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Ryan ONeil April 15th, 2010 05:48 PM

Glidetrack for...
 
I'm needing to find a glide track for my hdr-fx1. Is there one out there for that big of a camera?

Philip Howells April 15th, 2010 07:09 PM

Ryan

I own two lengths of glidetrack based on the popular cast track and use them with a Z1 which isn't very much heavier than your fx1. They're well made and look professional but you should be aware that all track bends to a certain degree but that cast lengths like ours bend more than better designed items. The fact is that circular section or box sections bend less than a single cast unit - so little that you could well regard them as unbending for most non-critical applications like video.

I suggest you contact Chris Harding, a member of this forum, by PM.

Chris Harding April 15th, 2010 07:41 PM

Hi Ryan

I made up a DIY glide track with door track aluminium square section around 50" long and this still bends a tiny bit at the end but then again, my all up camera weight is around 8lbs!!!

I have been tinkering with a new idea, spawned by Philip, using round tube which is theoretically the stiffest and using a track with 2 x 3/4" aluminium tube there is no deflection at all. (Philip said his engineer friend told him this is the only way to go) The only "disadvantage" is that the carriage I made is no "captive" but I have had no issues with it. The carriage is basically an aluminium frame with two bits of angle running longitudinally it has 8 x 3/4" bearings mounted so the "wheels" can conform to any mis-alignment in track width too. Runs as smooth as silk and cost me less than $50 in parts!!

If you want more details I will finish it after the weekend as I have a wedding shoot today and tomorrow

Chris

Josh Fung April 15th, 2010 09:54 PM

I'd be interested to see you project Chris. Do keep us informed!! :)

Ryan ONeil April 15th, 2010 10:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Chris Harding (Post 1514878)
Hi Ryan

I made up a DIY glide track with door track aluminium square section around 50" long and this still bends a tiny bit at the end but then again, my all up camera weight is around 8lbs!!!

I have been tinkering with a new idea, spawned by Philip, using round tube which is theoretically the stiffest and using a track with 2 x 3/4" aluminium tube there is no deflection at all. (Philip said his engineer friend told him this is the only way to go) The only "disadvantage" is that the carriage I made is no "captive" but I have had no issues with it. The carriage is basically an aluminium frame with two bits of angle running longitudinally it has 8 x 3/4" bearings mounted so the "wheels" can conform to any mis-alignment in track width too. Runs as smooth as silk and cost me less than $50 in parts!!

If you want more details I will finish it after the weekend as I have a wedding shoot today and tomorrow

Chris

I'd definitely be interested. Thanks!

Kren Barnes April 15th, 2010 10:45 PM

yeah me too...will you be posting some sort of DIY instructions? cause that is really interesting...

Thanks

Dror Levi April 16th, 2010 09:53 AM

Hi Ryan,
Hi build one myself that works with my fx1000 and 7d and it works great.
I actually got the wider and stronger track that cost me less then $200.00 to put it all together.

Ryan ONeil April 16th, 2010 11:40 AM

Dror,
Do you have pics? Instructions?

Chris Harding April 16th, 2010 04:43 PM

Hi Guys

Will do after I get rid of my two weekend weddings!! There is an easy way too using DryLin track which is ready-made!! See here

http://www.dvinfo.net/forum/dolly-tr...39-slider.html

Chris

Renton Maclachlan April 16th, 2010 05:37 PM

Drylin track is VERY expensive here in NZ...


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