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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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Product Description

Style: 4 Way Macro Rail

Flashpoint rail sysytem provides rack and pinion movement, fine focusing adjustments. Two 6" rails allow movement in four directions, right, left, forward and backward. Mounts on, and accepts 1/4x20 threaded screws, will fit most tripods and copy stands. Positive locking knobs assure rock-steady focus. This focusing rail is recommend to use with 55mm Nikon on 60mm Canon lens. Not for larger lenses

Product Information

Style:4 Way Macro Rail
Product Dimensions 19.7 x 19.7 x 19.7 inches
Item Weight 1.7 pounds
Shipping Weight 3.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
ASIN B0047DS41S
Item model number Macro Focus Rail
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3.8 out of 5 stars 102 customer reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #1,404 in Camera & Photo > Camera & Photo Accessories > Lens Accessories
Date first available at Amazon.com June 24, 2009

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By William Webb on January 31, 2012
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 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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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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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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It's been over a year and 30,000+ photographs later since I purchased this 4-way focusing rail. I'm sure that focusing rails costing twice as much, are smoother operating directly out of the box. I own several telescopes, as well as a university grade microscope and I've worked on a lot of focusing systems. The first thing I did when I received the focusing rail, was to run both rack and pinion mechanisms back and forth to feel for stickiness. I keep white lithium grease lubricant on hand. I cleaned all of the goo from both sets of rack and pinion teeth (with alcohol), and applied a VERY LIGHT coating of white lithium lubricant. The focusing rail now runs as smooth as a baby's bottom in both axis.

Overall I found the focusing rail to be very well made with tight tolerances. I use the focusing rail frequently. I have a Raynox DCR-250 Macro Lens, which requires minute focus adjustments on tiny microscopic subjects; the Cowboystudio Focusing Rail set allows me to make smooth micro adjustments. My Canon SX40 camera is heavy, but the rail handles the camera easily. It was a great addition to my photographic equipment.
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