Meet the ultra-portable slider.

Sometimes when you travel or go on location for a shoot you feel like you are taking everything but the kitchen sink with you. You want to be prepared for any situation and any opportunity to capture your subject. One piece of equipment that can be difficult and sometimes down right impossible to take with you easily is a crane and/or slider. This is where the Axler Foldable Crane Slider (FCS-1428) comes into play. It’s a camera slider that allows a camera operator to make linear and parabolic movements without a huge set-up. 

DETAILS

The Foldable Crane Slider is a portable option for completing smooth, steady movements without needing a giant slider rig. The movements – either linear or parabolic – are made with a knob handle. The slider is designed to be used with medium sized DSLRs and mirrorless cameras. It will support a maximum payload of 4.5lbs. The slider attaches to a standard tripod with a 3/8”-16 mount thread and slides from the middle to either side. If it’s fully extended, it measures 28 inches. The slider comes with a ball head, but other matching heads can be used in place of it. Both positions offer 1/4”-20 mounting screws. The slider is made of aluminum and has ABS plastic side panels. 

MAIN FEATURES

  • Smooth Sliding: When you want to add emotional imagery to your video, it’s best to be smooth. The Axler slider provides smooth and stable tracking so that you can add depth and a feel of realism to your moving shots.
  • Linear Tracking: With linear tracking you can set up your shots for side-to-side or front-to-back movement. This creates drama as your subject moves into or out of focus. With side-to-side tracking, you can create dynamic movement down a street with a walking subject.
  • Parabolic Motion: Parabolic motion rotates your camera while staying focused around the center of your subject. This will offer you the feeling of moving around your subject and capture a more immersive scene.
  • Tracking Distance: In order to create dramatic video footage you need extra depth. The FCS-1428 has a tracking distance of 27.75 in. (70.5 cm) so you can create long, impactful panning shots.
  • Lightweight: Video equipment is heavy enough. This slider is made of aluminum and weighs in at only 2.45 lb. (1.1 kg) making it a lightweight and easy to carry.
  • Folding Portability: This slider folds to a compact 9.3 in. (23.7 cm) making it a highly-portable slider option for any videographer to pack in their camera bag.
  • Angled Shooting: We’ve included a 1/4″-20 ball-head adapter for your camera, so you can experiment with creative shooting angles. In addition, the ball head has a 90° option for shooting straight down on overhead table shots.
  • Locking Mechanism: An easy locking mechanism prevents the slider from opening during setup or when not in use.
Slide Distance14″ (35.5 cm) from the middle out 
28″ (71 cm) from end to end
PayloadUp to 4.5 lb (2 kg)
Mount Types1/4″-20 screw for camera mounting; 3/8″-16 threaded tripod mount hole
Material of ConstructionAluminum with ABS plastic side panels
Dimensions4.5 x 2.5 x 9.5″ (11.4 x 6.4 x 24 cm) (when folded)
Weight: 2.5 lb (1 kg)

USER EXPERIENCE

The box is all black with an outline of the product on the front. The rest of the box is blank. Inside you will find the slider, ball head, and a quick start guide. The slider is nicely protected with plucked foam inside the box. The slider is heavy but much lighter than a full-size slider rig. I’m glad it’s so robust because it makes me feel secure when I place the camera on either position of the slider. I have to admit that I don’t exactly know the physics of how this portable slider functions but it has to do with the different movements of the mounts for each of the slider options (parabolic or linear). Operation of the slider is pretty self-explanatory, but I’ll give a quick rundown here.

First, you need to decide what type of movement you need. The linear movement is really just a side-to-side view of the subject you are filming and the parabolic option gives you a more circular motion. So, if you are easing in and out of a shot, I would recommend linear and if you want something that gives the shot a little more depth and character, maybe go with the parabolic motion. It really depends on the needs of the video. Once you’ve decided on the type of movement you want, you will want to place your tripod head (either the one that came with the slider or your own) onto the proper mount. They are both labeled according to the type of movement they produce. Make sure your head is tightened onto the mount and then unlock the slider. At this point, you can use the handle to move the slider in and out as needed. The slider does the rest of the work.

I found that if you are cautious with the way your hand is placed on the control knob you can produce a very smooth slider move. It can get difficult if you are forcing it. The best thing to do is use a gentle grip and try to move with the slider and not work against it. I did notice that when I recorded some test video with the slider that there was some mechanism and squeaking noise caused by my hand on the control knob. This could possibly be controlled better by the grip that you use on the knob, but it’s something to be aware of if you want to use the audio.

CONCLUSION 

Overall, I really like this slider. It’s portable, which is great for on-the-go production. Having this in my gear kit has made it much nicer when I try to spice up my video shoots. It provides a different level of video variety than you get with just hand-held or tripod shots. It is a big investment but the device is built really well and it can really help you achieve next-level shots.

For more information, visit axlersupports.com.