Motion Slider 36 "Black Edition"
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- 36" camera slider for creating cinematic tracking movements
- Includes legs with non-skid height adjustable rubber bumpers
- Includes carriage lock/brake to lock carriage in place
- Mount camera directly or use your own tripod head
- (4) 1/4-20 threaded mounting holes for tripod
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The Motion Slider "Black Edition" features a black anodized and powder coated finish with adjustable legs.
Used as a portable dolly for creating horizontal tracking and push/pull shots producing a unique, cinematic, smooth shot.
Featuring UHMW bearing pads that glide along an all aluminum rail.
Achieve the cinematic shots that are featured in every motion picture. Great for filmmakers, cinematographers, special event videographers.
36" in total length, the Motion Slider can be used on most surfaces or mounted to 1 or 2 tripod(s) via (4) 1/4-20 fasteners on the bottom of the rail.
Camera's and tripod heads can be mounted directly to the carriage with the included 1/4" or 3/8" screws.
Camera, tripod, and ball head are NOT included.
Works well with DSLR's and camera's up to 8 lbs.
Over 50% lighter than our standard Motion Slider.
Weighs just 3.8 lbs without legs and 4.3 lbs with legs.
Included legs can be removed and come with non-skid rubber bumpers that can be adjusted for uneven surfaces up to 1/2".
Includes carriage lock/brake that will hold carriage in place for travel.
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The sliding "bearings" are made of this smooth rectangular plastic that supposedly lubricates the rails. I like that the sliding rails are tucked away in the the aluminum bar (so they're not easily dented), but the slider motion is not as smooth as I would have liked. Sometimes a slide would look perfect through the LCD screen, but when you view it on a larger monitor, the sticking points in the slider are very obvious. It's possible to get nice slides, but you have to be extra careful, and have a lot of patience during your slide for it to be smooth.
The bottom has four 1/4" 20 mounting options. The unique design lets you adjust where you want to attach 1/4" 20's along the entire bar.
The legs provide stability, but if you are on very uneven terrain, they are pretty much useless because they only adjust half an inch or so.
The carriage is very bulky, but is easily removed when you remove the end cover by unscrewing a thumb screw at the end of the slider (be careful, the screw can fall out of the cover). Once you remove the carriage, you'll find that the 3/8" (1/4" is also provided) bolt will also fall right out of the carriage. It doesn't have a d-ring on it, so you'll need a coin or flathead screw driver to tighten it to your camera. But because of the carriage design, getting a coin in there is very difficult. So you're stuck with using a flathead.
Using a fluid head on the carriage probably won't work because you already have to be extra careful while sliding, so I don't image an additional tilt/pan would make it any easier to produce something smooth. So you're stuck with a ball head (which is all right for 90% of the time).
Even for a basic slider, I can't say this is worth your money. For $20 dollars more I'd buy the Glide Gear DEV 470 Video Camera Track Slider 47" Adjustable Feet. Plus, with the Glide Gear you get a very necessary carrying case, which this Motion Slider does not come with. Keep in mind though, that I have not used the Glide Gear--it's just what I would buy if I were limited to $200.
Search youtube for: "blunty glider gear dev 235" if you want to see the shorter version in action.
If you keep the camera weight balanced over the carriage (with a macro slider or adjustable quick release system), then you'll probably get good results like in the video. You still probably won't be able to use a fluid head though. For that you should get a Konova K2--like I did.
However, the tensioner screw that is build into the side is pretty much useless other than locking the slider down. If you screw it down a little to try and give the slider a slower smoother slide, it just skips and makes this really annoying plastic on metal screeching sound. So I never use that part. I even tried putting some smooth tape or something at the end of that screw to help it and it didnt work. As far as its sliding ability, it does the job, you have to get some practice on it to get a good smooth slide with out getting the "herky-jerky" motion.
For a budget slider it works. But I think by now there are others out there that provide a better and smoother slide.
Pros: Lightweight and tripod-mountable.
Cons: Doesn't slide smoothly. There is no tension when sliding so the footage rarely comes out as intended. The lack of tension means that there isn't consistent points of contact between the plate and the slider rails. SO, my Canon 60D and 50mm 1.8 mounted via a ball head will rock back and forth on the slider which really translates over to the footage.