IGUS gets wise to DIY Camera Sliders

Now available at Amazon.com - click image

Igus is the manufacturer of the popular Drylin W Linear Guide rail. Linear guide rails are seen in robotics and manufacturing type machines and associated with lube and grease, not good for cameras. This design uses 'Dry Bearings' so it was natural that this rail exploded onto the DSLR Video scene as one of the most widely used rails for DIY camera sliders AND by actual retailers of Camera sliders. From what many are saying, the early adopters for this rail call this the 'ZaZa Slider' and you'll find a group on Vimeo from people making it from Igus rails.

You can see this same basic rail design in Glidetrack, Kessler, and others. When I first created my DIY Camera slider, I had to call IGUS in Ireland, figure out the exact parts I needed, and have it shipped from overseas. Looks like so many camera manufacturers have been using their rail, Igus is now hip to DSLR video, and they are now posting an item at Amazon.com specifically as a 'Camera slider'. The nice thing in this image is the new side clamp on the carrier designed to lock the carrier in place. I was using old hand clamps to keep mine from shifting as I was transporting.

You can check out my DIY Slider in this video to see what this whole thing looks like put together. There was a bit of drilling needed to get the rail onto the tripod, and a bit of drilling to get the Fluid head onto the Igus Carrier, but very easy material to work with. Take my advice and don't get 4 feet of rail. It's nice and fun, but soooo long it's akward to carry it around. You'll be better off with 2 feet, 3 feet MAX. Well thanks to Igus, it looks like they are making things a bit more streamlined for us DIY'ers interested in building our own camera slider with a straight purchase to the complete set. Below is a link to the most popular one they are saying, but here's a link to More Igus Camera Slider Rails.

Product Description
Modular DryLin® W linear guides ensure a smooth, lubrication-free gliding motion for camera slider systems. Used by manufacturers of high-quality, complete systems, as well as individual DIY video enthusiasts seeking individual components for camera dollies and camera slider assemblies.

Our most popular camera slider size. Includes 1,000mm-long guide rail (39.4") with 9 holes evenly spaced and a 100mm-long carriage plate. Carriage plate features 4 low-friction plastic bearings for smooth and quiet operation, as well as extra bolts to prevent misalignment.

19 thoughts on “IGUS gets wise to DIY Camera Sliders

  1. @ Matthew: I just used my battery-powered Makita hand drill and a #7 drill bit. I drilled a hole in the center of the 100mm rail and two others at about 1/3 points along the rail. Then I used a 1/4-20 tap. I can screw my Manfrotto QR plate in the center hole, but most often I use two Manfrotto plates (at those thirds holes) and two weighted tripods for better stability.

  2. imgpro615

    i just ordered one...80bux!!! 1000mm length (just under 40in) and a decent sized shuttle...add holes? HELL YEAH!! have titanium drill bit, will modify!! and probably use a tap to add 1/4 20 threads to ease of use...
    certainly beats my attempt to make one out of pvc pipe...this has the professional look i need...also ordered an opteka ballhead to complete the deed...

  3. Emm

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    Yes it is hand driven, but since it has almost no friction it's much easier to control than pushing on an IGUS. Yes it is a hell of a lot better. I think you need to just test one and decide if it's worth the expense. Samples of comparison? StillMotion uses that slider exclusively for one...

  4. leepback

    From all reports I've seen the igus seems to do more than adequately. If cinevate is so good then please provide a link to some user examples for comparison. It would need to be a hell of a lot better to warrant the extra expense. Besides it's still hand driven so slide rates even though smooth could still suffer from noticeable speed variance.
    I'd only pay that sort of money for a variable speed, motor driven one but they are even dearer.

  5. PaulP

    so what's the "smoothist thing"? I don't need a jerky slider - need a smooth one- I notice lots of the slider footage has jerks, was blaming youtube or vimeo playback but now seeing its not the case. I want to get a spider trax dolly you have but for longer slow nature tracking shots (which i do) I think the slider might be better since fewer flat surfaces in nature!

  6. Emm

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    It's the same as indie, extruded aluminum linear rail. You can actually make one yourself if you wanted to. It just slides with a plastic carrier, not the smoothest thing.

  7. PaulP

    What about the "MOTION" Slider I see on AMAZON for $150 any clue about what the mechanism is to get the slide movement? I like it because it has a raised base to add a fluid head with very little effort - So tempted to order as I have been scared away from the indieslider from your posts about the awful service. Any info?

  8. Emm

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    At the time I did mine, I think it cost me a total of $178 US dollars shipped for 4 Feet of Rail. I did get the more narrow rail, and I believe there is a wider rail option too.

  9. HI

    I live in Ireland and I priced to get the parts here, it cost over €200 just wondering what you paid for the parts since its much cheaper from America?


  10. You would think they would put the necessary holes in these things if they are marketing them specifically for cameras. That has been the only thing holding back some buyers. Not everyone has access to a drill press. I guess the labor isn't worth it on their end.

  11. Josh

    Just wanted to say that I bought the parts from them at their UK factory and they ship for next day and are very helpful on the phone. You don't even need to pay them up front!

    With the weight issue, these things can hold TONS, literally 5 whole tons of weight (according to the leaflet that came with it) as they are originally for machines (which weigh a lot I guess). I think that is just for the actual shuttle plate, not the rail.

  12. Emm

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    IGUS is offering several sizes for their rails on Amazon. I displayed what they called their most common Camera Slider package. There is a link to the other sizes which hold more of less weight. Thanks for reading!

  13. Hey Emm!
    Apparently over here in europe, the manufacturer has got it's own online shop where you can easily buy the parts needed (for a lot less money).
    But I have an important question for you: How much weight did you put on the rails / the slider?
    On Amazon it says "1,888lb Static load rating". Does that mean it can only work with max. 1,8lb weight???
    Because that would be, in my opinion, not much enough for larger cameras (or a DSLR with some equipment, a fluid head etc).
    Looking forward to hear from you!

    BTW; love your page!!!

    Dominik from Germany

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