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Old 20-05-2012, 19:55   #1 (permalink)
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Anyone used one of these, watched a video on you tube about it and looks like it could be really helpful, especially for stacked shots.

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Old 21-05-2012, 00:02   #2 (permalink)
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Re: velbon super mag slider

I just got bought one for my birthday (at my request)

I haven't actually used it for a shot yet, gonna have a go in the next couple of days but the build quality and movement is absolutely excellent, feels really smooth.

Mine came from Morris photographic for £67, best price I could find
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Re: velbon super mag slider

I use a cheap Chinese clone - works very well for me and only cost £30 but I know some have had probs with some of the Chinese ones
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Old 21-05-2012, 10:39   #4 (permalink)
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I use a cheap Chinese clone - works very well for me and only cost £30 but I know some have had probs with some of the Chinese ones
Yes from what I read they can be very unreliable in the movement, I'm sure some are fine but you've no way of knowing in advance
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Re: velbon super mag slider

Yes I have one. I have used it for stacking - only viable when the bug is stationary, but if you use a tripod, even only occassionally, it also doubles as an aid for focusing, as the fine adjustment (both back - forward & side to side) can be done without moving the tripod.

The rail has nice smooth and fine adjustments. I did have a cheap china one ( I still have it - but never use - so if someone wants the heap of junk then let me know ), but it did not lock in place and the adjustment is mega coarse, and really totally unfit for purpose and use. Mark may well have a decent one, but mine was bad. My brother had this slider and really liked the way it worked so got one myself.

My most shots in a stack (21 I think) was taken using this slider.

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Re: velbon super mag slider

I also have one that I rarely use now. I find the slider adjustment is not coarse enough to be of practical use unless you're stacking
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Old 21-05-2012, 18:54   #7 (permalink)
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I just got bought one for my birthday (at my request)



I haven't actually used it for a shot yet, gonna have a go in the next couple of days but the build quality and movement is absolutely excellent, feels really smooth.

Mine came from Morris photographic for £67, best price I could find
you will have to post some shots when you get out with it

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I use a cheap Chinese clone - works very well for me and only cost £30 but I know some have had probs with some of the Chinese ones
I've been stung before by buying imports won't chance it again, but you are lucky to get a good one.

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Yes I have one. I have used it for stacking - only viable when the bug is stationary, but if you use a tripod, even only occassionally, it also doubles as an aid for focusing, as the fine adjustment (both back - forward & side to side) can be done without moving the tripod.

The rail has nice smooth and fine adjustments. I did have a cheap china one ( I still have it - but never use - so if someone wants the heap of junk then let me know ), but it did not lock in place and the adjustment is mega coarse, and really totally unfit for purpose and use. Mark may well have a decent one, but mine was bad. My brother had this slider and really liked the way it worked so got one myself.

My most shots in a stack (21 I think) was taken using this slider.

bought it mainly to try with 180, but also for stacking shots as well.


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I also have one that I rarely use now. I find the slider adjustment is not coarse enough to be of practical use unless you're stacking
what do you mean jake not coarse enough, does it extend when tilted ?

thanks all for your comments

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Re: velbon super mag slider

It has two screw threads. One Back & Forth - the other side to side.

I'm not sure why you'd want something like this that is course, you really want fine control.

Another one out there but much more expensive is the novaflex CASTEL-MINI Focusing rack. That seems to be slide and stop. Never used so no idea about it.

I have used with the 100mm and mpe
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Re: velbon super mag slider

I find it much easier to go from front focus to back focus with the focus ring than to play around with the sliding rail
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Re: velbon super mag slider

Yes that is true Jake - focusing can be easier on the focus ring, depending on how close to 1:1 or above you are. When close to max mag, and on a tripod a slider can aid. For stacking it is helpful, as you can control the stepping finely. Obviously an inanimate object is best (eg plant), watch out for insects that don't move position = yet flip antenea/legs about. Stacking nightmare!
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Re: velbon super mag slider

It arrived this morning and really impressed, tried it with the 180 in the house and works a treat, just need some sun up here to get outside with it. I would'nt use this with the 90mm except for stacking intentionally bought for 180.
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I have one to, impressed with it also
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Re: velbon super mag slider

I have a eBay special one.

Problem is I've never used it!
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