In this review I personally did
not find any flaw within Nodal Ninja 3's intended design. On
the Nodal Ninja site they mentioned its limitations such as not
being able to accommodate large DSLRs or cameras with battery grips.
Nodal Ninja 3 also does not support Nikon's FC-E8/9 fisheye
converter for the Coolpix cameras. Due to NN3's size, for
obvious reasons, large lenses such as 70-200mm is not recommended.
Overall impression of the NN3?
First I had to ask myself, "Did this VR head meet my expectations
and requirements to be able to create a full 360°x180° spherical
I would have to answer yes.
After all that is my ultimate goal as a VR photographer.
I would give this a perfect score
of 10. This VR head can do it all. The concern that most people have
who creates full 360°x180° spherical panoramas,
besides entrance pupil calibration, is having a shot of the nadir
without the tripod in view. As shown above there are various
techniques that can be used to overcome this. Even with long
I love the size and weight. It's great for
traveling. You could actually keep the entire VR head
assembled. I shot 250+ panoramas within two weeks. I walked around with the camera and VR head already
mounted on the tripod. For example the
panoramas, 50 of them, were all done within two days.
You wouldn't want to remove the camera from the VR head, put it in
your bag, only to mount it back again within the next minute.
The metal is light and strong.
There is no visible flex or give when tightened properly.
The detent plates are
excellent. The degree markings and color added to
the "center" notch are a nice touch. Again, this is attention
to detail and speeds up assembly if you're in a rush.
When leveled properly, the NN3
assembly stayed leveled throughout the 360° turn. This means
the vertical, upper, lower rail and rotation base assembly are
accurately designed and built.
As you can see with the laser
images, the accuracy of the suggested set-up for the particular
camera and lens combination is perfect. Someone obviously did
their homework. Read the
tutorial just to see how accurate these settings are.
The optional case, hex tool and spare
parts are a nice touch!
The price, compared to most
VR heads, is incredibly affordable. Product was packaged and
shipped the next day. Arrived on time. I placed a rush
delivery. Arrived within three business days.
has dealt with Bill Bailey, from Nodal Ninja, knows for a fact the
personal service he puts towards his customers and professionalism is A+++.
If everyone could please stand up
and give Nick Fan, the inventor and manufacturer of Nodal Ninja 3, a
standing ovation. Job well done!
For more examples of the NN3 in
action visit my
panorama page where 91% of
the panoramas were shot with the NN3.