Thursday, February 03, 2011

Slip Slidin' Away

Here in the Northeast we're pretty much sick of snow and ice, but there's still another six weeks of winter to go, so with that in mind, maybe you want to think about getting your camera sliding rather than your car!

Using Sliders
Peter Bohush likes smooth camera moves, and he's written up a piece on sliders, and added a video to go with it which shows using the slider, and also has some examples of slider shots.

He likes Igus sliders, which are inexpensive; and you can get some of their models on Amazon; just watch out that some Igus models don't have a screw-whole on the top of the carriage (you have to do that for yourself!)
NewEnglandFilmCamera Moves Using Sliders - The Dolly Alternative
Amazon: DryLin® W16-C Linear Motion System with clamp for Camera Sliders [$207]
Amazon: DryLin® W1080-A Linear Motion System for Camera Sliders[$131]
IgusCamera and film technology

Chad Soriano bought an Igus slider because he couldn't afford the more expensive models that are out there, and he likes it a lot. NOTE: He bought the W1080-B which has pre-drilled holes, but is currently unavailable on Amazon [Igus says they will have more available soon]

You can read his review here:  IGUS Drylin Camera Slider Video Test Review

Glidetrack sliders seem to strike a middle ground in price and features, and now they've announced the Glidetrack Hybrid:
New Hybrid bearings offer a combination of both sliding AND roller bearings, giving you the best of both worlds. It includes an open architecture design that uses individual greaseless self lubricating plastic bearings and liners that can quickly and easily be swapped out if required.

It's unclear when this will actually be released [the website mentions unprecedented demand and the need for a larger server?! -Ed] but they say there will be a 10% introductory discount offered.
Glidetrack: Hybrid Announcement

Meanwhile, late last year, Daniel Freytag reviewed the current SD model:
in my opinion the Glidetrack is a solid and very mobile slider for the beginner
Freytag-film: Ready! Glidetrack! Action!

B & HGlidetrack SD - 39" (1m) [$309.95] Base model
B & HGlidetrack Shooter HD - 39" (1m) [$429.95] Doubles as shoulder support
B & HGlidetrack HD - 5 ft (1.5m) [$469.95] Heavy-Duty model

1 comment:

Chad Soriano said...

Great blog!
Thanks for the post of my IGUS Drylin Camera Slider Review.
I will have more IGUS Slider productions soon...

thank, ChadSorianoPhotoBlog