DIY slider: Igus is looking at the market more seriously

About a year go, I made my initial post about the DIY Igus slider. Back then, sliders were a bit of a novelty for HDSLR users and the DIY way was the only affordable solution.

Since then, manufacturers have reacted and are offering commercial alternatives at various price points.

Still, I think the DIY slider made out of Igus part gives the best bang for your buck. Its only flaw was the DIY part which required some drilling (and potential errors…). Igus noticed and they are now selling a pre-drilled version, the only thing left to do is attaching the ball head and tripod. Cant get simpler than that and at 150$, it is a fraction of similar solutions.

Small advice: while tempting, dont put any lubricant on the slider. Igus parts are designed to work without lubricant and while spraying some could improve the sliding motion, it will leave residues which will force you to use lubricant every time you want to use it afterward.

Also, some people inquired about the DIY electric slider I have been talking about. It is still not finished. My first version was a total disaster so I decided to revise the whole design.

You can get it here from Amazon.

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Photography allows me to be what I want to be, to be where I want to be, and to do what I want to do ... I'm not professional photographer and I don't need a title, I love to take photographs and that is what I do, I love to learn and I always try to do it better ...
  • jr

    The Amazon listing shows the slider attached to a tripod. Is that ready to attach or does it need more modification?

  • admin

    According to the text on the product pictures, the holes (on the slider and the carriage) are pre-tapped which means you dont need anything else. At least if your tripod screw is the standard size…

  • Amadeo

    About spraying the lube on there. Yes, that’s a bad idea!!! What I do is clean the rails of Any debris and give them a good coat of wax. Smooth as a baby’s bottom! Problem is, that when you put your DSLR with a lens, the weight makes it slide choppy. With practice you can get pretty good slides. There is also a “foldable sawhorse” that you can purchase @ harbor freight tool for about $22 that makes a great combo with this slider.

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