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thecook
01-03-2014, 07:32 PM
So before I decide on a slider to buy, what is generally the optimal length range for a slider? 32inch? 39 inch? More?

misterkofa
01-03-2014, 07:50 PM
I use the 24" from glidetrack. Perfect for me as I can travel anywhere with it and it doubles as a shoulder rig.

scorsesefan
01-03-2014, 08:04 PM
I use a 48".

thecook
01-03-2014, 08:22 PM
I use a 48".

How often are you using the entire length of the slider? How is travelling/flying with it?

scorsesefan
01-04-2014, 12:10 AM
I often use the entire length of the slider -- especially for wider shots and "dollying in". I have not flown with it and it's a bit unwieldy to travel on foot with but if you have a car...

Fluoro
01-04-2014, 01:20 AM
The big advantage of smaller sliders is that you can centre mount them on single tripods depending on the size of your camera. That makes them much more handy. The larger ones you generally have to have two supports at either end. I went with a larger 40.5" slider but I think the 28.5" might have been better. Easier to carry around and like I said, can be centre mounted. You can make smaller sliders appear longer by framing with things close in the foreground. It accentuates the movement.

scorsesefan
01-04-2014, 09:36 AM
"The larger ones you generally have to have two supports at either end." Yes, correct. That is a disadvantage -- I have to use two tripods.

Michael Carter
01-04-2014, 11:45 AM
"The larger ones you generally have to have two supports at either end." Yes, correct. That is a disadvantage -- I have to use two tripods.

You only need supports at both ends if you use the full travel... if you stay close to center you'll be OK.

46" myself (to fit a 48" tripod bag)...

thecook
01-07-2014, 03:42 AM
Hmm, I'm stuck between a 32 and a 40 inch slider, what do you guys think?

Fluoro
01-07-2014, 03:48 AM
Hmm, I'm stuck between a 32 and a 40 inch slider, what do you guys think?
Only you can answer that. But if you shoot mostly studio/narrative maybe the 40 otherwise if you're out and about the 32.

soupkitchen
01-07-2014, 04:47 AM
What slider do you have Fluoro?

Fluoro
01-07-2014, 05:06 AM
What slider do you have Fluoro?
40 but I think the 32 would have suited me better.

soupkitchen
01-07-2014, 06:02 AM
Sorry, I meant brand/model.

analog_addict
01-07-2014, 11:38 AM
I use 1m (39 inch) IGUS slider. Any smaller wouldn't be enough and any longer would be harder to travel with and stabilise.

westhechef
01-07-2014, 11:46 AM
what brands are you guys looking, I'm actually looking for a slider that can support the weight of my BMCC with follow focus and lens w/o breaking the piggy bank

Fluoro
01-07-2014, 05:23 PM
Sorry, I meant brand/model.

Oh of course. Kessler Stealth.

innerspark
01-08-2014, 12:17 AM
I have a 39inch Konova K7, which has worked fine so far. It's thicker and studier than the rest of their line, but you'll need to support it with either two tripods or two light stands.

thecook
01-08-2014, 01:34 AM
I have a 39inch Konova K7, which has worked fine so far. It's thicker and studier than the rest of their line, but you'll need to support it with either two tripods or two light stands.

There is no possibility of mounting it on just one tripod? How often do you find yourself using the entire length of the slider?

Grug
01-08-2014, 02:01 AM
I have a 3' Cinevate Atlas that allows me to centre-mount it on sticks (which is a big time saver), but I find it almost always too small of a travel distance to get the effects I want. I suspect I'll be adding a 5'-6' slider to my kit sometime soon.

innerspark
01-08-2014, 04:29 AM
There is no possibility of mounting it on just one tripod? How often do you find yourself using the entire length of the slider?

No, w/ a flat base tripod head, the BMCC w/ a cine lens (mine weighs around 3 lbs) it will start to flex a tiny bit, not too noticable, but I don't like it. I'd rather just use two light stands. Or one tripod on one end and a monopod on the other.

I find 100cm or 39inch a perfect size for a slider. It's gotta be portable and cover decent range, that's point of it. If you need longer just get a Dana Dolly and tracks.

Adam Jeal
01-08-2014, 08:53 AM
This system is well worth considering. I am one of the Kickstarter backers. You can use cheap EMT pipe from hardware stores to make lengths of up to ten feet. They are getting ready to ship these soon as they had major issues with their original manufacturer who kept screwing up the wheels. It's from the guy behind the Aviator Travel Jib, which is great!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5QoUGGAezk

http://www.aviatorcameragear.com/products-page/product-category/the-rocket-travel-slider/


Adam

innerspark
01-08-2014, 10:03 PM
The Dana Dolly Jr. does pretty much the same thing. Though this one seems to have a smaller footprint. The full sized Dana Dolly can support bigger gear if you need it to. Also a bowl tripod head, if you plan to use one for your dolly shots.

thecook
01-08-2014, 10:22 PM
Holy, $830 for that thing, I could build one for $150 tops.

kazkioken
01-08-2014, 10:58 PM
Once you don't have travel, weight or size as a consideration you can get very creative with your budget and make rails, buy very long sliders, etc. Konova makes some great ones at good prices and there are even cheaper. For travel considerations I have the latest version of the Edelkrone sliders in medium and short - but these are unique tools for very specific needs of size for compactness. My shortest slider that I use the most is a 16" Varavon...and I use dolly wheels for anything longer to get in

StephenH
01-20-2014, 04:54 AM
+1 for Fluoro. I have a 32 inch as I do mainly documentary type shooting. I mount it on a Sachtler FSB-6 and can use the full length, no problems.