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Nodal Ninja 3 and Markins Q3 questions in regards to parallax in panoramas
I read a post in which someone said that the Markins Q3 or any other ball head can introduce parallax since the rotation is done by panning it with the ballhead instead of doing it at the nodal point. Can someone verify the validity of that statement? Am I better off with the Nodal Ninja 3 for parallax-free panoramas?..

Comments (5)

Forget the gadgets, you need to understand the theory of this. When you know how it works then go back to the gadgets..

I googled "panoramic photography parallax" and the first four links were right on the subject ( and looked relatively painless )..

StephenG.

Pentax K100DFuji S5200Fuji E900PCLinuxOS..

Comment #1

You need a Pano head such as the Ninja or other...it can be attached to any ball head. Because the weight of the cam and lens when mounted on any pano head is cantilevered, the stress on the tripod head (when the pano head with cam & lens is mounted on it), far exceeds the actual weight of the cam & lens. What this means is that you will need a ball head whose ability to hold weight (rating) far exceeds the actual weight of what you put on it to avoid the dreaded slippage...

Comment #2

There are 2 ways to avoid paralax problems in your panos.1. Have nothing in the foreground of the pano2. Use a pano head that rotates the camera around the nodal point of the lens..

Take StephenG's advice and read and you'll soon realize that option 1 above is sometimes not doable, leaving you with option 2..

You'll also realize that paralax (where objects in the foreground appear to move in relation to the background as you rotate the camera) is a pano killer when you go to stitch the photos together..

Now, go out and take some panos with that ball head, which is by the way probably the worst head for panos, and then stitch them. When you find that you have troubles with the stitch lines and paralax then you'll understand the problems even better. Suddenly that Nodal Ninja and a good tripod that can be leveled will start to look real good..

Understand, it's not actually all that important what equiptment you use if you can meet the requirements of number 1 above. I've done lots of panos hand held. As long as the subject is far enough away from you it generally works well. It's just that most of the best panos include something in the foreground for interest that puts the wide vista in the background into perspective. For that you need a pano-head.A member of the rabble in good standing..

Comment #3

Thanks for the explanation and I read those articles. I think I got the gist of it, but is it normal for people to have two heads for different use?.

The previous poster said that the NN3 can be used on top of the Markins Q3? Did I read that properly? I thought I can just attach the NN3 on top of a tripod?.

LM2 wrote:.

There are 2 ways to avoid paralax problems in your panos.1. Have nothing in the foreground of the pano2. Use a pano head that rotates the camera around the nodal point ofthe lens..

Take StephenG's advice and read and you'll soon realize that option 1above is sometimes not doable, leaving you with option 2.You'll also realize that paralax (where objects in the foregroundappear to move in relation to the background as you rotate thecamera) is a pano killer when you go to stitch the photos together..

Now, go out and take some panos with that ball head, which is by theway probably the worst head for panos, and then stitch them. Whenyou find that you have troubles with the stitch lines and paralaxthen you'll understand the problems even better. Suddenly that NodalNinja and a good tripod that can be leveled will start to look realgood..

Understand, it's not actually all that important what equiptment youuse if you can meet the requirements of number 1 above. I've donelots of panos hand held. As long as the subject is far enough awayfrom you it generally works well. It's just that most of the bestpanos include something in the foreground for interest that puts thewide vista in the background into perspective. For that you need apano-head.A member of the rabble in good standing..

Comment #4

The NN3 most often needs to be level...so you can adjust the tripod legs, or level it with a ball head...

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