When I first saw the NOVOFLEX MagicBalance on YouTube being used by someone demonstrating the VR Drive II, I was sure this was for me so I bought it.. It was expensive but when I tried it out I loved it. It sets the level bubble very quickly without issues. However, I have just discovered that it doesn't remain tight enough to stop very slowly tilting over due to the arm of the VR Drive II with the camera and lens weight while on the upright rail since it is off centre and since the weight is mostly over to one side it slowly moves down and if left long enough, it will drop down significantly..
I was talking to Bill Bailey CEO of Nodal Ninja advising him that when I put my D800 with 14-25 on my NN4, by the time I had captured the entire 360 the bubble was out. I thought it was flex in the upright rail but its not.. its the NOVOFLEX MagicBalance rolling over. It simply does not tighten up enough.. If you hold onto the R16 tightly, and try to move it, its quite firm.. but its the leverage of the length of the upper rail which makes it easy to move.. I found it was very easy to rotate the R16, and accidentally move the NOVOFLEX MagicBalance from its set level position and even more so when the weight my D800 with 14-24 is attached to my NN4.
I would ask that anyone with a NOVOFLEX MagicBalance to check it out. Tighten it and and see how easily it can move.. I am sure my NOVOFLEX MagicBalance is not a faulty one but rather a design flaw but I might be wrong, but rather its a fact I have a faulty MagicBalance..
Destiny wrote:Klaus, perhaps so, but what I am saying is that is moves during capture.. Its not remaining at the same level from beginning to end so as a consequence it does effect the stitching...
Destiny wrote:I guess you are right, if I don't use it then there is nothing that can move.
Destiny wrote:Point taken..; but back to the issue of this thread, the NOVOFLEX MagicBalance: Its a matter of fact for me that it was a waste of money to buy it since its NOT up to the task of holding a NN4 firmly with Camera and Lens as well as a VR Drive with Camera and Lens attached as I saw in the YouTube video.. I have now bought a 3/8 stud and managed to take the release plate off from my Acratech GP Ballhead and tested that out.. Its rock solid.. It does not move at all even when weight is put onto it.. I think now that I should have saved my money and not bought the NOVOFLEX MagicBalance and just improvised by using my Acratech GP Ballhead. I have had it for years, log before my NN4 but never really used it much. Its a beautifully made tool and more importunely, it is designed to work well.. I had it in mind to use it with my VR Drive to capture the Nadir but was not sure how to attach it..
One more point, since the NOVOFLEX MagicBalance moves, it might not be an issue when capturing a single shot sphere but what about a 9 shot bracketed shot.. It would matter then but there again, if it was not attached in the first place then it falls back to the point you made that I don't need it at all... Shame, it looks well made but its not a practical tool that can be used.. I guess its more of a very light weight tool which was never designed for my need even though I saw it being recommend on the YouTUbe video being used with the VR Drive II...
Destiny wrote:Yes, I understand what you mean, it makes sence.. It has a locking arm which is spring loaded so I can pull it out and change the position.. It does not matter where I position it, it will not lock tight enough to hold a VR Drive or NN4 with Camera and Lens attached... You only need to pull the upper arm a little before it moves out of level setting.. There is not enough resistance to hold it in place using the locking arm.. The finish quality of the NOVOFLEX gear is exceptional, perfectly fished.. I guess I should have bought a heavier device but I was misled by the YouTube video in assuming it was made for the task I needed it for.. But its clearly not..
I guess if I had known about the Acratech Quick Release Leveling Base leifs uses, I would have bought that since the Acratech gear is very nicely made, very strong and works very well...
Destiny wrote:... set to landscape..
I can pan/rotate the camera from the NN4 upper rail with increments or just swing it using the Acratech GP Ballhead.
Destiny wrote:You suggested a while back using a ballhead to capture a nadir
I have ordered a Titanium 3/8 stud to mount my VR Drive onto my Acratech GP Ballhead. I do not trust the 3/8 bolt we had cut down.. I have tested my NN4 and its works really well. I do not have to over tighten the screw, it locks rock solid very well.. I wish I did it before rather than buying the NOVOFLEX MagicBalance. There is nothing wrong with the quality of their gear, its really nice. Now I am finding out about other ball levelling options. This one is fairly cheap but not sure if its any good.. I have never seen it before.. I will now stick with my Acratech GP Ballhead... I love their gear.. Very strong and beautifully made..
Destiny wrote:Yes, I too prefer to have my head level but I do not like the Fanotec leveller, I much prefer the ball types. It just seems to me to be the right way of doing things, after all
Destiny wrote:>.. most of the pano tools from the hand held tools like the NN4 to the motorised types like the VR Drive II all have leveller bubbles.. Therefore, I am sure its important to set it level first...
Destiny wrote:I also have the Nadir Adaptor for my NN4 so I wouldn't bother using the bullhead to capture the nadir as you can see attached in the image above. But I would try to use my ballhead with my VR Drive II.
Destiny wrote:Its true you can use a clone tool in Photoshop but as far as I am concerned, that is a rather amateurish way of doing things. Its fine for grass outside or for a none pattern carpet, concrete or tiles etc perhaps, but in the most cases I patch it using Photoshop for the times I do not capture the nadir image. I do not use the clone tool very much.. Those who do use the clone tool tend to create a smudged effect.. I have developed my way of fixing the nadir using a patch so its quick for me to do.
Destiny wrote:The unique thing about the Acratech GP Ballhead is the fact that it rolls over to exactly 90 degrees which is why I want to try it as a nadir capture tool.. As soon as my screw stud arrives I will try it out.. All I need to do is raise the centre post to match the shooting position as best as possible... Since this will be the same distance each time, I am sure I can put a marker on the centre post or even a stop.. The VR Drive II has a slot to mount a different type of level bubble.. This will also help..
Destiny wrote:Yes, I too prefer to have my head level but I do not like the Fanotec leveller, I much prefer the ball types.
HansKeesom wrote:That is problably because I would still use my manuall head for focal lenghs untill 24 mm and above that would not care about the nadir.
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