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Velbon Super Mag Slider Macro Rail - Magnesium

Velbon Super Mag Slider Macro Rail - Magnesium
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Velbon Super Mag Overview

The Super Mag Slider is a lightweight macro stage for very precise 4-way camera alignment: forward, back, left and right. Ideal for precise close-up work, tilting or macro-photography.

The Super Mag Slider provides 2.5" top maximum movement, 1.3" bottom maximum movement, and only weighs 1 lb. The overall length of the top plate is 8.1", and the bottom base is 4.4". Features two reversible 1/4-20" to 3-8" tripod connections, and a 1/4-20" camera screw.

Lateral adjustment range of ±1.2" (30 mm)
Fore/aft adjustment range of ±2.4" (60 mm)

Velbon Super Mag Specs

Tripod Mount Thread Size
3/8"-16 (includes 1/4"-20 reducer bushing)
8.3 x 4.7 x 2.8" (210 x 120 x 70 mm) WxDxH
1.04 lb (470 g)
Packaging Info
Package Weight
1.52 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
9 x 5.8 x 3.4"

Velbon Super Mag Reviews

Velbon super mag slider..

By Lee
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-05-24

The Velbon super mag slider is very well built & adjusts very easy ..I would buy again..

Works as advertised

By David
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-06-08

I was looking for something to aid in my macro photography. I have two uses. The first is photographing coins. For this, my tripod shaft is swung out at 90 degrees to shoot down on the coins. In this configuration, I lose vertical adjustment to change the distance of the camera to the coin. By adding the slide, I can make fine adjustments to the distance and get it exactly where I want. I am also planning to use it for focus stacking. The control knobs provide very fin control over the focus distance with just the right amount of resistance. The device is well made and works well. There is also a plate on the bottom that allows for lateral adjustment. This plate can be removed, which is nice because lateral adjustment is not always needed. For the price, I feel this is a great option and a well built piece of equipment.


By Harald
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-05-22

Works well, seems precise. Well build and light weight. Needs a solid tripod and ball/video head to avoid vibrations.

Good So Far

By Diann
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2020-04-08

I haven't used this much yet, but I do wish there was a quick way to move the camera all the way to the front or back without having to turn the knob a million times. That's the only thing I wish it had and I don't know if any of them have this option. If not, maybe they should build them with that option for people like me who don't know where to start with the micro-adjustments.

Overpriced but Good

By Steven
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2019-06-06

Although this slider is overpriced (but not ridiculously so as some others) it does yield professional results. It has no play in the mechanism, which is crucial. Although the slider knob has no markings to show you the increments of movement, I have found this to be a non- issue in obtaining great results. Also, I found it necessary to mount the unit backwards in order to give me more clearance between lens and subject due to the short length of my particular lens. The Velbon is not perfect, but it works for me.

Action is very stiff

By Simon
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2018-07-03

I tried one in the store. The action was smooth. I bought one online. The up/down or front/back movement is very stiff. I am returning it.

Very stable and easy to attach

By Jon
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-11-24

Controls are a bit hard to do but if you put your big boy pants on you will be fine. What’s the rush anyway. I watched the recent 2 day B&H special and learned what to focus on when shooting a drop of water. Photographer’s knowledge, as is often the case, is more important than little equipment issues.

Very satisfied;  functions as I expected

By Barry
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-06-10

Adjustable movement tension bushings work really well and have no slop even when adjusted for easy (loose) movement. Reconfigurable (with provided allen wrench) to put X and Y adjustment knobs 180 degrees apart if desired. May have been designed for tripod use but also works perfectly on a copystand as in attached picture. (Picture also has the X and Y 180 degrees apart)

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I'm looking to buy a Super Mag Slider for use with a Nikon D5100, Tamron 90mm macro and Manfrotto 804RC2 head.Anything I should be aware of when attaching to a 804RC2?Is there an adaptor I can buy so that I don't need to screw my camera directly onto the Super Mag Slider?Thanks
Asked by: Anonymous
Yes that Mag Slider will work with the D5100 and the Tamron 90mm Macro lens.You can add a quick release to the Mag slider like this, as you do add items you can get some shift and that can make it difficult to create the image if you are doing stacking. Attaching it direct to the Mag Slider is much more stable.
Answered by: Robert K.
Date published: 2019-10-07


can this be used with a Monfrotto 3055 ball head?
Asked by: Anonymous
Yes. Since the Velbon Super Mag Slider comes with a 3/8 -16 mount (and includes 1/4 -20 reducer bushing), you will be able to attach almost any tripod head. Your Manfrotto head will fit.
Answered by: Chris L.
Date published: 2018-08-27

What’s the weight capacity of the Velbon Super ...

What’s the weight capacity of the Velbon Super Mag Slider? I’m using nikon D7100/nik 105mm and 3 ext tubes and Manfrotto 950
Asked by: Gerri
Velbon does not specifiy a load capacity. In practical terms, it is possible to use this unit with your Nikon D7100, extension tubes, and 105mm. There may be a small amount of flex, though, with this unit. It is constructed of metal and some plastic. You may want to try an all-metal unit such as the Manfrotto 454 ( ), or if you have an Arca-Swiss compatible quick release system, the Sunwayfoto Macro Focusing Rail ( ) . Hope this helps.
Answered by: Nechemia
Date published: 2020-03-19


Does this work by attaching to a quick release plate?
Asked by: Anonymous
Depends where you want to mount the quick release plate: 1. Camera - Super Mag Slieder - Quick Release Plate - Tripod head -> works for me all the time2. If you want a quick release plate between the camera and the Super Mag Slider, never tried that
Answered by: Lars D.
Date published: 2018-08-27


Can this slider be used with Wimberly macro flash brackets?
Asked by: Anonymous
More than likely, I have not used a flash bracket with my slider. I set my lighting off camera so that the lighting is consistent.The slider is well build and sturdy, should work.
Answered by: TIM C.
Date published: 2018-08-27


What is the stage travel distance per revolution?
Asked by: Ron L.
About 4 mm
Answered by: Christopher H.
Date published: 2019-07-10


I have a monfrotto tripod with a 3047 Bogen head. Can I use the Velbon Super Mag Slider on it? I want it for my Canon 70D with MP-E65 Macro lens
Asked by: kathleen
I'm using mine (recently purchased) with a Nikon D850 and Nikkor 105mm macro lens on an extension tube; works great, am mounting on a Manfrotto 029 three handle head. The threading on the focus rail takes a standard size tripod screw mount as well as one other size I never use. This is a really nice little focus rail, gets the job done for fine adjustments when you have everything more or less set up (handles the more and less very well).
Answered by: John B.
Date published: 2018-11-16
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