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Acratech Nodal Rail with Level Quick-Release Clamp

B&H # ACNR Mfr # 1135
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You Pay: $199.95
Product Highlights
  • Align Lens Nodal Point
  • Enable Accurate Panoramic Photos

The Acratech Nodal Rail with Level Quick-Release Clamp makes it possible for you to adjust your camera's position, front to back, to position the lens nodal point over the center of rotation for accurate stitched panoramic images. It has adjustable stops that can be preset to the nodal point of two different focal lengths.

Easily holds over 25 lbs (11.4 kg)
Weighs less than 0.5 lb (0.2 kg) with the quick-release clamp
Indexable quick-release clamp can be rotated in 90 degree increments
Double dovetail for added versatility
Precision machined aluminum
Compatible with Arca Swiss, Acratech, Kirk, Arca, R.R.S., and many other QR plates
Beautiful satin black anodized finish
Laser-engraved scale markings
Long-lasting stainless-steel hardware
Made in U.S.A.
Weight 0.5 lb (0.2 kg)
Load Capacity >25lbs (11.4 kg)
Acratech Nodal Rail with Level Quick-Release Clamp
  • 10-Year Warranty
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    AcratechNodal Rail with Level Quick-Release Clamp
     
    4.8

    (based on 13 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (10)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Attaches firmly (11)
    • Strong clamp (10)
    • Stable (9)
    • Large range of motion (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/scenery (10)
      • Travel (4)
      • Night shots (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (7), Semi-pro photographer (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (8)

      Reviewed by 13 customers

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      5.0

      You pay for Acratech quality

      By Paul

      from Avon, Ohio

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attaches Firmly
      • Good Stability
      • Large Range of Motion
      • Strong Clamp

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery

        Comments about Acratech Nodal Rail with Level Quick-Release Clamp:

        The nodal point is a consideration for intermediate distance subjects. The rail is finely machined and is a high quality product. The quick-release clamp makes it easy to install and remove. It's not mass produced and is expensive for what it is. I recommend it if you can afford it, but it's not an essential piece of equipment. I have an Acratech ball head and leveling base. I couldn't be happier with the quality and performance of Acratech products.

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        • No

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        4.0

        Solid, well-machined & finished.

        By PhotoJohn

        from Bellevue, WA

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attaches Firmly
        • Good Stability
        • No Twist Or Torque Motion
        • Strong Clamp
        • Well-machined Finished

        Cons

        • Camera Blocks Level View
        • Norml Focal Length Limit

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Night Shots
        • Panoramic Photography
        • Travel

        Comments about Acratech Nodal Rail with Level Quick-Release Clamp:

        - Used with wide-angle to normal lenses for panoramic photography.
        - Solid, well-machined and finished construction.
        - Does not twist or torque.
        - Limited to normal lenses due to rail length and bubble level is only visible when there's no camera attached in the quick-release clamp.

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        4.0

        It works

        By Bill in GA

        from Atlanta GA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Pros

        • Attaches Firmly
        • Strong Clamp

        Cons

        • Overpriced
        • Small Range

        Best Uses

        • Panorama

        Comments about Acratech Nodal Rail with Level Quick-Release Clamp:

        It works as described. Just wish it was a little longer. Being able to rotate the clamp is a plus.
        Like all Acratech stuff, it is overpriced. There are other options that work just as well for about half the price.

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        5.0

        Does the job well!

        By Joeh

        from Riverview, FL

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attaches Firmly
        • Good Stability
        • Strong Clamp

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery

          Comments about Acratech Nodal Rail with Level Quick-Release Clamp:

          Panorama Shooting Landscapes and tall objects.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Solid Constructed Rail

          By Leonard

          from Vancouver, BC

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attaches Firmly
          • Good Stability
          • Strong Clamp

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery

            Comments about Acratech Nodal Rail with Level Quick-Release Clamp:

            Great Precision Product, Easy to use.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Solid Constructed, Excellent for Pano

            By Leonard

            from Vancouver, BC

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attaches Firmly
            • Good Stability
            • Strong Clamp

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery

              Comments about Acratech Nodal Rail with Level Quick-Release Clamp:

              Used it few times since purchased. It took a bit time to get the correct nodal point for each focal length, but now you get more confident that everything lines up and it won't mess up with the stitching. Great precision product. Light weight for hiking. A bit pricy but I guess it is not a product with mass production that can keep the price down.

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              5.0

              great

              By rhp

              from Denver, CO

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Acratech Nodal Rail with Level Quick-Release Clamp:

                    Does exactly what it is supposed to do. no issues. light

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Like all Acratech. . . Amazing

                    By Pano-Heaven

                    from Minneapolis, MN

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attaches Firmly
                    • Strong Clamp

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Night Shots
                      • Travel
                      • Wildlife

                      Comments about Acratech Nodal Rail with Level Quick-Release Clamp:

                      As advertised. Very well constructed. Clear markings. Acratec's QR system is great.

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                      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Proper Point of View

                      By Jackrack

                      from Annapolis, MD

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Attaches Firmly
                      • Good Stability
                      • Strong Clamp

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home
                        • Landscape/Scenery

                        Comments about Acratech Nodal Rail with Level Quick-Release Clamp:

                        I bought this Rail to make panaramic photos for real estate photography. It has taken the guesswork from and, thereby, greatly improved the accuracy of my near field photo's. This is a solid, precise piece of kit of very high quality. It's principle benefit for me is to allow the camera to be set back fron the pivot point on the tripod. I calculate the setback required by eyeballing two vertical lines - one near and one far and setting the camera back until the relative position of the lines doesn't cahnge as the camera swivels. Not terribly scientific but it seems to work just fine for my work.

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                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        A breeze to use

                        By Jon D

                        from NJ

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Attaches Firmly
                        • Good Stability
                        • Large Range of Motion
                        • Strong Clamp

                        Cons

                        • None

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Night Shots

                        Comments about Acratech Nodal Rail with Level Quick-Release Clamp:

                        I use this mainly for shooting panoramic landscapes for perfect stitching.

                        The clamp is very good. I like the fact that you can rotate the clamp 90° with ease.

                        I like that it has 2 quick indicator stops so you can just set your favorite focal length nodal point and easily get back to it.

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                        5.0

                        Very well engineered

                        By Alan

                        from Apex, NC

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Attaches Firmly
                        • Good Stability
                        • Large Range of Motion
                        • Strong Clamp

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Travel

                          Comments about Acratech Nodal Rail with Level Quick-Release Clamp:

                          Very well made product, though a little expensive. I paired it up with a Cullman ballhead and it provides a very robust and stable panorama setup for a reasonable amount of money.

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                          5.0

                          A must for simple panoramas

                          By ALS

                          from Gainesville, VA

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attaches Firmly
                          • Excellent repeatability
                          • Good Stability

                          Cons

                          • Only Arca QRP Compatible

                          Best Uses

                          • Any simple panorama
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Travel

                          Comments about Acratech Nodal Rail with Level Quick-Release Clamp:

                          The rail with its stops makes it very easy to repeat positioning the camera lens so that its entrance pupil (node) is collinear with the tripod/head axis of rotation. There are two rubberized stops provided. I just keep one as a spare and reposition the other stop at the ruled markings I have determined appropriate for each prime lens I use.

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                          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Can use on Wimberly head

                          By Bob R.

                          from Corona del Mar, CA

                          Verified Buyer

                          Comments about Acratech Nodal Rail with Level Quick-Release Clamp:

                          I bought the nodal rail for panorama's. It works great. But I use it more to mount my 5D MII and 1D MIV on a Wimberly head. With this nodal rail you can mount the body directly to the Wimberly head.

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