Macro Rail for Cheesycam DSLR Cage / Fig Rig / Stabilizer

Someone asked me about centering the balance of the camera to one of my latest DIY DSLR Cage / Fig rig / Stabilizers. Originally I designed it to center for the upper handle for those low flying shots, but if anyone cares about adjusting the camera on the rig, with back and forth adjustments, here's a simple solution using my Macro Rail slider for Macro photography. You can find a bunch of these rails by clicking here.

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21 thoughts on “Macro Rail for Cheesycam DSLR Cage / Fig Rig / Stabilizer

  1. Thanks for posting this awesome design for the camera rig. I'm working on mine now.

    Could you please show some pics of how you are attaching the macro rail, and your other accessories, to this rig? It may be self-evident once I get the macro rail in the mail, but as of now I'm not sure how you secured it to the rig.


  2. I would like to ask something, do the screw move in? Because I would like to buy on of these macro rails but if I place the DSLR on the back one, facing the rail, then the 67 mm lens won't have enough place, the first screw will block the way or prevent them from turning.
    Can I remove one of the screws?

  3. Max W.

    wow, thanks for the super quick response. True, and I can still make slight adjustments with the manfrotto... Looking into making a rig like your DIY DSLR cage, but with 80/20 T-slots.

  4. Emm

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    @Max W. - The macro rails aren't really quick release systems, but are a simple way to lock in a camera and have some adjustments. If you're looking for just plain speed, might be best with a true quick release adapter.

  5. Max W.

    Hey, love the site. What sort of quality are these plate sliders you found on ebay? Are they pretty sturdy? How do you think it compares to the Monfrotto Quick Release 357? Thanks for all the helpful info!

  6. Thanks, Emm...
    So, I take it that, for example, if I pick up the Rail System from Express35, that it would be fairly simple to mount that to the DIY cage, right?
    I'm left with one lingering question, and I hope you don't mind: the price of the Rail System is $119... and the price of the indiSQUARE from indi System, which includes a cage and rail system, is only $129. Is this one of those things that sounds great, but the build quality might not be so great? It's tempting, from a price standpoint, to order the indi piece...
    I really appreciate your site and willingness to help others!

  7. Emm

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    You can just base set with rails from many places. Check express35 or ikan for a base plate and rods.

  8. Mark Strand

    I'd like to look into making this cage, but adding 15mm rods to allow adding a follow focus. The rods would also allow me to balance the camera and whatever lens I'm using, right?
    Have you got suggestions (even if they're not DIY) for getting the rod component and adding it to this rig? Any ideas will be much appreciated!

  9. Emm

    Post author

    They are just placing the QR on top of the two rails and then using a washer or plate under the two rails and sandwiching it in place. No need for the clamp.

  10. Nate

    Thanks for all the info and updates on this rig. I made it recently, and it works great. I'm waiting for my rail to come in the mail and was wondering if you drilled a hole to mount the macro rail itself onto the cage? If I use the existing holes in the track the rail will be off-center just a bit. Thanks!

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  12. Cassidy

    I was wondering if you can show some test footage of you filming using your fig rig? Also wanted to say that it looks great!

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