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M1-L w/RD16-II

M1-L w/RD16-II
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Modular design
Easy upgrade
High precision, accuracy,
durability and long lifetime
Compatible with all DSLR's
and most medium format cameras
7.5 degree positive stops
on upper rotator
Ideal for
making mosaics

M1-L w/RD16-II

Recommended price:
Price: $499.95You save $74.99

  • SKU: F8102

Level: Semi pro - Pro.
Lenses: 8- 200mm.
Features: Arca Style Modular Design, Strongest, Repeatable Results, Upgrade paths.
Uses: Landscape, Super High Resolution, Gigapixels, Commercial, HDR.

This 360 pano head / panoramic rotator makes seamless mosaic stitching easy. It is based on Arca Swiss compatible system, the industry standard for a high-end photographic support system. The upper rotator incorporates 7.5-degree positive stops and the lower rotator is the advanced RD16-II (click tab above). The M1-L is compatible with all DSLR's and most medium format cameras supporting lenses up to 200mm. Precision CNC machined from premium T6061 aluminum and anodized, the M1-L is built with a high degree of precision, accuracy, durability to ensure a lifetime of use. The first model in this modular system is the M1 which has 7.5-degree precise positive stops at the upper rotator, supporting lenses from ultra wide angles to 200mm telephotos. It allows templates to be used to speed up stitching and reduce stitching errors.

This listing does not include a camera mounting plate. Buy one of our custom Arca compatible camera mounting plates or use any third party Arca compatible camera plate.

  • Lens Ring Mount for Supporting Fisheye Lenses directly to upper rotator clamp.
  • M Series Nadir Adapter (F8301).
  • M1L M2 Series Vertical Extender (F8310).
  • Custom Arca compatible camera mounting plate.

The Lower Rotator RD-16-II:

Part of a series of Fanotec's new top of the line CNC machined advanced rotators. These rotators combine high precision, ease of use, compactness, light weight and durability. The inner ball bearing construction also provides for very fluid rotation. You can now change click stops on-the-fly. Ideal in time sensitive situations in which shooting must be completed quickly, such as in shooting high-resolution multi-image mosaics or shooting the same scene at different focal lengths. The RD16-II has 16 different selectable click options suitable for wide angle, standard and long focal length shooting to approx. 200mm. Features you'll find in this new class of rotators:
  • Blue marker ring which can be rotated to mark points on a lower rotator (2nd generation feature).
  • Movable index ring - rotate the index ring to any predetermined position (2nd generation feature).
  • Made from imported premium quality aluminum alloy.
  • Precision CNC machined components.
  • Lubricated steel ball bearings for smooth rotation.
  • Laser engraved markings.
  • Detent interval (click stop) option can be changed on the fly.
  • More than 10 kg (22lbs) loading supported.
  • Detent interval can be changed in seconds on the fly.
  • Knob for locking rotation.
  • Retainer wire so you don't lose the knobs.
  • Ideal for making HDR panos and/or mosaics.
  • Great in windy locations.
  • Small nadir footprint.
  • Small nadir footprint diameter of 62mm.
  • The unique placement of knobs means that they will never appear in the spherical panos.
  • Fine 2.5-degree rotation markings for making high-resolution mosaics.
  • Compact and light weight - only 347 grams.
  • 16 different degree stop increments (with equivalent number of stops around) include:
  • 3.75 (96 stops)*
  • 5 (72 stops)*
  • 6 (60 stops)*
  • 7.5 (48 stops)
  • 10 (36 stops)
  • 12 (30 stops)
  • 15 (24 stops)
  • 18 (20 stops)*
  • 20 (18 stops)
  • 24 (15 stops)
  • 30 (12 stops)
  • 36 (10 stops)
  • 45 (8 stops)
  • 60 (6 stops)
  • 90 (4 stops)
  • 120 (3 stops)
*Requires dual detent plungers.

What's in the Box

  • RD16-II (F1161) (120, 90, 60, 45, 36, 30, 24, 20, 18, 15, 12, 10, 7.5, 6, 5, 3.75)
  • QRC-55 (Lower Rotator Quick Release Clamp)* Jaw length: 55mm (F8303)
  • MFR-210 Double Dovetail (Lower Rail) Length: 210mm (F8150)
  • MFVR-170C Double Dovetail Vertical Rail with Integral QR Clamp (Vertical Rail) (F8152)
  • M1 Upper Rotator with 7.5 deg Stops
  • QRC-55 (Upper Rotator Quick Release Clamp) * Jaw length: 55mm (F8303)
  • MFR-170 Double Dovetail (Upper Rail) Length: 170mm (F8151)
  • QRC-40A (Upper Rail End Clamp) Jaw length: 40mm (F2100)
  • Stop Plate Arca compatible 2ea (F2106).
  • Case (F8117)

Note: If using long lens (100mm+) and a camera without battery grip, it is suggested to swap the upper rail (170mm) and lower rail (210mm). For lens with a collar, a lens plate is recommended.

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Wolfgang Fuchs, Germany
Ultimate M1-L w/RD16-II Product: Ultimate M1-L w/RD16-II (F8102) Posted By: Wolfgang Fuchs, Germany - Usually I do not write reviews, but for this article I am so impressed that I'm writing it to word! - Long I have considered whether I opt for Novoflex or Nodal Ninja. The latter system I have now and am amazed about the stability and functionality of the Ultimate M1-L w/RD16-II. The Nikon D700 with battery grip and the AF-S NIKKOR 24-70 mm 1:2,8 G ED is already a difficult combination, but the weight is a problem in any way and the RD16 rotator-II runs smooth. I wish to highlight even the excellent craftsmanship and the full Arca Swiss compatibility was very important for me. So I can the system without restriction and with full marks recommend. In der Regel schreibe ich keine Rezensionen, aber von diesem Artikel bin ich so sehr beeindruckt das ich mich doch zu Wort melde! Lange habe ich überlegt ob ich mich für Novoflex oder Nodal Ninja entscheide. Letzteres System habe ich nun und bin überwنltigt über die Stabilitنt und Funktionalitنt des Ultimate M1-L w/RD16-II. Die Nikon D700 mit Batteriegriff und das AF-S NIKKOR 24-70 mm 1:2,8G ED ist ja schon eine schwere Kombination, aber das Gewicht ist in keinster Weise problematisch und der Rotator RD16 - II lنuft butterweich. Hervorheben mِchte ich noch die exzellente Verarbeitung und die volle Arca Swiss Kompatibilitنt die für mich sehr wichtig war. Somit kann ich das System ohne Einschrنnkung und mit voller Punktzahl weiter empfehlen.
Tom Smider
First impression Product: Ultimate M1-L w/RD16-II (F8102) Posted By: Tom Smider - I just receive my Ultimate ML - 1/L and first impression is fantastic. I can not wait till tomorrow to test it. Thanks Nodal!

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