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With smaller and more capable high quality video cameras, there's good reason to lighten up the rest of your equipment. If you're looking for one of the smallest 3-Axis motion control sliders to compliment your shrinking gear, then you may be interested in the new iFootage Shark Slider 'Mini'.

The modular tool-less design allows the Shark Slider Mini to pack small, but you have the option to quickly add sections to the slider for longer movements. When not used manually, a drive motor snaps quickly into the carrier (with no external wires or tedious connectors). The unique belt-less motion control system works by traveling over geared teeth that have been designed directly along the center of it's tracks.

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A separate 2-Axis Moco (motion control) head offers Pan and Tilt, and can be used independently for simple yet effective dynamic timelapse setups, or to create extremely high resolution images through a sequence of stitched photos (think GigaPan-ish).

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Once you program the movements through the smartphone App via Bluetooth, you can disconnect and it will continue to carry out it's program, so there's no worry about keeping your phone tied down. The system is powered using Sony NP-FW50 batteries (generic batteries are included), so there's no worries about proprietary power and is easily accessible for consumers to purchase more.

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Target Control is probably my favorite features with the iFootage Shark Slider Mini as it allows you to maintain framing on a subject as the camera slides left to right. This is often desirable for small crews looking to add dynamic camera movements to a b-cam during interviews, or to simply create more interesting visuals with products or cooking related videos for example.

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Overall it's one of the cleanest, smallest, and easiest 3-axis sliders i've had the opportunity to work with. No belts, no external motors, and no dangling remotes. But from my brief experience, I would recommend it be used with the smaller camera setups, especially when using the 2-Axis MOCO Head.

It definitely won't handle a camera setup such as my Ursa Mini Pro. The system is also not 'completely silent', but should not be a problem if you've programmed slow movements and have the slider set a short distance away from any microphones. Obviously sound is never an issue when it comes to Timelapse photos.

For more info about the iFootage Shark Slider Mini, Bundles, and Accessories you can visit the Camera Motion Research website (here).

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Here's a quick look at one of the lightest and most portable jibs on the market. This new Carbon Fiber Telescoping Mini Jib/Crane breaks down to fit a 32" travel bag (less than 3ft.). It's extremely lightweight with a high quality build and finish. Very smooth operation for any lightweight camera setup, and all parts with anodized coating (not cheap paint).

YES I have had this crane for over a month, and have even been flying the BlackMagic Cinema Camera at full extension. This crane works great for DSLR Video shooters on the run. I will try to get a short video out this week.

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The Carbon Fiber Telescoping Mini Crane/Jib comes fully assembled except for the rear counterweight rod. Telescoping poles slide out very easily and are locked in place with large metal knurled textured collars. The rear counterweight rod can be adjusted in or outwards to fine tune balance. A sliding ring can be used to hang other types of weight if you don't want to travel with the gym style weights.

The benefit to this crane is it's extended counterweight section that allows you to use 'less weights' than other cranes that have a short rear arm requiring a 3:1 counterweight setup. I'm able to fly my Canon 5D Mark III with just a single 5lb + 2.5lb counterweight. The other cranes i've used required up to 20-25lbs of counterweight.

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Other small 4ft cranes which do not telescope use 3ft up front, and 1ft towards the rear. Since these cranes actually telescope, it can extend up to 4ft up front, and 2ft to the rear - thus requiring less counterweight. When this crane is mounted to my Manfrotto Carbon Fiber Tripod (without center column extended), I can reach approx 9ft in height. Since the crane is adjustable, it's not always required to use it at full length when working in smaller spaces.

I have seen, tested, and owned other small portable cranes. This new Carbon Fiber Telescoping Portable Mini Crane / Jib is an amazing portable lightweight tool for DSLR Videographers and can be found under $380 eBay (click here).

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There is also a (more expensive) aluminum version of this 'Telescoping' Mini Crane/Jib design which can also be found via eBay (Click Here)

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