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Desmond DNR-180 Nodal Rail (180mm)

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Desmond DNR-180 Nodal Rail (180mm)
Key Features
  • Arca-Type Compatible
The DNR-180 Nodal Rail from Desmond is a 180mm upper rail that when used along with a panning head, a vertical rail, and a lower rail will make up a complete panoramic head.
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Desmond DNR-180 Overview

The DNR-180 Nodal Rail from Desmond is a 180mm upper rail that when used along with a panning head, a vertical rail, and a lower rail will make up a complete panoramic head.

Precision scales on the sides of the rail and the clamp allow for micro adjustments so that you can find your nodal point for each lens. This prevents you from having to make timely adjustments the next time you use that lens. A bull's eye bubble level on the rail ensures your camera is level on the horizontal and vertical planes.

Desmond DNR-180 Specs

Assembly DimensionsL: 7.9 x W: 1.5 x H: 0.6" / L: 200.0 x W: 38.0 x H: 15.0 mm
Quick Release TypeArca-Type
Weight5.6 oz / 158.8 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight0.415 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)8.35 x 1.95 x 1.1"

Desmond DNR-180 Reviews

Good rail, great price

By Eric
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-03-15

I wondered what the difference between the $150 rail and this $35 rail was exactly. Simple, not much, a rail is a rail. The clamp mechanism is not a very well crafted piece of gear. It works well and is solid but it doesn't have that high end feel. If you do single row panos from 16mm to 200mm this rail will work.

Met expectations

By Steven
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2021-06-29

Solid build.

Pluses & minuses

By Jack
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2021-04-30

Plus is that it basically works for the purpose of finding nodal point of a lens. Minuses include camera clamp that barely opens wide enough for L plate & difficulty in moving slide without it shifting laterally. I guess one gets what one pays for.

The Right Size for my Needs

Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-12-07

I decided to try using a nodal rail to improve my panoramic photography. I estimated where the nodal point for my lens is and determined that an 180mm rail was the best size. This seems to be reasonably high quality at an attractive price, but, because of the pandemic, I haven't been able to try it yet.

Useful piece of kit

By Burnnie
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-09-23

Used this to reposition the camera in a diy desktop tripod setup. Works perfectly! I'm also looking forward to using it to try some nodal pano work.

Good Product

By Michel
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2020-05-26

The rail fits my RRS lever clamps perfectly. Overall the construction and machining is excellent, especially for the price. There are two problems with mine: - The bubble level is off. This isn't a massive problem for me, since I rarely use it. Besides, it is very easy to add a bit of paint to mark the correct placement of the bubble. - My rail has a blemished corner (see picture). Since the damage is inside the clamp, I think it unlikely that this happened to the finished product. It must have been dropped before assembly and passed quality control. The corner is squashed and raised up a bit. It will therefore mark the underside of my plates. Nothing that can't be fixed with a few file strokes, and not a reason for me to return it, but still, it's not supposed to happen.

Great Rail, but is it too much?

By Bruce
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-24

First, I want to say that this nodal rail delivers as-advertised. It is solid and well-finished. It does possess the odd Desmond clamp sizing that won't allow all rails just to drop in, but there is adequate clearance to slide a rail with safety screws into the clamp. I have come to consider this as an additional security feature. I selected the 180mm unit because I wasn't sure the exact size I needed and thought the larger the better. This rail works, but I really only needed a 120mm rail, so I suggest you measure CAREFULLY before purchasing! That said, this rail works well and I expect it to serve my purposes forever.

Well made.

By Jim
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-08-27

This will do everything I expect of it in my advanced rig for Pano Photography.

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Hello, with this Nodal Rail is nothing more ...

Hello, with this Nodal Rail is nothing more necessary? I mean, do I put the Nodal Rail on my tripod, and can I use it for panoramic photographs? Or do I need to buy something else to complement it with the Nodal Rail?
Asked by: Agustin
You would need two of the other rails to build the full panoramic shooting rig. An easier alternative would be to get an L-Bracket and a tripod head that pans.
Answered by: Zachariah
Date published: 2021-01-28


Would this rail work well with a fisheye 8mm lens? I'm worried it may be a little too long. BUT I'd like to find something I can use for fisheye, 85 and my 50 mm prime.Or am I asking too much of one piece.
Asked by: Anonymous
The DNR-120 is shorter and would be better for use with a fisheye lens. Please see the following link:
Answered by: Dan W.
Date published: 2018-08-25


Has anyone tried this with an Acratech GP/GP-s/GP-ss ball head? I am thinking about saving some cash and using this nodal slide with my GP-ss with lever clamp.
Asked by: Jon
I have used this nodal rail on my Acratech GP ballhead which was on top of a Manfrotto leveling base set on top of my Manfrotto MT055XPRO3 tripod. It works great for my Nikon Z6 and Tamron 24-70 f2.8 G2 lens. It also works for my Nikon 20mm f1.8 and Tamron 15-30 f2.8 G2 lenses. Good way to save money - I originally thought of getting the $140.00 RRS nodal rail.
Answered by: Bernardo
Date published: 2019-12-03


Would the back knob prevent flipping the camera lcd screen such as the camera Fuji XT2 ? How many millimeters of clearance are there ? Would it fit the Hasselblad 500cm ?
Asked by: Hoa
Hey, did you end up buying this? Did it work for the Hasselblad ?
Answered by: Alex
Date published: 2021-12-31


What are the pairs of holes down the length of the rail for?
Asked by: Matthew R.
They are additional threaded mounting points if needed
Answered by: chkproductions
Date published: 2018-08-25


Anybody use this for Macro photography? I'm concerned the clamp isn't strong enough to support the camera hanging over the end. I use a D300 with 105 mm Macro. Also the Kirk rail clamp rotates, but this doesn't. Any comments on this lack of function?
Asked by: Eric
The ramp is plenty strong enough to support the camera/lens combination, but is your tripod head stable enough?
Answered by: JAMES Y.
Date published: 2018-08-25


Is this rail able to be mounted in an arca-swiss style panning clamp (like the Really Right Stuff PCL-1)? That is, I can mount this rail on an arca-swiss style panning clamp and then mount my DSLR to the rail -also with an arca-swiss style L-bracket? Thanks.
Asked by: Clark L.
Yes! This is exactly what the DNR-180 Nodal Rail is designed for.
Answered by: Brian K.
Date published: 2018-08-25


Does this rail have laser etched or painted on marks?
Asked by: Anonymous
I'm not sure how to tell the difference between painted and laser etched, yet the numbers that are present (on each side of the rail, as well as the top) appear to be high quality and durable. The nodal rail also has a nice feel (weight) in the hand, and is solidly well constructed. I'd recommend the purchase. The only thing missing is a marker system to mark your settings once you've establish them for your particular lens. My work around for this has been some black electrical tape to mark my key positions, or to write the numbers down on some paper I keep with me.
Answered by: Jeffrey M.
Date published: 2018-08-25
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