Peter writes in and shares this recently listed Telescoping Mini Jib on sale for just $159 [Thanks Peter].
Just for reference here's a video example (below) of a different Telescoping Video Jib. Keep in mind, this is not the exact same jib in the video, but hopefully you get an idea of how these systems telescope into full length Video Cranes.
Thanks to talent Joey Guila & Keiko Alingas of GearAddix
This new Telescoping Mini Jib includes a fluid panning base, which means you don't need to invest in a a strong fluid video head. The base can mount directly to the 3/8" stud of your favorite tripod, or can sit inside a 75mm bowl mount tripod (for easier leveling). For those who hate traveling with standard weights, just fill up the included sand bag once you get to your destination.
The stage area offers a quick release plate to get your camera on and off easily, and comes with a travel bag. Not a bad deal. Find out more info on this Portable Mini Video Jib following the link (click here).
Portable Telescoping Video Mini Jib Crane
If you're looking to really save on weight and willing to shell out a few extra bucks, the Carbon Fiber version of this same Portable Mini Jib is also available (found here).
Carbon Fiber Portable Telescoping Video Mini Jib Crane
Anyone know if the plate is compatible with the manfrotto 501 ?
I just bought and received the carbon fiber version of this. It's pretty awesome. I was surprised at how good it is for the price.
I recently scored one of these off ebay for $116 including shipping. Lid low, bid often, and you'll eventually get some great deals.
I find this to be a great value. Excellent build quality for such an inexpensive jib, and they have added some new features (built in quick release plate for easy mounting, panning base, locks for vertical and panning positions).
Here's a quick test video I made using the jib:
I ordered one on the 5th from ephotoinc and just had it cancelled without any explanation.
@Jack Neale - For that price range, check out the carbon fiber models on eBay. I'm sure someone will ship to your area. They don't fold down as small, but they are still compact and very smooth. Here's the original article for the carbon jib video. httpss://cheesycam.com/carbon-fiber-mini-crane-micro-jib-video-samples/
@Emm - I should of guessed that! Silly me. Gutted they cant ship to me though. Would you recommend any other jibs around the £200 range? I'm desperate to get my hands on one!
@Jack Neale - Changing the price means they are out of stock. Instead of taking down the listing, they do this so nobody tries to buy one and they don't lose their eBay ranking. If they close the listing, they lose ranking in search results.
I ordered one of these on the 5th and have just received an email informing me that they have issued a full refund because they don't ship to England. Now I notice that the price has shot up to £596.04 on ebay. Suspicious...
@KC - Are you talking about the $209.99 carbon version? How much does it weigh? How small does it pack down? Does it extend to 4'? What do you use for counterbalance?
I sent a message to ephotoinc on ebay last week asking about international shipping for this product and they said sorry they didn't.
Checked back this week and found the same listing updated with new international shipping options. Item cost is $159, Shipping to Ireland $34 and wait for it, duties and taxes... a whopping $47. Equal to about €175... Hope it's worth it...
BTW, as I live outside the USA, I bought this fluid pan base:
The one listed elsewhere on this site is very expensive to ship outside of the USA.
The iShoot version is extremely well made with a very nicely damped feel to it.
This looks great for the price. I bought a 'Came' brand carbon jib that looks very similar to this one. I had to buy a fluid pan base separately but am very happy with it. My only issue with this one is that it doesn't look like you can attach a standard dumbbell weight to it. The sand filled bags tend to sway a bit and its much harder to come to a stop end the end of your move as the weight swings. The dumbells don't do this and are much easier to control.
FYI, it's $159 with free shipping from ePhotoInc on eBay. Amazon wanted $15 for shipping for me.
@Casey Ryan - The 5DIII with 70-200mm sounds like it will work, but that's such an odd lens to use with a crane. I don't know how well you can track a subject with that narrow field of view.
Would this be adequate to fly a gripped 5dIII with 70-200 2.8? thats my heaviest lens.
Also would it fly an AF100 or HVX200? (my company's lightest cameras)
@nickbeef - You can see examples in the video. I think you should decide if that's enough movement.
is 4 feet enough? sounds a bit short.
@Sherwin Lau - From the design, I can see that it's possible to use a standard weight on the back. Since it's designed for smaller systems, you won't be using very much counterweight.
@Owen - I haven't tested this exact jib, but honestly I think a C100 might be pushing it.
I ordered the carbon fiber one a couple of weeks ago, and I LOVE it.
I can easily strap it to the side of my backpack. I've already flown to LA twice with it, no problem.
Quality is impressive as well. Solid as a rock.
I was gonna buy one. Pity they don't ship to Ireland....
@Peter What are your thoughts on this jib? Have you done a review for it yet? Can you put regular weights on the back?
Think it could support a C100?
This company sells the product at this price to increase popularity for only a limited time. They did this with the other jib and then raised the price. I bet this one will be more expensive very soon.
@A. David Shaw - I have not used this one exactly, but I have used a few different ones. So long as you keep in mind these are portable systems for smaller cameras DSLRs like a 5DM3, they work great. Don't expect them to fly a heavy BMCC.
Hey Emm, this new one is actually a smaller and more compact design.
A. David Shaw
Thanks Emm for this find, I just ordered.Have you ever used this one, and if so what did you think.