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#1 tanner wolfe

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Posted 03 January 2007 - 02:57 AM

sight unseen, i am contemplating renting or buying a basic microdolly kit. i am travelling for a month on planes, trains and automobiles. is this thing going to hold to basic use and also travel. it will only be holding a hdv video camera, so not much. any feedback on this dubious dolly would be appreciated.

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#2 Mitch Gross

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Posted 03 January 2007 - 10:49 AM

It does what it is designed to do, no more or less. It is an ok product, if a bit overpriced in my book. I believe there is a competing product called indie dolly or similar. A Google search should turn it up.
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#3 Martin Newstead

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Posted 03 January 2007 - 11:36 AM

The station I work for bought two of these, yes they are overpriced and you may be able to get a similar system more cheaply, but I couldn't comment on the quality. In my opinion they are great for quick setups, single person working or where you simply don't have any room. It comes with a fixed length, foldaway track and takes about 3 minutes to set up. You can get pretty nice results with it.

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#4 Daniel Sheehy

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Posted 04 January 2007 - 06:07 AM

... this dubious dolly...

You seem to have formed an impression already. <_<

they are great for quick setups, single person working or where you simply don't have any room.

That is a very good summery.

Yes, it will hold up well for simple work and it packs down into a small soft case.

I work with one of these. Good for firm flat surfaces. Not that good for complex shots.
Extra lengths and curved track are available.
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#5 Christopher Schneider

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Posted 11 March 2007 - 05:07 AM

I just shot a 16mm short using the Indie Dolly system someone else mentioned. It was ok, not great, but far from bad. I got it free from a friend and I needed a dolly so it did the trick, but i think if you're going to purchase something build nice chucks for a skateboard dolly system that will pack in a briefcase or suit case, then whenever you land or arrive at a location just go to the local hardware store, buy 2 pieces of plywood and PVC pipe at desired lengths. It'll work better and be a bit more manageable on your travels.
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#6 robert duke

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Posted 11 March 2007 - 09:52 AM

check out glide shot industries, or long valley equipment. they both have basic dollies that I feel rival the cost and quality of the indie dolly and the microdolly. I have experience with both and was unimpressed with the add ons.
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#7 Nick Bennett

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Posted 12 March 2007 - 04:46 AM

If you're looking for a cheap lightweight dolly, this might be OK, it can be problem sourcing a ladder on location.

It can be attached to a tripod 100mm bowl at one or both ends but I usually rest it on a big pelicase.

It costs £350.00 from a guy in Nottingham, UK.

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Edited by Nick Bennett, 12 March 2007 - 04:49 AM.

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