Shooting a standard landscape panorama is simple enough, but try capturing a closer vista or an indoor environment and you’ll run into the parallax problem. Merely panning your Nikon around its tripod mounting point can skew perspective and cause nasty stitching artefacts.
The answer is to position the camera so that when you pan, closer objects don’t appear to move relative to the background. This perfect position is known as the nodal point, and setting it is easy with this device’s twin-axis sliding rails and precisely-geared dials. The Manfrotto 300N is included as a panning base, and the two work in harmony to help capture perfectly aligned shots for near and far panoramas, albeit at a fairly hefty cost.
The cylindrical 300N at the bottom allows you to set precise panning intervals from five to 90 degrees