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Manfrotto454 Micrometric Positioning Sliding Plate - Supports 17.7 lbs (8kg)
 
4.3

(based on 83 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (45)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (28)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (55)
  • Easy to use (54)
  • Improves function (43)
  • Lightweight (19)
  • Compact (3)

Cons

  • Heavy / bulky (3)

Best Uses

  • Macro photography (67)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (30), Pro photographer (20), Semi-pro photographer (19), Enthusiast (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (56), 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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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Macro Shooting

By Amber

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

For use with macro lens, helps with micro adjustments.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

It is Well-Made and Does What it is Intended to Do

By Robert

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

This product has provided what I hoped it would in terms of better control over dialing in the best focus on macro shots. I am happy with its functionality, and the sturdy quality of the item in it's machining and adjustment mechanisms.

(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great value for the money

By Theodore

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Using this with a Canon EF 3.5 L 180mm macro on a 5DM4. Plate is heavy and feels well made. Adjustments are precise and a numbered scale is etched on the side for reference. Haven't used it yet for macro which is why I bought it, but should work well. Plate is a great value for the money, but I'll admit I would prefer some of the more robust, high-end systems out there. I don't do enough macro to justify the cost though.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good quality

By Loren

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Good product and the build quality is good. Does the job as intended.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Just what I needed

By PhotoMouse

from Salt Spring Island, BC

Verified Buyer

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

After yeas of moving tripod and/or subject in macro work, this product is the answer. Just turn the knob to move the focal plane to find the best image. (Now I'll need to learn about focus stacking.)
Well made except for small amount of play in direction of main screw thread, which I fixed with waxed thread.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Same high Manfrotto quality as expected

By AzGriz

from Sedona, AZ

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):

    A must have for doing macro photography. Was surprised at first on how heavy it was. I guess I was getting used to everything now-a-days being made with cheap light materials. I you want quality, in a product like this, it is going to be heavy. The build (machining) is spectacular.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    The must have macro accessory

    By John

    from South Africa

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    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 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.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Much Faster

      By Drowned Rat

      from St George, Utah

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      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.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      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.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great value for macro photography

        By Thomas

        from East Lansing, MI

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        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):

          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.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          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.

            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Sturdy product that does what it should.

            By Ray

            from New South Wales, Australia

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            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):

              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.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              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.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              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

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                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.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes

                  (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great aid for macro work.

                  By Terry

                  from Arglye, Texas

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  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 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.

                    (3 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    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.

                    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Like all Manfrotto products, well made

                    By Jeff

                    from North Wales, Pa

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    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):

                      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.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Rail System For Macro Photography

                      By donall26

                      from Mooresville, NC

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      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

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      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.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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