To attach the camera to the R10 rotator, you simply slide the camera/Sigma and Fanotec mount into the back of the rotator and stop at precisely at the 1.1 mark, then tighten down the bracket. You turn the camera 90 degrees for each shot and you rotate clockwise. The built-in detent stop will let you "feel" the natural click-stops for 0°, 90°, 180° and 270°.
Get the Sigma lens, your metal Fanotec ring and plastic ring. You need all three of these on a desk and in front of you. Take the black plastic ring, and look inside. There is a tiny UP arrow. This is important: Take the black plastic ring and attach the ring to the lower bottom of the Sigma. You will feel it "snap" into position.
Tip: For Canon Sigma owners, there is a small switch AF / M which means AF=Autofocus and M=Manual. You want to switch this to M for manual. The plastic ring will not cover up this AF/M switch. On Nikon Sigma lenses, you will not see this AF/M switch.
Take a small piece of clear tape and apply this to the plastic ring to hold this. It's normal there is a small gap here. Just tape it. Now, get the metal Fanotec ring.
Open up the ring by turning the cylinder a few revolutions. Give it several turns but do not turn it too many times the bolt comes out. Open it enough so that it can slide over the black plastic ring aleady on the Sigma lens. IMPORTANT: You must slide this metal ring from the BACK of the Sigma - NEVER the front of the lens as it will not fit.
Make sure the foot, or the L-shape of the metal ring faces TOWARD <-- the glass part of the Sigma lens. We do not want to put this on backwards. Once you have the metal Fanotec ring attached, turn the cylinder knob a few times so it is loose not tight on the black plastic ring. We will tighten this down after we attach the Sigma to your DSLR camera body.
Tip: Take your Canon or Nikon camera body and now attach the Sigma lens (with the ring attached) to your camera body as shown above (1). If you have the L-shaped part of your Fanotec bracket facing toward the glass part of your Sigma lens, this will be simple to do. Remove the dust cover from your camera, line up the notches and rotate CLOCKWISE (2) until the lens CLICKS into position. Please do not force the lens into the camera and do this step very slowly and carefully so you do not damage the pins and connections.
Watch the above video to learn how to attach your Sigma lens / Camera to your R-1 Precision rotator. Below are the step-by-step directions we need to take:
(1) Attach Sigma 8mm (with metal ring on) to your Canon or Nikon DSLR camera.
(2) Open up the jaws on the R-1 rotator clamp and insert your Sigma lens/Camera.
(3) Slide the camera forward / backward so are at the 1.1 setting on the R-1 rotator.
(4) Tighten the jaw on the R-1 precision rotator.
(5) Make sure your camera is tilting toward ceiling @ 7.5°
(6) Face North, put tripod in front of you with camera
(7) Adjust the rotator to ZERO ( 0° ) on the rotator.
(8) Turn camera ON. Check your camera settings and take 4 shots ( 0°, 90°, 180°, 270° )
(9) Pick up tripod/camera, move to your next location and repeat step 8.
Your camera needs to be 1/2 the distance from the floor and ceiling. If you are working with standard 11-foot ceilings indoors, your camera should be about 5 to 5.5 feet from the floor.
Position the camera so you are shooting ZERO Degrees ( 0° ) and you start your first shot here. Then rotate CLOCK-WISE ninety degrees to the ( 90° ) position and take your next shot. Rotate to 180° and shoot your 3rd shot. Then rotate your camera to the 270° position and take your 4th (last) shot. Your camera needs to be in the highest resolution setting possible, and you need to set your camera to JPEG FINE.
NOTE: We will be changing these settings and technique when you move to HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography when we teach you bracketing. This will be covered after you master the basics.
( A ) Turn this dial to M for Manual
( B ) and ( C ) Turn the dial ( B ) in front of the camera until you see F 8.0 on the ( C ) display.
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