In this video I am explaining what focusing rails are, what dey do, when they are usually used.
I am also mentioning what their strongest features are, going over the different types
and versions of focusing rails and I am showing show each one works.
00:00 – Intro
00:31 – What are Focusing Rails and what do they do ?
01:43 – When are Focusing Rails usually used ?
02:08 – Best features of Focusing Rails
02:59 – Types of Focusing Rails
04:55 – Versions of Focusing Rails
05:21 – Manual Focusing Rail
07:16 – Automated Focusing Rail
08:29 – Digital Focusing Rail
11:46 – Focus Bracketing and Camera Shutters
4. DIY Focusing Rails
A lot of macro photographers make their own rails. I have been curios to make one but I never really got around doing it.
I don’t have the right wood cutting tools but there are other materials or items, that could be used, such as – vice for example 🙂
Android apps that allow focus control with the earbuds:
Those apps allow focus control with the earbuds but do not allow remote photo capturing – I tried using the earbuds and a smartphone camera remote shutter and both options didn’t work with either of the apps… I am going to continue searching for a better app that allows focus control and remote photo capture with the earbuds.
I was also looking for IOS apps but they were all paid so I didn’t buy one just to check…
Many thanks to:
My Macro & Focus Stacking Facebook Photography Groups:
- Macro, Micro & Focus Stacking Photography
- True Mobile Macro Photography – TMMP
- Focus Stacking & Noise Reduction Stacking Photography
Mentioned products ↓
I did mention the ‘auto’ bellows and that is the system →
Remember that in this case auto only means that there are auto focusing capabilities – meaning that the connection between the camera and lens is preserved.
This can be useful when you work with a camera that has built-in focus bracketing and you need the connection so the software focusing rail can still work. My personal opinion is that this system is severely overpriced but I wanted to add it so that you know about this option too.