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Old January 25th, 2007, 07:00 AM   #1
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Microdolly, anyone?

I cant find any review of Microdolly in this forum. From what i've read on Microdolly's website (www.microdolly.com), it says that the dolly is very light, though it looks not very sturdy and not reliable. So anyone has tried it before? Thanks!
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Old January 25th, 2007, 07:35 AM   #2
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It isnt really a review just see it in actioin. I saw it used in a Digital Juice Vidcast episode.

http://www.digitaljuice.com/djtv/seg...&searchid=7926

see it @ 3:50

From the video it looks a little flimsy but if it is taken care of should work. I would just be worried about people stepping on it kind of thing.
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Old January 25th, 2007, 07:50 AM   #3
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I've used Microdolly many times and it's rock solid and incredibly well-made. Everything collapses into a small portable bag.
It's very expensive, but it's built to last and can handle any payload.
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Old January 25th, 2007, 08:50 AM   #4
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I've used Microdolly many times and it's rock solid and incredibly well-made. Everything collapses into a small portable bag.
It's very expensive, but it's built to last and can handle any payload.
Define "very expensive", please? Like, how much is the basic kit as listed on their website.
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Old January 25th, 2007, 05:15 PM   #5
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Expensive

I think basic dolly w/one piece of track is around $2500.
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Old January 25th, 2007, 06:39 PM   #6
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I have owned and used/abused one for over six years and love it. Very quick to set up & pull down. Packs down to a small and light weight package that I can take with me anywhere.

Like all of these style of dollies it's best to think of them as a 'wide angle dolly' - trying to do a tight follow and a pull focus is a bit hit & miss and best left to a ride on dolly. You also need a fairly flat surface to dolly on but great for adding a bit of movement to an otherwise dull shot.

Expensive up front but has lasted
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Old January 25th, 2007, 10:45 PM   #7
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Yep it is pricey. I've just received pricelist from Microdolly, the basic kits costs about 2500 USD.
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Old June 7th, 2007, 03:48 AM   #8
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Is there such a thing as a dolly kit that's non-DIY for under 300 bucks?
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Old June 7th, 2007, 01:26 PM   #9
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Is there such a thing as a dolly kit that's non-DIY for under 300 bucks?
Probably not but if you decide to go ahead and DIY, here is a new vidcast from Digital Juice on how to make one step by step. Very easy to follow:

http://www.digitaljuice.com/djtv/seg...how=all_videos

Parts list and written instructions in PDF format here:

http://downloads.digitaljuice.com/dj...1-DIYDolly.pdf

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