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About Velbon

The Super Mag Slider is a lightweight macro stage for very precise 4-way camera alignment, made from Magnesium alloy. It moves forward, back, left and right, making it ideal for precise close-up work, tilting or macro-photography. MF-screw driver is attached to detach the bottom screw adapter. After detaching the adapter screw, it allowes installing a 3/8 inch screw.

Light weight, and smooth action for adjusting the macro photo focus, the Super Mag Slider weighs only one pound, and allows 2.5" top maximum movement, and 1.3" bottom maximum movement. Its overall length of the top plate is 8.1", and the bottom base is 4.4", and features a 1/4-20" camera screw and 2 reversible 1/4-20" to 3-8" tripod connections.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Easy to use (10),Durable (6),Lightweight (5)
Best Uses:
Macro photography (6),Macro (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (9)

Velbon Specifications

Net Weight
47g / 1.65 oz.
Dimensions
(W) 12.0cm x (L) 21.0cm (H) 7.0cm / 4.72" x 8.27" x 2.8"
Movement
Forward (60mm) Side (30mm)

Reviews about this item

Review Snapshot®

 
4.4

(based on 13 reviews)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Solid macro rail - good value

Good, solid macro rail. Seems reasonably built so far. Has helped a lot when doing manual focusing for very close up macro photography. Excellent value.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Think twice about this product

I bought this product several years ago to replace an ancient Novoflex focusing rail that wore out. I've hardly used the Velbon for a couple of reasons: The first is that with a heavy camera and lens attached, there's too much up and down flexing in the rails. The second reason is that, although it isn't all that heavy, it's just too big and bulky to carry around. Besides, you really don't need the lateral movement function, so that's a waste. I've learned to put up with moving my tripod minu...

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I bought this product several years ago to replace an ancient Novoflex focusing rail that wore out. I've hardly used the Velbon for a couple of reasons: The first is that with a heavy camera and lens attached, there's too much up and down flexing in the rails. The second reason is that, although it isn't all that heavy, it's just too big and bulky to carry around. Besides, you really don't need the lateral movement function, so that's a waste. I've learned to put up with moving my tripod minuscule amounts, and of course with high rez digital, you can always crop your images later to get the exact composition you're after.

Reviewed by 13 customers

 
5.0

Solid performer

By

from Wisconsin  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

I've been doing macro photography for the last year with my Nikon D90 & Tokina 100mm macro lens but needed a focusing rail. I researched a lot of brands (Kirk,RRS,Novoflex,etc.)but was ether turned off by the high price or the cheapness of the budget rails. The Super Slider looked to be well made & at the right price range for my 1st. rail. I set it up on my Giottos MTL9251B tripod with a Giottos MH-1001 ball head.I even used quick release plates between the ball head & the slider & between the slider & my D90.With all these pivot points I thought there would some flex or play in the setup but it's very solid with no flex at all to speak of.I'm not sure what others are using for there setup but this one is solid.The Super Slider has very smooth adjustments in all directions & I can see that it's a very well built machine. I see no need for an upgrade or even paying a lot more for other rails.

 
5.0

Super Buy!! Great Product In My Book

By

from Duncanville,Texas  -  Semi-Professional

Will use this my new Tamron 90mm f2.8 macro lens. For me it's just what the doctor ordered. I was really impressed with design,quality and the smoothness on the rails.I don't have any thing negative to say. I do wish however it would have came with a draw string type bag to store it in. Five stars for sure!!!

 
4.0

Stable

By

from Los Angeles, CA  -  Photo Enthusiast

Works very well. My only complaint is that there are no measurement markers on the rails. This would help when you want to adjust the slider by a precise amount.

 
4.0

Works better than advertised

By

from Virginia Beach, VA  -  Photo Enthusiast

I like this product. It makes Macro and close-up focusing so much easier.

 
5.0

Perfect addition to tripod

By

from Houston, Texas  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Have you tried to focus your micro shot by sliding your tripod back and forth? I'm sorry, but you should have known that it's not possible. What if somebody made an attachment to a tripod head that slid back and forth while the tripod stayed where you put it? This is it and you must get it right away so you will hate yourself less for all those "almosts" that would have made your portfolio astonishing if you had just been able to nail those great micro shots. I'm not kidding, get it right now.

 
4.0

Best for lightweight equipment

By

from Fairfield, IA  -  Photo Enthusiast

I just use the top rail because there is so much flex when macro positioning with the bottom part attached. There is even flex in just the top rail such that I have to aim a bit high and guess at the slump when using my Canon 50D and EF 100mm macro lens. Other than it's flex, it's a great little rail. Without the bottom section it's not bulky at all. Separating and rejoining the top and bottom sections into different arrangements is quite easy and fast, just be sure to get the alignment correct before you tighten, it takes a bit of wiggling to snap into place. If I replace this, which I probably will this year, I'll get a Stackshot since I do mostly macro studio work. I teamed the Velbon slider with a Manfrotto 460MG 3D head on Manfrotto 055XPROB legs. While I'm able to get the camera to about any position imaginable, at 1:1 macro framing is problematic due to flexing of all the combined pivot points in the head combined with the flex of the rail. I did buy on a budget, but still regret not spending the extra bucks to buy at least a Manfrotto 410 Jr. geared head, an essential item for 1:1 macro framing I realize now. Just the same, the setup outline above does indeed work for my needs. Once I get the shot framed, I just wait about 10 seconds for all vibration to die off before I start focus stacking shots. While I could certainly use the macro rail to move the camera closer for each shot to be stacked, because of the flex and vibrations I'm shooting tethered and changing focus and using Zerene to put it all together. I'd probably get a bit better results by moving the camera, but what I'm getting is good enough for viewing on the computer.

 
5.0

Macro Slider

By

from Arden, NC.  -  Photo Enthusiast

I use this mainly for Macro work.. I looked at allot of other sliders but found most to be very expensive. The Velbron is an excellent slider for the reasonable price.

 
5.0

super

By

from Fort lauderdale  -  Photo Enthusiast

easy to use, excellent fine precision control, good materials. i take this photos with it.[@]

(0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Velbon Super Magnesium Slider, Macro Rai

By

from SINGAPORE  -  Photo Enthusiast

NIL

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Okay for smaller lenses

By

from SW Pa.  -  Photo Enthusiast

I use a canon 40D plus a 200mm 2.8 L lense with a 12mm extension tube and 1.4 converter,this setup is too much weight for this rail,probably okay for the smaller macro lenses.

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Shopper  Can anyone fax or email me the instructions for this product? I have lost them....Thank you!
JOHN M  I can't because I lost my instructions for it. It is easy to use. You just mount it on the tripod and mount the camera on it. The lower part of the stage moves sideways and the upper rails move forward and back. The higher the magnification the more sensitive focus will be to moving the stage.
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