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Manfrotto 454 Micrometric Positioning Sliding Plate - Supports 17.7 lbs (8kg)

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The Manfrotto 454 Micrometric Positioning Sliding Plate is a quick release system that allows for some positioning within the clamp for fore-aft macro adjustments.

It is the ideal tool to make precise positioning movements to achieve the perfect framed shot, for macro photography, for QTVR, and other precise copy/repro work. This plate has finger-tip control for ultra-fine positioning, but has a simple lock-release lever for fast set-up.

Two plates can be interlocked at 90° for full lateral/forward/back movement (over 4.7"). Made of extruded aluminium, the plate has 1/4"-20 and 3/8" holes and screws for tripod and camera mounting.

Replaces old part number 3419.

UPC: 719821288466
Maximum Movement 4.7" (120mm)
Dimensions 5.2 x 4.2 x 0.8" (131 x 107 x 20mm) LxWxH
Weight 1 lb (450g)
Quick Release No
Tripod Mount Thread Size 1/4"-20 & 3/8"-16
Packaging Info
Package Weight 1.28 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 10.0 x 4.9 x 0.6"
Manfrotto 454 Micrometric Positioning Sliding Plate - Supports 17.7 lbs (8kg)
  • 1/4"-20 Screw
  • 3/8" Screw
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    Manfrotto454 Micrometric Positioning Sliding Plate - Supports 17.7 lbs (8kg)
     
    4.3

    (based on 76 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (42)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (24)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (3)

    92%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Durable (53)
    • Easy to use (52)
    • Improves function (41)
    • Lightweight (18)
    • Compact (3)

    Cons

    • Heavy / bulky (3)

    Best Uses

    • Macro photography (65)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (30), Pro photographer (19), Semi-pro photographer (18), Enthusiast (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (54), Yes (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Indispensable

    I bought this product to use with a new Canon 100mm Macro lens and it has proved invaluable.
    When I first used the new lens on a tripod without it, I was disappointed...Read complete review

    I bought this product to use with a new Canon 100mm Macro lens and it has proved invaluable.
    When I first used the new lens on a tripod without it, I was disappointed with the outcome due to my inexperience with the extremely narrow depth of field. At first I thought the problem was with the lens but when I used the sliding plate my shots were immediately needle sharp and I knew I had to come to terms with and learn a whole new world of photography. Without the sliding plate I think I would still be blaming the lens.
    The plate is a little fiddly to attach to the camera but once in place performs admirably. The camera can be moved quickly to get correct framing and then the micro adjustment of the slider allows precise focus on the selected elements to realise the full potential of your set up.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    OK for 1x or 2x

    Works well at magnifications around 1x and because it is so much easier to carry and deploy in the field I use it at those magnifications in preference to traditional focusing rails. For that...Read complete review

    Works well at magnifications around 1x and because it is so much easier to carry and deploy in the field I use it at those magnifications in preference to traditional focusing rails. For that reason alone it’s worth the money. At 2x it is usable but not without frustration. The problem is the guides move and the screw does not turn smoothly. As a result the image doesn’t stay exactly put. This would be serious problem if stacking software could not aligne images automatically; but fortunately it can, so although you won’t enjoy using this product at 2x, it is doable. At 3x+ the worm screw is not fine enough to focus precisely and the sloppy guides and screw will exceed your patience. Honestly, I expected something called a micrometric positioning device to be more accurate than an old Olympus or Minolta rail, but it isn’t really.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Much Faster

    By Drowned Rat

    from St George, Utah

    About Me Pro Photographer

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    Comments about Manfrotto 454 Micrometric Positioning Sliding Plate - Supports 17.7 lbs (8kg):

    I have been interested in Macro and come-up photography for a number of years, after some frustrating experiences trying to adjust the focus by moving the subject I fairly decided to purchase the Manfroto Slide Plate.
    What a difference! I am completing assignments in less than half the time, and my stress levels have gone down by the same amount. Should have made the purchase a long time ago.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Quality Macro Plate

    By EnviroBob

    from Nashville, TN

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Improves Function

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Macro Photography

      Comments about Manfrotto 454 Micrometric Positioning Sliding Plate - Supports 17.7 lbs (8kg):

      I had a inexpensive [@]macro plate and decided to try the Manfrotto. I'm glad I did. This one is much more precise and adjusts more easily. Focus stacking with this product works great.

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      5.0

      Great value for macro photography

      By Thomas

      from East Lansing, MI

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy to Use
      • Improves Function

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Macro Photography

        Comments about Manfrotto 454 Micrometric Positioning Sliding Plate - Supports 17.7 lbs (8kg):

        I bought this positioning slide for two purposes: 1) macro photography and 2) using my regular tripod as a copy-stand. For both purposes it works well bringing the camera closer to the subject than what would be possible with just the tripod head and letting me adjust the distance to the subject.

        For the price it is very well made and in my view a great value. With it's all-metal construction it gives a sturdy impression and provides a stable platform when locked down. The quick release is a very convenient feature. The play in the slide can be adjusted with two nylon set screws.

        I found that the manual does not match the product, it appears that Manfrotto updated the product and forgot about the manual. The manual shows that the slide comes with two camera mounting screws, one 1/4" and one 3/8", while the actual product is delivered with one 1/4" mounting screw and a 1/4" to 3/8" adapter. I am not lowering the rating because this does not affect the function at all.

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        5.0

        Good addition

        By BSim

        from Los Angeles

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Macro Photography

          Comments about Manfrotto 454 Micrometric Positioning Sliding Plate - Supports 17.7 lbs (8kg):

          Stacking focus tool - to go beyond manual.

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          5.0

          Sturdy product that does what it should.

          By Ray

          from New South Wales, Australia

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy to Use
          • Improves Function

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Macro Photography

            Comments about Manfrotto 454 Micrometric Positioning Sliding Plate - Supports 17.7 lbs (8kg):

            This macro focus rail is extremely easy to use and works exactly as I expected it would. It makes focus stacking a very pleasurable experience. It is everything I have come to expect from Manfrotto.

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            4.0

            Great for Macro

            By Budman49

            from New Smyrna Beach, Fl

            Comments about Manfrotto 454 Micrometric Positioning Sliding Plate - Supports 17.7 lbs (8kg):

            This is a descent slide for the price. The biggest obstacle to overcome using this inexpensive slide, or for that matter a high end focusing rail, is vibration. I found by using mirror lock-up, shutter blur can be minimized. I had read negative reviews addressing vibration but most of the vibration is from the combination of tripod mount and shutter; for the most part it is not the fault of the slide. This slide works pretty well and with a little patience, it will help you produce some amazing focus layered photographs. I'm going to knock it down one star because the adjusting knobs can be difficult to reach, but overall it does a descent job.

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            5.0

            Excellent product

            By JArchitect

            from Mexico

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy to Use
            • Improves Function
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Macro Photography

              Comments about Manfrotto 454 Micrometric Positioning Sliding Plate - Supports 17.7 lbs (8kg):

              If you work with macro photography, This product its essential, and the quality like all the manfrotto products

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              4.0

              Well Made

              By Darlene

              from North Haven, Ct

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Improves Function

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Focus stacking
                • Macro Photography

                Comments about Manfrotto 454 Micrometric Positioning Sliding Plate - Supports 17.7 lbs (8kg):

                This will be a great aid to my macro photography and seems well constructed. However, I had a problem with the instructions. They advise you to remove one of the screws and the rubber stopper from the slide bar. There was no rubber stopper. There were only 2 screws in a separate package. Since I am not mechanically inclined, I assumed some parts were missing. Luckily my husband was able help me out and we discovered that system is no longer used. It seems Manfrotto may have updated the plate so that once you put in the 1/4 in screw it can't just fall out unless you unscrew it. Manfrotto must have made it that way so the rubber stopper is not necessary anymore. Just wish the instructions were updated as well.

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                5.0

                Great aid for macro work.

                By Terry

                from Arglye, Texas

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                Pros

                • Durable
                • Improves Function

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Macro Photography

                  Comments about Manfrotto 454 Micrometric Positioning Sliding Plate - Supports 17.7 lbs (8kg):

                  This slide plate is worth every penny. It is solid and well made. It's metal and fits very easily on my tripod. I started using this and found the number of pictures I have to shoot to get a good one is reduced well over 60%.You now can focus that 1/16th of on inch with no problem. Just turn a knob, which has a lock so you don't loss that focal point.

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                  1.0

                  Not what I thought

                  By HVS

                  from Naples, Florida

                  Comments about Manfrotto 454 Micrometric Positioning Sliding Plate - Supports 17.7 lbs (8kg):

                  I was disappointed. The plate would not mount on my Manfrotto ball head. To use it I had to remove the head from the tripod and then mount it. Therefore, I lost all of the functionality of the ball hard and had to move the plate or adjust the tripod legs many times to get a reasonable shot.

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                  5.0

                  Like all Manfrotto products, well made

                  By Jeff

                  from North Wales, Pa

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy to Use
                  • Improves Function
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Macro Photography

                    Comments about Manfrotto 454 Micrometric Positioning Sliding Plate - Supports 17.7 lbs (8kg):

                    When doing Macro work with 'stacking' you need a positioning plate that is accurate, easy to use and one appropriate for you pocket book and where you are in the work you do. This is a well made, piece of equiptment that I wouldn't call 'entry level' by any means. Just easy and great to work with.

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                    5.0

                    Rail System For Macro Photography

                    By donall26

                    from Mooresville, NC

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                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy to Use
                    • Improves Function
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                    • None

                    Best Uses

                    • Macro Photography

                    Comments about Manfrotto 454 Micrometric Positioning Sliding Plate - Supports 17.7 lbs (8kg):

                    I trust Manfrotto products and I was not disappointed with this rail system. I'm just getting into macro photography and manually focusing in minute increments works for me

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Easy to use

                    By Allen

                    from Portland, OR

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy to Use
                    • Improves Function

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Macro Photography

                      Comments about Manfrotto 454 Micrometric Positioning Sliding Plate - Supports 17.7 lbs (8kg):

                      Simple product that's easy to use. I purchased 2 of them so I can micro adjust from side to side as well as in and out. They work just like I was hoping. They are a little bulky, but that's definitely the nature of a micro positioning sliding plate.

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                      5.0

                      Good product, easy to use too

                      By PanamaZR1

                      from Panama, Rep of Panama

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Macro Photography

                        Comments about Manfrotto 454 Micrometric Positioning Sliding Plate - Supports 17.7 lbs (8kg):

                        I use this for my Macro photography and it helps a lot in getting the most clear picture I can. maybe the are betterr more expensive models out there, but this one works fine for me.

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                        4.0

                        Just what you need for great macro shots

                        By bnhamlin

                        from Washington, DC

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Easy to Use
                        • Improves Function
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Macro Photography

                          Comments about Manfrotto 454 Micrometric Positioning Sliding Plate - Supports 17.7 lbs (8kg):

                          Basic set up with fine and coarse adjustment in easy reach. Fine adjustment and stacking macro shots is a breeze with the long adjustment plate. Very stable camera bed, stays on my tripod pretty much permanently. For the price an excellent piece of equipment!

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                          4.0

                          Slide Plate

                          By RHanson

                          from Whitefish, Mt

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                          Pros

                          • Easy to Use

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Macro Photography

                            Comments about Manfrotto 454 Micrometric Positioning Sliding Plate - Supports 17.7 lbs (8kg):

                            This product work well for Micro photography. I use it to focus stack several images into one.
                            I like the cost of this product the most.
                            I wish the turning knob would have been designed for 1 mm in movement of the slide as well as marked the knob as well as the frame to give you a full turn indicator.

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                            5.0

                            Works as advertised

                            By Daytripper

                            from Laguna Woods, CA

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                            Pros

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Macro Photography

                                Comments about Manfrotto 454 Micrometric Positioning Sliding Plate - Supports 17.7 lbs (8kg):

                                This is a great tool for making those minute adjustments in positioning when shooting close-up and moving the tripod isn't the answer.

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                                4.0

                                A decent piece, worth it the price

                                By studioor

                                from New York, NY

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                                Pros

                                • Durable
                                • Easy to Use
                                • Improves Function

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Manfrotto 454 Micrometric Positioning Sliding Plate - Supports 17.7 lbs (8kg):

                                    Well constructed and precise. It's worth it the price. Just wish it had an easier acces to screw to fix into the camera.

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                                    4.0

                                    A highly specific piece of equipment

                                    By Aaron Hall Cain

                                    from Savannah, GA

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Durable
                                    • Improves Function

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Macro Photography

                                      Comments about Manfrotto 454 Micrometric Positioning Sliding Plate - Supports 17.7 lbs (8kg):

                                      This plate works well in combination with a geared head. You may attach it directly to a camera body or mount a tripod head. It's worth mentioning that the plate comes with both 3/8ths and 1/4-20 screws, both are removable but only the 3/8ths screw can be stored directly on the plate, so if you mean to use the plate with a tripod head combination you will have to find another place for the 1/4-20 screw. The rubber stopper keeping the screws in the rail is solid but has no means of staying attached to the plate and can potentially be misplaced. Another bit of nit picking, to avoid play in the mechanics everything locks down via one screw on the side, unlike traditional geared heads that provide controlled movement at all times, this micro positioning plate cannot when it's tension/lock screw in place. That aside, fine adjustments are smooth and camera placement may be adjusted on the plate for further control. Over all it feels solid and moves well, even with a medium format body on top. I was expecting less for the price and have been pleasantly surprised.

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                                      5.0

                                      Sturdy Focusing system

                                      By Sonya

                                      from Massachusetts

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                                      Pros

                                      • Durable

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Macro Photography

                                        Comments about Manfrotto 454 Micrometric Positioning Sliding Plate - Supports 17.7 lbs (8kg):

                                        This product is well engineered and when used with the Canon MPE-65 lens on a tripod on non-moving close subjects makes it possible for sharp focusing.

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