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Nodal Ninja Ultimate Modular System is based on Arca Swiss compatible system, the industry standard for high end photographic support. The M2 is a design with many years of refinement, integrating years of feature wishes from customers. It fills the gap of Nodal Ninja product line for photographers making high resolution panos or mosaics with super telephoto lenses. Furthermore, it can act as a gimbal arm for smooth rotation of heavy telephoto lenses at its center of gravity.
M1L M2 Series Vertical Extender (F8310)
Notes: EZ-Leveler-II and advanced rotator RD3L not recommended for M2 when heavy tele lens is used.
Customer can buy our dedicated camera plates or use "any" Arca-Swiss compatible camera plate.
Total weight of M2 w/RD8-II = 3.75lbs
Note: EZ-Leveler-II and advanced rotator RD3L not recommended for M2 when heavy tele lens is used.
MFG Part No: M2RD8II.
NOTE: FOR QUESTIONS IN SETUP PLEASE VISIT OUR FORUM
Here is a recent Gigapixel image we shot aboard the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier.
Equipment used: Ultimate M2 w/RD8-II Advance Rotator, Nikon D800E, Nikon 80-400mm lens shot at 270mm.
File Size: 24.63 Gigapixels
Panorama size: 355,936 x 69,204 pixels.
Images shot: 1560 (120 columns by 13 rows)
Posted by Patrick on 24th Feb 2015
Even if this product is a little pricey, it's worth the quality! It is the high end of all nodal point (parallax) adapters, even on for Nodal-Ninjas ones.
You receive outstanding quality and a new part in your gear that supports you to create best, perfectly aligned / stitched 360°/180° panoramas or up to an 400mm (in portrait) in fast and precise gigapixel.
It comes secure packed in a nice soft-box that provides sufficient safety during all kind of situations - and the gear is so well made, I bet it doesn't need lot of protection at all.
I already traveled with the M2 with the RD8-II through the US and Latin America and even on dusty roads, rocky hills and freezing -2°F (-18°C) in Chicago's winter (https://500px.com/photo/98217117/chicago-winter-night-at-navy-pier-by-patrick-zeller) it will work as you expect it to do.
Be aware, it is also a little heavy, but if you are planing to do panos or gigapixs, you need some stable tripod, heavy lenses and other gear anyway. For that it is the most solid and precise gear you can get.
A solid, well engineered piece, you for sure never will miss if you had it once.
Posted by Gavin Farrell on 19th Feb 2013
The circumference of this rotator provides the perfect distance between detents so when you're shooting and need those precise well marked increments/steps you'e got them. Because the detent steps are clearly marked and spaced out more then the other rotators they're EASIER TO SEE and thereby retain your position in the sequence. If you're looking to use a 300mm/400mm Telephoto lens for manually shooting a gigapixel panorama this rotator will speed up your workflow with less chance for error.