DryLin W16-A Linear Motion System for Camera Sliders
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|Material||Aluminum guide rail , High-performance plastic bearings|
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This Igus DryLin W16-A dry-lubricated camera slider has an anodized aluminum construction, a 104 x 1,000 mm guide rail, and an adjustable carriage to mount cameras for sliding and panning video shots. With a 1,888 lb. static load capacity for supporting camera weight, the slider is dry lubricated for oil-free, low maintenance care, and its anodized aluminum construction is lightweight and resists corrosion and tarnishing. Cameras with small- or medium-sized lenses can be mounted to the camera slider's 150 mm long carriage plate. The carriage fits onto the 104 x 1,000 mm guide rail for linear sliding that has four bearing blocks with 16 mm thermoplastic liners to help reduce sliding noise and friction. Holes can be drilled in the guide rail to mount the camera slider to tripods (sold separately) or other surfaces. The camera slider is suitable for cameras with small- or medium-sized lenses and for use in amateur and professional video applications.
Igus manufactures polymer chains and cables, linear guides, bearings, and other power transmission products for a variety of industries. The company, founded in 1964, is headquartered in Koln, Germany.
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Well, here is that "somewhere"! I came across a DIY slider project video from Germany that built a slider from parts made by DryLin. Understand that DryLin makes parts for engineering, not cameras. However, when I contacted the comapny who sells this stuff, IGUS, they responded saying that they have assembled a list of parts specifically for using as a camera slider, and here it is! OK, the review:
First thing I noticed when I opened the box is how heavy and well-made this thing is, it is NOT cheap and light. It is MORE than sturdy enough to hold my Canon 5D Mark II and a 24-70mm lens. In fact, the tripod you mount it on will be less sturdy that this rail. I thought a 3-foot rail would bend a little when you get the camera near the end. NOT EVEN CLOSE. If you're thinking on a slider for those wonderful moving images, this is the way to go. The sliding action is real smooth, IGUS picked the right carriage bushings for this setup.
One thing to note: you will have about 10 minutes' work to do when it arrives, including drilling one hole through 1/4" of aluminum, in order to mount your tripod head. Easy stuff. If this is new to you, here's my setup:
Manfrotto 055XPROB Tripod with Manfrotto 501HDV Fluid head. This is my main video tripod with or without a slider attached.
Then I purchased an extra Manfrotto 501PL Rapid Connect Sliding Plate with 1/4-Inch - 20 Screws and 3/8-Inch Fixing Screws, and I removed the two thumb screws from the slot, and then mounted this plate to the center hole of the slider (attached underneath the slider of course) using a 3/4" 6/32 carriage bolt w/locking nut and washer. You run the bolt up through the plate and then the slider, threads sticking up through the slider. Don't worry, the slider "deck" won't hit the bolt sticking up. There you go, now you can mount the 3-foot rail right to the 501HDV video head! Just make sure you crank both tilt knobs on the 501 head real tight, because the camera on the rail at the end WILL make the rail sag.
Next, I bought a Manfrotto 701HDV head specifically to mount onto the slider carriage. Here's how: take the larger of the two thumb screws that you removed from your 501PL plate (that you've attached to the slider), because you will be using that larger thumbscrew to attached the 701HDV head... very convenient! Get a drill bit that is just slightly larger than the width of that larger thumbscrew and drill a hole in the center of the square carriage on your slider (YES, remove the carriage from the slider before you do this!). When drilling aluminum, a little 3-in-1 oil on the tip of the bit can help. Then clean the carriage and mount the 701DV head with that larger thumbscrew, and slide it on your rail, you're ready to go! Told you it was easy.
***UPDATE 10/10/10: Make sure you cover the 4 guide feet with masking tape (I used that blue painter's tape) when you go to drill the center hole!. Aluminum shavings WILL get into those guide feet if you don't protect them, and it would be very difficult to completely clean fragments out.***
The last thing you may want to do is attach wood blocks on the ends of the rail underneath so you can use this slider on its own with no tripod, on a street, etc.
Have fun, and enjoy the fact that you saved over $700 doing it all this way!
Took all of 15mins to drill, prep, mount and test. Solid construction and materials. If you can, get the model with a clamp. I mounted it to a Manfrotto 055XPROB Tripod with Manfrotto 501HDV Fluid head. Had a spare quick release plate, so it worked out great.
Here's a link to easy to follow instructions
I would have paid twice as much for this kit.
I'm very happy with the results so far.
5/5 stars for any purpose you might be interested in.