indiSLIDERmini from Studio4 Productions
Tim Ovel and Studio4 Productions is one of those companies that continues to surprise me even through these tough economic times. This modest company based in Waterloo, Iowa saw the road changing and created some nice products to support the new burgeoning DSLR market.
These guys are about making quality products at a price point that is remarkably affordable. For the novice indies to veteran pro industry folks, the tools that Studio4 Productions put out are simple, innovative, durable, and in most cases will last longer than your camera. In fact, I still have an older version of the indiSLIDER. I’ve changed cameras like four times but I still have that indiSLIDER, though a little beat up, it gets the job done and is a wonderful tool in my kit.
indiSLIDERmini Deluxe from Studio4 Productions
I talked with Tim about the possibility of reviewing a few of his new products including the indiSLIDERmini Deluxe which I thought would be a great companion to the original indiSLIDER. Something that can fit in my tripod bag and that I could easily take with me when shooting with the GH1. I did a few simple tests before I went on vacation and I am loving it. The fact that the mini can fit in my small gitzo tripod bag is just astounding. I do a lot of shoots in Hawaii and on the West Coast so I travel frequently though out the year and taking the mini version is so doable allowing me to get my baggage under the 50 pound travel regulation. I was literally wishing for something like this to come out all summer and finally here it is!
Seriously, at $99 for the indiSLIDERmini it’s a no brainer. The ability to have a mini dolly in your tripod bag for your GH1 for a mere $100 bucks and some change is worth it. One of the nice things when using the indiSLIDERmini with the GH1 and the 14-140 lens kit is that the auto focus is pretty darn good and you can use the tracking abilities to keep focus on your subject when dollying in and out with the slider.
I’ll be doing some further testing with the indiSLIDERmini as well as the the indiRAILSpro DSLRsm and the indiRAILSpro MP on a music video shoot with NYC based artist Taiyo Na in a couple weeks.
Tim Ovel has been great in terms of responsiveness. I did some initial testing with the MP this week but the GH1 14-140 lens could not mount properly to work with the MP’s follow focus. Tim’s great Iowan customer service has been first rate, very friendly and responsive with a dash of humor. He’s sending me out a new plate for the MP to make sure that we can test it with the GH1 and the stock lens. It should be a nice opportunity to put the gear though it’s paces. When I get it I’ll let you know the results.