In this video I unbox and review this affordable friction dolly, the Kamerar Slider Dolly SD-1. I think this is a very good slider/dolly for the price, however I caution about how much weight you put on this. I had a 1.2 lb ball head + a 5Dmk3 + a 17-40 f/4.0 L lens.. for a total of 4. 2 lbs on it, and it slid with a LOT of friction. As in, it wasn’t very smooth. I recommend using the lightest ball head + a small prime lens. And at $129 it’s a good slider to start with.
As usual if you want quality you have to open your wallet. Sliders get crazy pricey for the pro stuff. If you’re willing to spend a bit more, the sliders from Konova are bearing sliders. These will glide better than the friction Kamerar slider, and with more weight on them. They come in K2, K3, and K5 models, and each comes in different lengths. The higher the K number the more bearings in the gear box which makes for a smoother slide.
So until I save up for the $400 Konova K3 I want, I’m going to try and keep the weight down on the Kamerar. I think I’m going to replace the 1.2lb DMKFoto ball head head I paid $20 (it’s now $35!) and invest in a lighter one that’s made better and has more features.
Here’s the full list of small/light ball heads, their weight and max load:
Joby Bh1 weighs 5.3oz, 6.6lbs load (these also go nice with the Joby Gorilla Pads)
Joby BH2 weighs 9.3oz – 11.1lb load
Induro BHD0 weighs14.1 oz – 17.6lb load
Vanguard SBH-20 weighs7.5oz – 8.8lbs load
Vanguard SBH-30 weighs13.1oz – 11lb load
Vanguard SBH-50 weighs10.2oz – 13.2lb load
Vanguard SBH-100 weighs15.9 oz – 22lb load
Giottos MH1003 weighs 6.4oz – 8.8lb load
Manfrotto 494RCMini weighs 11.36oz – 8.82lb load
EzFoto Arca Swiss weighs 11oz – load ?