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Old 14-02-2010, 14:15   #1 (permalink)
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Having a few problems as yous know so i think i need a focus rail any good rails that yous would suggest going for, cheers
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Old 14-02-2010, 15:12   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Focus rail

If you mean for use with bellows or extension tubes, I've found the Pentacon/Praktica focus rail to be just fine for 35mm use. If you look around, they seem to go for £5 - £10.
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Cheers but you've lost me now, it would be just for a macro lens only
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Re: Focus rail

Velbon do a very good one,it comes in either two way or four way. Its light and very strong.
I got mine, the four way ,new from China via ebay,it cost around £40.00 but for macro work its an absolute boon, Don,t be put off by the low price,its all metal with very fine adjustments fore and aft and side to side.
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Re: Focus rail

I've got a cheapie Chinese 4-way focus rail coming to help me with the MP-e 65mm as I think I'll need all the help I can get!

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I looked at them all, read the reviews and concluded the 'cheap & cheerful' were no worse than the so-called better makes - a bit like my joystick tripod head which was half the price of what it copied! But once I've got it, I'll post my thoughts on it's useability
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I had a cheap one like the one in marculous link. I found the adjustment to coarse and so went with the Velbon Super Mag slider shown below.



The last of UK supplies was bought by my bro so had to get an import. They're four way and have excellent fine adjustments on them. Oh and they are very sturdy.

Another 2 options I've heard of to be quite good but not used myself are the Novaflex and Manfrotto ones.
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Thanx for that info guys was gonna say about the Manfrotto one to as i have their tri-pod, seems to have good reports to.
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I've got a cheapie Chinese 4-way focus rail coming to help me with the MP-e 65mm as I think I'll need all the help I can get!

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I looked at them all, read the reviews and concluded the 'cheap & cheerful' were no worse than the so-called better makes - a bit like my joystick tripod head which was half the price of what it copied! But once I've got it, I'll post my thoughts on it's usability
Just arrived in post,giving it a quick once over, tightness, slide adjustment etc,alls fine & it is well put together, dosent look like a cheapie, no expert but it looks a decent job.
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Will we see some of your macro work soon ?
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Hopefully.
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