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Nodal Ninja 3 MKII Full Spherical Multirow Panoramic QTVR Tripod Head


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Product Description

Our award winning Nodal Ninja 3 "MKII" continues to bring in rave reviews from around the world. This is a specially designed Spherical Panoramic Tripod Mount allowing a photographer to adjust a camera/lens exactly over its correct rotational axis called the entrance pupil (aka Nodal Point) and or No Parallax Point (NPP). This helps to eliminate parallax error inherent when shooting multiple images side by side. Without parallax a photographer can seamlessly stitch multiple photographs together forming a larger higher resolution composite image. This model is primarily designed for point and shoot cameras as well as some smaller DSLR's with smaller lenses like the Canon Digital Rebel or Nikon D200. Being a Full spherical tripod QTVR "pano head" enables you to correctly shoot multiple images to form full 360 x 180 spherical images. These images are then published on the internet in the form of quicktime (QTVR) or flash. This allows the viewer to physically interact with the image by clicking inside and rotating it up and down and all around. You can also zoom in and out and also know has immersive imagery and or virtual reality (VR) photography. This is widely popular in presenting Real Estate to potential buyers through the use of Virtual Tours. VR Photography allows businesses to showcase their products and services, home sellers to showcase their homes, and travelers to share their experiences in a way conventional photography is unable to achieve. Even for the hobbyist this is a fun way to take images of all occasions. Some 360 VR applications include: Hotels, Restaurants, Home Owners, Travel Industry, Fitness Centers, Automotive Sales, Villa Rental Owners, Real Estate Agencies, Bed & Breakfast Inns, Architectural Applications, Giga-pixel images, mosaics, fine art, and more. All Amazon.com orders ship within 2-4 business days - no expedited shipping is offered on Amazon.com listings.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 2 x 2 inches ; 1.1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • ASIN: B000WN9Y2A
  • Item model number: NN3 MKII
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 2, 2007

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Great customer service.
R. Watson
The rotators are precise and easy to adjust, the built-in level works well to prevent unnecessary cropping.
James R. Meyer
You can't go wrong with this product.
Lincoln

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Lincoln TOP 500 REVIEWER on September 21, 2008
I am a professional virtual tour photographer. I have shot over 1,300 virtual tours. I have tried numerous panoramic heads, including Bogen, Kaiden, and custom fabricated models. The Nodal Ninja performs better than the Bogen and nearly identical to the $900 Kaiden. However, the Nodal Ninja is about 1/4 the size and weight, and breaks down small enough to fit into your pocket.

I highly recommend the Nodal Ninja 3. For the price you can't find a better panoramic tripod head. No quality heads are lighter or more compact. You can't go wrong with this product.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Ayman A. Aljammaz on July 27, 2008
I got this package to be able to shoot full spherical panos. Its great! light weight, and the packaging is beautiful. Best of all, its price is unbeatable compared to other pano heads and the quality delivered. To top it off, outstanding customer service from Fanotec.

I use it with my Canon 40D + EFS 10-22 / Sigma 8 FE.
no issues at all.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By R. Watson on June 27, 2008
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Best price for a Pano QTVR head you will find. Great customer service. I just upgraded to the NN5 (it supports SLR cameras with a battery grip.

GREAT PRODUCTS!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James R. Meyer on May 19, 2012
I have had the NN3 for about a year, and experimented with it off and on during that time. Last month I was finally able to take it on a trip to shoot some landscapes. The NN3 performed flawlessly. The rotators are precise and easy to adjust, the built-in level works well to prevent unnecessary cropping.

I use the NN3 with a Sony NEX-5n, in conjunction with a Really Right Stuff L-plate. I got an Arca-Swiss type adapter for both the upper arm (which takes the L-plate), and the rotator base (which makes it easy to attach to my ballhead). Fanotec sells both these adaptors. All the parts and components are superbly engineered and finished, and the unit is light and portable, but very sturdy. Most of the time, I just leave it attached to the tripod - the quick-release clamp makes it easy to attach the camera in just a few seconds.

The click-stops make shooting a breeze. I was able to shoot a 3-row pano with 12 images in less than a minute, and they came out perfect. The NN3 is very well thought out - I have talked with Nick Fan a couple of times, and it is obvious he responds to his customers.

If you are going to shoot panos, I recommend investing in a Nodal Ninja. You won't be sorry!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Bennett on February 20, 2013
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The Nodal Ninja 3 is a compact panoramic photography device designed for smaller camera systems. Some initial thoughts:

1. The included directions are minimalist in the extreme. Go to the Nodal Ninja web site and click on the Settings, Tools, and Tutorials link and look for the Tutorials page. There you will find videos on how to find the nodal point of your camera and lens combination, which is the key to making any pano rotator work properly.

2. The NN 3 seems built specifically for my Panasonic GH2 -- it's just the perfect size. There is plenty of room on the upper rail to set the nodal point for any wide-to-normal lens that I own. The system will physically hold a Canon 5D Mark II with the 24-105/4 lens; however, the upper rail is not long enough to set the proper nodal point, and the overall weight of the Canon system is probably too much for the NN 3 in the long run. It would easily hold the weight of something like a Rebel, though of course that may have similar nodal point issues depending on the lens chosen.

3. The included camera plate is something of a pain to set up, and seems awfully large for the smaller cameras for which this system is designed. The camera plate comes in several pieces, and must be adjusted with a tiny allen wrench and screw for each camera used. This would be difficult to do in the field if one wanted to switch cameras. However, I was able to set up the plate for my GH2, and now it attaches and detaches relatively easily, though it requires a screwdriver or a coin for attachment.

4. Initial tests stitching a single-row panorama in PTGui showed excellent results. This is going to be a very useful device for a lot of my photography.

Recommended if you have a small camera like one of the mirrorless system cameras.
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