Macro work: Focusing Rails

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

  1. Sdashiki macrumors 68040


    Aug 11, 2005
    Behind the lens
    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:


    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


    Oct 5, 2006
    Northern/Central VA
    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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