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Old Aug 21, 2012, 9:31 PM   #1
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Default Focusing Rails

I am just starting out in macro photography. I have only tried taking a few shots but find I have to do a lot of fiddling with the camera on the tripod to get it in the right spot so the image is in focus. It would be easier if I could hand hold the camera as then I could hold it anywhere I needed but I know I need the tripod to get sharper photos. I have just been reading about focusing rails. I had never heard of them before. Are they a real necessity for macro photography? Do they make it easier to get the camera in the right position for the image that you want to have in focus? I don't want to put out a lot of money right now but if they aren't too pricey I might consider investing in some if they would be worthwhile. Are there any cons against using them? What would the best kind be to get that aren't too expensive?
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Old Aug 21, 2012, 11:25 PM   #2
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I use a Manfrotto 454 focusing rail. It works fine and Im really pleased how it makes taking the shots easier. I do focus stacking and need the rail for its precise minute movement for each shot.
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Old Aug 22, 2012, 11:31 AM   #3
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There is also the Velbon Super Mag Slider that works very well. I use it on a Manfrotto 055XPROB tripod with a Manfrotto 486RC2 ball head. Tripod for macro

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Old Aug 22, 2012, 3:57 PM   #4
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G'day Janice

I have used a focussing rail lots & lots

Recently bought another one - here 's the link to the mob I got mine from

Hope this helps
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