Many of you are familiar with iFootage and their products. At IBC 2018 they had a lovely stand packed with everything from their latest tripod technology to monopods, which you could extend at a twist of a handle, a crane, and motorized sliders. I really like their kit as it is affordable and also well made. I’ve owned their original Shark slider for some time now and it has held up to the test of time; it is still very capable of producing smooth shots and it does not a lot of space in my car.
The iFootage Shark Mini is the successor to the original, carbon fibre, belt-driven Shark Slider S1, and it improves on the design with a new anodized rail system and the ability to add a motorized head and do all sorts of cool movements, timelapses, tracking shots etc. with their motion control app. The size and versatility makes it perfect for DSLRs or Mirrorless cameras and even some compact S35 camcorders like the EVA1, as long as you don’t go crazy on the payload, which is about 3 kgs with the L-bracket attachment and a motorized head.
The Mini has been around for over a year now, but B&H have recently listed a bunch of new bundles for the Shark Slider Mini, starting from $419 for the standard non-motorized version, which you can check out here.
iFootage Shark Mini Motorized Slider:
Ian from iFootage was really awesome and showed us their latest Gazelle lightweight tripod prototype, which features a really quick and easy head removal system, which uses a single twist and a button to quickly release the head from the legs. This can help you greatly with adjusting the head or when going to a different setup with maybe a jib, crane or a slider. The legs are carbon fibre and superlight, and have been designed for photographers and camera pros looking for lightweight portable system.
Payloads vary between 5 and 7 lbs, and the legs are also available in aluminium version. The flathead bowl version also features a centre-column, which is more likely to see use in a photographic environment, but nevertheless looks really useful and well made.
The Gazelle 75mm bowl version is also designed to carry the new Komodo K7 fluid head, which increases the payload from the popular Komodo K5 to 7 lbs. You can dampening and counter balance controls, in addition to dynamic balancing for keeping your payload straight and easier balancing. These are likely to ship within the next couple of months, while pricing has not yet been finalized, however I am sure they will be priced affordably.
iFootage Gazelle Carbon Fibre Tripods, Cobra 2 Monopods, iFootage M1 Mini Crane:
Many thanks to Ian for the excellent demos and the whole team at iFootage for their hospitality at their stand, and I hope those of you who went to IBC got a chance to visit their stand.
For more info on iFootage and all their products, check out their website here.
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