Dolly for Lighter Cameras (like HVX)
Posted 08 September 2006 - 08:59 PM
However, I am going to be needing a much more portable, much lighter system IF (and I mean that IF) it can produce some good results without the jerkiness associated with some attempts I saw in the past. (all hand made by people who don't make them anymore.)
Any suggestions with links are appreciated. Please share your experience with how well these performed.
Posted 08 September 2006 - 09:15 PM
I got mine from hit and run productions in NYC. It was 70 bucks day rate for the dolly and 16 bucks per 8ft of track. Not too shabby.
Posted 09 September 2006 - 12:45 AM
Posted 09 September 2006 - 12:57 AM
The microdolly "seems" exactly right - but it sure does "seem" flimsy too. that's a tough one. (not as inexpensive a rental as I would have imagined too frankly).
Is there some sort of tripod supported "push" system which would be more like an extension arm? (which again matches the guidelines of being a light set up.
Posted 09 September 2006 - 01:29 AM
Any suggestions with links are appreciated.
You might wanna take a look at this article:
Btw, does anybody have any experience with this Indie dolly ? I'm kind of curious about it since it's relatively cheap to rent.
Posted 09 September 2006 - 05:30 AM
A lot of people love the micro dolly and rave about it. To me it seems too light weight and flimsy. It would work ok on a perfectly flat marble floor but on uneven surfaces it seems like it wouldn’t.
I have shot betacam on a microdolly and I think it's pretty good for shorter moves.
It is quite light weight, and it works best on a firm level surface, as noted above.
For a lighter camera it is also quite good. (I've used a dvx100a on it.)
It can be tricky with long or complicated moves.
Posted 09 September 2006 - 06:56 AM
You could try a Key West dolly, but try to get metal track and wedges with it - the PVC is a bit nasty.
Also - mind your fingers when removing the - ouch mustn't type with that finger today - handle.
Posted 09 September 2006 - 07:05 AM
Posted 09 September 2006 - 08:43 AM
It's basically just PVC pipe and a skateboard type dolly. It worked really well and most importantly was extremely fast and easy to setup and move. With a bag of dirt or two, it was rock solid. Most of our runs were under 10ft as we only used the track in it's 10ft configuration.
Posted 09 September 2006 - 05:15 PM
All that PD1 needs ia a foot pedal and an electric motor and you could do the entire move yourself.
Posted 09 September 2006 - 06:25 PM
Posted 09 September 2006 - 07:00 PM
Also, most tracking dollies are over $1,000. The Micro dolly that was mentioned earlier is $2,795 for the basic 13ft kit. The ProMax I used was only $400 shipped.
I'm interested in finding options both for rental (3k+ ish) and for ownership (400ish). I like the idea of having enough to do something basic instantly and then renting lighter "to-go" elements a la cate.
The interest in the smaller dollies is just in the size of productions I do, a fisher dolly can add so much extra labor ad require a very specific extra crew (i.e. very strong) with very specific vehicle to move them that it rules out their use on many smaller shoots. And I'd like the option to use them.