November 17, 2016 at 4:51AM

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slider vs dolly

Hi Guys and gals,

for this upcoming documentary about an artist I'm thinking of buying a sliding system for smooth shots of his art. I'll mostly shoot with a c100 and c300 and now I'm contemplating a Kessler Cineslider or a full on dolly system.

I'm leaning towards the cineslider for quick setup and since it can still handle a lot of weight, but what would be the advantage of getting a dolly system with rails, bells and whistles?

I don't want to buy something and regret it next year, as I did a few years ago buying a small slider that could only carry a 5D.

Thanks for any input

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A full dolly system only seems sensible if you have the time and space to set it up. Or if you need to move the camera quite some distance. Quite a bit of planning needed for each shot, I imagine.

The new Duzi 4 slider, with fly-wheel under the carriage, seems like a great small slider option.

November 17, 2016 at 5:08AM

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That does look like a nifty device, cheers

November 17, 2016 at 6:02AM

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Filmdudezero
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Ask yourself if you want flexibility or convenience more. As Ben said, a dolly is a lot heavier and more difficult to implement but on the other hand, you can do a lot more with it. Whether you get a dolly or a slider, make sure it's a good one or you WILL regret it!

November 17, 2016 at 7:25AM

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haha yes, I've already made that mistake a few years ago hence this topic ^^ thanks!

November 17, 2016 at 7:50AM

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Filmdudezero
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So what would be a good tripod to go with that duzi? any recommendations?

November 17, 2016 at 8:22AM

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Filmdudezero
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I've got a Cinevate Atlas since 2010: I still use it very often, it is still in great shape and customer support is great. I'm sure Duzi is also build to last.
I use 2 Manfrotto 117B tripods (my slider is 1,5 meter long. Plus I put a leveler on top to be able to level the slider.) The 117 can handle quite some weight and can be set to at least 5 feet high (I usually set it lower, so I don't know the height by heart). And it has a center column you can rise more precisely than adjusting the feet can do.

November 21, 2016 at 3:27PM

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