So after finally catching up on my entire life, I had time to edit together the slider footage I took quite some time ago. I used FCPX also to start learning it.[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=siDPqB0RO04%5D
Some of the shots are a little be shaky because I was the only one operating the camera so I was simultaneously sliding and panning or focusing. Even these shots though came out very acceptable in my opinion.
IGUS vs. Opteka
I had and returned the Opteka 47″ Slider. The slider itself was not bad, but I just don’t think it could handle the weight of my camera. Thanks to info from Oliviatech I found the ready to go IGUS. The purchased the IGUS W1080-B. This version comes with pre-tapped holes which is great, although I did add some washers to the end so that it would not slide off. The IGUS slider is about double the width that the Opteka was. This distributes the weight of the camera more evenly and allows for a much smoother slide. There was no comparison, the sliding was much easier and more consistent with the IGUS over the Opteka. The IGUS is a bit shorter at just over 3 ft, but 3 ft is plenty of length. The 47″ was actually very difficult to maneuver, and needed more than one tripod to use. I used the IGUS with just one tripod for all of the tests using some techniques described at CheesyCam. I do, however, miss the feet that went on the Opteka they were a very nice addition. Although CheesyCam points to a DIY Solutions for this. Another plus about the IGUS is that it comes with a very tiny allen wrench to adjust the tension.
Number & Letters
There are a few different IGUS models for sale on amazon. It can be confusing as to what is what, and why some are more expensive. They all start with a W, the numbers following dictate the Width of the slider. The 1040 is 2.9″ the 1080 is 4.2″ and the 16 is 4.1.” Now wait a second, the 16 is the most expensive, but thinner than the 1080. The 16 offers 16mm bearings (the size of the rail is slides on) where the other two offer 10mm bearings. The letters at the end stand for what it comes with (is it pre drilled, hand clamp, etc.) A= nothing, just the slider. B=Pre-drilled/tapped. C= no holes, but a hand clamp to adjust tension. All of this information can be found at their website, but it is confusing on amazon.
Everybody who can afford a Konova slider has one. This is the next step down in sliders and I think it is the best of its price range. I eventually want to add a pulley system to this to get very smooth slides. Compared to the Opteka Slider this is a no brainer, much more stable for larger cameras. I have not used any of the other ones on the market, but all of the ones in a close price range are friction based sliders except for the Juiced Link slider. The Juiced Link slider is new and looked pretty interesting. I do not think that it is as practical as the IGUS though because you cannot easily mount to a tripod.