I first heard about the indiSYSTEM indiSLIDERmini while browsing the forums at cinema5d.com. I really wanted to try out a portable dolly system but the majority of the one’s I found online were out of my budget starting at $500 and up.
I was pretty impressed with the sample video’s others had posted so I quickly logged into their website and placed my order. A few days later my new slider arrived and was waiting for me at my desk. Packaged securely in a cardboard box, I open it up, took a quick look and placed it back in where it would have to wait until I got home to play with it further.
It has been a couple of weeks now and I feel like a have used it enough to write a quick review. Before we begin, let me start off by saying this is my first introduction to any type of dolly system, so again, take my words with a grain of salt, I am a hobbyist and not an expert.
First the bad stuff, below are a couple of issue’s I found…
1) Wobble – With the camera attached, there is a slight wobble front to back. Nothing show stopping, but it doesn’t give me that secured warm feeling all over. I am thinking of adding some weather-stripping on the inside of the slider, this may cure the wobble.
2) Puck – The camera attaches to the slider with a quick release mount they call a “puck”. It does its job, but again, it does not give me that secured feeling I mentioned above. I worry that my camera could fall if I accidently hit it, especially while on a tripod. But as long as I’m careful it has been working well.
Even with the above problems, overall, I like it a lot! It does its job, slides very well, and at 24″ long, very light and portable. At its current price point, below $100, it is a great tool. However, I would not consider this an item a professional would carry, but for a hobbyist like me, it’s great. It allows me to get those sexy dolly shots that I was looking for, and it didn’t break the bank! Like everything, nothing is perfect, and at this price I wasn’t expecting it to be!
Below is a quick video I shot of the indiSLIDERmini in action:
Hope this helps and as always if you have any questions, please post them below in the comment section.