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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.
Most Liked Positive Review
Good for a beginner on a budget
I got this because I'm starting out in macro and didn't want to spend hundreds on a name brand focus rail. I am relatively happy given the cost, but if it was much more I would be disappointed. The focus rail is made from solid materials, the adjustment is tight and the fit and finish is adequate. But, looking at it you can tell it is budget and not quite precision equipment. The fine adjustment is okay for 1:1 macro work, but finer gearing is needed if you do extreme macro. I was attemptingView full Review
I got this because I'm starting out in macro and didn't want to spend hundreds on a name brand focus rail. I am relatively happy given the cost, but if it was much more I would be disappointed. The focus rail is made from solid materials, the adjustment is tight and the fit and finish is adequate. But, looking at it you can tell it is budget and not quite precision equipment. The fine adjustment is okay for 1:1 macro work, but finer gearing is needed if you do extreme macro. I was attempting to photograph snowflakes at 2:1, and it was still difficult to dial in focus. I discovered that 2x isn't really enough for snowflakes, but if I went up to 3-5x I think it would be real hit or miss to achieve focus. You would need something with finer adjustment. The locking knobs on the unit are more like friction adjustment, cranking down as much as I could on them still let the adjustment knobs move. Also, the mount screw on the top is a tad short, but adequate. This focus rail would be great if you do 1:1 macro work with flowers, etc. But you do get what you pay for, and I don't think this is an exceptional value.
Most Liked Negative Review
Good for nothing!
To me this gizmo has one and the only purpose - precise positioning camera on tripod. But because of bad fit between rails and almost impossible to tight fixing screws in position this unit is not good for me!
Reviewed by 63 customers
I got this free with a Canon 180mm macro lens bundle. I would have eventually bought a focusing rack anyway. I think they sell it for about $45 separately. It is worth the price. It is surprisingly well made, and a valuable tool for getting your manual focus right. Someone else said the side to side racking is useless. I agree. You can do that with your tripod head. Maybe I'm missing something. There is also the issue of locking the settings with the tension knobs. Not a problem as long as you don't overtighten or throw your tripod over your shoulder with the camera and rack attached. Although I do this. Just be sure they are tight. Treat this with care and it's a good product. I use it with my Canon 100mm and 180mm. Turn on your live view, press magnification, and you can get exact focus without moving your tripod. Great tool.
I have only used it once so far, but it helps when I am trying to get close and keep the object in focus. I use it with a bellows where there is all most no depth of field.
Excellent built for price. Should work fine for the amount of macro tripod work I do.
Excellent for macro shots. I haven't tried it yet for macro stacking, but I am optomistic!
Perfect for macro/micro photography. When shooting extreme close ups this allow very fine adjustment of camera position eliminating the need to move or adjust your tripod.
I'm using this X-Y stage in combination with my Manfrotto 055XProB tripod and 498RC2 ball head. This low-cost stage sits on top of the ball head then a low-cost Manfrotto RC2 Compact Rapid Connect Adapter w/3157N Plate on top of the stage and then my Canon 5D3 + MP-E65mm macro or 100L macro lens on top of that :-). So far, all is well. Many hobbyists recommend this X-Y stage and I can see why. It works good enough to produce good results for focus stacking macro shots. If I did this for a living, I'd invest the $100's more needed for a professional level unit for its reliability and precision controls. Keep an eye on the threads in the base. It doesn't seem to be made of the toughest material, while the rails are of a decent grade metal. There is a bit of "slop" in the gearing but it doesn't seem to effect the operation. If you are a hobbyist, buy it and have fun!
I was hoping that this rail would add some support to my multi-focused macro images, unfortunately, unless you are prepared to work very close to the subject, this is of no use. I own the Canon 180mm macro lens, and one of its benefits is a much larger "working distance". That is, I can move farther away from the subject and still get incredible shots. Once I have moved a distance from the subject, let's say, six feet, the focusing rail serves no purpose. I prefer to include as many shots as possible, stacked, to produce an exceptional depth of field, and extraordinary macro images. I guess this rail goes on the shelf with the other photographic equipment that will never be used. One other thing. A focusing rail that moves right and left, serves no purpose whatsoever when it comes to macro shots. I knew this before I bought the rail. Good news though. Most folks don't have the luxury of owning the 180mm lens so they'll probably be working closer to the subject and might have a use for the rail.
Easy to use & has a nice solid feel to it. Could use a quick-release plate for the camera attachment, tho.
This product works exactly as expected. Great build, easy controls, taken care of it should last for years. I am very pleased with my purchase.
I've used a few VERY expensive rails some time (film era) ago. While this does not compete with the micro adustments of th pro versions, I stil give it 5 stars for price/performance.Well made.
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