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Carl Filoreto
Slider recommendations
on Nov 30, 2010 at 5:23:41 pm

As I'm starting to assemble my Canon 5D Mark II package, I've been curious about people's experience with sliders. I own a Hollywood microdolly with all the trimmings, which I've used for years with my larger camera rigs. However, it seems like sliders would have a lot of benefits for DSLR work.

I'm curious about people's experiences with sliders, and their recommendations.

Thanks in advance!

Carl

Carl Filoreto
Golden, CO.
Elk Run Productions, Inc.
http://www.elkruntv.com


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Michael Sacci
Re: Slider recommendations
on Nov 30, 2010 at 6:48:41 pm

Kressler Cranes' are the mac-daddy of sliders if I had the budget I would look at anything else.

http://www.kesslercrane.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=283&I...
http://www.kesslercrane.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=280&I...

I have a DIY that is great for the price but you really have to work it to get a shoot.


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Tony Connoly
Re: Slider recommendations
on Dec 1, 2010 at 2:13:35 am

Are you looking for something small, like 24", or a lot bigger?


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Carl Filoreto
Re: Slider recommendations
on Dec 1, 2010 at 2:19:28 am

Something larger without getting burdensome. With the microdolly, I have the full on dolly, but I'm looking for something that would be smaller, and that might also handle say, an EX-3. But if you have some tabletop type slider recommendations, I'd be interested in those as well. Thanks!

Carl Filoreto
Golden, CO.
Elk Run Productions, Inc.
http://www.elkruntv.com


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Bill Davis
Re: Slider recommendations
on Dec 1, 2010 at 2:29:48 am

I have one of the Glidetrack units out of England - and I like it a lot. It's a LOT cheaper at a couple of hundred bucks. It works great within it's limitations. (Don't mount a Betacam, it's designed for a DSLR dangit!)

I do agree that you should only use it at it's full lengh with a couple of "outrigger" stands. No matter WHICH unit, even the expensive ones, will develop some "shimmy" if supported only in the middle.

I keep mine in a light stand soft case with a couple of small Bogen "Stacker stands" which work great for stabilizing the ends of the track - and I can get smooth moves across the whole width of the unit.

YMMV.



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Carl Filoreto
Re: Slider recommendations
on Dec 1, 2010 at 2:46:33 am

Thanks Bill. I've looked at the Glidetracks, at least virtually, and they do seem well engineered. What size unit are you using?

Carl Filoreto
Golden, CO.
Elk Run Productions, Inc.
http://www.elkruntv.com


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John Davidson
Re: Slider recommendations
on Dec 1, 2010 at 2:49:01 am

I have the indieslider. Simple - works great. Used it in a spot for TLC last month as well as a spot for Lowes in the spring. It's solid.


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