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Old April 29th, 2008, 09:29 PM   #16
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Looks pretty nifty! Is there much downward deflection when you travel out to the extreme ends of the slide?
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Old April 30th, 2008, 12:27 AM   #17
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The actual slide itself does not deflect in any way. The weak link in the chain is the cheap tripod I have. Unless I have it well locked off and the feet well braced, it can dip a little.
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Old May 6th, 2008, 08:28 AM   #18
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Wow nice.. I wanted to ask this question too as it is too expensive to ship in an indieslider. So what was it that you bought to implement the slider? I gotta search for something in my country too!
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Old May 6th, 2008, 06:49 PM   #19
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Alistair,

Do you have part numbers for your slider? looks to be different from the one Bryan made in which most of the links have been to.

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Old May 15th, 2008, 05:54 AM   #20
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This DIY looks very promising.

Would love to see some sort of motors connected to the pipes and the camera that drives the camera forward at a really slow speed. That would create REALLY beautiful timelapse pictures. I guess this is the way bbc did it at some of the "planet earth" timelapse shots.

All you need is a eldriven motor that pulls the camera forward with some wiring or something similar over time :)
with the right torque and weight that images would be truly incredible!

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What kind of pipes did you use. Looks very good
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Old May 15th, 2008, 03:28 PM   #21
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I have done alot of research and have considered alot of different linear bearings.
I found this site, selling plastic linear bearings for when you need less noise and oil. Maybe some of you guys could find it interesting.
http://www.igus.de/wpck/default.aspx...p_overview_dry
probably a great alternative if the aluminium ones are to noisy.
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Old May 15th, 2008, 07:21 PM   #22
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interesting find.. intending to build one too?
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Old May 16th, 2008, 09:17 AM   #23
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I am concidering building one.
I have ordered pricelists from the only supplier of linear aluminium bearings in norway (rotek.no), but the prices pr head was to much. the whole rig becomes more expencive than buying a prebuilt indislider pro, so i guess i have to find another approach.

I am concidering ordering from Usa. The dollarprices is really nice for us norwegians these days. But its a bit bad if i order a bunch of products that don't do the job, and can't return it after custom declarations and all that.
Would be great to get some more info on what components that do work and not from you guys that allready have bought it.
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Old July 9th, 2008, 03:20 AM   #24
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so...? what's up?
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Old August 5th, 2008, 11:30 AM   #25
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my DIY slider video www.vimeo.com/1471704
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Old August 19th, 2008, 10:38 AM   #26
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Just to let anybody who is interested know, I have found a much cheaper and quicker courier which means shipping the complete unit is no longer much of an issue.

E-mail me for a quote!
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Old August 20th, 2008, 05:00 AM   #27
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Well, Alistair's slider sure is interesting but I have one question on DIY sliders in general. What are the advantages of a guided slider like what is discussed in this thread versus just making a miniature version of a typical track dolly?
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Old August 20th, 2008, 05:08 AM   #28
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Far quicker setup, far quicker portability, far less to transport/setup/movement.

Honestly, for event guys/real estate/promotional work, this thing is a HUGE time saver. You simply shoot, lift, shoot, lift, shoot, lift.

It gets into tight spaces that any traditional setup just wouldn't look at.

I know I make these however, I honestly rarely take my steadycam and crane out now because of the "hassle factor". I sit there thinking ok, 10mins to setup the crane/steadycam or.......clip onto my Glidetrack in 10secs and shoot a selection of angles within 5 minutes?

It wins every time.
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Old August 20th, 2008, 03:52 PM   #29
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Alastair, your DIY slider looks great.

I'm going to probably order one in a few months (I'm in the states).

One thing, do you think that you might be able to post some setups and or instructions for use on your website.

Some video showing you using the Gliderack and results would be very handy as well.

Thanks and great job on the Glidetrack,
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Old August 20th, 2008, 07:59 PM   #30
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It's on my to-do list. Going to try and shoot some stuff this weekend.

Delivery to the States is averaging 3 days using Fed-Ex fully tracked shipping.
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