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Old May 10th, 2008, 08:46 AM   #1
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My DIY Dolly

Clip made with my DIY tripod mounted dolly.

If you are in the UK, and fancy one, give me a shout.

http://www.vimeo.com/996829

and another made using Dolly No 2 off the production line.

http://www.vimeo.com/997312

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y15...dislide004.jpg

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y15...dislide005.jpg

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Old May 10th, 2008, 10:11 PM   #2
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is it!

is it possible to post how to's on the dolly that has the pictures, because it looks really straight forward but I have no DIY sense at all! I've wanted to build a dolly exactly like that one for some time now, but haven't known where to start! could you email me?

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Old May 10th, 2008, 11:06 PM   #3
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Hi Alastair! Do u have a flexing issue when u reach the ends? I see that the panhead is mounted directly onto the shuttle without the bowl. So u cant adjust for flatness. Do u think that is a prob? I'm in the process to build one as well, inspired by u! :)
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Old May 12th, 2008, 02:53 PM   #4
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Hi Guys,

I'm contemplating selling these if there is enough interest. As such, I'll hold off on the details for the moment...sorry!

Sean, as for flexing.....nope...not that I've noticed. The track is really solid and I'm not exactly running a lot of weight along it. The weak link in the chain is my tripod.

I think ideally you want one on which the feet are braced so that they can't spread. On my velbon, I make a point of making sure the feet are dug in or braced against my feet before sliding. If I don't, the tripod legs can sometimes skip a little as the weight shifts.

That said, you can see my shots look fine. Just a very small learning curve.
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Old May 13th, 2008, 02:00 AM   #5
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Had a few people asking if the track flexes with the weight of the XH-A1.

Not that I am aware of. I think this photo shows no obvious signs of flexing.

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y15...dislide002.jpg
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Old May 13th, 2008, 08:16 AM   #6
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Ah thks for sharing buddy!! In this case I will not cater for a bowl head adjustment. Anyway the indieslider doesnt seem to have that possibility.. not really sure but this is wat I deduced from the photo.
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Old May 14th, 2008, 09:26 PM   #7
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purchase

I would for sure buy this, so long as they are reasonably priced and I could put my manfrotto 701RC2 head on, or I suppose a Velbon, as those are cheap
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Old May 17th, 2008, 09:36 AM   #8
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Any idea on pricing yet?

I'd definitely be interested, but being a poor impoverished (mature) student, price is an issue!
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Old May 21st, 2008, 04:59 PM   #9
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Would be nice to get some sort of pricing :)
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Old May 23rd, 2008, 03:47 AM   #10
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I'm working on it. In the process of speaking with the toolroom about getting end stops and carriage plates made.

Being realistic, what would you guys think was a fair price for this?
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Old May 23rd, 2008, 06:11 PM   #11
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I think you should sell at cost plus shipping
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Old May 24th, 2008, 04:24 PM   #12
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It has to be cheaper than the indislider pro.
an ok price would be between 100 and 200 (gbp) + shipping.

The linear head and bearings are quite expencive though. Here in norway the price of one linear head with bearing is about 70 So i guess you have to buy a big supply of them to get the price down to beat the indislider in price.

Hopefully you have a better deal with your supplier in the uk than i have here in norway. ;)

keep us posted!
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Old May 29th, 2008, 09:17 AM   #13
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I'd gladly pay you for building me one that could attach to Manfrotto legs.

How long is the track on the pics? 3.5 feet?
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Old May 29th, 2008, 12:38 PM   #14
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Travel is 1000mm. I'm working on it guys. Should have something ready in a week or three.
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Old May 29th, 2008, 01:08 PM   #15
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Travel is 1000mm. I'm working on it guys. Should have something ready in a week or three.
What's wrong with two weeks? :)





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