If you love the silky, fluid movement that a slider can add to a production but have always baulked at the thought of having to carry around an awkwardly long piece of kit that won’t fit in your gadget bag or overhead luggage, then the latest introduction from Kenro could be exactly what you’ve been waiting for.
The innovative new Double Distance Slider is a very manageable 50cm in length, offering 38cm of movement when sat on the ground on its smart set of maroon-finished built in feet. However, this cunning and stylish product comes with a remarkable extra feature: mounted on a tripod the slider seamlessly extends in either direction, allowing up to a full 76cm of travel, making it the perfect combination of portability and performance.
The secret of how the Kenro Double Distance Slider is able to offer more travel than its physical length is down to clever design and top quality gearing, which allows the bar to extend automatically as the camera moves in a particular direction. Furthermore, this is achieved while maintaining the beautifully smooth belt-driven movement that’s the hallmark of any high quality slider: there are no judders or bumps to affect the footage, just a simple, straightforward uninterrupted action that’s no different to that offered by a more conventional, but longer, device.
There are other advantages offered through working with such a compact piece of gear. For a start the Double Distance Slider sits so comfortably on top of a tripod that it virtually becomes part of the set up and it’s consequently easy to pick up and carry the whole ensemble if, for example, you need to walk through a crowd and set up in a different position. Being constructed from aluminium it’s also lightweight, at just 1.64kg, while being robust enough to accept a payload of up to 3kg while on the tripod, and up to 6kg if set up on the ground.
''Sliders are one of the most versatile accessories any filmmaker can invest in,'' says Paul Kench, Kenro’s managing director. ''At a stroke they can add interest and movement to an otherwise static production, ensuring there’s variety in their work and adding a different viewpoint. And, of course, it’s perfectly possible to mix things up a little and to have a diagonal or a straight up-and-down pan, and these are the kinds of things that add enormous value to a film.
''The issue has always been that sliders have, by necessity, had to be physically long and somewhat unwieldy, but the technology behind the new Kenro product has done away with much of that. The Double Distance Slider combines a compact form factor with the functionality previously only found in a much bulkier product, and it’s giving filmmakers an exciting new option.''
As with all Kenro-branded products, the Double Distance Slider is built to the most exacting of professional specifications and yet still comes at the highly affordable price of just £239.94. For that a filmmaker can transform their productions while still maintaining a manageable kit bag that’s capable of being taken anywhere.
All prices quoted are SRP guide including VAT
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