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M1-L w/RD16-II

M1-L w/RD16-II
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Modular design
Easy upgrade
High precision, accuracy,
durability and long lifetime
Compatible with all DSLR's
and most medium format cameras
7.5 degree positive stops
on upper rotator
Ideal for
making mosaics

Product Variants1 

M1-L w/RD16-II: Factory Irregular

Price: $424.96Save $125.96

  • SKU: F8102X
  • Weight: 1485g

During production, there are occasional coating flaws/ minor scratches on some finishes. 

There were some minor changes in design and appearance of some parts. Some old parts left over may be used to build this bundle. QRC-65 is used as the quick release clamp for the lower rotator.  

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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Level: Semi pro - Pro.

Lenses: 8- 200mm.

Features: Arca Style Modular Design, Strongest, Repeatable Results, Upgrade paths.

Uses: Landscape, Super High Resolution, Gigapixels, Commercial, HDR.

This 360 pano head / panoramic rotator makes seamless mosaic stitching easy. It is based on Arca Swiss compatible system, the industry standard for a high-end photographic support system. The upper rotator incorporates 7.5-degree positive stops and the lower rotator is the advanced RD16-II (click tab above). The M1-L is compatible with all DSLR's and most medium format cameras supporting lenses up to 200mm. Precision CNC machined from premium T6061 aluminum and anodized, the M1-L is built with a high degree of precision, accuracy, durability to ensure a lifetime of use. The first model in this modular system is the M1 which has 7.5-degree precise positive stops at the upper rotator, supporting lenses from ultra wide angles to 200mm telephotos. It allows templates to be used to speed up stitching and reduce stitching errors.

This listing does not include a camera mounting plate. Buy one of our custom Arca compatible camera mounting plates or use any third party Arca compatible camera plate.


  • Lens Ring Mount for Supporting Fisheye Lenses directly to upper rotator clamp.
  • M Series Nadir Adapter (F8301).
  • M1L M2 Series Vertical Extender (F8310).
  • Custom Arca compatible camera mounting plate.

The Lower Rotator RD-16-II:

Part of 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 RD16-II has 16 different selectable click options suitable for wide angle, standard and long focal length shooting to approx. 200mm. Features you'll find in this new class of rotators:

  • Blue marker ring which can be rotated to mark points on a lower rotator (2nd generation feature).
  • Movable index ring - rotate the index ring to any predetermined position (2nd generation feature).
  • Made from imported premium quality aluminum alloy.
  • Precision CNC machined components.
  • Lubricated steel ball 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.
  • Retainer wire so you don't lose the knobs.
  • Ideal for making HDR panos and/or mosaics.
  • Great in windy locations.
  • Small nadir footprint.
  • Small nadir footprint diameter of 62mm.
  • The unique placement of knobs means that they will never appear in the spherical panos.
  • Fine 2.5-degree rotation markings for making high-resolution mosaics.
  • Compact and light weight - only 347 grams.
  • 16 different degree stop increments (with equivalent number of stops around) include:
    • 3.75 (96 stops)*
    • 5 (72 stops)*
    • 6 (60 stops)*
    • 7.5 (48 stops)
    • 10 (36 stops)
    • 12 (30 stops)
    • 15 (24 stops)
    • 18 (20 stops)*
    • 20 (18 stops)
    • 24 (15 stops)
    • 30 (12 stops)
    • 36 (10 stops)
    • 45 (8 stops)
    • 60 (6 stops)
    • 90 (4 stops)
    • 120 (3 stops)

*Requires dual detent plungers.

What's in the Box


  • RD16-II (F1161) (120, 90, 60, 45, 36, 30, 24, 20, 18, 15, 12, 10, 7.5, 6, 5, 3.75)
  • QRC-55 (Lower Rotator Quick Release Clamp)* Jaw length: 55mm (F8303)
  • MFR-210 Double Dovetail (Lower Rail) Length: 210mm (F8150)
  • MFVR-170C Double Dovetail Vertical Rail with Integral QR Clamp (Vertical Rail) (F8152)
  • M1 Upper Rotator with 7.5 deg Stops
  • QRC-55 (Upper Rotator Quick Release Clamp) * Jaw length: 55mm (F8303)
  • MFR-170 Double Dovetail (Upper Rail) Length: 170mm (F8151)
  • QRC-40A (Upper Rail End Clamp) Jaw length: 40mm (F2100)
  • Stop Plate Arca compatible 2ea (F2106).
  • Case (F8117)

Note: If using long lens (100mm+) and a camera without battery grip, it is suggested to swap the upper rail (170mm) and lower rail (210mm). For lens with a collar, a lens plate is recommended.

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