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Macro Shot Focusing Focus 4 Way Slider Rail Truck for Nikon D7100 D90 D7000 D5300 D5200 D3200 D3100,CANON 700D 650D 600D 550D 70D 60D 50D 40D 7D 5D 100D,1Ds,Fuji, Olympus,Pentax SLR DSLR DC

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  • The focus rail allows the whole camera to smoothly change position to be closer to the subject so yo
  • A focus rail is an essential accessory for macro photography, requires precise distance modification
  • While such changes are negligible for normal sized subjects, they can complicate matters for macro.
  • Use of the normal focusing ring on a macro lens, or single focus adjustment on majority of bellows.
  • can present problems due to the distance and magnification changing and affecting each other.


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  • Item Weight: 200 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 222 g
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  • ASIN: B002ATGQNY
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 18 July 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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What works far better is to pre-focus the lens manually at the approximate distance and find a means of moving the entire camera and lens in and out to fine tune things. A focusing rail is perfect for the task. Without, you would be forced to constantly reposition your tripod, a tedious process guaranteed to frustrate. Used with a tripod. This quality rail is recommended for any SLR Digital or Film cameras and is compatible with most Nikon, Minolta and Pentax macro and EOS bellows, macro shot extension tubes, or macro lenses such as the Canon FD and FL. The focusing rail is a vital piece of equipment used by professional photographers everywhere and will help you to take clear and sharp photos every time Maximum adjustment distance: 15cm One precision controlled focusing knob with locking function Two tripod or focusing rail mounting holes One tripod screw 1/4" (standard - fits most cameras)

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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By The watcher of the world.... on 28 Dec 2009
This is a solid lump, and you will need to mount it on a full sized, well built tripod to maintain balance in your system - The unit holds a heavy DSLR and lens without slippage even when mounted to track vertically, so long as you tighten the small thumbwheel slightly. A previous commentator has mentioned jerkiness in operation - If the small control knobs are adjusted, this is as smooth as silk, and perfect for the job at a good and fair price.
I have found the range of movement ideal for tracking live insects, and also for doing detailed floral images.
The scales are delineated in centimetres, although these seem somewhat pointless. The unit will split down to give a smaller unit with only one direction of adjustment, but, again, why bother unless weight is a problem. I have great confidence in the unit overall, but have one small criticism - the thumbwheels could be of better quality, slightly larger, and with a rubberised grip, to ease the finest of adjustment.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Techno-phobe on 6 Feb 2011
This represents excellent value for money compared with most of the branded alternatives and saves a lot of physical work when trying to get small subjects into perfect focus.
My example has a very smooth action and positions the camera/lens securely in the 'landscape' shooting position. As other reviewers have remarked it demands a fairly hefty tripod as the combination of camera, lens, focus carriage and a decent pan and tilt head weighs around 2-3 kg.
The fun starts when you try to positon the camera for a 'portrait' shot as the weight of the carriage is supported on a couple of 1/4 inch Whitworth screws; though the camera platform itself is reasonably secure, once the positioning slide is extended the bending load on the joint between the base of the carriage and the tripod plate is such that the whole assembly can pivot with resultant loss of position and demonstration of my command of Anglo Saxon - unless the securing screw is tightened to the point where strippling the threads is a real possibility. Moreover the thumbscrews used to lock the slides don't look man enough to support a vertical load though so far they've survived.
I've partly solved the problem by modifying the carriage with a locking pin which is screwed into the base. This mounts into existing hole in the tripod plate so that the carriage locks solidly in position on the tripod.
Though some of this may seem highly critical I am pretty pleased with this gadget and would recommend it; you get a good bit more than you pay for and its shortcomings are relatively easy to overcome.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Brian T on 10 Oct 2010
A very useful accessory for anyone interested in macro photography. Depth of field is so shallow that camera placement and angling is critical and the to and fro/sideways adjustments available make it far easier than trying to move the tripod. The camera is quite perched up once attached which magnifies any movement and build quality is adequate provided everything is done up tight but I found that the sideways rack and pinion mechanism would not always engage and the rail had to be pushed by hand. Not for a heavy camera /lens combination but OK for my Pentax K-7 and Tamron 90mm macro lens.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mike on 24 Dec 2010
These rails are a budget lightweight construction. They do work as designed, but once a camera with lens and extension tubes is mounted the weight of the combination is a bit too much for these rails. It is hard to make fine adjustments as the gears tend to stick.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By P. Whittle on 10 Sep 2009
Even with a light DSLR (Olympus E-410) I've found the adjustment somewhat jerky, but with care, I've had some good results. It disassembles so you can use just one rail.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By 2bhonest on 9 Sep 2012
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I really wanted this to function as advertised - but it didn't live up to expectations. I suppose the real problem is quality control, you can tell through close inspection that this is not a terribly well made article, which is fine at this price, but it still needs to work! There is a great deal of variability in the detail, for example, one locking screw was perfectly aligned - the other was not. The real problem is that the rail did not work smoothly. With my Nikon D7000 and a Tokina 100mm macro lens the unit jerked and juddered - just what you don't need! Reading other reviews it seems this was not a problem but it was with the unit I had. I very lightly lubricated the the dovetail guides and gearing with silicone grease, but this made no difference. With a macro lens you need fine control and this product was unable to deliver. I needed to return the item through Amazons excellent returns policy and I shall now probably buy Velbons super mag slider for £60.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. M. Jackman on 3 Oct 2009
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This is an essential piece of equipment for anyone who wants to get into micro/macro photography. Make sure everything is tightly fastened as the movement sliders can be a bit jerky. Use with focus stacking software and you will get some great shots.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By C. Phillips on 12 April 2011
I was quite unsure about this before I ordered it but couldn't justify buying two Manfrotto 454's to do the same thing. As other reviewers have noted its pretty solidly built, very little plastic, and I personally don't have an issue with the adjustment.. not jerky at all.
There is a little play with 5d MkII sitting on top, but its far better than I had expected.. Odd thing is that the two holes for the tripod attachment are off to the side of the base plate, which I can't help think is a strange decision, but there may be some purpose that I don't yet know. The screw that holds the camera on is probably the weakest looking part, and this I will give special concern too.

However the main reason for writing this is that the product arrived in less than 12 hours... It was one of the last things I ordered the day before and it was with me by 8.30.. I've never had this with any other order, even when I've paid for next day.. which often isn't in my experience.. Totally amazed by the performance of BV.

Again very good for the price. So far very pleased. A must buy for anyone wanting to do image stacking.
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