I posted this last night to the Max Lyons forums. I think it might be
useful to some of you too.
I finally received my NN3 and overall I am very happy with it. It took
almost a month for me to receive it because I did not want to use
paypal and I had to send a cheque instead.
It is indeed the most portable panorama head I have seen so far.
I want to add some comments to what others have written about the
pano-head, particularly as it applies to the Canon EF-S 10-22 and the
1. The NN is not able to support this lens out of the box. I estimated
the nodal distance (according to the NN scale) for the 10-22 to be
106.5mm (at 10mm). Unfortunately the rubber shoe is too large and
the maximum distance that it allows me to set the camera is
100mm. I proceeded to cut 1cmm off the shoe on one side and that
fixed the problem.
2. The lens is wider at the end than the camera (between 1 and 2
mm). Unfortunately because the camera sits way back in the head the
front of the lens touches the arm of the NN, pushing the lens "up"
(with respect to the camera, left with respect to the NN). The
solution that I have used is to add a washer between the rubber
feet and the NN arm. This has the unfortunate disadvantage of
placing the camera around 1mm from the scale, making it more
difficult to set at the proper distance. Another way to fix this
problem would be to use a quick release.
3. I found that the easiest way to calibrate the distance for the
lower arm (to center the camera) was to use my EF 50 1.4 with a 25
extension tube. I would then point the camera downwards. The center
of the screw should line up with the focusing point of the
camera. I suspect this is not _exact_ but it is probably better
than other methods I have seen (like the needle and tape one).
4. I want to comment that there are some of the markings are a bit
inaccurate. For example, the lines that mark the zero at the top of
the head (opposite to the 360 degrees markings, in the joint of the
2 arms) is off by around 0.5mm. This is not a real problem, but it
Finally, I regret not having ordered the extension arm (I suspect this
would have fixed my problem with the 10-22). I assumed that the 10-22
was "small" enough to fit without any problems. Given that I am in
Canada the cost of ordering itself will be too expensive :( I would
recommend to anybody who is planning to buy it to include it their
Overall I fully recommend the Nodal Ninja 3 (even for the EF-S 10-22,
but remember, you will have to make the 2 modifications I mention
Nick and Bill have a good product, and I expect it will keep improving
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