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Novoflex Castel-Q Focusing Rack - with Arca-Type Quick Release (Requires Plate)

B&H # NOFRSAP Mfr # CASTEL Q
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You Pay: $336.99

With dual gearing and the integrated Q=Base Arca-Swiss type quick release system, the Novoflex Castel-Q Focusing Rack is an invaluable tool for any macro photographer. 5.5" of total movement is available, and the entire assembly can be attached to either a conventional tripod head or an Arca-Swiss compatible quick release clamp (made by Arca-Swiss, Foba, NPC, Gitzo & others).

Dual gearing for quick or precision movement in the macro range
Accepts Arca-Swiss type quick release plates
Maximum Movement 5.5" (140mm)
Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.9 x 3.9 x 1.3" (200 x 100 x 33mm)
Weight 15.9 oz (450 g)
Quick Release Yes
Tripod Mount Thread Size 3/8"-16, 1/4"-20 & Arca-Swiss style quick release clamps

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NovoflexCastel-Q Focusing Rack
 
4.8

(based on 9 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (6)
  • Durable (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Macro photography (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-pro photographer (4), Photo enthusiast (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (8)

    Reviewed by 9 customers

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    5.0

    Completed my dream macro rail set

    By itoona

    from Cumming, GA

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy to Use
    • Improves Function
    • Precision

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Macro Photography

      Comments about Novoflex Castel-Q Focusing Rack:

      Already purchased and am using a Novoflex CASTEl L, but the one direction (in/out), just wasn't sufficient for good macro work. The quality of the Novoflex rails is excellent and B&H Photo processed & shipped my order quickly and was well packed/protected. Just added a new 3-way Manfrotto tripod head and am ready to conquer the world of macro photography.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Smooth and Precise Rail

      By diddy

      from Quebec, Canada

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Novoflex Castel-Q Focusing Rack:

            all about Arca Swiss compatibility I was happy to see the precise fit for the plate and the base. This is a work of art.

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            5.0

            Fine piece of engineering

            By uncle

            from east Coast

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy to Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Macro Photography

              Comments about Novoflex Castel-Q Focusing Rack:

              Solid build and very smooth movement in very fine increments, if necessary.My only gripe would be, that the knob that drives the stage would benefit from being a bit bigger (there's a fine focus attachment for it, but that is an additional $) and/or having a degree scale or click stops, as it would make focus stacking a lot easier. I did a quick focus stack (in CombineZP and Picolay), which came out fine, but having a way to move the stage in consistent increments would be a big plus. 5 stars nonetheless.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Amazing Stability

              By Animation student / Jewelry Photographer

              from long beach, ca

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy to Use
              • Stable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Macro Photography
                • Product
                • Stop Motion

                Comments about Novoflex Castel-Q Focusing Rack:

                I used this rail in a stop motion animation where i had to move the camera vertically each frame.this rail had no problem holding the position of the camera for each frame even with the camera mounted via and l bracket and a 135mm lens on it. No slipping at all.

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                5.0

                Excellent Focusing Slider

                By one-eye

                from Los Angeles, CA

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy to Use
                • Improves Function

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Macro Photography

                  Comments about Novoflex Castel-Q Focusing Rack:

                  Excellent macro photography slider. Good for macro subjects up to about 10 CM in depth. Easy to get about 0.5 mm adjustments. Less than 0.5 mm adjustments are problematic. Excillent build. I don't need to use the locking knob unless I am more than about 30 degrees from level. Castel-Q works well with my Acratech tripod head and quick-release plate. This slider is a big improvement over the Velbon Super Mag Slider.

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                  4.0

                  Silky Smooth and Precise Rail

                  By Barry

                  from Salt Lake City

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • Quiet

                  Cons

                  • No Room For Stop Screws

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Novoflex Castel-Q Focusing Rack:

                    Being all about Arca Swiss compatibility I was happy to see the precise fit for the plate and the base. This is a work of art. The only negative I have is that I had to remove the stop screws on my Kirk Plate in order to slide my body onto the base.

                    • Ease of Operation:
                    • 10
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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    A solid focus-rack

                    By Bob Abela

                    from Guam

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Durable
                    • Easy to Use
                    • High Quality

                    Cons

                    • Expensive

                    Best Uses

                    • Macro

                    Comments about Novoflex Castel-Q Focusing Rack:

                    I compared with a few of the higher-end focus racks after getting tired of compromising on the cheaper ones. This one is sleek, solid, and compact; mounts nicely on my an Acratech GP-S. Adjustments are smooth and precise. You can adjust tension without a need to over-tighten. Minor beef is that the tension knob can easily unscrew off. Be aware that this model does not offer a way to rapidly move forward or back, though this is not an issue for me. If you need this, consider the Castel-XQ model or the RRS B150-B.

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                    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Art in Metal

                    By Pictureted

                    from Redwood City, CA

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Comfortable Design
                    • Fingertip Controls
                    • For the perfect position
                    • Reliable Operation
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                    • QR doesn't rotate

                    Best Uses

                    • Macro

                    Comments about Novoflex Castel-Q Focusing Rack:

                    If you want to mount a camera for macro use, this is the best available. If you want to mount a lens, get the Kirk macro rail (the quick release can be rotated). This rail won't fit the RRS lever quick release (I had to swap mine out), so be warned against RRS clamps.

                    Once you've worked with this rail, others seem antiquated and crude. This product is perfectly thought out and brilliantly executed.

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    essential for high quality macro work

                    By mike_thorsen

                    from NZ

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Reliable Operation
                    • Strong Construction
                    • Well built quality

                    Cons

                    • Cost

                    Best Uses

                    • Macro or close-ups

                    Comments about Novoflex Castel-Q Focusing Rack:

                    essential for fine-tuning framing and focus with macro lenses. Smooth function allows use with high magnification lenses (such as Canon's MP-E 65mm). Only grumble is the Arca-Swiss locking nut is difficult to access (wind the stage far forward to do this), but I can't see an easy fix for this.

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