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    http://steveaxford.smugmug.com/ Steve Axford's Avatar
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    Top class focusing rail

    I'm looking for a focusing rail that will work with a Canon MP-E 95mm lens. This means it has to be rock solid as I am most likely to use it for focus stacking. I have looked at Really Right Stuff and they seem good. Are there any other choices?

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    Hi

    I have a RRS Nodal Rail MPR-CL2, which I use with a Kirk L-bracket for panoramas. Products from both of these manufacturers are extremely well made, I would buy from either one again.
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    Do you have a link to that?
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    Kirk seem similar the RRS.

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    Steve...... focus rails can be part of the setup for a pano head and most makers that do pano heads also sell focus rails...... this site http://www.photovideo.com.au/ stock various makes. I use a cheepie from D-D Photographics works a treat.....

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    Steve,
    this might be what you're looking for.

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...ml#accessories

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    The cheap ones just don't cut it unfortunately. If you use a lens where a fraction of a mm can put you oof, then a macro rail that can vary by that much is quite useless. I know, I've tried the manfrotto - it's rubbish. What I need is one that I can get a rock steady focus with, and then wind it in (or out) to get a focus stack. So far, the RRS one is the best, but that's about $700 plus extras. I just want to make sure before I going spending that much.

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    Hi

    The nodal rail that I bought I got direct from RRS, it cost about $140 US. It is just a slide rail, with no screw adjustment.

    This macro focusing rail might be more what you are looking for.
    http://reallyrightstuff.com/macro/02.html

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    The one at the bottom was the one I was looking at. I think that's the best around.

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