Premium Flex Skater Dolly Stabilizer Table Top Slider for DSLR Camera WYD150
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- Anodized aluminum construction
- Aluminum axles can also be locked in place
- High quality durable and sealed bearings
- It glides straight or in circles
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If you want to make it even better, get two pieces of shelving mounters from home depot and drill them to a six foot long piece of finished poplar. Then you'll have a sort of rail system for it that you can put on rough surfaces or mount on a couple light stands.
I've added a photo to show the dolly system I built!
The rolling action is smooth! Glides across a table top easily, even with a heavy weight on it like a DSLR and lens setup.
The adjustments were easy to track around whatever object you are filming. The wing-nuts on the axles are easy to adjust. I will say that the pivot-markings on the base plate are sort of useless and aren't alighted perfectly.
And now on to the gripes.
1) This is a small unit. No known DSLR will fit on this unit right out of the box. Most Camcorders will not fit on this unit out of the box. The wheels are too close together. Very short wheelbase inhibits mounting flush with the mounting plate (the most stable way to mount, of course). You will need a spacer, quick dismount, ball-head, magic arm or something else to give your camera enough clearance away from the wheels.
2) The 1/4" bolt for mounting your camera equipment requires an allen wrench to remove and turn to mount your stuff. This makes it inconvenient to change out accessories. It has a notched surface for "finger turning", but the screw was really tight in the hole making it almost impossible to mount correctly the first time.
3) My mounting bracket is slightly bent, making two wheels on the diagonal corners up in the air. This does give some slight wobble issues, but nothing the in-lens stabilization cannot correct.
These last three things are sort of petty of me, which is why they only got one star knocked off. But this is a great roller for what it is!
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There are two big problems with these: #1 - the wheel don't turn well. I realized that the bearings that came with these are super gummy and sticky. It causes the wheels to turn poorly so you can't get a smooth roll. I had to replace out the bearings with some new ones (and now it works much much better). #2 - the angle measurement is WAY off. There is just too much play in the indicator to be accurate. There is about a 10 degree variance in difference. So it makes the angle measurement just about useless. I'm going to fix that as well by making a new (tighter) indicator. But these are basic functions that it otherwise failed on.
I don't know if the higher, more costly dolly is better. But I'd stay away from these. They work, but just barely.
1 - it's small. I planned to use it with a DSLR with a battery grip (Nikon D7000). This camera will not fit directly onto the dolly unless you use a friction arm or a ball head or something of the sort.
2 - the markings, while there, are almost useless. Since there are no numbers, you have to visually identify that you're sort of at the same marking on both axles in order to do a proper setup for a circular move. It's not impossible, but less than precise. The other problem here is that the axles are hexagonal and thus the marking are sort of under and less than visible - you can see this in the photos of the item.
3 - prone to irregular movement due to small size. Just like a car with a small wheel base, small disturbance in the surface on which this rolls will be amplified. Again, usually these kinds of dollies are used on a smooth surface, but something like a hardwood floor might be enough to upset it due to the joints between the boards.
4 - another reviewer mentioned this - if using a friction arm with a heavy camera, there is a LOT of shake when moving. I suppose this is not a problem with this specific dolly but something to think about.
I tried this dolly with a Canon S110 (point and shoot) and the results were a lot better. This dolly is made for lighter cameras. I would imagine 4/3's sensor devices with smaller lenses will be fine also, and in a pinch you can make it work with a dslr by having a steady hand and supporting the camera to eliminate shake but personally, I'll be trying a larger unit to see if it resolves some of these issues.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Handy device if you're brave enough to build your own slider. It can also do a smooth 180 arc on a table top, but not very smooth going down a sidewalk.Published 15 days ago by bbkong
It has a big problem. The bolt is no long enought to get into my Canon t5i and this make the camera crash with the axes. You will need to buy a ball head. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is the most ridiculously useful item I've ever purchased for video work! WOWPublished 4 months ago by jimmy james Q
Not worth all of the hassle unless you are just doing simple stuff at home.Published 7 months ago by Jaysenedwinward
I have a Nikon D7000 and a GoPro and wanted a Skater Dolly system on a budget. I read the reviews that mentioned that this system was highly recommended however to make sure you... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Heather E
It's fun make sure when you buy hook ups that you have correct for this productPublished 15 months ago by Nick Weeks