I borrowed this slider to use for video time-lapse purposes and it is a solid piece of equipment. The slider runs on a track with rubber wheels and is pulled by a rubber belt that can be cranked by a handle on one end. This was the first problem. The handle on my rental had some problems and the knob would not tighten properly so if you crank the slider by hand, the handle could move around on you causing unstable footage. The second was that there are no quick connecting pieces to attach this slider to a tripod or to a fluid head. The only way I could put this slider on a tripod was to spin it on like a top, same with the fluid head. This does not effect performance, but it was a pain. With the slider I rented the Kessler ElectraDrive 200 which is great for time lapse video/photography, but the cord that was with the rental had a problem and had to be held a certain way in order for the motor to run without stopping. Also a pain. Overall a nice piece of equipment, but not great. Here is a link to a sample time lapse: http://youtu.be/D-7mMBnqpjI
Kessler Philip Bloom Series 3' Pocket Dolly Slider
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Note: A fluid head such as theManfrotto 701HDV is recommended to mount on top of the dolly.
The Philip Bloom Signature Series 3' Pocket Dolly is a hybrid slider that combines the lightweight portable rail & carriage system of a standard Pocket Dolly with the adjustable arc diameter handle and drag control of the CineSlider. Features include drag control and locking, handle with adjustable arc diameter for ultimate movement control, smooth rolling precision stainless steel ball bearing wheels, and multiple mounting options. The Philip Bloom Signature Series Pocket Dolly is smoother than other linear sliders due to its ball bearing wheel design.
Sliders are the %$%^! Not only do I use them on every show, but I feel it makes any video look professional. With sliders the rule of thumb is the longer the better. But while most sliders are reasonably priced, when it comes to finding a slider that can do time Lapse photography the prices go through the roof. This is why I love this slider, it can be used like a normal slider or with a motor attached can turn into an affordable time lapse slider. Compared to other sliders this slider is very good, and the attached handle acts as an awesome counter weight that helps produce a smoother sliding motion. Helpful Hint: When using a slider to shoot scenery shots where the subject is far away, you should always have an object close to the camera as a reference to show movement. I've seen people take great slider shots but without any reference to create contrast the slider motion is almost unnoticeable. Good Luck