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Velbon Super Magnesium Slider, Macro Rail

by Velbon

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  • Net Weight: 47g / 1.65 oz.
  • Dimensions: (W) 12.0cm x (L) 21.0cm (H) 7.0cm / 4.72" x 8.27" x 2.8"
  • Movement: Forward (60mm) Side (30mm)
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Product Details

  • Item Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B004L5GTSM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 27, 2011

Product Description

The Super Mag Slider is a lightweight macro stage for very precise 4-way camera alignment, made from Magnesium alloy. It moves forward, back, left and right, making it ideal for precise close-up work, tilting or macro-photography. MF-screw driver is attached to detach the bottom screw adapter. After detaching the adapter screw, it allowes installing a 3/8 inch screw. Light weight, and smooth action for adjusting the macro photo focus, the Super Mag Slider weighs only one pound, and allows 2.5" top maximum movement, and 1.3" bottom maximum movement. Its overall length of the top plate is 8.1", and the bottom base is 4.4", and features a 1/4-20" camera screw and 2 reversible 1/4-20" to 3-8" tripod connections.

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It is very well made and light.
Harry Joseph
You move it forward with a knurled knob, and once in position, it stays there very securely.
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This product is the perfect solution to the intricate world of macro photography.

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இ Fuzzy Wuzzy's Summary:
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What may be referred to as the "Velbon Macro Slider" is the exact same identical tripod head as the "Hakuba Magnesium Macro Slider"; Velbon is now distributed by Hakuba USA, Inc.

This macro slider focusing rail is built like a rock-solid tank! But it only weighs 16 ounces due to its lightweight magnesium alloy composition. There is only the very slightest bit of play when I wiggle the bottom left-right slider and the top forward-backward slider units, so the construction quality and build tolerances are good. Turning the focusing and traversing adjustment knobs has a very smooth and precise feel as the camera platform moves along the guide shafts and screw shafts.

Although you can use this macro slider with a variety of lenses, including macro lenses, extension tubes, and regular non-macro lenses, the one lens that really benefits from using a macro rail like this is the Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5X Macro Lens for Canon SLR Cameras, which is Canon's unique "microscope on a camera" lens. When I use my Canon MP-E 65mm macro lens at 3X to 5X magnifications, I either shoot handheld where there is plenty of ambient light along with using Canon's Canon MR-14EX Macro Ring Lite for Canon Digital SLR Cameras, or I have the camera, with 65mm lens and macro ring lite, mounted onto this macro slider and tripod. I also have Canon's superbly razor-sharp
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By J. Braby on February 4, 2012
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Let me start by saying that this is not comparable to a higher end rails like those from Really Right Stuff or the Novoflex CROSS-MC (or DIY rails based on Newport optics bench positioners), but it is a very solid product for the money and a very good investment if you are just starting to explore macro photography and don't want to commit to a much larger investment.

The Good:
For magnification up to 1:1 the rails have relatively little backlash, and I have not yet experienced any creep. There are no locking knobs on the rails, so I expect at steep angles creep might become an issue if your camera+lens are sufficiently heavy. I'm using it with a Canon EOS 7D and 5D mk II with the 100mm f2.8L Macro. I do not know how well it would fare holding heavier macro lenses like the 180 f3.5.

The rails are very lightweight without feeling cheep or flimsy. All the load bearing parts appear to be cast magnesium alloy with aluminum rails. Plastic is only present for the gear covers and the plug that keeps the tripod screw knob captive (more on this later).

The lateral position adjustment is sufficient for reframing a slightly out of position subject, and the longitudinal adjustment is fine enough that you can set your lenst to 1:1 and just use the rail to focus. If your working distance is too short (which may be the case on some 50mm macro lenses) it seems sturdy enough that you could mount the camera backwards on the mounting plate.

As other reviewers have mentioned, you can separate the lateral and longitudinal rails so you can mount the lateral adjustment with its knob on the opposite side.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By thenostril on November 17, 2012
I was very excited when I got this because it seemed like it was built to last, with metal rails and a metal worm screw axle. I used it very gently a couple times a year for a few years, then one day the focusing axis suddenly seized up. After trying very hard to open the gearbox so that I could inspect the seized drive train, I eventually gave up, realizing that the gearbox was intentionally assembled to be inaccessible to the user once it had been snapped together in the factory.

Curious, I finally cut open the press-fit plastic lid to the gearbox, only to discover that a few of the teeth had broken off each of the two gears that drive the worm axle. And no wonder -- the gears are made of CHEAP, FLIMSY PLASTIC, even though they engage a metal worm screw. In less than 12 hours of total use, they had chipped their teeth. Efforts to resurface and lubricate the gears did not pay off. It was irreparable. I had to throw this piece of junk in the trash, because of course the warranty had expired.

Plastic gears for a metal drive? No wonder they didn't make it easy to open that gearbox. Velbon should be embarrassed of cutting corners like this.

Additionally, I discovered that this flimsy plastic assembly was insufficiently stable for high-magnification macro photography. It's okay for high light, low-magnification macro photography, but for high-mag photos, or for low light, you must have a very stable platform. For that I recommend using machinists' heavy-duty steel, 2- and 3-axis, XY and roto tables, like the kind you would use on a CNC mill or lathe. Those are very stable, user-servicable, and highly configurable.

Do not buy this junk.
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