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NN4 Complete Manual

3. Nodal Ninja 4 Exploded View

NN5 exploded view



3.1. Parts List


3.1.1. Upper Assembly



3.1.2. Lower Assembly



3.2. Part Specifications


3.2.1. Lower Rail Assembly

Adjustment distances from the lower rotator center point to the upper vertical arm mounting point, minimum adjustment distance 53mm (2 1/4"), maximum distance ???mm (???").
The lower horizontal rail is used to slide the upper vertical assembly (when attached) into 1 of 2 needed entrance pupil positions, depending on the camera and lens being used. The rail has a laser engraved scale marked in millimeters (1 mm intervals). The grooves of the scale are filled with water resistant paint to increase clarity.
The lower rail assembly incorporates the "lower rotator assembly". The lower rotator assembly allows for 360 degree horizontal rotation. The rotator base is engraved with demarcations in 2.5 degree intervals, with longer tic marks at 5 and 10 degree intervals. Numerical values every 20 degrees with diamond tic marks every 10 degrees make for great visual reference when rotating or panning the camera/lens across the horizontal plane. Mounting a camera/lens in horizontal mode allows for very precise rotation to shoot across the horizon line. Using in conjunction with the upper rotator allows for very precise rotation for single row and multirow spherical panoramas.


3.2.2. Upper Rail Assembly

Overall dimensions of upper rail = ???mm x ???mm x ???mm (???" x ???" x ???"). Adjustment distances from the upper rotator center point to the upper rail camera mounting point, minimum adjustment distance 33mm (1 1/2"), maximum distance ???mm (???"). This would be the maximum distance from camera mount to entrance pupil (a.k.a. nodal point) of a particular lens. The upper horizontal rail is used to slide the camera/lens into 1 of 2 needed entrance pupil positions, depending on the camera and lens being used. The rail has a laser engraved scale marked in millimeters (1 mm intervals). The grooves of the scale are filled with water resistant paint to increase clarity.
The upper rail assembly incorporates the "upper rotator assembly". The upper rotator assembly allows for 360 degree vertical rotation. The rotator is engraved with demarcations in 2.5 degree intervals, with longer tic marks at 5 and 10 degree intervals, numerical values of 0, 30, 60, and 90 degrees with diamond marks every 10 degrees. These markings add for great visual reference when tilting the camera to do multirow panoramas and full spherical panoramas.

Note: The upper rotator assembly can be locked "positively" every 15 degrees. The weight load limit of camera/lens with this locking detent system is approximately 7kgs (15 lbs). The upper rotator detents can be easily detached by unscrewing the 4 hex screws (see 3a above). This will free the rotator for detent free rotation. This is ideal when using longer focal length lens and for those doing mosaic photography. When opting to detach the upper detents the weight load limits decreases to approximately 5kgs (10lbs).

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