Review: indiSLIDERmini by indiSYSTEM

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.

Aloha,

Rod

One response on “Review: indiSLIDERmini by indiSYSTEM

  1. Gerald says:

    Ohhh, its a quick-release?
    I just got the indislider mini and I couldnt think of what that screw was for on the base. I knew the other screw was to lock the slider.

    I agree on the wobble feel, but it does get the job done.

    What kind of tripod head, if any, did you use for yours?

  2. Dan says:

    Really nice footage Rod. I was looking for examples before buying one, and I think this does it for me. Thanks!

  3. Rod says:

    Thanks for the comment Dan. I hope you like it. Also, I received the message below the other day and thought it might be helpful to others…

    Message:
    Hi Rod! I was wondering if you ever put a video head on your
    Indisystems Mini Slider. I just acquired a used Bogen 3063 head and
    want to install it on the slider but not sure they right way to
    install it. Can you help? I removed the puck, puck holder and main
    screw to expose the base plate. There doesn’t look like much room to
    install a head. Thanks, F.

    Hi F.!
    Thanks for the question. I have not put on a full blown fluid head onto the minislider, what works best for me is using a mini ball head like this one instead. It has a 3/8 screw in the bottom so in order to use the puck, I use one of these inexpensive little adapters. It works great and free’s up my fluid head so I can leave it on the tripod.

    I hope this helps!
    Rod

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