My Gear: Jibs & Sliders

 

Kessler Stealth Slider Mfr. Site

Comments: The Stealth is meant for smaller rigs as it has a weight capacity of 15 lbs. whereas the CineSlider (below) has a weight capacity of 35 lbs. (if centermounted) and 80 lbs. (if fully supported). The Stealth has the same drag control feature as the CineSlider, which is always good for adding tension for more control of slower moves.

Description (from Kessler): The Stealth is a hybrid slider that combines the lightweight portable rail & carriage system of our standard Pocket Dolly™ with the drag control of our CineSlider™. Features include drag control, measuring tape, smooth rolling precision stainless steel ball bearing wheels and multiple mounting options. The Stealth does not have a crank handle.

Kessler CineSlider Mfr. Site

Comments: This unit is in direct competition with the Atlas system above to be honest. It’s very important to remember that every tool has it’s particular strenght.  The CineSlider is incredibly well built – and will work wonderfully with the hand crank or the Elektra motor.  Keep in mind that the Atlas system above may appeal to operators who want to push the slider by hand at the base AND operate their fluid head at the same time.  Yet pushing a slider at a precise speed, especially at slow speeds – is a skill.  Having a hand crank let alone a motor can be a superb advantage.  Frankly – I use both – and in different situations.   This unit is mounted on tripods and may take just a tad bit longer to put up than the Atlas would on the ground for example.   The being said: you need to decide for yourself on how often you will be shooting from ground level or from a table – versus with a set of sticks that you can adjust precisely.    I personally love this CineSlider because you can start with the base model shown here – and add to it over time with electric motors, the revolution head, and Oracle control system over time.   This will allow you to operate the entire system remotely for video (a remote controlled slider with pan/tilt head!) and to use it not only for video – but also for incredible time lapse photography setups.  As you can see – there is a lot of room for me for both the Atlas and CineSlider systems – as each fills a unique niche.

It should be said that this is THE GO TO SYSTEM for time lapse photography in my opinion.  Nothing comes close to it at this time.  The build of the slider, the motors, and Revolution head is rock solid.  Read more about it and related gear in the Timelapse and Motion Control Section of the blog.

Go to the 10:01 Mark on this video – to see the Kessler Crane w/ Elektra Motors, Revolution Head, and Oracle Motors:


Here is an example of a Time Lapse dolly "push" (halfway through the video) on the Kessler Cine Slider. This time lapse was shot off of the coast of Naples, Italy on a Canon 5D MKII, Canon 24~70mm 2.8, Canon TC-80N3 Timer Remote Controller Unit a B+W 77mm Circular Polarizer mounted on a Kessler CineSlider, with an elektra DRIVE and ORACLE Controller mounted on a Manfrotto 498RC4 Ballhead supported by two Manfrotto 190CXPRO3 Carbon Fiber tripods.

Description (from Kessler): The Kessler CineSlider™ is a heavy duty portable mini-dolly / linear slider system for camera rigs weighing up to 80 pounds or more. Weighing in at only 10 pounds, with a length of 40.5 inches, 5 inches wide, and a total camera travel distance or 35.5 inches, the CineSlider is a very portable solution to get those quick, smooth short-run dolly movements, without having to transport a large dolly system.

Shuttle Pod Starter Rail Kit 4ft

Mfr. Site

Comments:  This is a fantastic slider system that can literally grow with you.   You can start with a 4 foot system and go all the way up to 12 feet – which I do regularly.   As long as you use proper support you’ll find zero flex which is critical.   This is the heart of my time lapse system – and works perfectly with or without motors.  The legs are a great solution for a low mode use as well.

Additionally, I love the outrigger feet – really fantastic way to put the slider down on the floor, on a  table or just about any surface (especially uneven ones) quickly in seconds and make very quick adjustments.  Tripods take significantly longer.

Description (from Kessler): The Shuttle Pod Start Rail Kit (4 ft) is the base to your Shuttle Pod Rail System. By adding on the 4 foot Extension Rail Kit (or multiple), you can expand your Shuttle Pod Rail System to 8 ft, 12 ft, or more (with proper supports).

  

Shuttle Pod 4ft Extension Rail Kit Mfr. Site

Comments:  It’s great to be able to quickly go from 4 feet, to 8 feet and eventually 12 feet… or as long as you want to go theoretically!   

Description (from Kessler):  Turn your 4 foot Shuttle Pod Rail Starter Kit into a 8 foot length, or add multiple extensions to extend the rail length longer. The cross includes standard threaded holes for adding additional support.

Kessler Shuttle Pod

Mfr. Site

Comments:  We’ve mounted fully loaded RED Epics, and all HDSLRS to this system without a problem.

Description (from Kessler): The Kessler Shuttle Pod™ is a unique camera dolly system that can utilize your existing standard Kessler Crane (11.5" width) as the rail / track system for the dolly. You can also use our proprietary expandable rail system (available soon) if you do not have a Kessler Crane. The Shuttle Pod™ has multiple optional camera mounting options available, using the Cheese Plate and 100mm Bowl Mount inserts. The Shuttle Pod™ is completely smooth and silent and can even be removed and used as a table top dolly, by rolling on a smooth surface

Kessler Shuttle Pod Mini

Mfr. Site

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Description (from Kessler): The Kessler Shuttle Pod Mini is a smaller, easier to transport version of the original Shuttle Pod. It is about half the size and half the weight of its big brother, yet still provides the versatility needed to get the manual or motorized shot you require. The Shuttle Pod Mini is designed to break down into a small, easy to manage package. Using the shorter 2’ rail sections, it can even be stowed in a backpack for those long hikes up the mountain. Like the larger Shuttle Pod, the Shuttle Pod Mini is totally smooth and silent. It can be used with the included track or stand alone on any smooth, flat surface. Track sections are available in 2’, 3’ and 4’ lengths and can be connected end to end to achieve any length desired. Outrigger feet are available for the Shuttle Pod Mini for track end support. Center supports are also available for use with longer track runs. We recommend supporting the track at least every 4’.

Kessler Pocket Jib Mfr. Site

Comments: This is my GO TO Jib due to how quickly it can be assembled and how well it travels.  I use this with my regular tripod sticks all the time so that I only need to travel w/ the JIB section (make sure you have the proper bowl adapters etc.)

Description (from Kessler): The Kessler Pocket Jib™ is the ultimate compact, portable jib. Not only is this jib fully collapsible for easy transport, but you can also mount the Kessler Pocket Dolly™ or CineSlider™ to it, turning it into a virtual "all-in-one" production tool, offering both a jib and mini-dolly in one unit. The Pocket Jib™ has a telescopic dual rail arm design that has a maximum reach of five feet, fully extended, which is approximately 6" less than our KC-8 crane. The end of the crane arm features a ball relocator with 100mm bowl, so you can mount a 100mm ball fluid head. The weight bar system is also telescopic and collapses and folds away for easy transport.

Kessler Crane 12/8 Mfr. Site

Comments: This is a BIG jib and with a motorize head you can do some pretty tremendous stuff with it.  It doesn’t travel as well as the "Pocket" Jib above, but with a Hercules Head (or other motorized head) this will bring a huge amount of production value to your shoot for a relatively small cost.

Description (from Kessler): Our Complete System – ULTRA package is our complete system option that includes some of our most popular accessories. The base system includes a Kessler Crane, Hercules 2.0 head, K-Pod System