• Desmond 180mm Nodal Slide DNR-180 Dual Dovetail Macro Rail & Clamp Arca Compatible
  • Desmond 180mm Nodal Slide DNR-180 Dual Dovetail Macro Rail & Clamp Arca Compatible
  • Desmond 180mm Nodal Slide DNR-180 Dual Dovetail Macro Rail & Clamp Arca Compatible
  • Desmond 180mm Nodal Slide DNR-180 Dual Dovetail Macro Rail & Clamp Arca Compatible
  • Desmond 180mm Nodal Slide DNR-180 Dual Dovetail Macro Rail & Clamp Arca Compatible
Desmond 180mm Nodal Slide DNR-180 Dual Dovetail Macro Rail & Clamp Arca Compatible
Desmond 180mm Nodal Slide DNR-180 Dual Dovetail Macro Rail & Clamp Arca Compatible
Desmond 180mm Nodal Slide DNR-180 Dual Dovetail Macro Rail & Clamp Arca Compatible
Desmond 180mm Nodal Slide DNR-180 Dual Dovetail Macro Rail & Clamp Arca Compatible
Desmond 180mm Nodal Slide DNR-180 Dual Dovetail Macro Rail & Clamp Arca Compatible

Desmond 180mm Nodal Slide DNR-180 Dual Dovetail Macro Rail & Clamp Arca Compatible

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  • All Metal (aluminum) Construction No Rubber or Plastic Parts.
  • Compatible with all Arca style clamps, including RRS Lever Clamps.
  • Includes bubble Level & precision decimal scale.
  • Precision rail. Ideal for panoramas.
  • Includes 1 x 1/4" hex screws, 2 x safety screws and 2 allen wrenches.

Customer Reviews

Good value. Good plate and clamp compatibility. Good for SLRs with Ultra-Wide Zooms. A few things you need to know. Excellent value. Good plate compatibility. Clamp compatibility good, but some unusually deep clamps will not clamp the rail correctly. Suitable for most combinations of SLRs with Ultra-Wide Zooms.I've tried a few clamps, and the maximum shift relative to the clamp centered is in the range 135-140mm. All the clamps I tried allowed reverse shift, in the range 1-5mm. These were US-style clamps, that support safety stop-screws.The rail extends about 153mm in front of the centre of the clamp.Lens compatibility:- The clamp is an integral part of the rail, so cannot be rotated. This tends to make the rail unsuitable for use with large, typically telephoto, lenses which are fitted with lens collars. Then panoramas are typically shot with normal-to-ultra-wide lenses, which do not have collars.- If a lens with a wide lens hood - or even a wide hood mounting ring is mounted on a short-ish body where the lens mount is relatively close to the base of the camera, and the body is mounted in landscape, the lens hood, or even the hood mounting ring may physically conflict with the rail. You can check for such a possible conflict by placing a ruler or other straight-edge against the base of your camera plate, and checking if it is clear of your lens hood. The clamping surface of the clamp is about 0.5mm below the top of the rail, so 1mm clearance or more would be good. Only quite large full-frame bodies, such as Nikon D810 or larger avoid this problem. Then a simple solution is to simply not shoot panoramas in landscape orientation: shooting panoramas in portrait orientation - using an L-plate - will generally give better results anyway. Another solution is to purchase a spare aftermarket lens hood, and cut away the part of the hood that conflicts with the rail.- Particularly if you are using ultra-wide prime lenses, and/or a mirrorless body, you should check that the rail is not so long that it will be in shot, both in landscape, and portrait orientations. Portrait orientation is usually the worst case. This can be done by placing a ruler, extended 153mm beyond the centre of your camera plate against the plate, and checking if the ruler is in shot.Clamp design:- The clamping design is excellent. Cutaways ensure that the camera plate is clamped at its edges. The centre of the area between the clamp jaws is recessed by about 0.4mm, preventing unstable clamping in the centre of the clamp area.Plate design (compatibility with clamps):- Good compatibility. On both top and bottom of the rail. Top and bottom of the rail are designed identically. This might seem a strange thing to mention, but a couple of other cheaper chinese rails I've tried use different dimensions for clamping from above and below, with only claming from below giving reasonable clamp compatibility. Only just clamps correctly in two Hejnar clamps I've tried, but I think that's a problem with the design of Hejnar's sliding jaw: the clamp depth on the two Hejnar clamps is about 4.70mm on the fixed side, but about 5.02mm on the moving jaw side.Other comments:- The scale is the wrong way round ! The zero of the scale should be at the centre of the clamp ! Has the designer ever used one of these ?- The Scale is, however fairly accurate, and the two sides are aligned to within 0.25mm.- With some lenses, the top of bubble level could reflect light into the lens, risking veiling or flaring.- Mercifully, the designer did not shorten the useful offset range by including a pointless strap attachment at the end, unlike other chinese rail designs. 5The Nodal Slide seemed well built and I was excited ... The Nodal Slide seemed well built and I was excited to put it to work. After mounting everything to my tripod I realized the spirit level was dry and didn't have a bubble. Returned. I may order another one and if I do I'll update the review.Update 02/13/2018: The seller saw my review and sent me a new copy of the slide. The build quality on my first unit was great but the spirit level was dry. This unit is perfect in every way and I'm extremely happy with it. There is something to be said for a company that will send you a new unit even when you don't ask them to! If this unit had arrived the first time around it would have been an easy 5-Star rating. 4Does what it is designed to do. Very nicely machined. Feels like a precision component. Laser cut millimeter markings. The engraved markings are off by one mm in my sample when comparing the left to the right side. Requires an ARCA style adapter plate on the camera for the clamp. With a leveling base, a panning clamp, and an L-Bracket, makes a lightweight, highly effective single row panorama rig for perfect panoramas. Also use with a reversible tripod ball-head for an even more cost-effective single row panorama rig. Long enough for most MFT and FT wide angle and standard zoom lenses (and likely most other lenses). Too long for small, extreme wide-angle lenses (like mft fisheye lenses) because it is visible in the frame. 4Perfect for Panoramas and all that Nodal Point Stuff Part of my new multi row panorama set up. It works well, is light weight, and seems to maintain a good grip on my camera. Using a D7000 with a RRS L bracket. I read other reviews that said the clamp has a fine threaded screw. It does, but that means it should hold well without working loose, and that has been my experience so far. The only problem now is keeping track of the nodal point for different lenses. Makes a noticeable difference in how accurately a panorama stitches together when compared to my hand held ones. Those were more of a hit or miss, and I have missed some good ones. 5This is the perfect length for my camera (Canon 5D MK III)+lens (Canon-L ... This is the perfect length for my camera (Canon 5D MK III)+lens (Canon-L 24-105mm/Canon-L 16-35mm) setup for panoramas. The lens is positioned perfectly over the pivot point. The product itself is well-machined, and feels solid. One little nit-pick though. The plate release on this could be a little wider. I have to slide my camera into it when I have the L-bracket on it. 4Great value. The rail aspects are robust Great value. The rail aspects are robust. It easily supported my full frame camera with 24-70 lens. The clamp mechanism, while perfectly secure now, isn't as well built as other arca-type clamps as I have seen. Time will tell it if will be durable. Some have commented that the numbering seems reversed. This does seem to be the case, but that doesn't affect the functionality provided you can subtract or just want to use the number as an index (instead of a measurement). 4Works flawlessly If you're looking for a nodal plate for your pano work, definitely buy this. Well machined and easy on the bank account. Used this with my Canon 5D Mark II and 16-35mm f/2.8 without any trouble. It's short enough to not appear in the photo. That's basically all I needed to know before purchasing, so hopefully this helps.Cheers. 5Solid Build Quality Nodal Rail I got this Rail for use with a Fujifilm X-Pro2 and several Fujinon lenses. IMHO, the build quality could not be better! Made of high-grade aluminum, from a weight perspective, I think it would have no problem supporting a large DSLR with an f/2.8 telephoto zoom! (Of course I haven t tested that scenario, as I don t know if the 180mm length would be appropriate.) All markings are clearly visible, and the knob is of equally high quality. In summary, this appears to be a fantastic bang for the buck, and it also comes with 2 Allen wrenches. Highly recommended! 5Good quality for the price, looks at home with my RRS equipment Excellent fit and finish. I'm using it with a D610 and a Nikon 24-120-f/4 and at 24mm the slide does not enter the frame. If you were shooting with a 24mm prime I might suggest something 150mm or less. The bubble level matches up with the other bubbles on my tripod so it seems to be glued in accurately. Good anodized surface finish with accurate laser mm marks. Has safety screws included. 5Feels Sturdy And Well Made - But The Level Is No Good TLDR: Feels Sturdy And Well Made - But The Level Is No GoodI'm really happy with the build quality of this slide, and for a good price too. However, I've found that this company's QC regarding their levels is terrible. Neither this slide nor the leveling base I purchased have levels with any semblance of accuracy. I've done extensive testing to be sure, using other bubble levels and digital levels. I contacted the manufacturer, whom said I should ask for a replacement via Amazon. I did, and got my money back, to order another or a different slide. I'd give 5 stars if the level worked. 4
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Description
  • All Metal (aluminum) Construction No Rubber or Plastic Parts.
  • Compatible with all Arca style clamps, including RRS Lever Clamps.
  • Includes bubble Level & precision decimal scale.
  • Precision rail. Ideal for panoramas.
  • Includes 1 x 1/4" hex screws, 2 x safety screws and 2 allen wrenches.
Reviews

Customer Reviews

Good value. Good plate and clamp compatibility. Good for SLRs with Ultra-Wide Zooms. A few things you need to know. Excellent value. Good plate compatibility. Clamp compatibility good, but some unusually deep clamps will not clamp the rail correctly. Suitable for most combinations of SLRs with Ultra-Wide Zooms.I've tried a few clamps, and the maximum shift relative to the clamp centered is in the range 135-140mm. All the clamps I tried allowed reverse shift, in the range 1-5mm. These were US-style clamps, that support safety stop-screws.The rail extends about 153mm in front of the centre of the clamp.Lens compatibility:- The clamp is an integral part of the rail, so cannot be rotated. This tends to make the rail unsuitable for use with large, typically telephoto, lenses which are fitted with lens collars. Then panoramas are typically shot with normal-to-ultra-wide lenses, which do not have collars.- If a lens with a wide lens hood - or even a wide hood mounting ring is mounted on a short-ish body where the lens mount is relatively close to the base of the camera, and the body is mounted in landscape, the lens hood, or even the hood mounting ring may physically conflict with the rail. You can check for such a possible conflict by placing a ruler or other straight-edge against the base of your camera plate, and checking if it is clear of your lens hood. The clamping surface of the clamp is about 0.5mm below the top of the rail, so 1mm clearance or more would be good. Only quite large full-frame bodies, such as Nikon D810 or larger avoid this problem. Then a simple solution is to simply not shoot panoramas in landscape orientation: shooting panoramas in portrait orientation - using an L-plate - will generally give better results anyway. Another solution is to purchase a spare aftermarket lens hood, and cut away the part of the hood that conflicts with the rail.- Particularly if you are using ultra-wide prime lenses, and/or a mirrorless body, you should check that the rail is not so long that it will be in shot, both in landscape, and portrait orientations. Portrait orientation is usually the worst case. This can be done by placing a ruler, extended 153mm beyond the centre of your camera plate against the plate, and checking if the ruler is in shot.Clamp design:- The clamping design is excellent. Cutaways ensure that the camera plate is clamped at its edges. The centre of the area between the clamp jaws is recessed by about 0.4mm, preventing unstable clamping in the centre of the clamp area.Plate design (compatibility with clamps):- Good compatibility. On both top and bottom of the rail. Top and bottom of the rail are designed identically. This might seem a strange thing to mention, but a couple of other cheaper chinese rails I've tried use different dimensions for clamping from above and below, with only claming from below giving reasonable clamp compatibility. Only just clamps correctly in two Hejnar clamps I've tried, but I think that's a problem with the design of Hejnar's sliding jaw: the clamp depth on the two Hejnar clamps is about 4.70mm on the fixed side, but about 5.02mm on the moving jaw side.Other comments:- The scale is the wrong way round ! The zero of the scale should be at the centre of the clamp ! Has the designer ever used one of these ?- The Scale is, however fairly accurate, and the two sides are aligned to within 0.25mm.- With some lenses, the top of bubble level could reflect light into the lens, risking veiling or flaring.- Mercifully, the designer did not shorten the useful offset range by including a pointless strap attachment at the end, unlike other chinese rail designs. 5The Nodal Slide seemed well built and I was excited ... The Nodal Slide seemed well built and I was excited to put it to work. After mounting everything to my tripod I realized the spirit level was dry and didn't have a bubble. Returned. I may order another one and if I do I'll update the review.Update 02/13/2018: The seller saw my review and sent me a new copy of the slide. The build quality on my first unit was great but the spirit level was dry. This unit is perfect in every way and I'm extremely happy with it. There is something to be said for a company that will send you a new unit even when you don't ask them to! If this unit had arrived the first time around it would have been an easy 5-Star rating. 4Does what it is designed to do. Very nicely machined. Feels like a precision component. Laser cut millimeter markings. The engraved markings are off by one mm in my sample when comparing the left to the right side. Requires an ARCA style adapter plate on the camera for the clamp. With a leveling base, a panning clamp, and an L-Bracket, makes a lightweight, highly effective single row panorama rig for perfect panoramas. Also use with a reversible tripod ball-head for an even more cost-effective single row panorama rig. Long enough for most MFT and FT wide angle and standard zoom lenses (and likely most other lenses). Too long for small, extreme wide-angle lenses (like mft fisheye lenses) because it is visible in the frame. 4Perfect for Panoramas and all that Nodal Point Stuff Part of my new multi row panorama set up. It works well, is light weight, and seems to maintain a good grip on my camera. Using a D7000 with a RRS L bracket. I read other reviews that said the clamp has a fine threaded screw. It does, but that means it should hold well without working loose, and that has been my experience so far. The only problem now is keeping track of the nodal point for different lenses. Makes a noticeable difference in how accurately a panorama stitches together when compared to my hand held ones. Those were more of a hit or miss, and I have missed some good ones. 5This is the perfect length for my camera (Canon 5D MK III)+lens (Canon-L ... This is the perfect length for my camera (Canon 5D MK III)+lens (Canon-L 24-105mm/Canon-L 16-35mm) setup for panoramas. The lens is positioned perfectly over the pivot point. The product itself is well-machined, and feels solid. One little nit-pick though. The plate release on this could be a little wider. I have to slide my camera into it when I have the L-bracket on it. 4Great value. The rail aspects are robust Great value. The rail aspects are robust. It easily supported my full frame camera with 24-70 lens. The clamp mechanism, while perfectly secure now, isn't as well built as other arca-type clamps as I have seen. Time will tell it if will be durable. Some have commented that the numbering seems reversed. This does seem to be the case, but that doesn't affect the functionality provided you can subtract or just want to use the number as an index (instead of a measurement). 4Works flawlessly If you're looking for a nodal plate for your pano work, definitely buy this. Well machined and easy on the bank account. Used this with my Canon 5D Mark II and 16-35mm f/2.8 without any trouble. It's short enough to not appear in the photo. That's basically all I needed to know before purchasing, so hopefully this helps.Cheers. 5Solid Build Quality Nodal Rail I got this Rail for use with a Fujifilm X-Pro2 and several Fujinon lenses. IMHO, the build quality could not be better! Made of high-grade aluminum, from a weight perspective, I think it would have no problem supporting a large DSLR with an f/2.8 telephoto zoom! (Of course I haven t tested that scenario, as I don t know if the 180mm length would be appropriate.) All markings are clearly visible, and the knob is of equally high quality. In summary, this appears to be a fantastic bang for the buck, and it also comes with 2 Allen wrenches. Highly recommended! 5Good quality for the price, looks at home with my RRS equipment Excellent fit and finish. I'm using it with a D610 and a Nikon 24-120-f/4 and at 24mm the slide does not enter the frame. If you were shooting with a 24mm prime I might suggest something 150mm or less. The bubble level matches up with the other bubbles on my tripod so it seems to be glued in accurately. Good anodized surface finish with accurate laser mm marks. Has safety screws included. 5Feels Sturdy And Well Made - But The Level Is No Good TLDR: Feels Sturdy And Well Made - But The Level Is No GoodI'm really happy with the build quality of this slide, and for a good price too. However, I've found that this company's QC regarding their levels is terrible. Neither this slide nor the leveling base I purchased have levels with any semblance of accuracy. I've done extensive testing to be sure, using other bubble levels and digital levels. I contacted the manufacturer, whom said I should ask for a replacement via Amazon. I did, and got my money back, to order another or a different slide. I'd give 5 stars if the level worked. 4
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  • To return or exchange any items, please email us at info@directnine.uk, clearly mentioning your order number and our customer support team will guide you on the process.
  • To be eligible for return, products must be in the exact condition you received them in. All packaging material must be undamaged and unused with the price tags intact.
  • Orders can be cancelled before dispatch. If the order has already been dispatched, cancellation fees might be charged.
  • Due to the nature of the products that we sell, we will not be able to replace or refund unwanted items if they have been opened or any seals are broken.
  • The refund will not include the import duties or the cost of delivery or return postage.
  • If your refund is approved, then it will automatically be credited to the original method of payment, within 7-10 days.
  • DirectNine reserves the right to alter and enforce this Return and Refund Policy at any time without having to serve a prior notice to users.
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