Desmond DNR-180 Nodal Rail (180mm)

Desmond DNR-180 Nodal Rail (180mm)

Desmond DNR-180 Nodal Rail (180mm)

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  • Arca-Type Compatible

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Desmond DNR-180 overview

  • 1Description

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.

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Desmond DNR-180 Nodal Rail (180mm)
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    Desmond DNR-180 specs

    Assembly
    Assembly Dimensions L: 7.9 x W: 1.5 x H: 0.6" / L: 200.0 x W: 38.0 x H: 15.0 mm
    General
    Quick Release Type Arca-Type
    Material Aluminum
    Weight 5.6 oz / 158.8 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.4 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.4 x 2.0 x 0.6"

    Desmond DNR-180 reviews

    DNR-180 Nodal Rail (180mm) is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 17.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for Panoramas I use this to mount Ultra Wide Zooms and Normal Zoom range lenses. It fits well, and the build quality is great for the price. Great for single row panoramas, easy to work with, and can do multi-row panoramas with a good 2 or 3 axis bubble level. The benefit of using one of these is, it removes parallax and makes post processing/stitching, a lot easier, without the need to crop a lot. Also, it reduces errors and the need to overlap shots by huge amounts. Thus, less photos, and more keepers. In the past I lost a lot of good shots because the stitch would not line up. With this, almost every panorama lines up with 25% overlap. Below: A single row panorama shot at 50mm with a normal zoom lens. Also, a photo of the product mounted with a ultra wide lens.
    Date published: 2015-05-12
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from 1/4x20 screw not machined correctly OK for intended purpose except for the 1/4x20 screw that is attached to the unit. Mine was not machined correctly. I had to use a die on the threads to make the screw useable. Not a perfect solution because I could not run the die as far as necessary to clean up the threads completely because the screw is not removable. I repaired it to the point that the screw was good enough to use with a telephoto tripod foot but not good enough to risk screwing it into a camera. If one uses an Arca-Swiss type plate on the camera there is no problem: One can use the clamp at the end of the nodal rail. However, for a telephoto foot one either needs to use the screw or a Desmond DEDAC38 DAC-38 Quick-Release Clamp.
    Date published: 2015-07-27
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Decent quality The quality of this is pretty good, but you can tell that it could be a little better (but probably not for the price). For example, while the clamp is fairly smooth, it isn't the kind of silky smooth that a more expensive rail might provide. The bubble level looks secure, and the rail is decently machined. I'm using it for a lightweight macro rail, and it seems to work ok, but there is some chatter when I slide it slowly. I think that it may get better over time. I also used it for its intended purpose, as a nodal rail, and for that, it seems perfect. So, 4 stars for doing what it's supposed to.
    Date published: 2014-08-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from fantastic solution! Inexpensive solution to correct parallax and get a pano to look correct. Locks down securely and is Arca compatible.
    Date published: 2013-10-31
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from overall - very good * It is very very good for the price. It does the job perfectly. * I test it over the weekend and took few panorama shots together with Sunwayfoto DDH-03i and this setup is great - now I think I will add also the vertical rail to complete the freedom in both axes. I enjoyed playing with it. * Packing is not that nice, but it does not matter anyway.
    Date published: 2014-01-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Light weight, easy to use I do a lot of back country photography and look for gear that is light weight and easy to carry. This fits the bill perfectly and is long enough to cover most of my lenses. The scales are easy to read and the little level in the front goes a long way to ensuring that the camera is level.
    Date published: 2014-04-01
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Mostly well made Inexpensive and nicely finished. The only problem is that the bubble level is defective. Not an issue for me, as my tripod leveling plate has one also.
    Date published: 2016-05-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for Panoramic Shots If you want to get better than average pano shots,this is a must for nodal adjustment. It is very easy to use and at very reasonable price.
    Date published: 2016-09-30
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