Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Review: CineSkates Table Dolly system

< JB's review: The CineSkates dolly ($200-350) is a modular system designed by Justin Jensen and his highly successful Kickstarter campaign.  The three skate wheels clamp onto the Joby GorillaPod Focus tripod, and presto -- instant table dolly.  The wheels are nice and smooth, but there seems to be a flaw in trying to use the GorillaPod as the base.  In my experience, the GorillaPod Focus tripod is great for clamping a camera into odd spots.  However, it's less spectacular as a support for a rolling tripod, without a good deal of labor to align the wheels perfectly straight.  You can twist and contort the legs into many different positions, but "straight" seems hard to achieve.  Again, this is less about the functionality of the CineSkates, and more about the difficulty in aligning the legs of the GorillaPod.  At $50/wheel (x3), it becomes an expensive wrestling match, and you could be burning precious time for a "trick shot" with the CineSkates table dolly.  Check out a CineSkates video HERE.  Overall: B-

< CineSkates table dolly with GoPro Hero2.  Use it only on a smooth surface to eliminate camera shake.  The wheels clamp on perfectly, but the entire system is expensive and frustrating to align.

< JB's BONUS REVIEW: The Pico Flex Dolly ($70) with the IPhone 4S.  For the price point, and set up speed, I highly recommend the sturdy Pico Flex Dolly.  It's a heavy piece of alloy metal with a 2-axle, 4-wheel system.  Very smooth wheels, and it can be aligned straight or curved within seconds.  This is better for iPhone filmmaking, and might be too small for HDSLRs.  For a small table dolly, and an affordable price point, I really liked the Pico Flex Dolly.  Check out a Pico Flex Dolly VIDEO HERE. Overall: A -

Also: A sample video of the Pico Flex Dolly taking on Batman.

< The CineSkates dolly with the GoPro Hero2 & the Pico Flex Dolly with iPhone 4S.

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