Macro Focusing Rail Suggestions

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OSAM Regular Member • Posts: 489
Macro Focusing Rail Suggestions

I'm looking for suggestions on macro focusing rails for a manfrotto tripod. I'd like something that either attaches like a QR plate to my head (Manfrotto 804RC2) or to the QR plate itself.

igaleian Regular Member • Posts: 465
Re: Macro Focusing Rail Suggestions

adorama budget focus rail approx $65

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L Bourdillon Regular Member • Posts: 170
Re: Macro Focusing Rail Suggestions

OSAM wrote:

I'm looking for suggestions on macro focusing rails for a manfrotto tripod. I'd like > something that either attaches like a QR plate to my head (Manfrotto 804RC2) or to > the QR plate itself.

Not exactly a focusing rail, but I use a Manfrotto micro-positioner model 3419 - since replaced by the model 454 (B&H $82). The tripod is a Velbon CM 540 with a Manfrotto 3437 (now 460MG, also at B&H) head; takes the standard QR Manfrotto plate.

Excellent setup for taking stacked shots to achieve an improved DOF - not the best for rapid adjustments.

Larry

(unknown member) Forum Pro • Posts: 19,115
Re: Macro Focusing Rail Suggestions

I use the Novoflex Castel Q with my Manfrotto Tripod and 410 Geared head.

Here's my blogs on focus stacking & macro 1:1 which include the gear I use.
http://kvincentphotography.ca/focus-stacking-101

http://kvincentphotography.ca/macro-1-1

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http://kvincentphotography.ca/stackedimages
http://kvincentphotography.ca/designerflorals
http://kvincentphotography.ca/macro

OSAM OP Regular Member • Posts: 489
Re: Macro Focusing Rail Suggestions

L Bourdillon wrote:

OSAM wrote:

I'm looking for suggestions on macro focusing rails for a manfrotto tripod. I'd like > something that either attaches like a QR plate to my head (Manfrotto 804RC2) or to > the QR plate itself.

Not exactly a focusing rail, but I use a Manfrotto micro-positioner model 3419 - since replaced by the model 454 (B&H $82). The tripod is a Velbon CM 540 with a Manfrotto 3437 (now 460MG, also at B&H) head; takes the standard QR Manfrotto plate.

Excellent setup for taking stacked shots to achieve an improved DOF - not the best for rapid adjustments.

Larry

This is the one I had looked at but I dont know much about these things so I figured I'd ask around. Thanks

MERLEWINE
MERLEWINE Regular Member • Posts: 125
Re: Macro Focusing Rail Suggestions

I have four rails, one of the Velbons, a Novoflex, etc. The only one I find really useful is the old Milnolta and they come up on Ebay fairly often. The Minolta is solid, heavy, beautifully made, and worth the price. The rest are not stable enough IMO.
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Michael Erlewine
Founder All-Music Guide, All-Movie Guide, ClassicPosters.com, MacroStop.com

Alben Regular Member • Posts: 193
Re: Macro Focusing Rail Suggestions

I am also interested and have narrowed my choice between the Velbon or Kirk, still undecided.

Alan

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