Focusing rial for macro photography

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    It will work fine. And yes will need to be on a tripod. It has a 1/4 -20 thread for tripod mount in the bottom.

    BUT....

    I would suggest this one instead. It gives you 4 way movements for better alignment control.

    MFRS Adorama Budget Macro Focusing Rail Set with 4 Way, Fine Control, Camera Focusing Rail for Macro Photography.

    Little less expensive too. We have one and use it quite a bit. Had it for about 3-4 years now and no signs of weakness. Should last a long time.
     
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    thanks :) so i dont need a head for the tripod+the focusing rial right?

    the one you showed me looks better thanks again
     
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    I checked out this thread just to learn what a 'rial' is.
    Still don't know.
    But, I have seen focusing rails before.
     
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    You will still need a head of some kind so you can get the camera pointed in the general direction. Up / down, pan left / right. This rail just lets you fine focus and center left to right. A head is still needed. But can be any head really. You could get away without a head by adjusting the legs but that would be a pain.
     
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    i've seen two types of rails:

    Some are designed so that the camera slides freely until knobs lock into place via a clamp. Some are designed with two knobs. One knob turns a worm gear that can readjust the camera forward and backwards with precision with another knob to lock into place.

    Personally (I'm not an expert in macro though), I would rather get the one that allows for precise adjustments via gearing. Like this one:

    Velbon | Super Mag Slider | SMAGSLIDER | B&H Photo Video

    over the ones linked above. You will need a head of some sort... i recommend a stable and precise 3 way head.
     

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