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After researching and developing superior mechanical panoramic hardware for a decade, Fanotec is now pushing the envelope by incorporating robotic components to the design. A range of products developed from the ground up together with the robotic developments will replace some of the legacy products.
Nodal Ninja 6 (NN6) is the successor to Nodal Ninja 4 and Nodal Ninja 5, and is the first model that is compatible with the coming motorized rotator, capable of transforming into a 2-axis fully automatic pan/ tilt head with diverse functions.
Nodal Ninja NN6 Panorama Head with RD10 Advanced Rotator Base fitted.
It is also the first low cost ALL CNC machined panoramic head in the product line. We carefully examined the Ultimate line and listened to end user feedback to optimize these newer designs. By reducing the number of quick release components, overall cost is much reduced. The NN6's will have quality standards very similar to the Ultimate line incorporating hard anodized coating.
Compact upper rotator with precise 7.5 degrees detent lock (positive stops) which can be disabled on the fly by simple turning of a lever to allow free rotation and locking at arbitrary angle. A legendary design in NN5, now with double the number of locking positions doubling the maximum focal length.
Nodal Ninja NN6 Panorama Head Upper Rotator detail.
Supporting up to 200mm equivalent focal length (camera in portrait orientation) with detent lock (higher focal lengths possible with free rotation).
Nodal Ninja NN6 Panorama Head Rotator RD10 detail.
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Level: Amateur - Pro.
Features: Comfortable Size - Strong - Upper Rotator 7.5 degree positive stops or free rotation
Uses: General, Landscape, High Resolution, Gigapixels, Commercial, HDR
New anti-twisting camera mounting plate that mounts to the camera by using an easy to grip, glove friendly knob. No tools needed.
Nodal Ninja NN6 Camera Plate detail.
Arca Swiss compatible rails allow use of QR clamps and other compatible accessories.
Supports most DSLRs with or without battery grip.
Come standard with custom made Advanced Rotator D10 (RD10) as default. Compact, lightweight with 10 detent options ranging from 90 to 5 degrees which are easily changed on the fly.
Compatible with other advanced rotators.
Optional Quick Release Nadir Adapter that combines the function of quick release and nadir adapter, for rapid mounting / dismounting the vertical assembly and effortlessly taking clean nadir shot (down shot).
Features of the NEW Advanced Rotator D10
Many people have requested a rotator that has the size of advanced Rotator D5 but with more detent options. The new Advanced Rotator D10 is the answer. It achieves the best balance of size and versatility.
Compact, lightweight with 10 detent options ranging from 90 to 5 degrees that can be changed on the fly. Suitable for fisheye, wide angle and telephoto lenses up to 200mm equivalent focal length with camera in portrait orientation.
10 different degree stop increments (with equivalent number of stops around) include:
5 (72 stops)*
7.5 (48 stops)*
10 (36 stops)
15 (24 stops)
18 (20 stops)*
30 (12 stops)*
36 (10 stops)
45 (8 stops)*
60 (6 stops)
90 (4 stops)
*Requires dual detent plungers.
Weight: 2.02lbs (920g)
Lower rail: 200mm
Upper and vertical rail: 190mm
Note from Nodal Ninja USA: There is no quick reference guide as of yet for the NN6 (Jan 2017) but this is expected very soon. The NN6 is built from the ground up with robotic add-ons in sight. It's a very intuitive design and works without issue for most. This product has been well tested in the field which is bringing in positive reviews by early users. However as with any new product we cannot test against all possible cameras and equipment configurations. As early feedback comes we are making little tweaks here and there to better the performance. If you see any need for improvements we would love to hear from you.
*Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G lens is not compatible with the Nodal Ninja NN6
Using the Nodal Ninja NN6 Panorama Head to produce interior panoramas.
Example location photography with photographs 'bracketed' to give 3 exposures at each point of rotation, for this example we used a 'full frame' DSLR (Canon 5D MKII) fitted with a 17-40mm lens, set at 17mm, shooting 3 rows of 8 plus Zenith ('up-shot') and Nadir ('down shot'). - this gives a total of 78 images.
Example portion of the finished equirectangular image produced by stitching bracketed photos to produce a 'HDR' style image. This example stitched and blended in PTGUI pro (note that this image is scaled down from the original to allow quick viewing on the web):
The finished panorama shown below has been output as HTML 5 format - ensuring that visitors can see the movie in the latest browsers on desktop computers, laptops, tablets, iphones and ipads. 'DOUBLE CLICK' on this panorama should enable a full screen view.
Thank you to the 'House of Koko', 62 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 4LA for making us welcome, and permitting this early morning photography!