Macro work: Focusing Rails

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Sdashiki, Feb 2, 2007.

  1. Sdashiki macrumors 68040

    Sdashiki

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    #1
    Ive been thinking of rigging up my own DIY focusing rails.

    if you have no idea what those are, here is a shot of one:

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    It would certainly help with macro work, on a tripod of course.

    Anyone use any particular rail(s) that they would like to share some experiences with?

    Im trying to find a DIY site for it, but I might have to design it all myself.

    Possibly using a large bolt and 2 nuts (ummmm quiet you!) when turned the bolt would pull one of the nuts which is attached to the camera plate.
     
  2. compuwar macrumors 601

    compuwar

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    #2
    I'd expect that you could use one of the standards and a rail from an old view camera and get good results. I'd bet you could find one with a trashed bellows pretty cheaply. If it's off a technical view camera, it might even have a scale marked on it already. Of course if you'd rather play with your own bolt and nuts, I'm sure that'd work too :rolleyes:
     

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