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Nodal Ninja 4 Starter Pkg Factory Irregular
During production there is the occasional paint chip or paint coating flaws on the finishing which may show some signs of irregularity. The items are still fully functional and warrantied for 2 years.
The Nodal Ninja 4 is one of the newer pano heads from Fanotec. Replacing the NN5 series, the NN4 is a bit more robust featuring greater precision and build quality. The NN4 features an upper rotator with precise 15 degree positive stops, a design borrowed from the advanced Ultimate M1 series. Currently the NN4 allows only 15 degree incremental locks, which are typical of normal workflows. The upper rotator however can be configured with an initial offset of +/- 5, 7.5, or 10 degree from the horizon, making it perfect for single row spherical panoramas with various fisheye lenses. This pano head is capable of supporting DSLR's (with or without battery grips) and lenses up to 7.7lbs (3.5kg). NN4 is designed to accommodate a wide range of lenses from ultra wide to 100mm focal lengths (35mm equivalent focal length assuming 25% overlap) . Ideal for anything from 360x180 full HDR spherical panoramas to super high resolution mutli-row gigapixel imagery.
All pano heads come with FULL 2 year Warranty protection against manufacturer defects.
Note: The 16-35mm Nikkor lens is not compatible with both the NN3 and NN4 series pano heads.
MFG Part No: N4-PKG
Posted by Mutant Pixel on 3rd May 2013
Nodal Ninja must be overly obsessed about quality because to my eye I cant find a thing wrong with this 'factor irregular'. Its a great product, took me about 5 minutes to set up and use. Was completely confounded for 4 of those minutes as to how to connect it to my tri-pod as I had never seen a connector like they have, but I figured it out. The build quality of mine is superb and I got the setup for my camera and lens off the site and was shooting in just a few minutes. Ran the results through Photoshop and PTGui and both worked out great. Excellent product, though I'm subtracting 1 star (maybe a half star) for the lack of decent documentation. Could add a few better explanation, even if just with pictures (like they have but show more steps). Super duper happy with my "factory irregular" overall.
Posted by Riley Iwamoto on 8th Mar 2013
Honestly I haven't closely scrutinized the unit but can't tell from casual use what made this a factory irregular. It's worked perfectly since I received it. Fanotec shipped promptly and it arrived quite swiftly although UPS gave me some grief. The included rotational increments on each rail are well matched to every setup I will use and most conventional users' needs (though now I can see why a leveler would have been a good investment). It's sturdy yet lightweight with no fluff.
The one issue I've had in use is more to do with my tripod's weak locks: the NN4 seems leverage my small D5200's weight, causing my tripod's upper pivots to flop around, but I suppose that's a caveat of panoramic heads in general. I'm sure once I start using a stronger tripod head I'll be happy as a clam.
In all, a great piece of equipment for beginning pano photographers.