Konova Motorized Upgrade Kit – Now Available

Konova threw up a few Timelapse teasers of their Motorized upgrade kit a few days ago. With a motorized attachment, you will definitely get more consistent movement time and time again as opposed to operating by hand. One con of course is the added noise from said motor.

With all the questions coming around, I thought I would put together this video talking about the differences in the Konova sliders, and how you can get the upgrade kits to work. Basically, figure out if you're using the K3 or K5 slider. If you have the old K3 (old feet) you need the updgrade kit. Lastly, you need to figure out the length of the slider you have. The kits will mount on both the K3 or K5 slider if they are the same length.

A few people have already placed orders on the kit, and hopefully we'll get to see some reviews on this soon. Motorizing a slider is one of the most sought after DIY projects with sliders, and if you don't have the time or the knack, the new Konova Motorized upgrade kit is available, but it's going to cost you (approx $360) a pretty penny (Click here for info on Konova Motorized Upgrade Kit)

Konova Upgrade Kit
find-price-button Konova Motorized Upgrade Kit for Konova Sliders


74 thoughts on “Konova Motorized Upgrade Kit – Now Available

  1. Josh

    I have a Konova K3 slider, have had it for about 6 months everything was great with it until recently the break went out. It seems that the screw hole that you tighten the break into has widened or lost its threading, now the screw for the break can just be pushed in or out and it doesn't hold. Does any one have any ideas on how to fix this. I've contacted Konova but am worried they are just going to try to sell me a whole new slider.

  2. Emm

    Post author

    @matt - We interviewed Konova at NAB2012 about their sliders and motors. I don't remember what exactly was said, but we'll have that video up when its edited so you can get more information.

  3. Ugh, im so confused about this whole motor... first off, here's a potentially useful motor speed diagram I found on the konova web site: http://konovaphoto.com/slider/motion-control/geared-motors/konova-motor-4.html

    I sent konova a number of emails in the last few days, no reply. So I'm hoping someone here might be able to answer these questions for me:

    1. There are 5 different motor speeds available at the link above. Which speed would I be buying if i go to this page: http://konovaphoto.com/best-selling/k5.html and select the motorized kit option? What if i select 'fast motor' option?

    2. Can the speed be controlled with the little remote, or does each motor just have two options - fast/slow - as it'd seem from the diagram? 30+hrs to move one meter sounds way to slow. on the other hand 2.5min for one meter is also no good for timelapses.

    3. In Jenn Grover's video review above, she says the motor has two modes - automatic and manual, which can be used for interval shooting. That means for timelapses, right? I have a little remote shutter controller for my camera already. I know the sync might be an issue, but can anyone confirm that in fact this motor can/does work in an interval setting (move-stop-move-stop...) Then also, can the speed of movement be controlled? How does it compare with the speeds listed at the above diagram?

    4. Jenn and some others also mention an upgraded controller will be released later in the year. Does anybody have any links to info on that?

    5. Did anyone who has the konova have any issues with taxes/customs fees when shipping to the US?

    thanks much in advance, hope somebody can finally clarify all this for me!

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  5. I've looked at the Konova site and at the comments above but can anyone clarify the fastest and slowest speed for on an 80cm rail.

    a) standard motor
    b) default motor

    I've read several times above the 5sec - 2mins.. is this the standard or default motor?

    I've seen a clip of the motor in action and am worried at how noisy it is on full speed. I'm hoping at a slower speed it would be useable in say a church. Can anyone confirm?

    Thanks guys.. can't wait to do some vertical motorised slider action with the D800! 😀


  6. MProd Tahiti

    I recently received my K5 Serie Slider, fluid head and tripod to try to make some videos with them :
    Check them and tell me if you like them


    I decide then to upgrade and I have just received the motorized kit and I make my first timelapse which is the following


    at 0:27 I use the motorized kit which roll from left to right at level 1 for the speed and 0 for the ramp.

  7. @jenn - thanks for the review. that gave me a good idea about what the product actually is about. Im curious if the remote only lets it run at one speed? Thats what it sounds like -- just on and off, - making the ramp up/down power switch kinda pointless.. Is this an accurate assumption?

    How long is your dolly - 60cm? - have you run a test to see how long it takes for the shuttle to make it from one end to the other?

    Im trying to gauge if its even worth it to buy the motor now, or if I should wait for the V2. of the controller for some kind of introvalomiter update.
    If shuttle takes a few hours - like 8-12 or something, it could still function for timelaps's, but I havent been able to find any info on the specs around this regard.. only that it is 1/1000th type motor.

  8. pops

    @ Jenn - The cost for the additional faster motor is presently $100.00 (or what I paid). Who knows if this cost will go down or up. It's presently half the cost of some competitors. Regardless, it's still way more expensive than building a DIY motorized option. Unfortunately, It's still too early to tell if I chose wisely. I hope to see more footage and reviews in coming weeks.

  9. Jenn Grover

    Brian - I only saw it in a demo video and that it would be available later this year - I am really hoping it will be out by the end of the summer for my vacation. :)

  10. Jenn Grover

    Pops, how much more was the extra motor?

    Florian, I received a notification, but no tracking number. I received mine about 5 business days after the notification IIRC.

  11. pops

    @Florian -I ordered both motors with the upgrade. No tracking or shipping has been provided. However, I believe the faster motor will delay shipment for a week. I seem to remember that begin posted somewhere on the order page.

  12. Florian

    Hi. Did anybody who already ordered, besides of me, receive their motor upgrade yet? I ordered one day after the release, and didn't even get any shipping notification, a tracking number, or anything that tells me about the status of my order.


  13. Brian

    @Jenn Hi, just wondered if you had anymore info on the advance controller. Details/approx release date etc? Really can't decide whether to get this or wait. Cheers, Brian

  14. Emm

    Post author

    @Ali - There's only two models K3 and K5. The other numbers are based on the length. I like using shorter 24" or 31" versions, easier to setup and travel with.

  15. Jenn Grover

    So, I just discovered that the controller included is basic and that the more advanced one with timelpase options comes out later this year. Part of me wishes I had waited for the advanced controller.

  16. Jenn Grover

    Also, to use this as for timelpases, doesn't the motor have have to be connected to some type of intravolmeter as well?

  17. Jenn Grover

    @Seth - the battery box is the weakest part. It seems flimsy and has a made in china sticker plastered on it. But, the carrying case for it is such that you can leave it in the carrying case while in use and I believe that would protect it. It is certainly another well thought-out product from Konova. I just wish they had better product descriptions and documentation. I ordered the AC adapter and I received the end of a plug with no cord and no directions. I will have to contact their customer service to figure it out.

    Their videos help, but it is hard to replace good, old-fashioned directions.

  18. paul

    I ordered the fast motor as I currently use a dp stage zero dolly for time lapses. does anyone have any idea when the fast motor ships? When the updated controller comes out I will replace the dp slider with the 150cm konova and then buy the slower motor but Im really excited for the fast motor with ramping.

    My guess for the inputs would be the forthcoming controller and possible further expansion. It would be really cool if they released a motorized head at some point

  19. A lot of my questions have been answered in the above conversations - so im glad im not alone in wanting more info about this product. One thing I cant seem to find anywhere is can you mount this thing to a tripod? - I'm hoping it is possible since there is talk of the motor being powerful enough for vertical shots.

    Also, im confused on the specs of how slow vs. how fast I can make the motor go for time laps shooting. - I know you cant do shoot/move/shoot - (and Im planning on getting the slow motor if I do buy) - but the website isn't super specific on the exact specs.

    @ jenn- you seem to be the only one who has purchased the motor on this blog- beyond the pulley mishap- how is the durability of the product? seems like it can stand up to solid usage?

  20. Jenn Grover

    I have the motorized upgrade now and I am a little lost on 2 things. first about every five seconds the motor seems to pause. SI that intentional? If so, can that be altered to different timelapse intervals? Second, are the line 1 & 2 inputs for sync cables?

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