December 3, 2013

Trost Slider Will Support the Weight of Your Car & Smoothly Move Your Camera

The DSLR revolution ushered in an explosion of one-person-crew gear options, and the slider has been no exception. Many manufacturers offer variations on the basic yet effective sliding camera platform, including Redrock, edelkrone, DitoGear, and Rhino. Now, a manufacturer called Trost is introducing a very sleek-looking slider aiming for extreme dependability and durability. Trost sliders feature hand-machined steel components, a quickly adjustable design, and the strength to support (some of) the weight of a 1983 Toyota Tercel. If you had any sliders on your holiday wishlist, you might want to check below for more details.

As far as camera moves go, it's hard to beat the stability and smoothness of dolly and track. When portability and setup time are of the essence, however, lighter-weight sliders can offer a good-looking solution. And Trost has created one beautiful-looking piece of gear here.

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Of course, good looks only count for so much, and functionality is the real selling point. Material posted by Trost emphasizes strong, weather-ready, and precise design, (which in turn give rise to the attractive aesthetics).

Trost, above all else, values its craftsmanship. Press material goes into further detail:

Each Trost slider is assembled, calibrated, and tested by hand. Although we depend on high-precision machining, a slider is only considered to be finished if it feels right during hands-on testing. The strength and precision of Trost sliders is partly due to the use of steel rolling components. Each wheel is rated to support 141 pounds of axial load – more than what most sliders can support in total. A Trost slider weighing 15lbs can support a camera rig weighing 560lbs with precise camera motion and zero observable deflection of the rail.

And yeah, there's the whole Tercel thing mentioned previously.

Granted, the system there is supported by three base plates per slider (each comes with two standard), but that's still a demonstration that puts a smile on the face. Coupled with easy one-person operation, such strength makes a solid candidate out of the Trost slider, even amongst a multitude of competition.

As you might imagine, Trost sliders won't come cheap. Configurations of 100cm, 75cm, and 100cm & 50cm dual-axis go for $1500, $1300, and $2000 on the Trost Store page, respectively. If you're pushing around heavy camera rigs and you need a quicker setup or more portable dolly solution, the Trost may be something to consider. It isn't an entry-level piece of gear by any means, but it's an affordable solution for the weight it can bear. And yes, you will almost certainly look good while using it.

Link: Trost Motion -- Homepage

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11 Comments

Well at that price, it should deliver the best performance and they seem to be going in that direction. I might not personnaly be on the market for such tool but it's good that it exist.

December 3, 2013 at 1:32PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Hubert

I don't understand why people are still moving into the slider market. It's already full of gear that is cheaper and matches this performance. The only large selling point I can see is I can put a car on it, but my DSLR dosen't weigh a car and an EPIC would likely be on a higher price tag piece of gear.

December 3, 2013 at 7:06PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Tyler

Not sure how supporting a car is a selling point for a slider. If anything it detracts because it means its over engineered structurally meaning more weight than you need to carry around. The clamping mechanism looks interesting tho.

December 3, 2013 at 9:09PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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I ran a teleprompter + HXP3000 + miller head a few weeks ago. none of the little sliders could handle the load but the dana dolly did it just fine with 6' pipe. FWIW, before setting up a fiddly slider and supporting it properly its faster and easier to just use a real dolly if you have a solid floor.... plus you can move your entire rig around on the dolly which saves even more time and effort.

December 3, 2013 at 9:55PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Dolly Trax for $499 has a slider on top of wheels. All manual operation though.

December 3, 2013 at 10:26PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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DLD

So..... Why is this expensive than other sliders.. oh, wait.. it can withhold a car.. Great.. Great job guys but as a very innovative company like u guys, you should be changing the GAME like Mõvi did..
Seriously the market is already loaded with sliders (even Phillip Bloom). But good work..

Just my opinion ..

December 4, 2013 at 5:24AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Henrovee

Looks 9/10
Ergonomics 8/10
Innovation 4/10
Value for money 5/10

December 4, 2013 at 9:52AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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konstantinos

Can't agree more with Konstantinos..

December 4, 2013 at 7:06PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Henrovee

This is the slider for an ALEXA. Ever checked what prices those have? This one is very cheap in comparison, and easier to use. Great engineering job. I might get one.

December 4, 2013 at 11:36PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Henry

For the price of the 2 axis setup you can get decent set of sticks + head + slider and even maybe a cheap glass like a Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AF-D

December 5, 2013 at 5:23PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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@Isaac Everything is relative. My tripod+head cost 50% more than the 2-axis setup slider. So when you say that I could get good sticks, head AND slider (plus maybe a lens?) for less than $2k, I think you're mistaken. It all depends on your gear and needs.

December 18, 2013 at 2:39AM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Josh