Manfrotto 454 Micrometric Positioning Sliding Plate

Manfrotto 454 Micrometric Positioning Sliding Plate

Manfrotto 454 Micrometric Positioning Sliding Plate

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Manfrotto 454 Micrometric Positioning Sliding Plate

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  • Precise Fore/Aft Positioning
  • Supports 17.6 lb
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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 aluminum, the plate has 1/4"-20 and 3/8" holes and screws for tripod and camera mounting.

Replaces old part number 3419.

UPC: 719821288466
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Manfrotto 454 Micrometric Positioning Sliding Plate
  • 1/4"-20 Screw
  • 1/4" to 3/8" Bushing
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty + Additional 3-Years after Registering Online or by Mail
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    Manfrotto 454 specs

    Maximum Movement 4.7" (120 mm)
    Quick Release No
    Tripod Mount Thread Size 1/4"-20 & 3/8"-16
    Dimensions 5.2 x 4.2 x 0.8" (131 x 107 x 20 mm)
    Weight 1 lb (450 g)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.28 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 10.0 x 4.9 x 0.6"

    Manfrotto 454 reviews

    454 Micrometric Positioning Sliding Plate is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 93.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The must have macro accessory I recommend this as the must have accessory for everyone interested in macro photography. There are a lot of gimmicks promising to help shoot macro, this piece of kit is however indispensable. It allows you to position the camera lens closer of further from your subject with tiny adjustments. This is infinitely easier than moving your tripod forwards and backwards trying to find that minuscule sweet spot. I had a 4 way sliding plate and sold it to buy this. I never used the left/right axis in the 4 years I owned it. The centre of gravity was also very high on that unit as it has the two axis stacked vertically. This gave the camera too much leverage on the tripod head.
    Date published: 2016-02-09
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great for Macro 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.
    Date published: 2015-04-15
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Well Made 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.
    Date published: 2015-01-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from First Impressions, final conclusions My primary use is to produce images for focus stacking. Initial inspection showed excessive play when loosening the locking knob to advance the sliding plate forward. My first impression was, this will never work. After setting up for a test shot and taking 14 images advancing the slide 4mm for each shot, I processed the image stack and everything turned out perfect. Either tightening the locking knob returned alignment to the same axis or the stacking software aligned any mis-aligned images. I don't know which but I know I'm satisfied with the images produced with the Manfrotto 454 focusing rail.
    Date published: 2010-04-23
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from 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 reason alone its 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 doesnt stay exactly put. This would be serious problem if stacking software could not aligne images automatically; but fortunately it can, so although you wont 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 isnt really.
    Date published: 2008-08-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Solid and Useful Just purchased a used Canon MP-E 65mm 1-5 macro lens and had read that a macro-focusing rail system would be indispensible with this unique lens. Read all the reviews and decided to buy the Manfrotto system. Have used it a lot for a couple of weeks and find that it is solid, well-built, easy to use, and very stable. Just got into focus-stacking and can't imagine doing without the Manfrotto! So far am satisfied with using it for forward-back movements, may (eventually) get another one for left-to right movements in addition. Do not know why some reviews refer to instability - have not seen any.
    Date published: 2013-01-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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 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.
    Date published: 2008-08-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent budged macro rail! This is a superb aid in macro focusing, solid and yet affordable! If you acquire two units you will be able to fine-adjust the position of your gear in X and Y coordinates (front/back and left/right). I acquired two of these units to aid in focusing a Canon 7D with a Canon MP-E 65mm 2.8 manual focus macro lens in its 5x magnification setup. If you expect to use similar setup in a tripod with the camera looking down, it is very important to select a very solid (and low) tripod! I also recommend using a remote shutter release as the shutter pressing may shake things up. For that matter I use a Canon RC-6, but one can also use a timer instead. The rails do accomplish their goal. I am a happy buyer!
    Date published: 2011-04-22
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