The Adorama Macro Focusing Rail helps fine tune your focus when shooting Macro photography. Taking close-up pictures will at times leave you with depth of field of around one millimeter for precise macro work, camera positioning and focus become critical. Even with a good tripod and head, you'll find that you have at least 10 controls to adjust. Each of them will move the camera. None of them will move the camera along the axis that you care about.
Adorama Macro Focusing Rail, with its smooth rack and pinion movement capable of moving the entire camera/lens assembly forward and back. You use the tripod to roughly position the camera/lens and then the macro rail to do fine positioning.
The Macro Focusing Rail offers four way fine tune adjustments and will work with all digital and film cameras.
Most Liked Positive Review
Very good product by Adorama!
I used this product for product photography, fine jewelery to be exact. Because I'm new to macro photography, I did a lot of research on macro focusing rails and was hesitant to buy this Adorama focusing rail at first. It seemed really generic to me. Then I took the chance after reading good reviews and boy am I satisfied. I was afraid the unit would be flimsy and made of plastic. But I was surprised to see that it's constructed really well and mostly made of metal. It works great forView full Review
I used this product for product photography, fine jewelery to be exact. Because I'm new to macro photography, I did a lot of research on macro focusing rails and was hesitant to buy this Adorama focusing rail at first. It seemed really generic to me. Then I took the chance after reading good reviews and boy am I satisfied. I was afraid the unit would be flimsy and made of plastic. But I was surprised to see that it's constructed really well and mostly made of metal. It works great for my needs. And for the price, you can't beat it. I use this focusing rail with a Canon 5D and Canon 100mm f2.8 Macro lens.
Most Liked Negative Review
Too cheap and useless
This unit designed for one and only use precise positioning a camera (only light one) as it is the name of it - microfocusing. But because poor fit and lack of manufacturing precision the unit totally useless. I cannot recomend it anybody, too cheap and useless.
Reviewed by 38 customers
Have only started using. Very fine focusing enabled. Awkward to set up. Heavy and sharp edges to handle. Will suit my purposes for occasional macro work. No regrets.
The Adorama Macro Focusing Rail is great. Thanks to Jimmyn who assisted me with getting the Monfrotto tripod adoptor for my tripod. Just had to go from 3/8" to 1/4". The rail is just what I needed to get in closer without having to move the tripod closer especially where there is room to move it.
I was looking for a rail to help with fine positioning and to experiment with focus stacking. Spending big bucks for a high end rail is total overkill for my needs at this point. This rail is exactly what I was looking for. It is all metal (except knobs), sturdy, doesn't slip, and decent fine grain control. When I opened the box there was a little wobble in the top rail which was concerning until I realize the two rails can be seperated with a standard mount plate screw. Tighting that screw took out all the play. You could possibly disconnect the two rails and use one or the other if you need. With the tension screws tightened I couldn't move the rails by hand with a high amount of force. In use the rail has been rock solid with a Canon 60D and 100mm macro even when at high angles. The weak link in my setup is definitely the tripod and not the rail. With the right tension I was easily able to make fine adjustments to focus stack at 1:1. Mounting the camera is the only tricky part using this rail as the thumb screw for the camera body is in an awkward location. I've found setting the camera upside down on a table makes it far easier to get the screw threaded. The one I recieved is stamped as made in Japan. Pros: - Good value for the price - Solid build - all metal - Good control over positioning - No slipping even when vertical Cons: - Heavy - all metal! - Tall - it adds several inches in height
I'm using this with a Canon 7d with Canon 100L macro lens and a light tent. I'm new to the macro and so far have taken pictures of caterpillars, plant leaves and butterflies. When I magnify the subject in Live View, I can get razor-sharp focusing and positioning with the focusing rail. I haven't been able to do that without the rail. I knew within five minutes of setting it up that purchasing this rail was an excellent decision. I'd give it 4.5 stars if possible. The reason for taking away from 5 stars is because it's not 100 percent smooth in the adjustments and it's hard to get it to not slip with vertical shots. Both of those things are not that hard to deal with. Some have complained that it's hard to get to the knob that holds the camera. I simply removed the little knob that locks the side-to-side rail and had plenty of room to attach the camera. Replacing that little knob only involved screwing it back on. For the reasonable price and benefit gained, I'm very happy with my purchase.
I photograph bugs,rain drops, all kinds of different macro. This really helped with tiny adjustments with out having to move my tripod. Frustration level very much decreased =)
Well built macro focusing rail for most photo enthusiasts. Is a great product for a very reasonable price. Works well with macro shots up to around 3x life size, once you go beyond that range (ie 4 to 5 times life size) the gearing not quite fine enough (and you would need to buy a focusing rail that is geometrically more expensive).
Very affordable pice of kit. Well made, and handles the job well. What more can one ask for?
I've only used this macro focusing rail a couple of times in the studio for tight macro shots. It is a little bulky/tall for my liking and I think that contributed to what I observed i.e. once a shot is framed and you tighten the ball head and let go of the camera the focusing rail tends to allow the camera to shift off frame especially noticeable if the camera/lens is at any kind of an angle. In honesty, I did add a QR plate to the bottom and a QR clamp to the top as I found the top and bottom attachments to be a bit cumbersome and these may have contributed some to what I observed. Otherwise my standard set up is a DSLR w/100mm macro lens mounted on a very sturdy and creep-free ball head (yes, I tested). It's not a bad product for the money, but sorry to say that in the configuration in which it was used I found it to be unsuitable for my needs.
I bought it to use specifically at home, doing some macro. At first I found very difficult to screw the camera on the rail, so now I reverse the camera, and screw the rail in the camera. And after that I install the whole thing on my ball head.But I suppose this kind of things are personal. I have not used it very much, but did some shots, and it worked fine. I have not tried to do some stacking shots with it, may be the precision won't be good enough for that. But right now I have no complaint about this product.
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