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Old April 15th, 2010, 06:48 PM   #1
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I'm needing to find a glide track for my hdr-fx1. Is there one out there for that big of a camera?
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Old April 15th, 2010, 08:09 PM   #2
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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.
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Old April 15th, 2010, 08:41 PM   #3
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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

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Old April 15th, 2010, 10:54 PM   #4
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I'd be interested to see you project Chris. Do keep us informed!! :)
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Old April 15th, 2010, 11:08 PM   #5
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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!
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Old April 15th, 2010, 11:45 PM   #6
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yeah me too...will you be posting some sort of DIY instructions? cause that is really interesting...

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Old April 16th, 2010, 10:53 AM   #7
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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.
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Old April 16th, 2010, 12:40 PM   #8
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Dror,
Do you have pics? Instructions?
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Old April 16th, 2010, 05:43 PM   #9
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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

DIY 39" Slider

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Old April 16th, 2010, 06:37 PM   #10
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Drylin track is VERY expensive here in NZ...
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