I have been working on my edit from Key West shot with Kessler Crane products, mostly notably the amazing Pocket Jib and a very special Pocket Dolly which I will talk about soon. It’s been taking forever to do as I have been so busy in the US doing shoots and workshops but it is almost finished.
Whilst in Key West I had a good play around with Kessler Crane’s Revolution pan and tilt head. It’s a robotic head that can be used at the end of jibs, for remote operation or for just getting perfectly accurate moves. It’s a joy to use and robust as hell. It survived the elements for many days in the Florida rain whilst doing timelapses but I also did some normal real time shots with it to test out just how smooth it is…and it is…as smooth as a baby’s bottom!! The movement I got from it with my 5DmkII was just perfect…it can take full size cameras as well as my baby! Using the same Oracle controller that I use with my pocket dolly and cineslider it controls both the motor in real time and in timelapse mode. The head and oracle together cost $1795. For what they do this is bloody cheap. I work with Eric and he is a very close friend so I am biased but I wouldn’t rave about something if it sucked, it would just come back to bite me in the arse! The head on it’s own is $995. You can buy them from the Kessler Crane website by clicking any of the images or here…I have the head on my Miller Solo sticks.
Here are a few test shots I did with the Revolution head…
Shot from my hotel room balcony, testing out the timelapse on the new Revolution pan and tilt head. Those are boats leaving the 4th July fireworks near beginning.