First Camera Slider - What length?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by Pngwyn, Jan 13, 2013.

  1. macrumors regular

    Oct 20, 2008
    I'm thinking about picking up a Konova slider for my 7D, but I'm torn between whether I should go for the 80CM (31.5") or the 100CM (39.4").

    My concern with the short one is that slides can't be long as I desire, and my concern with the big one is portability and use on a single tripod. Hope this is the right section for this.. if anyone has any input that would be appreciated :D
  2. macrumors 65816


    Jan 26, 2008
    I am in the same boat but more extreme.

    I am looking at a 2 foot or 4 foot.

    I talked to a friend and he said that for more than 2 feet, you want two tripods.
    I am doing "reveal" slides and don't need ubber length. I have a DYI slide that is 3 feet and it's too long.
  3. macrumors regular


    Mar 24, 2010
    Check out the new slider from Edelkrone. Ingenious design, it allows for a 2' slide, yet it's small enough to fit in a backpack. Two feet may be all you need, if done well.
  4. macrumors 65816


    Jan 26, 2008
    any follow up Pngwyn?
  5. macrumors member

    May 18, 2009
    I´d say that it mainly depends on how tall you are and how far can you reach (without stretching yourself). Cause to do a smooth slide you can´t move your legs or change position in any way.
    I went for the 80cm Konova slider for this particular reason and I really don´t regret it. 80 cm is enough, if you need more then 80cm in one shot it is likely you probably need a lot more, like 2 meters and above and that´s not a job for a slider.

    This is true in all cases, unless of course you get the crank handle... ;)
  6. macrumors newbie


    Apr 13, 2012
    Thornton, CO.
    I'd have to say that Trixter pretty much nailed it here. It's all about preference & the needs of the shot, but I think 80cm is a great settle. I run a 75cm slider, and I like it a lot for local shoots, but wouldn't go any bigger. Like you mentioned, portability is a big deal, and you may be surprised how little of the actual slider length you really use. Not to mention trying to get through all your setups with a two tripod setup... Man, that just kills your set up time.

    In fact, I've actually been very interested the Edelkrone slider that Photoshopper mentioned, just because it's small and portable and I'd love a slider I can fit in my carry-on. (Which means it couldn't be any bigger than 21"-22").

    In the end, just play with whatever models you can get access to and pick the one that has the options, length, stability, and price that fits you and your technique best.

    Be interested to hear what you decide on.

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