Novoflex CROSS-Q Castel-Cross-Q Focusing Rack

Novoflex CROSS-Q Castel-Cross-Q Focusing Rack

Novoflex CROSS-Q Castel-Cross-Q Focusing Rack


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Novoflex CASTEL-CROSS-Q overview

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The Novoflex Castel-Cross-Q Focusing Rack is ideal for photographers looking for a means to precise positioning of a camera in X and Y directional axes. This device allows highly sensitive and smooth adjustment of the camera's position without loss of stability and accuracy.

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Novoflex CASTEL-CROSS-Q specs

Width Sliding Part: 66mm
Adjustments Adjustment Path X: 280mm
Adjustment Path Y: 125mm
Dimensions 3.93 x 7.87 x 1.29" (200 x 100 x 33mm)
Weight 30.6 oz (870 g)
Packaging Info
Package Weight 2.2 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 11.6 x 8.4 x 2.2"

Novoflex CASTEL-CROSS-Q reviews

CROSS-Q Castel-Cross-Q Focusing Rack is rated 3.8 out of 5 by 8.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Expensive But Wow! This set of focusing rails is da bomb, as they say. Build quality is strictly professional and a joy to use. The travel on one axis , say 'X', is a foot and the other Y' axis is 6 inches. The quick release is compatible with any set up and is tight, tight, tight. I use it for plant macro photography and all I can say is my work is so much easier and better that I'm truly amazed. Yes it's expensive but oh my! I use it with a 5D MK2, an L series 100mm f2.8 L dedicated macro lens with a tripod collar,an MT24EX Twin Light Flash, a heavy duty Manfrotto tripod with a quick release head and a remote shutter trigger.
Date published: 2013-12-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very good, minor quibble I bought this focusing rack to replace a cheap one that was not adequate for my tabletop macro work. What a difference! I do suggest two design changes. If the quick release plate is in a vertical position and one inadvertently loosens the little blue knob, the camera could fall out, with possibly dire consequences. I suggest two redesigns: (1) Make the knob noticeably different to the touch than the two little knobs used for locking the rail positions. (2) Add a locking mechanism for the quick release plate, as is normal practice on quick release plates of ball heads.
Date published: 2013-05-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Works great, watch your fingers I use this product in close-up photography to make focusing and framing adjustments. It works very well, robustly built etc. However, locking the camera QR plate to the system takes some effort if the camera is heavy, the locking screw is fairly small for the purpose. Also, when taking the camera off, you need to be careful not to hurt your fingers. But other than that it's a very good product.
Date published: 2008-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pricey but well built This system is beautifully made and has been a pleasure to use so far. Because this is one set of a multi-part system there are some configurations where the knobs are hard to reach. I'm an Engineer by profession so I'm used to working with complex precision machinery. Short sections of silicon rubber tubing slipped over the offending knobs as extensions help these work just fine. Otherwise the thing is smooth and precise It's also solidly built and won't drop your camera. It's not a 'micro-positioning' stage so it may be too course at very high magnifications but it's fine for 1:1 and it's under $5K. It's perfect for my flowers and bugs and very nice for macro work for product photography and machine troubleshooting and documentation also. With that there was justification to buy it 'for work' :) It's nice to be able to place my camera where I actually want it without depending in my tripod heads for fine adjustments. I'm happy with it.
Date published: 2011-03-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Bought this based on reviews and videos, horrible. I am absolutely blown away by what I received. I bought four of these for $$each. They are packaged loosely in the box so they rub on each other during shipping if they happen to be packaged as separate parts. I received these four in three different states of assembly, completely loose, assembled and locked down and assembled but not locked together so they were sliding on each other. The images attached show what I received, holes punched in the sides of the box from rough handling in shipping and areas of the parts that rubbed against each other because they were loose in the box. Second issue and maybe the bigger issue, for $$I do not expect critical parts to be made in plastic. REALLY!!! Plastic!!! One of the four had a damaged rack, missing teeth, made of plastic! (image attached, I can only add two images so I picked the two that show damage to the parts best.) Not sure whose fault the broken teeth are, B&H, Novoflex? Did B&H send me a returned part without inspecting it? Maybe the original purchaser tried to turn the knob without loosening the lock screw and sheared off some of the teeth? Was supposed to be new from B&H. maybe it came that way from the factory? Hard to tell. Never the less, an inferior part on a very expensive assembly. Inexcusable. Bad idea Novoflex.
Date published: 2016-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must to have When it comes to close up photography, it's a must to have.
Date published: 2008-06-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from No good. Dont buy. No spare parts. Got this and the thread in the rail is plastic. It got damaged and there is no way to get the spare thread. Wrote to novoflex, no answer. It is an expensive rubbish.
Date published: 2018-10-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Having used these in remote areas packing them to sites for documentation, I can say they work great and meet all my requirements.
Date published: 2018-01-09
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