Flashpoint Single Focusing Rail Fine Control, for Macro Photography

Flashpoint
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Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Easy to use (20),Lightweight (14),Durable (13),Reliable (13)
Best Uses:
Macro photography (21),Landscape photography (3),Studio (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Enthusiast (9),Semi-professional (9),Professional (3)

Flashpoint Features

  • With standard 1/4" screw hole -mounts on all tripod heads
  • Material: Metal
  • Color: Black
  • Length: 160mm - 6.5"
  • Width: 93mm
  • Height: 24mm
  • Move Range: 100mm

Reviews about this item

Review Snapshot®

 
4.3

(based on 22 reviews)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Perfect!

Smooth scrolling and that's a must. I was supprised at how well it was built considering the cost. Then again, no sidewasy scrolling but I really didn't need that.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

cheap and basic

Surprisingly well built for the price. You can feel a little coarseness when adjusting over a distance but not on the small movements. Lockdown appears to hold ok, but time will tell on that one.

Reviewed by 22 customers

 
2.0

cheap and basic

By

from Virginia  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

Surprisingly well built for the price. You can feel a little coarseness when adjusting over a distance but not on the small movements. Lockdown appears to hold ok, but time will tell on that one.

 
4.0

Single Focusing Rail

By

from Naples, FL  -  Semi-Professional

I was pleasantly surprised with this precise and nicely finished product. I used it and am happy with the rail. I did not feel the need for lubricating track as others have mentioned. I do wish I had gotten the dual track. That may very well be my next purchase. I would definitely recommend the rail. I'm not a five star rater unless it just blows me away.

 
5.0

What I needed

By

from Richmond, Va.  -  Semi-Professional

Just what I needed to set my Nodel point for my separate lenses using Canon 5d. It states for macro photography, but can be used for setting Nodel without having to spend tons of money. Great product at a great price. Plus, Adorama's on time shipping.

 
4.0

good value

By

from cape may nj  -  Professional

to start with this rail is 100% metal. it has a good range of travel and it has adjustable gibbs (this allows you to adjust the amount of tension). i don't have any problems with this unit works fin e all the time. you can pay more for a similar device but your wasting your money.

 
5.0

Great rail

By

from Hot Springs, AR  -  Semi-Professional

This is just what the doctor ordered for close work. A reasonable priced, solid focusing rail. I use this thing for most all my non flash macro. It is also useful for any focus stacking where it is done visually. The rail moves smoothly there is a fair amount of grease on the gear rail. Which aids in its smooth movement. There is a little slop in the knob's movement which I don't mind as it enables me to anticipate its movement. The lock knob is good and also can be used to creat drag tightening things up. There are plenty of mounting points. I bought three of them and have combined two to make a four directional unit. All in all very Usful and surprisingly we'll made for the price. If you do much macro you owe it to your self to get some of these.

 
4.0

Excellent but :(

By

from Farmington, MI  -  Professional

I use this for nature Micro photography. Very easy and smooth to use, Good design but the screw holding the adjustment knob, keeps falling out. Needs screw tip design update.

 
5.0

Great little macro aide

By

from Cumberland, RI  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

This little gadget works great. Smooth focusing and stable. I don't know how you can do macro without something like this and at this price, you can't go wrong.

 
4.0

Excellent service - part defective.

By

from Denver Metro, Colorado

It looks like it will do the task very well stacking focus shots with a macro lens. However, the "allen screw" that would hold the adjusting knob in place is too short or defective, and as a result, the knob will fall out. Adorama is shipping replacement - no need to return defective part (low cost item) This is excellent service.

 
2.0

loosing the core

By

from Orange County CA  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

The knob to adjust the rail not funtioning weel, It loose from it's base inside so when we turn instead of moving the dent to slide the rail, it turns inside the core by itself, I have to pull it out, seal it by the superglue to fix it.

 
4.0

good value for the money

By

from Fort Collins, CO  -  Semi-Professional

A simple device for a simple purpose. This focus rail makes it easier to accurately position the lens/camera for macro shots without repositioning the tripod, and makes focus stacking possible.

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Questions about this item:

D G  I'm thinking of getting a macro rail to make detailed photos of my artwork and paste them together using stitching. Will this work for that purpose? I'm currently just jacking my tripod up and down to take 3 or 4 photo segments of my artwork. But it seems as though the tripod shifts slightly each time I jack the tripod. Thanks.
PAULETTE S  DG - I don't think this would really benefit you very much. The adjustment is on the order of inches, and would not jack up your camera enough to give several shots to stitch together. It works great for ultra fine precision focusing and stability, but I would think you would need a longer rack to do what you're intending. Just my opinion.
Jay S  Can you attached a 2nd one of these to the top of another for fine side to side adjustment as well as fine front-to-back adjustment?
RAY L  I have not tried your suggestion/question but it seems like the logical thing to do. Go for it. Ray
Wayne P  can this rail be used to et the Nodel point?
LAURENCE G  This is an interesting idea. YES! The rack allows the camera to be positioned fore/back about three inches, more than enough to calibrate most wide angle to normal lenses and short zooms. You can also lock the rack after you have done the alignment. For exceptionally long lenses bodies, a full size 300mm telephoto, for example, there might not be enough depth to mount the camera far enough back from the pivot. I assume you are interested in doing panoramas. It is important that you mount the focusing rail on a panorama style tripod head that is leveled such that the centerline of the camera lens points to the head pivot point, otherwise, you might have the nodal point dialed in, but the camera is orbiting around the pivot, thus not rotating around the nodal point. Another note: The nodal point alignment is most required if you have part of your image much closer to the camera than other objects at a distance. The farther away your image objects are, the less parallax problem is expressed. If all the objects are far away, the importance of nodal alignment becomes minimal.
Wayne P  Really appreciate your feedback and knowledge. I do have the ARCA style head and plan on not using any lens more than 85mm. Frankly I will probably go no further than a 35mm semi wide angle and I have a Canon 5d full frame body in which to mount it on. From your response it appears this should work well with what I plan on using. Truly appreciate your suggestions and feedback. Have a Blessed night.
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