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Max Fancher
Porta-Jib Explorer System experience?
on Oct 22, 2010 at 6:14:59 pm

Hi Creative Cow community,

I rent the Porta-Jib Traveller locally and it's become my tool of choice for many of my video productions. I shoot with lightweight cameras (ex1, 5dmII, 7d) and so it works well for me. I'm considering buying and have been looking at the Porta-Jib Explorer system.

I've been researching online like crazy but haven't found much in the way of real world reviews nor feedback. Anyone use this system and have a minute to share your thoughts on how it performs for you? Is it smooth/sturdy enough? do you find yourself using both jib and trolly on shoots? what else? Pros & cons?

Thanks so much!

max


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Dan Brockett
Re: Porta-Jib Explorer System experience?
on Oct 25, 2010 at 1:23:15 am

I own and use the Traveler and love it. What is the Explorer? I suppose I will have to go look at the Losmandy site?

Dan Brockett

A Producer Who Is Also A DP? Yep, that's Me.

http://www.danbrockett.com


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Max Fancher
Re: Porta-Jib Explorer System experience?
on Oct 25, 2010 at 5:14:03 am

Thanks for commenting Dan. I'm a fan of the Traveller as well. The Explorer is their new system designed for lighter cameras so it too is lighter. It's also modular in that it can convert to a trolly as well.

Here's the site: http://www.porta-jib.com/explorer.html

max


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Dan Brockett
Re: Porta-Jib Explorer System experience?
on Oct 25, 2010 at 2:15:59 pm

Wow, that looks really sweet. I have visited their shop in Hollywood, they are nice guys and take care of you after the sale.

I have a separate slider, but it is nowhere near 6' long. FWIW, I think that this is probably a pretty good product. They stole the weight bucket idea from the competing Hollywood Micro Jib, for travel, the weight bucket idea is perfect. When I travel with my jib, I just go to a local wall mart to buy some weights or improvise and use whatever I can hang from the back of the arm but the weight bucket is a better solution.

I don't think I will sell my Traveller to get one of these. I have used their dolly system with the rubber railing and it is just okay, I still much prefer traditional track over the rubber tubing. The slider is nice but I rarely need a slider that is 6' long, I do fine with my 24" slider. But this looks to be a nice system.

Dan Brockett

A Producer Who Is Also A DP? Yep, that's Me.

http://www.danbrockett.com


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Ryan Orr
Re: Porta-Jib Explorer System experience?
on Jan 4, 2011 at 4:21:28 pm

Now that's an awesome product!


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