Varavon's latest Tilt Jib Mini Crane is not the most portable system on the market, but the highlight of this product is the ability to tilt the camera when performing vertical movements. Many other jibs will keep the camera horizontal which will cause you to lose tracking of your subject.
The Varavon Tilt Jib comes in it's own travel case, and setting up the system requires no tools. All assembly can be done by hand. The tilt function uses a cable system and requires you to have a strong fluid head and of course tripod system. The Varavon Tilt Jib base kits are available from a small 3ft version to much longer models, or you can always purchase an extension kits later down the line to increase your vertical. You can get more information about the Varavon Mini Tilt Jibs via eBay (click here).
Unlike many portable jibs, the new Varavon Tilt Jibs can actually tilt the camera when performing vertical movements to keep your subject in frame. This all accounts to a slightly heavier setup than the other Carbon Fiber Mini Cranes shown recently (here), but the Varavon Tilt Jib is strong enough and long enough to support Motorized Pan / Tilt heads like the one I showed off earlier this week (seen here).
The Varavon Tilt Jib is available in a variety of sizes from 3.3ft-12.5ft, and currently the T3 version (9.5ft) is discounted down to $299 for preorders. Not a bad deal at this price. Check out more information following the banner (below)
The T1 is the smallest mini jib at just 3.2 feet and the T4 version is the largest model stretching to 12.4 feet. The new Varavon Tilt Jibs offer a tilt head which is controlled by a cable system and tilting your video fluid. Judging from the photos, this isn't going to be a lightweight system compared to the other Carbon Fiber Cranes (seen here), but not many small jibs offer the Tilt Head option like the Varavon product.
Check out this interesting new pulley / counterweight kit that mounts to Varavon Sliders. The counterweight allows you to position your slider in slanted angles so that you can lift the camera with ease or to keep your camera from crashing down. A plate mounts to the slider carrier, and the counterweight is hung through a wire and pulley system.
Your counterweights are just common water bottles, which means you don't have to travel with heavy weights. Just pick up a few when you arrive at your destination.
The kit is shown to work with a variety of Varavon sliders including the Slidecam Lite or the Slidecam S. Take a closer look and notice the basic screw mount, which I'm guessing could even work with any Cinevate, Konova, or other aftermarket slider as well. The Varavon Slider Counterweight Kit starts under $50 bucks via eBay (click here).