HD version on: http://vimeo.com/17889709
Camera: Canon T2i
Lens: 50mm f/1.8
Got this just a few days ago so I wanted to test it out. So here are some random footages of my friend rocking on the guitar! Please forgive the editing, I rushed it.
I was contemplating between this and the indislider which is $99. The Glidetrack Shooter SD (GS SD) is $270. What is nice about this is that it is a partial shoulder mount. Having tested other legit shoulder rigs, the GS SD is just average in terms of it’s shoulder rig option. For one, there is no weight to counter balance. Two, it is more of a “straight” rig so it’s hard to see the screen on your dslr unless you get a viewfinder. Three, kinda important for me, it just doesn’t “look” good as a shoulder rig. (idk if I would want to walk around with what I call a meter ruler on my shoulder! But this is purely from an aesthetic pov.)
However, the GS SD is a very solid slider! After all, the slider function is the MAIN reason why you’d want this. The rail is very firm and stable. And it is very well constructed.
One slight issue w/ the slider is if you need to push the slider for a faster movement, there is noise. So if you need to shoot LIVE sound and most the slider quickly, you’ll get sound from the slider. But, if you move the slider slowly for that smooth camera feel (like my test footages) then it is quiet and very good! Of course, most people would put music over it so this is again a “slight” issue.
The reason why I bought the GS SD over the cheaper Indislider and the more professional Cinevate’s Atlas 10 is that for its COST, it offers numerous shooting possibilities.
Meaning, you can use it as a pure slider. Or a shoulder rig. Or use the shoulder rig handles to get shots while using the slider option. (in my test footage, I used this option when getting a close up of the guitar which my canon t2i couldn’t get when on the tripod w/ the GS SD mounted on it.)
However, if you literally ONLY need a slider. Like, you need something that just slides, the Indislider would be a good option because I’m sure it can fulfill that need.
But for me, I wanted something with more flexible shooting options- shoulder rig, cheap, sturdy, and travel friendly. So I got the GS SD. I will mostly use it for events, making shorts, dance films, and MVs, so it was a good fit as I’ll be needing this for multiple purposes.
My inital thought when getting this was that it was a little shorter than desired. I thought I wasn’t going to get the slider shots that I wanted to. But as you can see from the test video, it’s more than enough. (I still need to test it out w/ a wide lens to see how that looks… will put up more test shots later)
In short, I researched the indislider, cinevate’s atlas 10, and literally any other slider out there. I ended up getting this one for its dual usage. At this point, I don’t own a shoulder rig so this is a good option. However, I got this knowing I will probably be getting a legit shoulder rig at some point in the future. My reasoning is, even if I did get a shoulder rig, in any project, I’ll have multiple cameras so still having a multi purpose unit like the GS SD will be useful. So for a current project, I’m using 3 cameras. One could be on a shoulder rig, one on a tripod w/ the GS SD and another on a monopod. We could get many different shots and angles.
I’m not sure if you can see it in the video but it does take some time to learn how to move the slider along. And also to experiment different angles you can get. I highly recommend you do a few small projects before using any slider for something you need it for or might be getting paid for. Just like you, I watched tons of reviews and test clips of sliders and it seemed really easy. I’m not saying it is difficult but it does take some getting used to.
I’m very risk averse and tend to over analyze everything before buying anything… but overall, I’m pretty satisfied with this.
Breaking Benjamin – Forever
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