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Adorama Macro Focusing Rail Set, 4 Way, Fine Control, Camera Focusing Rail to Aid in Tripod Mounted Macro Photography.
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Avg. Customer Rating:
 
4.3 stars
(based on 31 reviews)
94% of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:

Pros:
Lightweight(11), Stable(23)
Best Uses:
Long exposures(9), Macro(6), Macro photography(5), Photography(15), Stabilization(15)
Describe Yourself:
Enthusiast(11), Photo enthusiast(10), Semi-pro photographer(3)
Was this a gift?:
No(3)

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
Decent product
By SteveBVerified Purchaser from Atlanta, GA on 2/22/2011
Pros:
Inexpensive
Cons:
Bulky, Unstable
Best Uses:
Macro
Describe Yourself:
Semi-pro Photographer
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Comments about Adorama Adorama Macro Focusing Rail Set, 4 Way, Fine Control, Camera Focusing Rail to Aid in Tripod Mounted Macro Photography.:

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.

 
works as described
By jabonoVerified Purchaser from vancouver island, canada on 1/22/2011
Pros:
Good Stability
Best Uses:
Home
Describe Yourself:
Photo Enthusiast
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Adorama Adorama Macro Focusing Rail Set, 4 Way, Fine Control, Camera Focusing Rail to Aid in Tripod Mounted Macro Photography.:

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.

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
NICE-Wright
By MPCVerified Purchaser from The world on 1/12/2011
Pros:
Good Stability
Cons:
Need a Powch belt hang
Best Uses:
Macro Photography
Describe Yourself:
Photo Enthusiast
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Adorama Adorama Macro Focusing Rail Set, 4 Way, Fine Control, Camera Focusing Rail to Aid in Tripod Mounted Macro Photography.:

Macro Photography
Stable
Need a pouch to hang in yhe belt

 
Just What I Needed
By Swamp RatVerified Purchaser from Calgary, AB on 1/10/2010
Pros:
Easy to use, Good Stability, Well made
Best Uses:
Macro
Describe Yourself:
Semi-pro Photographer
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Adorama Adorama Macro Focusing Rail Set, 4 Way, Fine Control, Camera Focusing Rail to Aid in Tripod Mounted Macro Photography.:

Nice piece of kit. Took its first test drive at -25C and had no problems. Knobs are big enough to use with gloves on. Mounted a Canon 5DII with 50mm macro and 64mm of extensions and adjusted like a piece of cake.

[1 of 3 customers found this review helpful]

 
Precise Focus
By RaymondVerified Purchaser from Chester, VA on 8/19/2009
Pros:
Good Stability, Precise focus, Sturdy construction
Best Uses:
Macro, Stabilization
Describe Yourself:
Photo Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Adorama Adorama Macro Focusing Rail Set, 4 Way, Fine Control, Camera Focusing Rail to Aid in Tripod Mounted Macro Photography.:

This is the instrument I have been looking for for precise macro photography. With live view able to photograph what I want to. Easy to adjust. Slightly heavy to carry but that adds to stability.

[0 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
MACRO FOCUSING RAIL
By STANVerified Purchaser from TAMPA, FL. on 8/10/2009
Pros:
Good Stability, Lightweight
Cons:
PLASTIC GEARS AND FOCUSIN
Best Uses:
Long Exposures, Photography, Stabilization
Describe Yourself:
Photo Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Adorama Adorama Macro Focusing Rail Set, 4 Way, Fine Control, Camera Focusing Rail to Aid in Tripod Mounted Macro Photography.:

I MOSTLY USE THE FOCUSING RAIL FOR OLD COINS, STAMPS AND OLD CONFEDERATE REUNION MEDALS. I DO SOME CRITTER WORK OUT IN OUR STATE PARKS, AND THE RAIL IS A GREAT TIME SAVER. I AM USING THE CANON MP 65 LENSE, AND WITHOUT THE ADJUSTMENT ABILITY OF THE ADORAMA DEVICE,I WOULD BE VERY IRRITATED.

[1 of 19 customers found this review helpful]

 
Too cheap and useless
By DadVerified Purchaser from Charlotte, North Carolina on 8/9/2009
Pros:
Good for nothing
Cons:
Unstable
Best Uses:
Stabilization
Describe Yourself:
Pro Photographer
Bottom Line:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Comments about Adorama Adorama Macro Focusing Rail Set, 4 Way, Fine Control, Camera Focusing Rail to Aid in Tripod Mounted Macro Photography.:

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.

 
4 way Focusing Rail
By BigOldFartVerified Purchaser from Moncton, NB, Canada on 6/24/2009
Best Uses:
Stabilization
Describe Yourself:
Photo Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Adorama Adorama Macro Focusing Rail Set, 4 Way, Fine Control, Camera Focusing Rail to Aid in Tripod Mounted Macro Photography.:

Great service, great control of movement, solid & well built, good price... did I leave anything out?

[3 of 4 customers found this review helpful]

 
a macro necessity
By kristaVerified Purchaser from kentucky on 6/11/2009
Cons:
Hard to connect to camera
Describe Yourself:
Photo Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Adorama Adorama Macro Focusing Rail Set, 4 Way, Fine Control, Camera Focusing Rail to Aid in Tripod Mounted Macro Photography.:

a must have for macro photography. the only bad thing is ~ it's not easy to connect to your camera.

 
Adorama Rail Set ideal with Canon MPE-65
By Buzzards Bay 1Verified Purchaser from Cape Cod MA. on 5/13/2009
Describe Yourself:
Photo Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Adorama Adorama Macro Focusing Rail Set, 4 Way, Fine Control, Camera Focusing Rail to Aid in Tripod Mounted Macro Photography.:

Just what i needed for those macro shots with Canon Macro lens MPE-65

 
Excellent product...
By Trini-IrishVerified Purchaser from Trinidad on 5/4/2009
Pros:
Good Stability, Lightweight
Best Uses:
Long Exposures, Stabilization
Describe Yourself:
Photo Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Adorama Adorama Macro Focusing Rail Set, 4 Way, Fine Control, Camera Focusing Rail to Aid in Tripod Mounted Macro Photography.:

Excellent product for producing pin-point focus in macro photography.

[3 of 4 customers found this review helpful]

 
Better than expected
By Patrick R.Verified Reviewer from Phoenix, AZ on 3/16/2009
Pros:
Good Stability, Lightweight
Best Uses:
Long Exposures, Stabilization
Describe Yourself:
Photo Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Adorama Adorama Macro Focusing Rail Set, 4 Way, Fine Control, Camera Focusing Rail to Aid in Tripod Mounted Macro Photography.:

I admit, when I ordered this rail I expected the old adage "you get what you pay for" to apply. I was pleasantly surprised and felt more like the item was mis-priced. The mechanism is stable and precise with clear calibration markings on the forward and side rails. Two mounting points on the base allow more flexibility when attaching to your tripod. And lastly, the unit is STURDY. My only complaint is the access to the camera mount thumb screw is a little ackward but maybe because of my oversized sausage fingers. Other than that, this baby's a gem. I never expected this quality from a focus rail priced about 60% less than the big boys. The only reason I didn't give five stars is that those big boys must represent the epitome of the industry. Nice work Adorama!!

[1 of 4 customers found this review helpful]

 
Neat Tool
By barto10Verified Purchaser from Freeport, Bahamas on 3/6/2009
Cons:
Weak Construction
Describe Yourself:
Semi-pro Photographer
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Adorama Adorama Macro Focusing Rail Set, 4 Way, Fine Control, Camera Focusing Rail to Aid in Tripod Mounted Macro Photography.:

Obserservation based on limited usasge because of recall of Canon 5d. Small amount of "lost motion" in the tracks even when tightened is minor minus.

[3 of 3 customers found this review helpful]

 
very well made product
By murmanVerified Purchaser from jackson, ms. on 1/15/2009
Pros:
Accurate by small degrees, Good Stability
Cons:
Heavy
Best Uses:
Photography
Describe Yourself:
Casual Photographer
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Adorama Adorama Macro Focusing Rail Set, 4 Way, Fine Control, Camera Focusing Rail to Aid in Tripod Mounted Macro Photography.:

this is a very stable well made product. It is heavy but I beleive it has to be to support the weight of some lens ex., 65mm macro from canon. Its adjustments are precise and smooth. Overall a must have for macro shooting.

[2 of 2 customers found this review helpful]

 
Beauty
By tbobVerified Reviewer from Peace River District , BC Canada on 11/4/2008
Pros:
Fine control, Good Stability, Great range of motion
Cons:
Can overshoot stops
Best Uses:
Accurate focusing, Photography, Stabilization
Describe Yourself:
Photo Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Adorama Adorama Macro Focusing Rail Set, 4 Way, Fine Control, Camera Focusing Rail to Aid in Tripod Mounted Macro Photography.:

I use this for macro photography of inanimate objects. I haven't tried it on insects yet, I suspect it will work if the insect will hold still long enough. I like the the fact the tightening screws have long handles which allow me to find them without taking my eye off the viewfinder. Also the tightening screws can be partially tightened and still allow advancement/retraction of the rail slowly even if the entire ball head and rail/camera are inclined vertically.

 
Great Product
By Joyce from Chilliwack, BC Canada on 7/12/2008
Pros:
Good Stability
Best Uses:
Photography, Portraits, Stabilization
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Adorama Adorama Macro Focusing Rail Set, 4 Way, Fine Control, Camera Focusing Rail to Aid in Tripod Mounted Macro Photography.:

It is a needed product for Macro photography. It saves a lot of time getting the camera in the right position without moving the camera.

 
Works as advertised
By XLTimboVerified Purchaser from Lakewood, CA on 6/13/2008
Pros:
Good Stability
Best Uses:
Long Exposures, Macro focusing, Photography, Stabilization
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Adorama Adorama Macro Focusing Rail Set, 4 Way, Fine Control, Camera Focusing Rail to Aid in Tripod Mounted Macro Photography.:

Great product for the price. Works well for home/studio use, but kind of heavy/awkward to carry in the field.

[7 of 7 customers found this review helpful]

 
Very good product by Adorama!
By John RamboVerified Purchaser from Los Angeles, CA on 5/8/2008
Pros:
Good Stability, Great Value, Solid construction
Best Uses:
Long Exposures, Macro Photography, Photography, Product photography, Stabilization
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Adorama Adorama Macro Focusing Rail Set, 4 Way, Fine Control, Camera Focusing Rail to Aid in Tripod Mounted Macro Photography.:

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.

 
Quality and Value
By Joe M.Verified Purchaser from Houston, Texas on 4/2/2008
Pros:
A great value, Good Stability
Cons:
No negative comments
Best Uses:
Photography
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Adorama Adorama Macro Focusing Rail Set, 4 Way, Fine Control, Camera Focusing Rail to Aid in Tripod Mounted Macro Photography.:

This 4-way focusing rail is a very worthwhile piece of equipment. It is well made and at the price it is a great value.

[2 of 2 customers found this review helpful]

 
Accurate and Functional.
By Aussie Fine Art PhotographerVerified Purchaser from Sydney, Australia. on 1/27/2008
Pros:
Good Stability, Lightweight, X Y Adjustment
Cons:
Attachment screw location
Best Uses:
Macro Photography
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Adorama Adorama Macro Focusing Rail Set, 4 Way, Fine Control, Camera Focusing Rail to Aid in Tripod Mounted Macro Photography.:

The Adorama Focusing Rail set provides adequate adjustment in both X and Y directions while maintaining stability (ie with a D200 with vertical grip), and is so useful for macro work. The unit I have has no backlash in the gear set.
The only negatives, which are subjective, is; the location of the camera attachment screw. This can make attachment a bit time consuming. Also, the diameter of the lower adjustment knob protrudes slightly below the baseline where the unit attaches to, say, a connecting mounting plate. While most plates will probably be ok, larger plates may be a problem. Just a couple of mil less would be ok.

 
macro made easy
By waywestVerified Purchaser from las vegas nv. on 1/21/2008
Pros:
Good Stability, Lightweight, Makes macro easier
Cons:
None
Best Uses:
Long Exposures, Macro focus presision, Photography, Stabilization
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Adorama Adorama Macro Focusing Rail Set, 4 Way, Fine Control, Camera Focusing Rail to Aid in Tripod Mounted Macro Photography.:

to achieve focus within 1mm without holding breath

 
Extreemely good accessory for macro.
By PhotomanVerified Purchaser from Portland, Oregon on 9/30/2007
Pros:
excellent for fine tuning, Good Stability, Lightweight
Cons:
None
Best Uses:
Long Exposures, Macro, Photography
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast, hopeful professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Adorama Adorama Macro Focusing Rail Set, 4 Way, Fine Control, Camera Focusing Rail to Aid in Tripod Mounted Macro Photography.:

Probably the best accessory other than a good macro lens for macro photography and the price is right.

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
A great addition for macrophotography
By StephenVerified Reviewer from Australia on 9/28/2007
Pros:
Bidirectional, Stability
Cons:
Plastic fragile knobs
Best Uses:
Macrophotography
Describe Yourself:
Professional Scientist
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Adorama Adorama Macro Focusing Rail Set, 4 Way, Fine Control, Camera Focusing Rail to Aid in Tripod Mounted Macro Photography.:

Most focusing rails only move in the one direction and of course insects naturally move across multiple planes. The bidirectional nature of this rail is an important feature to me for my scientific work of photographing arthropods of medical importance. The rail is study and doesn't wobble like many cheaper units, and moves smoothly. I have had mine for around ten years and has rarely failed me. The only problem is that once I knocked the tripod over and the front plastic knob broke (this is not high quality plastic), and I was unable to obtain a replacement [...] This has now made focusing more difficult. If you are attempting macro work of greater than 1:1 magnifications (as I often do with the MPE65), then I would recommend combining this with a geared tripod head such as the Manfrotto 410.

 
Once again Adorama comes thru
By John the Nature freakVerified Purchaser from unforunately the state of Illinios on 7/10/2007
Pros:
Fine Tuning, Good Stability
Cons:
None
Best Uses:
Fine Details, Long Exposures, Photography, Portraits, Stabilization
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Adorama Adorama Macro Focusing Rail Set, 4 Way, Fine Control, Camera Focusing Rail to Aid in Tripod Mounted Macro Photography.:

For the people who want the extra detail and know that they have done the best they could this item is a must. Saves a lot of time not haveing to repostition your tripod every few minutes.

 
Good value at the price
By Cousin JackVerified Purchaser from Redruth, Cornwall, UK on 3/26/2007
Pros:
Good Stability, Lightweight
Cons:
Just a touch of play
Best Uses:
CU Macro, Photography
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast, Retired Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Adorama Adorama Macro Focusing Rail Set, 4 Way, Fine Control, Camera Focusing Rail to Aid in Tripod Mounted Macro Photography.:

I thought for the price it was an excellent piece of equipment and it has allowed me to undertake with control multi-exposure close-ups of very small objects to be processed into one picture by sophisticated software. So far I have photographed four objects using this mount with success. It is necessary to have a very stable tripod set on a stable base not as I did in the first place on a plush piled carpet.

 
If you're a serious amateur - buy this!
By saheb64Verified Purchaser from Woodbridge, NJ on 2/13/2007
Pros:
Folds Small, Lightweight, Unfolds Quickly
Cons:
Not for medium format
Best Uses:
Photography
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Adorama Adorama Macro Focusing Rail Set, 4 Way, Fine Control, Camera Focusing Rail to Aid in Tripod Mounted Macro Photography.:

I'd recommend this to a serious amateur. If you're not using a very heavy medium format setup, then this is an ideal low cost alternative to the more famous brands. In case you want to use this with a medium format rig then you'd have to adjust the tilt of the camera carefully, since this tends to crawl on its own owing to the heavy weight of the camera and lens combo.

[3 of 3 customers found this review helpful]

 
Smooth operation and solid construction
By The insect guyVerified Purchaser from Cambridge, MA on 2/12/2007
Pros:
Good Stability, Lightweight, Smooth operation, Solid construction
Cons:
Hard to pack
Best Uses:
Long Exposures, Macro, Photography
Describe Yourself:
Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Adorama Adorama Macro Focusing Rail Set, 4 Way, Fine Control, Camera Focusing Rail to Aid in Tripod Mounted Macro Photography.:

This is a solid macro support. It does exactly what it's supposed to: moves the camera/lens side to side and front to back, with enough precision to focus where you want. As you'd expect from its price, it does not have fine adjustment, so its use on anything more than 1X macro is limited. And as with any kind of tripod-mounted rail, it is not good for moving or live subjects. Focusing rails are the best when used with stationary objects.

Its use in the field is limited, as it is hard to pack compactly. But that's true of all macro rails.

All said, it's exactly what you expect from a macro rail.

 
A well made product that does the job.
By JoeVerified Purchaser from Oceanside. CA on 2/12/2007
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Adorama Adorama Macro Focusing Rail Set, 4 Way, Fine Control, Camera Focusing Rail to Aid in Tripod Mounted Macro Photography.:

An excellent tool for close-up photography where depth of field is so small.

 
Excellent Value!
By Wally CurmudgeonVerified Purchaser from MA on 2/5/2007
Pros:
Good Stability, Lightweight, Unfolds Quickly
Cons:
Fold smaller
Best Uses:
Photography, Stabilization
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Adorama Adorama Macro Focusing Rail Set, 4 Way, Fine Control, Camera Focusing Rail to Aid in Tripod Mounted Macro Photography.:

Great little tool for getting those close up shots without having to move your tripod multiple times to get just the right focus!

 
Smooth With Critical Settings
By TimNYC24Verified Purchaser from CT on 2/5/2007
Pros:
Good Stability, Smooth moving rails
Cons:
None
Best Uses:
Macro Photography, Stabilization
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Adorama Adorama Macro Focusing Rail Set, 4 Way, Fine Control, Camera Focusing Rail to Aid in Tripod Mounted Macro Photography.:

Excellent peformance with smooth moving rails with exact stopping ability.

 
This is an essential aid in macro work.
By Old VikingVerified Purchaser from Regina, Saskatchewan on 2/5/2007
Pros:
Good Stability, Lightweight
Best Uses:
Macro Photography, Photography, Stabilization
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Adorama Adorama Macro Focusing Rail Set, 4 Way, Fine Control, Camera Focusing Rail to Aid in Tripod Mounted Macro Photography.:

I use this in closeup flower photography, tripod mounted. Add a magnifying angle finder to the camera and the focusing rail gives truly superb control to sharpness and composition. I like the four-way capability as well. It does the job you want, or at least it has for me.

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