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19850Re: [PanoToolsNG] ANN: Coming soon: Nodal Ninja 180 for single row panoramic photography

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  • Matthew Rogers
    May 2, 2008
      Yes but I didn't unnecessarily criticise their products without ever
      having seen or used one. Believe me I could spend all day doing so but
      I don't.

      On 2 May 2008, at 17:58, Daniel Reetz wrote:

      > > Also, I'm surprised you didn't call the Rotator D8 and D12 the Nodal
      > > Ninja D300N after the Manfrotto base it bears a slight (ha ha ha ha
      > > ha) resemblance to.
      >
      > The nature of the problem means it's no surprise that many of these
      > rotators looks similar. Should it be square? Pentagonal?
      >
      > No-one is dropping into your product announcement thread with
      > smart-aleck comments. My decision not to purchase 360Precision
      > products (which I think are excellent) was in part based on your
      > online behavior.
      >
      > DR
      >
      > > Matt
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > > On 2 May 2008, at 17:11, Bill Bailey wrote:
      > >
      > > >
      > > > Hi Ken,
      > > > The NN180 does not mount or clamp onto the sensitive plastic shell
      > > > of a
      > > > camera lens and we're not trying to emulate other fisheye
      > brackets.
      > > > Because the camera/lens will mount directly to the bracket by
      > way of
      > > > the
      > > > camera tripod mount this allows for add-on adapters to meet the
      > > > needs of
      > > > those wanting partial tilt. This is also a universal head allowing
      > > > for use
      > > > with all wide angle lenses.
      > > > I might wipe the dust of my FC-E9 and give it go once released ;-)
      > > > Cheers
      > > > Bill
      > > >
      > > > Ken Warner-3 wrote:
      > > > >
      > > > > That's almost a completely good idea -- like the new Atome from
      > > > > 360Precision.
      > > > >
      > > > > BUT!
      > > > >
      > > > > You got to have a tilt axis. You have to have a way to shoot
      > > > straight up
      > > > > and down some 30-60 degrees. Not straight down but down a bit.
      > > > >
      > > > > The price and weight are perfect but you got to have tilt....
      > > > >
      > > > > Bill Bailey wrote:
      > > > >> This is direct from Nick Fan - the developer/manufacturer of
      > > > Nodal Ninja:
      > > > >>
      > > > >> Fanotec is proud to announce a new entry into the product
      > line -
      > > > the
      > > > >> Nodal
      > > > >> Ninja 180 (NN180). The NN180 will support camera/lens
      > > > combinations which
      > > > >> NN3/5 do not support. They include gears for dual shot
      > spherical
      > > > panos
      > > > >> (such
      > > > >> as Nikon FC-E8/E9 and the Sunex 5.6mm Fisheye) and very long
      > > > >> converter-camera combinations such as FC-E9/ Raynox DCR-CF185
      > Pro
      > > > with
      > > > >> long
      > > > >> prosumer or point and shoot Digital Cameras.
      > > > >>
      > > > >> NN180 is also intended to simplify pano taking for certain
      > camera/
      > > > lens
      > > > >> combinations by allowing single row shooting instead of multi-
      > row
      > > > >> shooting.
      > > > >> They include cameras with circular fisheye lenses (such as the
      > > > Sigma
      > > > >> 4.5mm,
      > > > >> sigma 8mm on full frame camera, Sunex 5.6mm, Nikon FC-E8/E9)
      > for
      > > > making
      > > > >> spherical panos, and wide angle lenses for making cylindrical
      > > > panos.
      > > > >> Lenses
      > > > >> such as shaved Nikon 10.5mm on full frame sensor and Sigma
      > 8mm on
      > > > cropped
      > > > >> sensor can be supported by using a L-bracket and slanted
      > adapter
      > > > (to be
      > > > >> released later) for making spherical panos.
      > > > >>
      > > > >>
      > > > >> Here are the features.
      > > > >> * universal for all circular fisheye lens
      > > > >>>From compact digital cameras (T-adapter required for offset
      > tripod
      > > > socket)
      > > > >> with FC-E8/E9 to big professional cameras like Canon 1Ds series
      > > > and Nikon
      > > > >> D3.
      > > > >> * advanced rotator design (Rotator D4).
      > > > >> Fully lubricated bearing for smooth rotation. Same rotator also
      > > > works
      > > > >> with
      > > > >> other Nodal Ninja's.
      > > > >> * 4 detent interval options
      > > > >> Complete set of 4 detent interval options (4, 6, 8, 10 stops /
      > > > 90, 60,
      > > > >> 45,
      > > > >> 36 degrees), suitable for most ultra wide angle lens for making
      > > > spherical
      > > > >> panos. By skipping, one gets 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10 stops.
      > > > >> * detent interval can be changed in seconds
      > > > >> * knob for locking rotation
      > > > >> Ideal for making HDR panos or in windy locations.
      > > > >> * small nadir footprint
      > > > >> Diameter of 54mm 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
      > > > >> Weight 500g. Much lighter than multi-row equivalents.
      > > > >> * 5kg loading supported
      > > > >> Supports all cameras up to medium format.
      > > > >> * more affordable than multi-row equivalents.
      > > > >>
      > > > >> Estimated time of availability is August/September 2008.
      > > > >> Target price is US$179.95
      > > > >> Images below reflect early prototype images - all parts will be
      > > > black.
      > > > >>
      > > > >> http://www.nabble.com/file/p16993332/2_NN180.jpg
      > > > >>
      > > > >> http://www.nabble.com/file/p16993332/3_NN180.jpg
      > > > >>
      > > > >> http://www.nabble.com/file/p16993332/4_NN180.jpg
      > > > >>
      > > > >> http://www.nabble.com/file/p16993332/1_RD4.jpg
      > > > >>
      > > > >> More information as it becomes available can be
      > > > >> http://nodalninja.com/forum/index.php?topic=92.0 found here
      > > > >>
      > > > >
      > > > >
      > > >
      > > > --
      > > > View this message in context:
      > > http://www.nabble.com/ANN%3A-Coming-soon%3A-Nodal-Ninja-180-%22NN180%22-for-single-row-panoramic-photography-tp16993332p17022726.html
      > > > Sent from the PanoToolsNG mailing list archive at Nabble.com.
      > > >
      > > >
      > > >
      > >
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      > >
      > >
      >
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