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#1 George Ebersole

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Posted 04 December 2016 - 03:10 AM

Has anyone ever mounted a DSLR on one of those mini table top dollys?  I did the other day and found it difficult as anything to not only mount the camera but also just to push it around to get a smooth shot.

 

Is there a secret to using these guys?


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#2 Macks Fiiod

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Posted 04 December 2016 - 10:32 AM

I've never bothered with those for DSLR, cause the cameras are always so light/tiny.

 

One thing I'd do a lot is getting a big glossy magazine page, putting the DSLR screwed into a metal release plate on top and tug it along by the sides on a flat surface like carpet or counter top. Worked great on carpet and costed nothing for a dynamic angle.


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Posted 04 December 2016 - 04:35 PM

Not sure what exact dolly you are talking about, but I've done it with an Alexa on a smaller table top dolly and didn't seem to have any problems getting any smooth shots. I imagine it wouldn't be much different with a DSLR other than the weight factor. 


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#4 Phil Rhodes

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Posted 04 December 2016 - 08:41 PM

'course, heavier actually helps with dollies.

 

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#5 George Ebersole

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Posted 05 December 2016 - 12:58 AM

The chasis for the thing was about the size of a roller skate, and it had a flex arm that just didn't want to cooperate.  It's meant for slow subtle moves, but I just didn't have the patience for it.

 

Not a big deal.  But thanks for the replies.


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