Kamerar is probably best known for offering affordable products, and just last week they recently announced a new affordable 'Mark II' version of their line of video sliders. At first glance the new Mark II sliders appear the same, but the difference is a change on the sliding camera platform. The original Kamerar sliders used a 'dry bearing' similar to an IGUS rail that literally slides on the railing.
Original Kamerar Slider Dry Bearing
The new Kamerar Mark II Sliders now have 4 Full Roller Bearings that roll across the redesigned track.
Kamerar Mark II Slider with Full Roller Bearings
The bearings are smooth enough that you can tilt the slider and allow it to drift over to the opposite end (as seen in the video below). Another added feature is a pulley wheel has been installed on each end allowing you to tether a counterweight that offers smooth control during vertical slides.
The new Kamerar Mark II Video Sliders are found in three different versions starting at $145.00 and up over at https://PNCGear.com (click here).
Kamerar Mark II Full Roller Bearing Video Sliders
After seeing this slider on cheesycam, I got the 24" model. So far, this has been a fantastic slider for me. I use it with a MeFOTO tripod and attach it directly to the arca-swiss ball head. The slider with tripod is very light, rugged and quick to setup and breakdown. For what I do, this slider is about as perfect as it can be - and I've had a few.
Yes please, the same question: can we upgrade from mark 1 to mark 2?
Or our wonderful mr.cheesycam can figure out something to us.
Got one of the 47 inch ones recently. Love it! Very impressive for the price. Wish I had it for a shoot a month ago where my old friction slider was giving me fits! I might go ahead and get the 23 inch one too. The price is right!
My question is simple. Can they offer just the carriage to those of us who bought the "slide" version? Seems like the carriage would fit perfectly.
@Apostolos - If it's going to be aesthetically obvious I understand, and they did a poor job at showing a good example. I was just responding to your comment about "tilting being pointless". I actually think it can come in quite handy at times.
Ah, my bad. I thought you worked with them. (You mentioned things in previous articles)
@Apostolos - Even if you don't feel like using this exact "feature", it's a good example of the slider's drifting at low angles, and this is close to what... 1-2deg's?
If you do a horizontal slide where the horizon is visible, or where there is a horizontal visual reference, like interior or exterior lines of a building, the floor, a window, etc, you don't want your slide to be leveled? If it's not leveled, it looks sloppy, like the last interior slide in the sample video.
@Apostolos - Sorry didn't know there was a rule that a slide had to be perfectly horizontal or perfectly vertical. I often use a technique like this when I push-in "dolly in" to a subject. I don't see a problem with tilting a slider.
You can level the camera with the horizon with a ball head, but it's not going to slide in parallel with the horizon if one side is higher, duh... You can see it even on their sample footage that the horizontal slide is crooked!
@Scott - Sorry I have no clue what you're talking about. You'll have to contact them not me.
Emm, why no love for your Canadian neighbors? I was about to buy, but no free shipping, and border shenannigans. :'(
@Apostolos - WT?? No i'm not in that video, I don't know who made it. Actually you can level a ball head if you wanted.
Is that you in the sample footage? That "automatic slide by adjusting height of legs" is kind of pointless isn't it? If you do that, yes the carriage will move but it won't be leveled!
I was hoping they'd bundle these with some afordable motion controller... none of that yet
Do you think they offer upgrades? I have the slider dolly mk I and I would love an upgrade to the bearing version.