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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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|Item Dimensions||19.69 x 19.69 x 19.69 inches|
|Item Weight||2 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||3.45 pounds|
|Style Name||4 Way Macro Rail|
Style: 4 Way Macro Rail
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I purchased this as a "very good" item from Warehouse Deals. It arrived with a bent knurled set screw and missing positioning arrows. Will have to return it. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Richard Rodewald
I tested this with a Canon 60D, Tamron 90mm Macro lens and Manfrotto tripod and head
* Affixes to camera and tripod in less than a minute. Read more
Great value as an "on the cheap" focus rail. But it's not a fine instrument capable of tiny smooth movements. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tom Harnish
Extremely cheap quality! The cheapiness is so overwhelming that your eyes will burn from the lack of qualityPublished 2 months ago by Cindy
Adjustable tension, from loose to lock assists in progressive stack shots.Published 3 months ago by Derald G.
Best purchase ever. I love micro adjusting and you can use this to easily adjust your DSLR on a stabilizerPublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Well the build quality was alright but the actual use of this item was horrible. It would slide on its own and hit the insects id try to photograph. do not buy.Published 5 months ago by jeff