Camtree Micro Dolly IGUS Slider with Pulley System

Roller bearing sliders have a love/hate relationship. Some people love the smooth no friction action, and some people hate the inconsistencies they might get without friction. Thanks for Martin for tipping me off on this review. YouTube member AYFilms gives us a review of the Camtree Micro Dolly. We've all seen IGUS Drylin based sliders, but with this Camtree Micro Dolly version they provide an optional pulley system. They are also using one of the widest rails available from IGUS which handles much better than the smaller and narrower versions.

Camtree Micro Dolly Slider Pulley IGUS

The IGUS rails work on dry (plastic-like) bearings that actually slide (not roll) across the rail. One thing to keep in mind with these friction sliders is you want to center the weight as best as possible. Too much over the side and you'll have unequal tension. The pulley system not only offers additional tension to make sliding more consistent, but pulls the carrier from the lowest point to provide less binding. As mentioned in the video, with the pulley crank removed, you're pretty much 80% the way to making a motorized slider or motion controlled timelapse rig. The Camtree Micro Dolly comes with Pulley system, Quick Release Adapter, and Foam padded Travel Case.

Camtree IGUS Pulley Slider
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16 thoughts on “Camtree Micro Dolly IGUS Slider with Pulley System

  1. Frank

    Wow the shots Chris D. did with the drill don't look very smooth at all, look kinda of jerky to me? Anyone else?

  2. @SkunkWorks , I feel your pain man, last night I couldnt sleep for like 3 hors and stayed up till 2...
    I was so tired at 7 when i had to go to school.

    I was thinking about using skateboard trucks as a way to make a slider.

    BTW i should try the drill idea...

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  4. you can easily motorize this with a handheld drill and a sawed off allen wrench.
    this will work if the design is similar to how kessler crane does their pocket dolly or cineslider.

  5. Greg

    Hey Emm, do you have any links or recommendations for light but padded travel bags for the original igus slider? I have the 1040, a bit narrower but still with a head in tact I dont have a good carrying case for it. I saw the speaker bags you posted before but I feel its a tad too big, sometimes I need to go out with just my slider and head +it would be nice to have something to store it snugly when not in use.

  6. Emm

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    @Apostolos - It's a matter of preference. I find the roller bearings won't give you any problems with friction no matter what position the slider is in. The Friction based rails can bind in some situations, especially when the weight is not centered on the carrier. I've used both, and I prefer the roller bearing type. As far as a 'motorized' crank, you'll probably get much more consistency in your sliding speeds, so if you can do it, then the Micro Dolly looks like it's setup for that.

  7. So Emm, between the Konova and the Microdolly, what do you think? They're both about 3 ft, even though I think both have 4 footer versions too. The decision points for me are

    a) Support by one tripod
    b) Motorized cranking.
    c) Ability to be used vertically

    I'm sure you've seen this youtube video of this guy who has some car show on cable who uses a variable speed cordless drill as a dirt cheap way to motorize the dolly.

    I'd say the Microdolly wins on b), what do you think?

    Pricing is pretty close.

  8. SkunkWorks

    @Chris

    You can do pretty much anything to anything if you have the will and a bit of aptitude (and some tools). I sometimes can't get to sleep at night thinking about how I'm going to design, fabricate or implement something for my camera rig... usually based on an idea I got by coming here and not wanting to pay commercial prices for some of this stuff, alot of which is pretty simple in design and uses cheap materials 😉

    I motorized my Igus slider with a 12v DC electric window crank motor... think of trying to hold down a power window in an automobile with your hand while it's rising... alot of torque there which is what you'd want for an application like this so it'll keep a constant steady speed while overcoming any tendency for the carriage to bind anywhere.

    The only thing I don't like about belt driven sliders with the belt oriented the way it is in this Igus one is that the belt pulls on one side of the carriage, and like Emm said, with a dry linear bearing slider you'll want all the forces on the carriage to be centered and balanced. That's why I ran my belt in a vertical loop (over and under the rail) so it travels down the center of the rail and pulls dead center on the carriage.

  9. Aaron

    I already got the Konova slider, gopro camera and the eggtimer (all thanks to this website). If anyone got any good/easy DIY motorized dolly to be put onto a Konova slider, I would really appreciate to see some video/instruction on it.

  10. Looks like a Kessler knock off. Before Kessler went to an all bearing slider. Their design was exactly like this one.

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