There has been a lot of interest in the new edelkrone SliderPLUS+ since it was announced a few weeks ago and one of our incredible readers, Andrew Wonder (remember the Canon EOS 1D C lobster movie!), sent us his first demo of the SliderPlus!
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Some thoughts from Andrew
My initial thoughts are:
–It seems just as smooth as any other slider I've used. Even my much more cumbersome Kessler Stealth.
–I cannot believe how small it is in real life. I didn't believe the “fit in your backpack” marketing line but it's true. It will fit nicely in a Pelican 1510 case. Finally a slider you can actually bring everywhere with you. No more ski pole case and extra tripod bag.
–Watching it slide is pretty trippy. It must be the equivalent to people seeing a Ferris Wheel for the first time and thinking wind would tip it over. If you plan on using this for interview shots I think you are going to have some distracted talent for your first few slides. That being said, the sliding movement is amazing. Being able to actually slide forward and backwards is a dream come true. The small profile is really nice.
–In my opinion this is the first true portable slider. I really want to love my Kessler Stealth (especially for triple the money) but even though it's a bit lighter it's really no easier to move around than a 5′ Cineslider. It still requires two tripods and two guys to really make it work. Using the drag control you can lock your camera center and lift it/move it so easily it's amazing. My ideal world would be to have a larger heavy duty Kessler Cinesilder for long/big setup moves then be packing a SliderPlus+ for everything else.
–I did not feel as limited by the range as I thought. This is also the first slider that I could actually use a tripod head while moving the camera. Linear slider moves are so 2012 and being able to easily add smooth pan/tilts and forward/back moves (like on a short doorway dolly) really elevates this and allows you to get shots that I previously haven't been able to achieve with a slider without a remote head.
–I would love to add some Kessler Qwik Release plates to the system. One under the slider connecting to the tripod and another for the camera would make this an even better kit for quick builds and dismantles.
–So far weight wise it seems to like whatever the 701 likes. 5D3 and 1DX were no problem. Didn't test with anything heavier.
There are a few cons I noticed:
Now, I know you're curious about the “cons” so slide over (see the pun there?) to Andrew's blog for all the details!
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(cover photo credit: snap from the video)