Novoflex Castel-L Focusing Rack Standard

Novoflex Castel-L Focusing Rack - with MiniConnect Quick Release

Novoflex Castel-L Focusing Rack - with MiniConnect Quick Release

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Novoflex Castel-L Focusing Rack Standard

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Novoflex CASTEL-L overview

  • 1Description

With dual gearing and an integrated, precise MiniConnect quick release system, the Novoflex 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 convential 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
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Novoflex Castel-L Focusing Rack - with MiniConnect Quick Release
  • Mini Connect Coupling 1/4"
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    Novoflex CASTEL-L specs

    Maximum Movement 5.5" (140mm)
    Dimensions 7.9 x 3.9 x 1.3" (200 x 100 x 33mm) LxWxH
    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
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.15 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 11.5 x 6.3 x 2.2"

    Novoflex CASTEL-L reviews

    Castel-L Focusing Rack Standard is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 8.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Far It Has Worked Great I really like this focusing rack. I just recently bought the Canon MP-E 65mm Macro and as a beginner in Macro work this lens can be challenge to work with. I don't personally think it is even usable for someone like me without having a focus rack. I also use this with macro extension tubes, makes that much easier in some circumstances. I can see how this might be beneficial outside of macro work but have not attempted to use it for that purpose yet. This rack is durable, easy to add and remove from the tripod and makes the focusing extremely easy. I would definitely recommend this product.
    Date published: 2015-03-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Precision Tool We originally rented the Novoflex Mini and liked many of its qualities. Ultimately we bought the Castel-L. We thought it would serve our long term wants/needs the best. The rail is a solid piece metal. It is one long arca-swiss compatible dovetail with 3 attachment locations. It can be mounted on any quick release if one lacks AS. It is very flexible this way. The camera mount is very solid and is part of the rail. It has measurements down one side that are easy to see. The movement is smooth. Locking is precise and stable. It also packs into the gear bag nicely. We got this rail over the Mini as this one has measurements and the dovetail. We are upgrading to arca swiss compatible gear and we stack photos. This is why we think the Castel-L is better suited to our needs. It is worth the price difference. It is an excellent tool for macro work.
    Date published: 2011-07-23
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Cadillac of focusing rails I've been using this rail for a couple of months now. I useit for high-magnification macro, stacked high-DOF images, asa nodal point adjuster for panos, and for close-up stereoimaging.The rail is rock-solid. There's absolutely no flex even whenthe camera is cantilevered fully on the rail.When used with a head having an Arca-Swiss style clamp, thefull-length Arca-Swiss compatible dovetails on the bottom ofthe rail increase the range of the rail by about twice, andallow for rapid coarse adjustment. The geared adjustment isjust fine enough for high-mag stacks. By mounting an AS compatible QR clamp on the built-inMiniConnect QR, it's quick and easy to change theorientation of the QR clamp when switching from the cameraQR mount to a lens with collar and foot, or turn the camerasideways for stereo. The MiniConnect QR is strong and stable.The build and finish are nearly perfect. Expertise: Pro Problems Encountered: You can buy a decent ballhead for the price of this rail.The rack gearing is not perfectly smooth. For the price, Iexpect better. The geared focusing is barely fine enough at1:1 reproduction ratios, especially for stacking (makingmultiple images with shallow DOF which are combined tocreate very deep DOF without diffusion artifacts fromstopping down).The knob for locking the rail is not captive and is easily lost. Previous Equivalent Item Owned: Kirk Long-Rail Plate Items I Recommend: Arca-Swiss compatible head; A-S compatible clamp w/1/4 thread
    Date published: 2007-11-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works well as expected I did a bit of searching and researching before making this purchase, and based on what I read, I knew the Novoflex Castel-L was the right product for my needs. I wasn't disappointed with using this with my 200mm macro lens on a tripod. The Novoflex L is very solid and sturdy on my tripod, and I found it did a very good job allowing me to zoom in and out, helping me find her perfect focus.
    Date published: 2016-05-31
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Smooth as Sild Use focusing rail for focus stacking. It is very smooth making it easy to adjust the focus with minimal disturbance of the tripod.
    Date published: 2012-05-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent rack for macro photography I am very pleased with this rack. It works well with my Giottos tripod and allows me to precisely position the camera. As result the quality of my pictures improved significantly.
    Date published: 2014-08-05
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Works great Compared to moving my body forward and backward, this is so much more precise. Glad I bought.
    Date published: 2018-07-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very good product Very good product
    Date published: 2016-05-28
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