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Cowboystudio Macro Focusing Rail Set with 4 Way, Fine Control and Camera Focusing Rail for Macro Photography

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4 Way Macro Rail
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Product Description

Style: 4 Way Macro Rail

Focusing rails are essential accessories for macro photography, which requires precise distance modifications and a steady hand, as well as other situations where accurate camera positioning is crucial. Two 6" rails allow movement in four directions, right, left, forward and backward. Mounts on, and accepts 1/4 thread screws, and it will fit most tripods and stands. Positive locking knobs assure rock-steady focus. This excellent quality rail is for use with all digital and film SLR cameras and is compatible with most Canon, Nikon, Minolta and Pentax macro and EOS bellows, macro shot extension tubes, or macro lenses such as the Canon FD and FL.

Product Details

Style: 4 Way Macro Rail
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 19.7 x 19.7 inches ; 2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B0047DS41S
  • Item model number: Macro Focus Rail
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 9, 2009

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Style Name: 4 Way Macro Rail Verified Purchase
Summary: This focusing rail works well for me and I can recommend it.

I was a little concerned about some reports of weakness or instability or bounciness when using this rail but I had no such problem while shooting with my Nikon D700 (full-frame, large, heavy DSLR) with a Nikkor 105mm macro lens. It was solid and steady for me.

Note that I used a heavy duty tripod and heavy duty ball-head so those provided stability to the overall rig. This means that I could definitely see any weakness or flexibility to the overall set-up that might have been induced by the rail but there was none evident.

I was aiming down at about 30 degrees, so if creeping (rail slipping movement due to gravity) was going to be an issue I'd see it but none was evident.

I was using a small aperture (f/16) which meant a long shutter speed (1/8 sec.) for the particular light I was shooting in so the longish exposure times would be one more element revealing lack of stability but, again, there was none evident.

Some things that help when shooting macros:
Obviously, when you are shooting a subject that benefits from using a focusing rail, minute movements have a significant effect so you should do all you can to keep things steady.

Use a cable or other remote release so you are not touching the camera to trip the shutter. If you don't have a cable release then set your camera for a 5-second delay and that will give things time to quit shaking after you press the button but before the shutter "clicks."

Use mirror lock-up if your camera has that feature so that the movement of the mirror when taking the shot (which can shake the camera a bit - really) will not be an issue.
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I had minimal expectations for this rail given the price and country of origin, and my experiences with other 'inspired-by' products. I have to say I'm genuinely impressed at the heavy duty quality and smooth operation. This is what I would have expected to receive if I'd ponied up the $300+ for a name brand rail.
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I bought this a few months ago. As a professionally photographer I shoot macro images of products such as jewelry. In the past I set my camera on a tripod and move the product (or stage) closer or farther away from the lens to adjust the focus. At 1:1 (which is how I shoot professionally) this works out fine.

Lately I have been playing with getting more and more magnification out of my shots. As I started to approach 4:1 macro, focusing became almost impossible. This rail was the solution to it.

This rail costs a fraction of some of the other rails out there but the build quality is very good. The construction is all metal and the controls are fluid and smooth, even with 10lbs of gear on top. I even accidentally dropped the rail from a height of around 6 foot and it worked perfectly afterwards.

Some other reviewers have mentioned that the tripod mounting holes are not centered and this is true, however this is common for this type of gear. I have several other micro controls for the tripod/camera and they also offset the tripod mounting holes. The reason has to do with the gears / internal workings of the device. The fact the mounting hole is not centered is not a big deal and any quality / pro tripod will be able to easily compensate for this.

The only change I would make is to have one side of the ruler in millimeters and have some sort of needle to measure the distance since my macro setup usually has a max DoF of 0.5-1mm. Otherwise, this rail is great. I would purchase this again.
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Style Name: 4 Way Macro Rail Verified Purchase
I just got started with macro photography and quickly learned that it's almost impossible to shoot jewelry without a focusing rail. Amazon is my go-to place for just about everything, so naturally I searched here for a rail. I comparison shopped with the big name photography suppliers, but this was by far the most affordable place to get a rail. I chose this particular rail because it was the least expensive to meet all my needs. When I received it, it's much more heavy duty and well built that I would have guessed. I've only used it for one evening, but I'm already VERY pleased. My only complaint is with my tripod slipping under the weight; a sturdy tripod is needed to properly accommodate & lock in a bulk of equipment sitting on top of it.
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Ditto to all the positive reviews above, plus 3 points:

1. This is a Kiwi Fotos fc-1. (See foto added by OddJobber in description) Since I'm cheap, I Google these things and found the same rail for $70 to $90 on other internet sites. Sidebar: be careful how you Google. I searched for "kiwi 4-way" and learned "4 ways to eat a kiwi". :)

2. On arrival both rails were heavily greased and my hands were soon greased as would be my camera. No problem..couple of minutes to remove excess grease.

3. I did find that loosening the rail locking knobs allows the rails to droop, totally losing my macro focus. Again, only a minor inconvenience. I get close to my target focal point, loosen the locking knob, tweak the rail, retighten the knob. May have to do this a couple of times, but results are razor-sharp focus. Only fix I know for this is the addition of ball bearing tensioners to the rack and pinion gearing....but then you'd be looking at a price tag of hundreds!

Overall impression: Quality built, rugged, and a super bargain! Beats the heck out of trying to move my tripod a couple of millimeters like I used to do!!
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