS)Add to Cart
M6 male to 3/8 male Thread Adapter for Advanced Rotators US$6.00
SKU: F9200M6 male to 3/8 male Thread Adapter for Advanced RotatorsAdd to Cart
R1 Adjustable Tilt Head OnlyUS$90.00 – US$120.00
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R20 Static 2.5 /7.5 degrees Tilt Head Only US$100.00
SKU: F6170R20 Static 2.5 /7.5 degrees Tilt Head OnlyAdd to Cart
RS-1 No Lower Rotator US$50.00
SKU: F9701RS-1 No Lower RotatorAdd to Cart

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