Need a Lightweight Mo-Co Slider? The $500 Nebo is the Lightest One in the World
There's no doubt about it -- a well-done, well-placed motion shot can make your project look like a million bucks (or that it cost that much to make, at least). There are all sorts of relatively inexpensive tools out there that can do a wide range of jobs, from simple pans and tilts to complicated motion-controlled slides for time-lapse pieces, but not spending a ton of money isn't the only thing on an indie filmmaker's wishlist (though it's probably at the top). Documentarians filming Alpine ibexes in the European Alps, narrative filmmakers whose day of shooting includes multiple locations, and me, a very, very lazy individual, look for gear that is not only on the cheap side, but also lightweight and portable.
Edelkrone does a fantastic job offering filmmakers lightweight, portable, and affordable camera gear, like their super tiny Pocket Slider, but if you want to branch out, or just see what else is out there, then you might want to take a look at the Nebo, which offers some great features, including being the lightest motion control slider in the world. The folks at Capture Beyond Limits, who specialize in portable, lightweight gear, are running a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for manufacturing, and like most gear campaigns, pledges are basically pre-orders.
But before we get to the Nebo's features and specs, here's a video to get the two of you acquainted:
And here are some sample shots:
And finally, here's CBL to show you how quick it is to set the rig up:
- 2.3 lbs. (non-motorized); 3.2 lbs. (motorized)
- 40" rails break down into two 20" sections (fits into a carry-on)
- Quick setup
- Center mount
- Use it with one tripod, two tripods, or directly on the ground
- Works at up to 60 degree angles
- Variable speed
- Special Kickstarter price
CBL is offering the Nebo in several versions:
- Manual Slider ($500)
- Motion Controlled Slider ($700)
- Motion Controlled Slider with Feisol CB-50D Ball Head ($850)
They also offer bundling options that include a tripod and travel backpack, but the price gets pretty steep when you get into that territory. However, buying during the Kickstarter campaign will save you about $200. So, if you're planning on snatching one up, now might be the time to do it.
Does the Nebo seem like a good option for low-budget filmmakers in need of something light and portable? What are some other lightweight sliders that are worth a look?