Currently I have a DSLR that I shoot on, but I shoot on other cameras for various projects. So, I want to make sure I can use it on many cameras.
I want a slider that is about 5ft long. Can be slightly longer, but not shorter
I will be attaching a 100mm Bowl Fluid Head onto it, so I will be needing a high hat, or something like that.
I did find some that interest me, but I see several problems with it:
Konova K5 59" Slider
This one is at the top of my list as of now. Its long, and I can mount a high speed motor so it automatically slides, while I am able to do some minor pant/tilts if needed. Its affordable, at my max of my budget of $900 with a motor.
The problem is mounting an adapter for the 100mm bowl. There is only 1 center screw. Seems a little unstable. Not sure which adapter I'd need so it works fine.
2) The other thing is, being able to mount the 100mm fluid head, on a 900 angle for vertical shots. I dont know which adapter piece Id need to do vertical shots. With one center screw, it seems even harder to do so.
Kessler 5ft CineSlider
This would be ideal for what I want. It doesnt have a motor, but at least it has a crank. Sure, I can attach a motor to it, but thats an additional $650+ on top of the $1,700 Slider! That's WAY beyond my budget. My budget is more like $1000 (Like the Konova)
Its great because it has a wider base with many mounting options, including a high riser for my Fluid Head. But, just too much.
So, this is a NO. Even used, I doubt it'll be affordable.
Digital Juice Slyder Dolly
This slider, looks very nice! It is also exactly what I want. It is slightly more expensive, but I may be able to afford it. Hopefully there would be one used.
Its everything I'd need in this slider. BUT, the big problem...
Where is the Crank or the Motor?
I want to get very smooth shots, and I want to do some pans/tilts while the camera slides, but then I'd need at least a crank, better a motor. But, there isn't one included. Which is a big negative. If it had one, I'd definitely buy it.
Even if I get this, and don't use a crank/motor, I still need to buy some additional accessories. Something to mount to the slider and to the 100mm bowl adapter so I can go vertical.
So, these are the 3 main ones I liked. But, all have their downsides.
-Ball Baring slider
-Supports DSLR to heavier cameras
-Preferably with more than a single screw in the center
100mm Bowl Adapter
900 Angle Adapter (And still be able to use Fluid Head)
*The offset I believe will be a great addition. This will be easier to handle the fluid head for pans/tilts, and on certain angles, will allow to move the camera back more on wider shots. Problem I see, it may cause the slider to be off balance and cause issues.