Fluid Drag on a Slider? Meet SmartSystem’s SmartSLIDER Reflex S

by Hugh Brownstone2 Comments

Remember the first time you used a fluid head on your tripod? A revelation, right? Italian company SmartSystem offers a patent-pending fluid drag control – with motor options — on its SmartSLIDER Reflex S series.

You’ve seen us write about this before: a slider is one of the very first additions to a filmmaker’s kit for creating dynamic, cinematic shots.

But it just isn’t easy to get a consistent movement, even when the track itself is smooth as glass, without very steady hands and a good amount of practice.

This is one reason why motors are so appealing: dependable, repeatable, adjustable speed, great for time-lapse, and detached from one’s own less-than-rock-steady physical limitations.

When a motor is out of the question because of cost or noise, though, what is one to do?

Kessler Crane is a well-known and respected go-to company for planet5D readers, and their higher end sliders offer drag control.

But with this written, Italian manufacturer SmartSystem offers a different take on drag control on sliders, and we think both the company and its products offer a fascinating set of alternatives.

From a patent-pending fluid drag system that — like a true fluid head – operates directly on the ball bearings rather than simple friction against the rails, to their motto “We have never left a customer alone,” the thoughtful design touches, and their own set of lessons and video tutorials, we’re intrigued and charmed.

Guess we'll have to get one in so we can go hands on with it.

In the meantime, visit their web site at www.smartsystem.it to learn more. [bctt tweet=”An Italian take on camera sliders”]

SmartSLIDER Reflex S: the first patent pending flud drag in a slider

Via Smart System:

Came from Italy the first slider provided with a patent pending fluid drag: the SmartSLIDER Reflex S, developed by the Italian company SmartSystem (website: www.smartsystem.it).

The Reflex S is the natural evolution of the SmartSLIDER Reflex, and has the same technical and mechanical features, plus an innovative fluid drag system. This brand new system allows every videomaker to create smooth sliding camera movements also at slowest speeds. It becomes very helpful also when start and stop moving damping every possible vibration.

SmartSLIDER Reflex S


As the SmartSystem website states, “the feeling is the same of using a fluid head”.

The fluid drag friction is not the only interesting feature of the SmartSLIDER Reflex S. In facts it's one of the litest video slider on the market: the longest sized one (800 mm of real stroke) weighs only 2.3 kg while the shortest one (410 mm of real stroke) weighs only 1.8 kg.

The sizes available are three and are defined by the available stroke length of every different model:
• SmartSLIDER Reflex S 410
• SmartSLIDER Reflex S 560
• SmartSLIDER Reflex S 800


Every size is able to carry on up to 14 kg, for this reason the SmartSLIDER Reflex S is not only suitable for DSLR but also for every low weight camera. Every slider SmartSystem is designed to be as smooth as possible when used manually but every model is suitable to be motorized.

More information at www.smartsystem.it

(cover photo credit: snap from Smart System)

Hugh Brownstone

Hugh is the founder of Three Blind Men and An Elephant Productions. He and the team write, direct, shoot, score, and edit web-centric films; conduct photo shoots; and write copy, white papers and blog posts. Hugh also writes screenplays (he recently optioned a TV pilot) and just published his first eBook (Apple's iPhone: The Next Video Revolution). If it's about telling stories, it's in their wheelhouse.

And always with the ambition of authenticity, humanity and wit.
Hugh Brownstone


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