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About Manfrotto 454

Ideal for macro photography to make precise positioning movements to achieve the perfect framed shot, for QTVR and other precise copy/repro work, this plate has finger-tip control for ultra-fine positioning - but with a simple lock-release lever for fast set-up.
Two plates can be interlocked at 90° for full lateral/forward/back movement (over 4.7"). In extruded aluminum, the plate has 1/4" and 3/8" holes and screws for tripod and camera mounting.
Maximum Load Capacity 17.7 lbs
Weight 1 lbs

The Manfrotto 454 is commonly used for Macro photography and more.The Manfrotto 454 is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Semi-pro photographer among others.The Manfrotto 454 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Manfrotto 454: Durable, Easy to use, Fits well, Improves function and Lightweight

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Easy to use (8),Durable (5),Fits well (4),Improves function (4),Lightweight (4),Improves tripod function (3)
Best Uses:
Macro photography (9)
Reviewer Profile:
Semi-pro photographer (5)

Manfrotto 454 Reviews

Review Snapshot®

 
3.9

(based on 13 reviews)

75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

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  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Best product to shoot panoramic view.

Because of it's remarkable horizontal capability, I enjoyed shooting landscapes, But my requirement was to shoot vertical also so I had to order an other product which has horizontal and vertical capabilities. and is cheep also. But Overall Manfrotto did a good job.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

don't think Manfrotto tested the design

After receiving focusing slide, mounted it on a 3036 Manfrotto tripod,mounted Nikon F3 with 105mm Nikkor Micro, focused lens with barrel, when trying to move the depth of field to where I wanted it was impossible. Once you loosen the locking knob, the top half of the slide floats around laterally and fore and aft.It's imposible to nail down a tack sharp image with your original composition, even with the locking knobsnugged just short of locking. Every time the locking knob gets tightened the...

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After receiving focusing slide, mounted it on a 3036 Manfrotto tripod,mounted Nikon F3 with 105mm Nikkor Micro, focused lens with barrel, when trying to move the depth of field to where I wanted it was impossible. Once you loosen the locking knob, the top half of the slide floats around laterally and fore and aft.It's imposible to nail down a tack sharp image with your original composition, even with the locking knobsnugged just short of locking. Every time the locking knob gets tightened the composition and the fine focus is gone.The problem with this unit is poor design, no preloads on adjustmet its not precision enough for Macro photography.I returned it imediatly[...]. I found good results using the rails from an old Vivitar bellows focus rail modified.

Reviewed by 13 customers

 
4.0

Pretty Good Focusing Tool

By

from Pennsylvania  -  Pro Photographer

This Positioning Plate has made my macro work much easier. I'm a professional photographer, getting quality images, even in macro, is a must. I spent lots of time in the past, tipping the tripod, adjusting the fore leg of a tripod and of course, focusing the macro lens only to find out I was too close and therefore OUT of the focal range of my lens. The Manfrotto 454 Micro Positioning Plate is a must have for me. There really isn't anything else out there at the moment, that is dedicated to this type of photography. It's best on the level... if you tilt up, and hope to focus (advance) up, you'll find it ratcheting and not advancing IF you are using a heavy bodies FX camera... Advancing the focus down, is fine, but back up at a 20 degree angle and it ratchets again. Even after snugging up the brass side adjustment screw. What it does best for me, is on the level, when I want that absolute 1:1 closest focus length. I set the camera at the closest focus point, then use the positioning plate to get me right on that leading edge. Then, I advance the adjustment screw forward, taking an image at each focal plane, until I have all the images I need to stack later on. There is play in the adjustment when changing from advancing to retreating the lens. After moving the camera/lens forward, when you turn the screw in the opposite direction, there are several turns before the place begins to move in the opposite direction. Plan for that and you'll be fine. Put this Micro Positioning Plate on your HEAVIEST tripod. There is too much wiggle activity in my lighter manfrotto tripods. I rely on my good old Manfrotto model 3033 with the 3047 head. For using TWO Micro positioning Plates (set at 90 degrees to one another) for forward/back and side to side control, you won't want a light weight support system. This system is best of course, for stationary objects, such as fine jewelry, snowflakes, dead insects, or water droplets on plants in very still air and so on. You'll go mad, if you attempt to shoot moving insects and so on. So, why four stars? Well, precision machining is wanted. Even with the brass tension adjustment side screw tightened up, there is play. The "dead zone" which occurs when changing from forward to back, is definitely noticeable and somewhat frustrating. I would recommend it, because, there just isn't anything better that I've found yet. Remember to get two of them for total fore/aft, side to side, control.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Useful for macro, could be much better

By

from Las Cruces, New Mexico  -  Photo Enthusiast

Bottom line, up front: this rail is useful for the 1:1 macro photos I take as an enthusiast. This piece is a nice start because the screw drive allows for very small movements (1.25mm per revolution) in one axis that would not be achieved with a (similarly priced) rack and pinion design. It comes with both 1/4 and 3/8 mounting screws, and the 3/8 screw stores neatly in the tensioning knob. The adjustment does not rely on friction so it is very stable while still being easy to adjust, but there is about 1 mm of backlash in the adjusting screw. Furthermore, the slide doesn't fit the base very tightly so there will be lateral and vertical errors in framing while making fore and aft adjustments. The tension spring presses directly on the adjusting screw, so they chatter when making large adjustments using the release lever. I intend to make a follower (flat on the spring side, concave on the adjustment screw side) to go between the two to improve the precision and eliminate the noise. Manfrotto should send this design back to the drawing board.

 
5.0

Best product to shoot panoramic view.

By

from Ontario  -  Pro Photographer

Because of it's remarkable horizontal capability, I enjoyed shooting landscapes, But my requirement was to shoot vertical also so I had to order an other product which has horizontal and vertical capabilities. and is cheep also. But Overall Manfrotto did a good job.

 
5.0

You should have one for extreme macro

By

from Dublin, Ohio  -  Semi-pro Photographer

This is the product for you to use in extreme macro photography. It is not good for you to take picture of moving objects such as bugs at outdoor. It is the time to use it when you focu on one eye of lady bug and other eye blur out. You have no way to adjust the tripod back and forth for the accurate focus. Since it is not made in China but the great quality from Italy with such joyful price. I bought it immediately when I saw it and without any regret in more than 10 times of usages.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

It's Obsolete Now

By

from Klamath Falls, OR  -  Semi-pro Photographer

This positioning plate can be excused for its insufficiencies by noting that it isn't a macro focussing rail. Everyone I know who uses one uses it to adjust focus for macro photography, though. It is not rack-and-pinion but uses a long bolt or screw that is not exactly round in cross section; the result is that, as one moves camera and lens forward or back, they wiggle side-to-side and up-and-down; at 1:1 and closer, the framing of the photo changes. "Frustrating" is extreme understatement. One cannot count on getting aligned images for a focusing stack. One cannot count on a precisely framed macro image. (One can count on getting the focus right.) Its other disadvantage is the way one has to attach the camera or the lens's tripod collar. The procedure is difficult to do without looking at the attachment screw, and looking at that while the whole rig is on a tripod often requires some gymnastics and often results in scraped fingers. This is not to say I haven't used it to get some really satisfying macro images, but at the initial relatively high monetary cost and continuing cost in inconvenience and frustration, I cannot recommend it. The good news is that people in the eastern hemisphere are now making a similar item that is half the weight (but still 8 oz, not too flimsy), has a rack and pinion movement, a quick-adjustment feature like Manfrotto's, a much better screw for attaching the camera, and they're selling it for 22% of what I paid for mine.

 
5.0

Very sharp focus

By

from São Paulo - Brazil  -  Semi-pro Photographer

It is all that I whish!

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

A must have for macro

By

from Dublin, Oh  -  Semi-pro Photographer

You may not need it that much for 1:1 macro photography. However, it is a must if you want to do something more than that. It will give you fine tune of the adjustment. It is solid and easy to use without the need of mannul. The only problem I ran into is that my camera (Olympus e520) may be blocked by its extruded knob at some position and it can be took care of easily by readjustment. Since your camera is fixed on it you have to make sure that your lense and its hood is not too big to block the attachment. The good news is that it is not made in China but Italy so that you can rely on its quality.

 
5.0

Manfrotto 454 Micro Focusing Rail

By

from usa  -  Photo Enthusiast

I like the rail. It serves its purpose well. I put two rails together so I have movement in two axis. My only complaints are 1. A QR2 plate on the second rail limits movement (because it does not clear the bottom rail completely). 2. I would like bigger knobs for turning the adjustment screw. 3. Better lens caps

 
5.0

Good product

By

from Denver, Colorado  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Well built. Operates as advertized. I use this for macro photography and photographing 2D artwork.

 
4.0

Macro must

By

from Faribault, MN  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

This is a fairly inexpensive macro rail. I wish it had lateral movement which it doesn't seem to. It will work well for my use in macro photography.

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Shopper  Is this the same as a slider and what is its range?
ALLAN J  It haws a range of a little over 4.5 inches. It is an excellent piece of gear and is very precise for macro photography. L have attached a quick release so that it attaches straight to the tripod along with my panoramic head and another head for general use.
Shopper  Is this the same as a slider and what is its range?
ALLAN J  It haws a range of a little over 4.5 inches. It is an excellent piece of gear and is very precise for macro photography. L have attached a quick release so that it attaches straight to the tripod along with my panoramic head and another head for general use.
Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
DARYL B  The Manfrotto Positoning plate is useful for the creation of "focus stack" multi-exposures to create large depth-of-field macro images with Photo-merge in PhotoShop. It is "adequate" for casual use. For full-time or professional applications something like the Really Right Stuff macro rail is considerably higher performance at considerably higher cost.
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