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    Bill Gercken
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    Also… I glossed over the mounting part. If you have a arca swiss mount then you would use the clamp on the nodal slide, otherwise you can use the screw to mount the slide directly to your camera. My examples all used the arca swiss mount.

    This is the camera mounted using the available screw and this is using the arca swiss plate.

    Also, dawned on me if you have a right angle arca swiss bracket then the rotating base can be used in portrait mode as well.

    Cheers.
    -bill

    With the slide you bought yo

    in reply to: How the heck do I use this thing (nodal slide) #13202
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    Bill Gercken
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    Hey Harry,

    Could not figure out how to imbed the images, so you will need to click the links (hopefully they will work this time.)

    Typically you are going to want to use the nodal slide in combination with some form panorama rig such as the ones from nodal ninja or really right stuff. First this is how the slide would be mounted in such a rig: Nodal Slide on Pano Rig

    Here is the same rig with the camera mounted: Nodal Slide on Pano Rig with Camera

    The above setup is normally used for multi-row panoramas.

    That being said, if you have a base that can rotate you could shoot a basic panorama in landscape mode using the base as the rotator: Nodal Slide on Rotating Base with Camera

    The other factor is of course the lens. If you are shooting with a 12mm lens on a full frame camera you can ALMOST capture a full sphere using the above approach.

    These are just examples. Take a look at the bottom of the page for the link that you sent for your nodal slide under “Frequently bought together” for idea of a very reasonably priced rotator. (I have not used that one but for the money maybe worth a try.)

    Hope this helps and best regards,
    -bill

    in reply to: How the heck do I use this thing (nodal slide) #13201
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    Bill Gercken
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    Hi Harry,

    Working on fixing the links for you. Give me a couple of minutes.

    Thanks.
    -bill

    in reply to: How the heck do I use this thing (nodal slide) #13198
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    Bill Gercken
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    Hey Harry,

    Typically you are going to want to use the nodal slide in combination with some form panorama rig such as the ones from nodal ninja or really right stuff. First this is how the slide would be mounted in such a rig: Nodal Slide on Pano Rig

    Nodal Slide on Pano Rig

    Here is the same rig with the camera mounted:

    Nodal Slide on Pano Rig with Camera

    The above setup is normally used for multi-row panoramas.

    That being said, if you have a base that can rotate you could shoot a basic panorama in landscape mode using the base as the rotator:

    Nodal Slide on Rotating Base with Camera

    The other factor is of course the lens. If you are shooting with a 12mm lens on a full frame camera you can ALMOST capture a full sphere using the above approach.

    These are just examples. Take a look at the bottom of the page for the link that you sent for your nodal slide under “Frequently bought together” for idea of a very reasonably priced rotator. (I have not used that one but for the money maybe worth a try.)

    Hope this helps and best regards,
    -bill

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    in reply to: Levelling a tripod #10122
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    Bill Gercken
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    Frank,

    This is what I use: http://www.reallyrightstuff.com/TA-U-LC-Universal-Leveling-Base-with-Clamp

    Huge improvement over trying to use the ball head. There are others out there. Be sure to buy an adapter plate that fits your pano-head. Down side is that it is expensive.

    Cheers,
    -bill

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    Bill Gercken
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    That is what I wound up doing. I am actually using a RRS short rail for the wide angle lens setup (Sony A7s/Zeiss Batis 18) with one slide stop on the back. Great idea adding the second in the front. That will definitely make it easier to attach in the dark.

    Thanks Luc!

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    Bill Gercken
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    Thanks Luc!

    I appreciate the link.

    Cheers,
    -bill

    in reply to: Roundshot VR Drive Nodal Point #9984
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    Bill Gercken
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    Talked to my distributor and he answered my question. Yes the number entered is just a reference to the camera/lens and fixed position on the slide. (I did not see a way to delete my original post.)

    Cheers!

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