Tutorials for NN4/5 Series

Tutorials for NN4/5 Series

Note the NN4 is very similar to the Nodal Ninja 5 series (now discontinued). The biggest difference is in the upper rotator. The upper rotator of NN4 incorporates 15 degree positives locks stops. Many of these tutorials work for both NN4 and NN5 series panoramic tripod heads. Also too the RD8 and RD16 and been upgraded and replaced with the RD-16-II.

Nodal Ninja 4

Mounting the RD16 rotator to the NN4. Remove the NN4 rotator, then remove the screws using the hex key. Insert the hex screws included with advanced rotator, and mount the advanced rotator RD16 with N markings facing out. Then mount the rotator lock knob, and the detent plunger knobs.


Nodal Ninja 5

(discontinued but very similiar to the NN4)

Changing the detent ring on the Nodal Ninja 5 or 5L (standard rotator). First loosen the lower rotator lock knob, then loosen the little detent plunger knob. Next loosen and remove the upper knob of the lower rotator. Please note this knob has a built in hex key tool. Separate the rotator to expose the detent ring. Using the hex tool located in the rotator knob, loosen the set screw and remove the detent ring. Careful not to get any grease on your fingers - if you do, simply wipe your hands clean. Next, replace the detent ring of your choice. In this tutorial we use the 72 degree ring. The ring marking "72° n5" translated: 1 click stop every 72 degrees of rotation, total number of stops around = 5.


Mounting your camera in landscape mode on Nodal Ninja 5. When attaching your camera to the lower rail assembly, make sure you use the camera mounting plate (CP-1). Make sure the camera plate is securely mounted and squared to the base of your camera. You may also use an optional quick release system as well.


Nodal Ninja 5 with RD8 - What you get. Includes NN5 upper rotator assembly with 15 degree positive stops and the new R-D8 lower rotator, camera plate, 1 pr. rail stops and now with foam lined hard shelled zippered case (like with foam cutouts). Detent rings are not included or needed.


Nodal Ninja 5 with RD16. Includes NN5 upper rotator assembly with 15 degree positive stops and the new R-D8 lower rotator, camera plate, 1 pr. rail stops and now with foam lined hard shelled zippered case (like with foam cutouts). Detent rings are not included or needed.


Nodal Ninja 5/5L Standard Package. The standard NN5 and NN5L package comes in a nice hard shelled foam lined case. Foam cutouts hold the lower assembly and upper assembly as well, and extra detent rings and misc. parts.


The Upper Rotator of the NN5. Nodal Ninja uses an unique locking mechanism that allows for a positive lock at any 15 degrees of rotation - the NN5L does not incorporate this feature. When the level is to the left (as you are looking at it), it is in the lock ready position. Loosen upper rotator knob approx 1 full turn and rotate to any 15 degree position and lock. Always hold the camera when loosening the upper rotator. The locking feature can be disengaged easily by loosening the upper rotator knob and sliding level to the right. After you place the new detent into position, tighten the set screw with hex key. Reassemble the rotator and screw the upper rotator knob securely, but not excessively tight. Tighten the detent plunger knob all the way down to ensure good click stops. Do NOT over tighten. NN5L supports 15lbs (7.5kgs). NN5 supports 22lbs (12kgs) with lock stop engaged.
Normal operating weight limit is approx the max load.


Setting up and Mounting a DSLR on NN5. First mount your Nodal Ninja 5 to the tripod neck or ball mount. In this tutorial we will mount the NN5 to our EZ-Leveler-II. NN5 will attach to any 3/8 or 1/4 thread mount. Attach upper assembly to lower rail with upper rail facing inward. Make sure the camera plate (CP-1) is securely mounted and squared to the base of your camera. Mount your camera to the upper rail with hand grip of camera on the up side.


Mounting the RD16 rotator to the NN5. Remove the NN5 rotator, then remove the screws using the hex key. Insert the hex screws included with advanced rotator, and mount the advanced rotator RD16 with N markings facing out. Then mount the rotator lock knob, and the detent plunger knobs.

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