Slider Tips and Mounting Solutions – Going Vertical

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First few hours with the new budget camera slider, and trying to figure out the best way to to use it. Here's what I came up with. First thing you need to know, is that the slider requires a tripod head of some sort. If you've been following my Spider Trax dolly project, I went through quite a few different inexpensive heads before I settled with the 717AH. To prevent vibrations you need a good beefy mount between the camera and the slider. The 717AH was very heavy duty, but still the cheapest thing I could find that still served as an actual video Fluid Head. If you don't have a good solid head, check out the 717AH for this type of project.

Next up, grab yourself a good pair of sticks. I have a pair of Manfrotto Carbon Fiber's but I wouldn't trust it with a slider like this. You can go with lighter sticks, but make sure you have two of them (one each side). If you're like me and want to stick with one Tripod, here's something that's very solid, and cheap. This FT9901 has the same beefy legs as my WF717's, but because it's not the same head, it's way cheaper. Having a quick release adapter under the slider is heaven sent. Without a quick release plate you'll be spinning a 3 foot rail around in circles trying to unwind it and could also damage your threads when the weight is shifting. Get yourself a good mounting solution! With a Ball Mount Tripod head it's also the perfect way to Level your camera slider without having to fiddle around with each individual leg.

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For this slider, part of it's marketing allure is the fact that you can mount it vertically at it's furthest end points. I did try this, but I found that it was much more stable and easier to just tilt the Tripod Head attached under the slider. Another huge reason why I suggest you go with a good solid tripod and tilt head as the foundation for your new slider. Vertical slides mimic a Crane shot, and here's a compact way of getting that rarely seen vertical camera movement.

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If you attached the quick release plate in the other direction, then you can even mount this thing sideways (if you had to). They say two heads are better than one, and for getting your slider level and positioning it in different ways, I say that's true. Inexpensive, heavy metal legs, and a ball head mount for quick leveling make this Tripod a great inexpensive foundation for your new slider. And when it's not used for the slider, it's still a great inexpensive Tripod to have around.

[Update] There is a new version of the Konova slider available including a Crank Pulley and Motorized Upgrade. Article found here: http://cheesycam.com/konova-motorized-upgrade-kit-now-available/

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113 thoughts on “Slider Tips and Mounting Solutions – Going Vertical

  1. Jon

    Thanks for this article. I was looking for a combo suggestion like this to go with the Konova slider. However, I would love to find a good combo where the quick release plate that is on the camera (from fluid head) matches the plate that is on the tripod supporting the slider. Any ideas for this?

  2. Emm

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    @Allen - That ball head will be pretty good for a short slider, but when the weight gets to the end, it could sag. The larger the video head the better, but the inexpensive heads aren't very fluid for panning. Still they will be better for carrying weight.

  3. Emm - thanks a million for not only writing the article but responding to all the questions. I have tried several things to mount my Konova K2 slider to my tripod and have it stable but so far I've failed. I tried to do a heavy duty ball mount between my tripod and the slider: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0036FPX9E/
    And it seems the quick release plate for the ball head is wobbly from side to side...so, if I were to get another 717 head to use between the slider and the tripod, you're finding that it's solid - like no wobbly motion? I'm using a 717 between the slider and the camera, but without having a stable connection to the tripod, it's like having a see-saw!

  4. Cleve

    I'm having trouble attaching my tripods QR plate to my K2 slider? The QR screw will not screw into the hole under the slider. However, it will screw through the same hole if you're going through the opposite direction on top of the slider? I'm so confused. It seems like it should be a simple thing to do, bit it's not. Was mine built incorrectly? I'm using the same tripod that's mentioned in the article...

  5. Paul Abraham's

    I own the Manfrotto 0055XB tripod with the 128RC fluid head. I'm looking to change the head. This head is not very stable for mounting a slider let alone a camera as it only has support on one side. I also have the Manfrotto 561BDV head monopod, straight away I noticed they take different size QR plates. Lol

    I'm looking for 2 heads, a main fluid head for the tripod and another for the Konova slider. 2 QR's one for camera and one for the slider.

  6. Emm

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    @Julius - You could get a ball head, but you'll need a very strong one. If you want to use a lighter tripod, you'll need two. One for each end.

  7. Julius

    Hi Emm,
    Thanks for this recommendation..and the desire to answer all these questions. You definitely get an A+ and an applause!

    I've been searching hours on hours for a slider and I think this one will work best for my situation.

    Here's my 2 questions.

    1. Can I just get a good ball head instead of 2 fluid heads? (I want to mount it both vertically and horizontally)

    2. I think the recommended tripod will be too heavy for me to carry. I shoot weddings and only weight 120 pounds. I might need to go with a lighter tripod. Is the only problem that the slider will tilt at the end of the rail?

    (I shoot with a 7d)

    Thank you!

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