In my opinion it really is the best dolly in the world. It’s sold thousands and is used globally on all levels of productions. Just recently it appeared to the Canon 6D launch video (I didn’t shoot it!). It’s a precision tool that adds huge production value to your work. The smoothest on the market, the best made on the market, and I am proud to have it as my first signature product. I do no believe there is anything better out there!

Some people have been put off by the red colour of the ends as being a bit too flashy. Eric Kessler has responded by making a jet black hand polished Black one. It’s available to buy right now. Same price as the Red one (which is also hand polished now) and comes in 3 sizes. It looks damn good in black, I have to say! Sleek, sexy (can a dolly be sexy?) and very professional.

The Standard (3 Foot)

The Traveller (2 foot)

The Mini (22.5 inches)

All of them can be motorised easily with the cheap Basic controller kit or the more expensive but higher featured Oracle Kit.

I go through this in the video and the advantages of each length, but now with the introduction of the mini let me explain them – this could help you make the decision as to which one to buy!

The Standard Great for time-lapse, actually the best of the three for timelapse, but not the best one for hand manual operation or for traveling. The 3 foot struggles to go in most suitcases, I put mine in a snowboard bag, but if you don’t fly much it’s the most versatile, though it has two big caveats. One I have already mentioned, the other is that mounting it on a tripod can be tricky due to its length, and this means that manual operation can be a bit tricky. I recommend a tripod at each end, or just on one end with a monopod or light stand at the other. It does need extra support as it’s long. If you have a heavy duty tripod or a Hercules head, then you can use just one.

The Traveller Is the best compromise of the three. Just long enough for timelapse…I use it all the time…Perfect length for travelling as it goes in my suitcase no problems. Also fits on one tripod perfectly (well a video tripod that is!). So little balance issues here. This is the one I recommend to most. It’s fantastic!

The Mini is new and what I have been using on the shoots below. I don’t recommend this for timelapse as it’s a bit too short but for video this is brilliant. Long enough for those reveals and great for transportation. I am in love with the black Bloom mini and I use it on everything now…much to the upset of the bigger ones!

Figure out which one is for you before you buy! They are the same price…it’ actually more expensive to make the small rail than the big one, as they are made in smaller quantities! They all come with the excellent custom case, flat head adaptor, outrigger feet. You can add the other stuff like the All Terrain feet, quick release plates, low profile ball head at checkout. 

You can order here or by clicking the banner!


Olly Knights: If not now when from Philip Bloom on Vimeo.

Dungeness shot on the Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera from Philip Bloom on Vimeo.

 

Also check out these excellent new  Kessler Crane products! The low profile ball head is an excellent addition to the Pocket Dolly!

Also to make all your cameras of all sizes completely locked down on your heads, I cannot recommend enough the  fantastic new quick release plates which adhere to the Arca standard size. ROCK SOLID!

The new quick release plate system

The new Kessler low profile ball head

Low profile ball head on slider caddy

ball head with new multi angle plate

 

Kessler Crane Philip Bloom Pocket Dolly Review from Chris Weatherly on Vimeo.

The 3 foot version

Honestly, I find this hard to believe myself, but I actually have had a piece of gear made to my specifications and being sold with my name on it! Blimey! I am a very humble guy and am utterly flattered that this has been made! I cannot thank Eric Kessler enough! Although doesn’t a Philip Bloom Pocket Dolly sound a bit wrong and kind of blow up? ;) Not that I could imagine anyone EVER wanting one of those (apart from my cats?!)

So…finally after much teasing, the “Philip Bloom Signature Edition” Pocket Dolly is out for sale, both in 2 foot and 3 foot versions…and before you ask, yes I can write and that is my actual signature not some font (which a lovely lady friend said she liked the dolly but didn’t like the font! :))

 

With the advent of DSLRs shooting video, sliders have become an essential part of any filmmaker’s kit. The ability to do small dolly moves can make your shot so much more cinematic.

I have been using various sliders for almost two years and none of them ever fulfilled my needs completely. Too heavy, not smooth enough etc…

The Kessler Crane Cineslider has been by far the greatest slider I have ever used with two downsides for me. The size and weight. I fly a lot and it is simply too big without its own case, and it needs support on either end ideally, or a heavy duty tripod. I often use lightweight tripods and wanted the design of the Cineslider combined with the weight of the Kessler Crane Pocket Dolly. The Pocket Dolly V2 is a superb dolly but I personally missed the features of the Cineslider.

With a 16mm Bolex on it!!

The 2 Foot version

This is the best piece of kit I have ever used and I am incredibly proud for it be the first piece of gear to ever bear my name!

It is completely compatible with the Elektra Drive and Oracle motorised system. Simply remove the drag control and fit the motor on exactly as you would do with the Cineslider.

This slider is SERIOUSLY smooth, I call it a “one take slider”, you only need to do the shot again if you cock up, not the gear sticking on you!

It comes as a kit only with the outrigger feet, lovely case, dolly 2 foot or 3 foot and the flat head tripod adaptor. Both the 3 foot and 2 foot are $995 intro price, then it’s $1,095 after the first 12 have gone…I LOVE this dolly. Yes it is more money than the Pocket Dolly V2 but it is essentially a lightweight Cineslider with all the perks of that model and then some, you get the outrigger feet and head mount too. The dolly is also tested for completely smoothness to a 100 feet using a laser for pinpoint accuracy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Measuring tape for use with elektra drive and oracle motorized system

 

 

 

2 nights in Mallory Square from Philip Bloom on Vimeo.

Shot on the Canon 5D MK II to test out the Kessler Crane Pocket Jib and the new special Philip Bloom Pocket Dolly.

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Filmed over two evenings at Mallory Square in Key West, Florida

Comments

  1. Karen Abad says:

    Super sexy, super functional, super smooth. Sexy color! <3

  2. LT says:

    looks great.
    congrats!

  3. Jacob says:

    Hahahaha this is awesome congrats.

  4. nice to finally see it for sale! enjoyed testing it out in Boston, SUPER smooth.

    1. pbloom says:

      Even smoother now!

      1. Bill B says:

        Looks like you borrowed that red anodizing accent from a few certain zacuto buddies!

  5. David Nielsen says:

    Video looks great. Were most of the jibs shot done with the Tokina 11-16?

    1. pbloom says:

      No that was the 14mm F2.8

  6. Looking awesome ! This will be selling like hotcakes

  7. Cristian says:

    Hello Philip,

    Congrats! Just ordered the Traveler size, but noticed that the “Add to Cart” link in the Kessler site points you to the Standard length. I emailed Kessler to let them know of the typo. I hope I can get the Traveler size instead of the Standard one.

    Thanks,
    Cristian

    1. pbloom says:

      i will forward to them and make sure Christian! I hope you love it!

    2. Chris Beller says:

      Thanks for the heads up, Cristian. I just fixed the website. It looks like some changes I made earlier today did not take. Should all be good now.

  8. DUNKonDUNKS says:

    I just got the Traveler size!!!

      1. DUNKonDUNKS says:

        HAPPY HAPPY JOY JOY!!!! I’ll see ya next week @ Vimeo Awards as well!

  9. Danny says:

    Hey Philip, i made a banner for your new slider – sent an email to work@philipbloom.net

  10. Simon Brooke says:

    Looks great Philip – congrats. Added it to the cart to purchase but can’t justify the $280 to ship to Australia :(

    1. pbloom says:

      damn that sucks

    2. dave says:

      i just got a 3ft one, and had to pay additional $206 to get it in aus thru customs too!! painful shipping fee….

      1. Philip Bloom says:

        ouch, can you claim the tax back?

  11. David says:

    Throw any camera up there. I got some nice shots with a 16mm film Bolex on it!! Super slick!

  12. That thing is butter smooth. Have worn out the slider you gave me from my shorts. Will have to order this ASAP!!!!

  13. Dazza says:

    Hey mate…Can I get away without getting a Hercules head for stability or not?

    1. pbloom says:

      yes, i use it on a crappy manfrotto…the 2 footer that is. the 3 footer needs a better tripod for sure.

  14. Fawaz says:

    Just getting started, so I cant afford one of these. Although it would be an extreme blessing because I do a lot of weddings for free for people who cant afford to hire a photographer/videographer, but hey things work out because someone bought me my canon 7D for free along with my iMac i7, I just now started charging people and have 4 weddings already so hopefully soon I can afford one, I absolutely like the fact that you came out with your own signature product. Thanks again philip!

  15. Karsvall says:

    Can you “flip” it to do moves in the y-direction or maybe have it 45´to be able to go forward and down simutanesly?

    1. pbloom says:

      yes you can if it’s mounted on a proper tripod head

      1. im thinking of using a giotto ball head to mount the slider vertically so I can still use my fluid head to move the camera…do you think this will work?

        1. Philip Bloom says:

          cant see it taking the weight

          1. What about this ball head:

            http://www.adorama.com/FPTH4.html

            Weighted up to 44lb (20kg) – surely this will support the dolly and camera rig in mounted vertically?

            1. Philip Bloom says:

              no chance. it’s not the weight, its the mounting plate that is not strong enough

              1. damn! what about this…looks like a sturdier mounting platform?

                http://www.adorama.com/GTBH3.html

  16. I’ll definitely be grabbing this one sometime this fall (if they’re available), didn’t quite have the cash for it tonight. Congrats on the product launch Phil. See ya at the Vimeo Awards.

    RomanM

  17. Luc says:

    Just ordered a standard length :) Can’t wait to finally have a bearing based slider :) This looks great, and love that the smexy Red colour made it to production models :)

  18. Michael Bach says:

    What size would you guys recommend? This is going to be my first slider system and I can’t seem to decide between the 2 sizes. Is the 3 foot one still portable enough to travel with? Would the traveler be sufficient in getting most shots, or will you always feel like your making due and wish you had the 3 ft one? Any advice would be awesome. Thanks!

    If you can only have 1 slider, 3 ft or 2 ft?

    1. pbloom says:

      2 foot for sure. i rarely use 3 foot as it’s too big to travel easily with and balance is tricky on all but heavy duty tripods

      1. Michael Bach says:

        Thank you for the advice! I ordered the long one before you responded, but I talked to Chris and he said I can exchange it for the traveler. Going to be sending the 3 foot one back as it’s already in transit.

  19. Tom Judd says:

    Geez, spider man really has let himself go!

    Awesome shots Philip, love it!

  20. Ollie Kenchington says:

    Any idea what the carriage to UK is and what import duty we’d have to pay? Sick of having to wait for friends to go to USA and then beg them to buy kit for me!

    1. pbloom says:

      carriage is pricey…like $250 as they used insured fedex or ups and it’s heavyish…VAT is 17.5% and duty not sure…

  21. Nick Foxall says:

    Congratulatons man! This has just gone to the top of my shopping list! The fact that its compatible with the Oracle and Electra Drive systems makes this very a versatile slider indeed.

    1. Nick Foxall says:

      Oh… What mounting plate would you recommend thats compatible with Vinten (vision)?

      1. pbloom says:

        to mount the dolly onto the vinten?

        1. Nick Foxall says:

          Well, yes…. but also if I already have a Vinten head and plate, how can I use the same plate to “snap onto” the PB Pocket Dolly.

          1. pbloom says:

            you can’t put the vinten head on the dolly without a high hat adaptor from Kessler Crane…

  22. Traveler ordered! Now with this, and the super-compact Miller Solo tripod you touted at the Santa Monica workshop I can get the whole shebang into one inconspicuous suitcase for travel. Brilliant!

    1. pbloom says:

      nice stuff Charles! have fun!

    2. Mitch Riggin says:

      Which model did you get, I’m looking and am ready to spend the money? Have you hooked up the slider to it yet? Can’t wait to start shooting.

    3. Michael Bach says:

      Charles – Which solo model did Philip recommend?

  23. Graeme says:

    Very jealous! that’s a sweet bit of kit and having your name on it must be great for the ego.

    I have signature underwear on, i wrote my name on them :)

    1. pbloom says:

      Nice! you gonna sell those? ;)

  24. Ivo says:

    Hello Philip.
    I was just ordering the Cinselider but now I am a little confused about what is best for me. Can you mount the new pocket dolly on a standard video tripod via a quick release plate ? What tripo are you using in the pictures ?

    1. pbloom says:

      well my slider is sold out now for a month! i would not recommend mounting the dolly to a tripod head that is not heavy duty. if your tripod is flat head mount it to that if it is ball mount get a ball mount adaptor…i am using a simple flat head manfrotto tripod.

  25. Bernard Lau says:

    worth the $280 to Aus!
    but i don’t have the dosh yet :-(
    let’s hope it doesn’t become too limited…
    or maybe i’ll have to wait for the mk2 with the Philip Bloom Elektra Oracle Pocket Dolly… now that’s a mouth full!

  26. NatureBoy says:

    Congrats mate. You earned it. Many of us have been helped via your field testing equipment and giving us your feedback. Money is tight and it is comforting to know there is someone out there putting various gear through there paces in real world scenario’s.

    Eric Kessler is one of the nicest people I have ever dealt with on the equipment side of our industry. The jib I purchased was well thought out and the build quality is excellent.

    Matt

    1. pbloom says:

      cheers Matt.

  27. FREE THE STILL says:

    Just ordered the Traveler! Do you recommend the brake? Thanks!

    1. pbloom says:

      no…you don’t need the brake really. just lock the drag control down.

  28. BrianDickman says:

    Looks good. Two thumbs up for the 16mm Bolex photo.

    1. pbloom says:

      waiting for the footage but it will be a few weeks!!

  29. Oren says:

    What an honor to have a piece of kit with your name on it. Even better that it was improved through your testing and suggestions. Kudos!

  30. That’s cool. Can I get one that just says “Philip” on it?
    Congrats.

    Philip Yunker

  31. prphoto&video says:

    I don’t know… this looks like an expensive drylin slider if you ask me. I considered something similar but ended up going with the dollyslide mark II, which is working out great. Looks nice though, with the logo and colors!

    1. pbloom says:

      it’s not…it’s on wheels and small bearings. The original pocket dolly was drylin. This is nothing like it!

      1. MadMonkFish says:

        Looks great – quick question, will it mount on the Kessler Pocket Jib (as with the Pocket Dolly) or is it tripod mount only like the larger Cineslider?

        All that’s needed now is a Canon 5DMkII Mr Bloom Special Edition – just think of the features you could specify – LOL :)

        1. pbloom says:

          it can mount on anything…

          my Canon 5dmk2 special edition comes out soon with no moire or rolling shutter. Hurrah! ;)

  32. Ivo says:

    exaclty what model of manfrotto tripod are you using in the pictures and what is the flat head ?

    1. DUNKonDUNKS says:

      Only 12!!!! I can’t wait!!

  33. Irina says:

    You are now officially a smooth operator Philip!

  34. The Porter says:

    is that a manfrotto 701HDV you’re using? are you diggin’ it? gotta get a new head for my bloom slider, as I have a ball head on my tripod.

    come to big sur– you have a guest house to yourself on the south side

    1. pbloom says:

      it’s ok…i only use it as it’s light. Not good for movement at all. I came to Big Sur earlier this year, made a video called “Pacific” there. Loved it! Thanks for offer…if I ever come back!

  35. steven lyons says:

    i know Kesslar didn’t recommend or manufacture his sliders so you could use a standard tripod head, whether miller plate or sachtler plate by utilising the two screws off the plate, instead you either only had one point of contact available to connect the slider to the tripod plate, which made it too unstable to use or buy kessler’s hercules head to mount on your sticks and then mount the slider on the hercules head giving 4 points of contact.

    I Imagine logic has prevailed and Philip has suggested that the world standard be adhered to and create a fixing block on underside of philip bloom slider that fixes to tripod plate using two points of contact..

    ..even better would be for kesslar to create their own sachtler, miller and manfrotto plates that have three points of contact or four which would be possible on a modified sachtler plate.

    I would dearly like to know if the 3 feet slider connected to a standard miller or sachtler plate is stable enough to use as a one tripod set up.

    reasons above are why I held off purchaser kesslar sliders, but will be definitely purchasing this if mounting is more solid for existing tripod plates. and one tripod use…philip can you confirm?
    I also imagine he is using the 701 or more likely 501 mantfrotto head to mount camera.

    1. pbloom says:

      there are up to 4 points of contact on the underside of the slider for mounting to the hercules head…not sure how that could be implemented on a proper tripod head though?

      I would put my dolly on a sachtler or vinten plate but not a Miller plate as I find them too flimsy…anything with rubber also must be avoided…

      3 foot i always say is pushing it, it works but you must be careful of balance…I generally used my 503 head on the dolly but sometimes my 701 head.

      1. steven lyons says:

        philip are you saying there is still just one point of contact to mount your signature
        dolly to a standard tripod head(eg sachtler)?

        I always thought that you could take a sachtler plate(as an example) modify it by drilling 4 new holes in square formation and then utilising that to mount to underside of signature dolly.
        I thought that kessler could make their own sachtler plates and create four points of contact and that would fit into any sachtler tripod in the world.
        this would make using the 3foot version problem free and save having to have another tripod head (hercules), a lot of us like working with a good stable head,
        I own a sachtler sb20 for instance.

  36. niceness, I don’t know whether to put it on my wall or out in the field :).

    1. pbloom says:

      that’s why you should buy two!!

  37. Jonnie Sirotek says:

    Already sold out! Congratulations Philip! Looks like a fantastic piece of kit, hope to get my hands on one.

    1. pbloom says:

      I know. Am surprised how quickly they sold!

  38. Luis says:

    Cant see many takes on the sliding dolly but I just love your sense of humor pal! I always enjoy your videos.

    1. pbloom says:

      some on the guy making the baskets and at the end on the fortune teller.

  39. STR says:

    Congrats Phil – really keen to order one once they are back in stock…

    cant decide on short or longer one though…

    also would I need to get a ” 100mm Ball Mount ” adapter that’s on the webpage in order to mount a miller compass head on it ?

    what is the max weight load / size of camera they can take?

    love the look of it – only wish the crimson plates at either end were black – stealthy :)

  40. VillageBoi says:

    Been thinking of getting a Kessler product for a while and I think this will be the one for me. It looks awesome!
    Congrats Philip.

  41. Great color in the film! What lenses did you use?

    1. pbloom says:

      magic bullet looks

      1. thanks but which lens?

        1. pbloom says:

          which lens for what?

          1. which lenses did you use to shoot the film? did you use any Zeiss?

            1. pbloom says:

              check out my blog, do a search under mallory square. lists what i used.

  42. MK says:

    I have the Miller DS-20 carbon fibre. What do you recommend, traveler or standard?

    Would the standard be stable enough?

    Thanks

    1. pbloom says:

      traveller is what i use.

  43. lee j rouse says:

    Congratulations Phillip,

    I have been considering on getting a pocket dolly or cine slider for a while now. Having see your ‘sig’ version, I have my sights locked on that now, just need to save those pennies.
    Do you know if this product is going to have a limited run of units or is it going to be in production indefinitely?

    Thanks

    Lee

    1. pbloom says:

      it is limited…not sure how long for…it’s not a short run though…

  44. ic never says:

    Nothing like being sold on a product that isn’t available. Don’t be like Canon – stock these things!

    1. pbloom says:

      demand has been surprising. They are all hand made and being made as fast as possible!

  45. Rob B says:

    Lovely bit of kit, can’t wait for them to come back Into stock. Delivery to the UK could be a pita though!
    Quick question regarding its use as a jib (applicable to all Kessler sliders I guess). Do you have to use a Hercules head? Their explanation confuses me a little. The Hercules is just massive and I would prefer a decent manfrotto head instead so I can also use it for stills easily.

    1. pbloom says:

      yeah delivery isn’t cheap am afraid.

  46. It’s not really “pocket” but it does look like a handy little tool.

  47. steven lyons says:

    philip are you saying there is still just one point of contact to mount your signature dolly to a standard tripod head(eg sachtler)?

    I always thought that you could take a sachtler plate(as an example) modify it by drilling 4 new holes in square formation and then utilising that to mount to underside of signature dolly.
    I thought that kessler could make their own sachtler plates and create four points of contact and that would fit into any sachtler tripod in the world.
    this would make using the 3foot version problem free and save having to have another tripod head (hercules), a lot of us like working with a good stable head,
    I own a sachtler sb20 for instance.

    1. pbloom says:

      there are four screw holes to designed for the hercules head or their ball mount adaptor you may be able to do what you suggest, best to ask them though…

  48. Darryl Gregory says:

    Here is Proof that even the pro’s are interested in this pocket dolly :)
    http://yfrog.com/85x4dzj

    1. mantol says:

      can be use with hmc152 or not?

  49. Zack says:

    What is the weight capacity?
    Can it support an EX1??

    1. pbloom says:

      yes it can indeed!

  50. [...] have to take a second to acknowledge how great the anodized red aluminum looks! While seeing it on Philip Bloom’s blog during the testing phase, I was really hoping the production model would retain the red accents; [...]

  51. Taba Blanchard says:

    Damn! sold out!. Got here a little late.
    Philip, you are a point of reference also here in the Dominican Republic. Very popular among the raising filmmakers.

    You should visit and shoot some great things on my country!

    Got any used pocket dolly around?. hahahah.

    Bless.

    1. Philip Bloom says:

      planning too soon!

  52. Taba Blanchard says:

    Would love to use it for my Bolex 16RX…Can i use it with it?

    1. Philip Bloom says:

      it was used successfully here!

  53. Cris says:

    Hi Philip,

    in combination to the PB Pocket Dolly what would you reccomend as a solid (travel) DSLR video tripod?

    - Miller SOLO DV10 Carbon
    - Manfrotto 055CXPRO4
    or rather something like a Benro or Feisol?

    Thanks for your kind attention and advice,
    C.

    1. Philip Bloom says:

      is that the carbon fiber flat head manfrotto tripod? The miller is way better buy you need a ball mount adaptor either from manfrotto or the heavier one from Kessler and then a simple head for the dolly like a 503 or 701 or a high hat for you miller head. Don’t know the DV10, only the ds10 and 20 head.

  54. Philipp Sokolean says:

    Hey Philip,

    Quick question. Can the ‘standard’ slider be used with a Sachtler Soom tripod with a FSB6 or a FSB4 head? Your input would be greatly appreciated.

    1. Philip Bloom says:

      if it’s a ball head tripod you a ball mount adaptor and a high hat for the head.

  55. Alex says:

    Looks great.

    Philip, can you show/tell how to mount this perfect Pocket Dolly to miller ds10/ds20 head?

    1. Philip Bloom says:

      75mm bowl adaptor and a cheap head on top or a kessler high hat

      1. Alex says:

        Thank you for great and fast reply.

        But I mean how to attach pocket dolly directly to ds20 head? Is pocket dolly attached to camera plate with one 1/4″ screw or you use additional adapters ?

        Link
        http://www.imageupload.org/?di=012890720941

        1. Philip Bloom says:

          you cant…the quick release miller plate is not good enough…

          1. Alex says:

            So what you suggest to make there ? How i can securely mount pocket slider to head?

            I see that on your photos you mounted pocket slider to miller DS20 plate. That is why i highlighted with an arrow what i am interested in. Is there something between plate and pocket slider?

          2. squig says:

            So what plate are you using?

  56. Dan says:

    I’m a newb, and I’m sorry if this off topic…but I bought the Miller tripod with the DS20 head. Is the included plate what I use to attach the 5D to the head? If so, can you point me to a site with detailed instructions? If not, can you point me to the attachment I need?

    Thanks. Dan

    1. Philip Bloom says:

      i use a different quick release plate onto it and don’t use the miller screw.

  57. squig says:

    Hey Philip can you be a little more specific about the plate? My bloomin pocket dolly is arriving this week and I want to mount it to a DS10 head.

    1. Philip Bloom says:

      you cant mount it to head plate of DS10 is not good enough. you need a manfrotto 75mm bowl adaptor and a high hat for dolly or a cheap manfrotto head for it…

  58. squig says:

    I’ve got the Manfrotto 75mm bowl adapter but I’d like to have the option of mounting it onto the DS10 just like you have yours mounted to the DS20 in the photos. Have you modified the DS20 head plate or are you just using a plate from a different manufacturer and if so which one? You mentioned earlier that you would use a sachtler or vinten plate.

    1. Philip Bloom says:

      i have it mounted on the DS20 but I really do not recommend it. Not solid enough

  59. squig says:

    This could be a good option for mounting our Miller heads onto the slider- http://www.manfrotto.com/product/8709.56.1863.0.0/325N/_/Bowl_Adapter
    http://www.manfrotto.com/product/8709.56.1863.0.0/520BALLSH/_/520BALLSH_75Mm_Short_Half_Bowl

    The half bowl would need some kind of spacer for levelling the slider.

  60. Gleb says:

    Hi Philip.
    Just bought your Standard Signature Dolly.
    My first dolly ;-) – feels amazing!
    Now after reading every comment here I got very mixed up with amount of heads and plates and additional holes to drill…to make it work.

    The only related piece of equipment I own is
    Manfrotto 058B Aluminum Studio Pro Triaut Tripod Legs
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/554073-REG/Manfrotto_058B_058B_Aluminum_Studio_Pro.html
    (inherited it from previous studio owner)

    What kind of heads and plates would you recommend for the best performance.
    To be used with Nikon D7000 and Sony XDCAM EX1 for now.
    And if you tell me that tripod legs I have will not do good job, please, let me know briefly what is the problem with it and what would you recommend to have.

    Appreciating your time for an advice.

    Thank you

    1. Philip Bloom says:

      those legs wil work. You should not need to drill holes…where you wanting to do that? put the dolly on the legs directly in the centre and then put a head like a Manfrotto 503 screwed onto the caddy and away you go!

      1. Gleb says:

        Thank you very much, Philip.
        I think I will not be the last asking for a configuration advice.
        It might be a good idea to create a cookbook settings document for
        Philip Bloom signature dolly.
        You don’t even have to create it yourself.
        People could contribute their Bloom dolly based configurations to compile a document.

  61. Kirk Gillon says:

    Philip… It’s a definite no-brainer for any filmmaker on a budget! Kirk Gillon

    1. Philip Bloom says:

      click the link to go to the store Burke

      1. Ron says:

        You need to put a flame under the builder, never any for sale.

        1. Philip Bloom says:

          you just missed them, last one sold out earlier today. They are all hand made and each one takes 18 hours of labour. Sorry you missed this batch

  62. I ordered mine Monday at 4 pm Est. I’m looking forward to getting it. Going overseas in 18 days I hope it’s here before I leave!

    1. Philip Bloom says:

      I am sure it will!

  63. Luca Ricci says:

    Hi guys my first time posting here ,I made a research and monfrotto does a livelling bar for tripod 190 b series
    I just ordered one 556B (110€ pretty expensive)
    But very worth it in my opinion ,will be very easy now to livell your dolly
    Hope that helps
    Ciao luca

  64. Hoyon says:

    Phil,

    Just got your dolly today. i never knew i’m not gonna miss my money this much. i love it so much i’m gonna hug it to sleep right now.
    thanks ;)

    1. Philip Bloom says:

      Great stuff! Enjoy!

  65. Joel says:

    Does anybody know if the standard size will work with a Manfrotto 055XPROB tripod with a Manfrotto 501HDV head?

    1. Philip Bloom says:

      is it a ball mount version?

      1. Joel says:

        i think so. it’s not a bowl mount.

          1. Gordon James says:

            Philip, congrats on having your name penned to this really cool product!

            Per your Amazon store recommendation, I’m considering this tripod package for my DSLR:

            Manfrotto 503HDV Professional Video Fluid Head- Supports 17.6 lbs (8kg)
            Manfrotto 055XB Tripod Legs (Black) – Supports 15.4 lbs (7kg)

            Will this package support well the 3 ft. version of your signature Kessler pocket dolly? As a general principle, I’m not sure how to best calculate the weight of total equipment (camera, monitor, pocket dolly, etc…) to what is listed as the amount of weight that can be supported. Is it as simple as adding up the total weight of your gear, and making sure it is under the max weight limit listed with the tripod package?

            1. kokmanos says:

              Hi Philip i want to ask if a magic arm could be mount on your pocket dolly like cineslider and if yes with what type of mount.Thanks!!!

              1. Philip Bloom says:

                yes you can…i would drop chris @ kesslercrane.com an email and ask him what mount he recommends…i know tom guilmette used one with his. i have never done it though

  66. Phillip,

    What other options are there for mounting the slider vertically? Kessler made a short video that showed how it could be done using the hercules below the slider and a giotto ball head on the carriage above the slider. However, I want to avoid buying the Hercules as I would prefer a smaller more compact fluid head (just not sure of one that will support the weight of the slider at different angles).

    Also, have you used the K-pod tripod. What other tripods would you recommend with the sort of stability that the k-pod offers but is a bit more portable (the k-pod seems to sacrifice a lot so it can support cranes etc).

    Cheers,

    Brett

    1. Philip Bloom says:

      you need a meaty tripod head to do it vertically am afraid…

  67. Stan Kwan says:

    Phil, which tripod are you using with the pocket dolly in your pictures? I have tried several tripods with my Glidetrack but there is too much shake. thanks, Stan

    1. Philip Bloom says:

      i used my miller solo and a manfrotto one…not sure of model though as dont have it with me.

  68. Hi Philip,

    Just took delivery of the traveller version (batch 8). It’s pretty well made, nice and smooth for mid to fast movements, but I’ve noticed that when trying to go slow there is a definite bump as each tooth of the belt meets the cog at each end and this is reflected in the footage.

    When sliding quickly it’s not such a problem.

    What is the secret to smooth but slow movement on this dolly?

    1. Philip Bloom says:

      sorry to hear that David and sorry for delay in replying. Just read your comment. Contact chris@kesslercrane.com it should not be doing that.

      1. Terry Jacob says:

        Phil

        I can see judder on your vimeo demonstration

        …smooth…smooth…judder…smooth…smooth…judder

        http://vimeo.com/21382357

        Is it just me?

        1. Philip Bloom says:

          if we are talking at the beginning that’s because i stupidly put 24p stuff in with 25p which is the majority of the footage without converting it. seriously if you are having issues then email kessler and then will swap it out.

    2. Chris Beller says:

      Hi David -

      As Philip mentioned, please send me an e-mail, so we can figure out what you are experiencing. Each unit is laser tested as part of the QC process to ensure smoothness, so you should not see anything caused by the slider in your footage.

      If your belt is a little too tight and you are trying to perform a very slow movement without using any drag/resistance to push against you could potentially feel ‘something’, but nothing that is pronounced or that would show up in any footage.

      Please send me an email and we will figure out what is going on.

      Thanks
      Chris

  69. I want one of these so badly but the import costs pretty much double the price.

    Wish they would sell them in the UK

    1. Indeed. For us Europeans it makes a big difference where you order things. Although the current Dollar-Euro rate is pretty favourable, the shipping costs + possible import duties will kill you in the end.

      Wish Kessler would also supply their resellers (e.g. MarcoTec in Germany) with limited stock, so we could order from them.

      1. Just took delivery of the 3ft version from Marcotec Germany (brilliant service by the way!) and it’s fantastic. Regarding using the 3ft version on a single tripod, I’ve got mine mounted on a Sachtler Video18SB head (with Carbon Fibre legs) using a Sony EX1 on a Manfrotto 503 head and it’s very solid. If you want two points of contact when mounting to the Sachtler plate, I’ve found by mounting the slider at a 45 degree angle you can fit both of the screws Sachtler supply with their plates, totally securing the slider and preventing any rotation. There doesn’t seem to be any operational disadvantage of mounting it at 45 degrees either.

        Out of interest, Philip – when using it with an EX1/3, do you turn off steady shot?

  70. Do you think the F3 will be too heavy for the slider Philip?

    1. Philip Bloom says:

      i have used the f3 with it and it was fine

  71. Chris Weatherly says:

    You still haven’t embedded my review of your slider on your site yet;)

    Used the slider on a recent project and I’m still loving it. Just waiting to get the motor for time-lapse stuff.

  72. Terry Jacob says:

    Just received my 3 ft Pocket Dolly from a hire company.

    Very smooth. Even with vertical shots.

    Be aware if you buy the 3 ft one you will almost certainly be using 2 tripods. It’s tipping my Miller DS 10 over easily. Have to agree with Phil, 2 ft is the one to get. You don’t want to be spends ages trying to balance two tripods every time you want to get a shot. Also the longest shot you’re probably going to want is 5 secs and you can do that on the two foot.

    Will post more as I play!

  73. Hey Philip,

    Was wondering if you can help. Just got an elektradrive motor and oracle for my PB dolly. When charging the battery pack, do you use the US charger supplied by Kessler (using a UK adapter) or have you found a better equivalent UK charger to use? I ask as I have had no luck finding a UK mains charger that has a MALE 12V accessory adapter on it, only female ones…

    Also curious whether you switch off or leave on steadyshot when using the pocket dolly with your EX1…

    Cheers!

    1. Philip Bloom says:

      Hi George. Just get a voltage adaptor. That is what I use!!

  74. Bill Totolo says:

    Closing shot is priceless.

  75. roemer says:

    Please mom, if you read this… it’s my birthday on the 31th… this is the only thing i miss in life… that says enough! ;-)

  76. dave says:

    Hey Phil, i’m in Sydney, been checking quite often, and haven’t seen the “add to cart” option at all, been working on New york time?
    says batch 2 is gone, do u know if any more are there? ;-(

    1. Philip Bloom says:

      hi dave. yes they went on sale at two times as the top paragraph says. 11am EDT and 9pm EDT. That is New York time. Both batches sold in 5 minutes. No idea when they have made more. It takes a long time to make them. Sorry about that. Best thing I can suggest is email chris@kesslercrane.com and ask to be put on a pre-notification list.

      Thanks

      P

  77. dave says:

    thanks Phil, 5 mins wow, I probably checked at 6 mins lol, I was at the movies checking on my iphone, thanks for the link, I’ll email chris….

  78. Melvin says:

    Hey Philip,
    Please let me know when the next batch release.

    Thanks

  79. lein says:

    Hi philip, you got the amazing gears mate, also you had skill to use them for improve your video, that’s so great.

    good on you mate, all the best

  80. Editman says:

    Just got mine and it’s an absolute beaut!!

    Was wondering if anyone knows of any sites or tutorials on how to set this baby up on a tripod…?

    Got my 501 head and 60D on the dolly plate and it works great…! Once I’ve taken the head off the tripod and placed it on the dolly with the cam I’m left with the legs and a sort of half bowl and stem with a screw(leveler for the bubble) which I thought would naturally go underneath the dolly plate but it’s too big…?

    Tried to find a few forums and have seen Hi hats and bowl adapters mentioned but nothing concrete

    I’m sure it’s something really simple but can’t seem to work out what it is that I need. Must be a few people with this sort of setup that have the same issue?

    Any help would be hugely appreciated…want to get sliding with this baby!!!

  81. Bill B says:

    Hi Philip,

    I hear folks say (like the guy in one of the videos above) that the two foot is great for single tripod use (which is true), while the 3 footer is too long to use with most tripods because of balance issues. Well I found an ingenious solution to keep the 3 footer balanced…just use the center portion of the slider to slide! Only go out about 12 inches each way from center and you’re cool! In fact just mark it with tape and you won’t go past. That way, unless you travel and need the shorter size to fit in a suitcase, you can get the 3 footer and benefit from its longer slide when it proves useful and not suffer the ignominy of unbalanced sliders! Not to mention the cineslider is much more rigid. The PB slider is awesome, but for those of us who only want one with a bit more versatility, its a great solution to keep your balance.

    Thank you for all your hard work out there teaching us!

    Bill

  82. Ian Briscoe says:

    Is it possible to purchase in UK?
    Also you state next batch on sale 11am AND 9pm Eastern USA time?

    Thanks

    Ian

    1. Philip Bloom says:

      unfortunately not Ian. There is a dealer in Germany but they have a large backlog there even if they say available in 5 days. Yes two batches some different timezones get a chance to order.

      1. Ian Briscoe says:

        Thanks for your quick reply. I’ll try and get my order in 4pm our time.

  83. I thought you might find this funny.

    http://vimeo.com/18104656

  84. Martin says:

    Hi Philip,

    Yes! Finally was able to order my PB Dolly, batch #13 was the lucky one for me.

    One question, I have the Manfrotto 504HD head… do I need to buy any additional adaptors/etc.. from Kessler to mount this or will it be good to go as is?

    Thanks again from NY!

    -M

    1. Philip Bloom says:

      hi martin

      you need a manfrotto 75mm flat mount ball mount adaptor for your sticks and a hi hat for your head to go on the caddy. Kessler sell one or manrotto sell one

  85. Tim Stevens says:

    Excellent! Hendrick’s, eh?

  86. Keith Moreau says:

    Philip, do you find you use the drag control or motors much with the PB Traveler? I already have a 5ft Cineslider, Oracle and motors but I’m looking for something a bit more portable and requires less setup. I’m considering the standard Pocket Dolly vs the PB model in part because yours is sold out all the time and what I can see is that the drag control for me is main functional difference between the PB and standard. Also the standard is a touch lighter. Thanks for all your great work and contribution.

    1. Philip Bloom says:

      the standard one is great. go for the traveller it’s excellent. I use the drag control for slow shots. but if you are skilled you can get away without it!

  87. greg says:

    I just bought one of these and there is a fair amount of play between the mounting plate and the glide rails, about 1/4 inch. Is this normal as there is no play at all on my 3ft cineslider?

    1. Philip Bloom says:

      on the caddy? if there is play contact office@kesslercrane.com and they will tell you how to tighten it up. It should have zero play.

  88. greg says:

    OK thanks Phil, I wasn’t sure if it was normal or not as its my first slider but when the Cineslider (that I won at the Mallorca Master Class) arrived I noticed it was solid with no movement at all otherwise I’d have probably left the PB one as it is (doh!)

    All the best mate.

  89. Jamie Taucher says:

    Does the slider work with the new Sachtler Ace Tripod?

    1. Philip Bloom says:

      yes but you need a 75mm flat head adaptor to put it on the sticks and a high hat to put head on it

      1. Damien Dunne says:

        Hi Philip,

        Could I get your advice on something. I just bought the standard length pocket dolly. My main concern now is getting a tripod (which isn’t to expensive!) that will be able handle the weight of my 5D, rig, follow focus, etc.

        I’ve been looking at this tripod, will it be able to handle it?

        http://www.amazon.co.uk/Manfrotto-058B-Studio-Camera-Tripod/dp/B000186PQY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1317292540&sr=8-1

        Do I need any kind of plate to attach it to the tripod?

        Alternatively I was wondering, is there a way of mounting the pocket dolly on two ARRI light stands? Is there some sort of adapters I could get for the spigots of the stands that would attach to the underbelly either end of the dolly for support?

        Thanks,

        Damien

        1. Philip Bloom says:

          It would work with a traveller version. it would screw straight onto dolly.

  90. Matthew Poon says:

    Really looking forward to trying out my 3ft PB PocketDolly next week when it arrives (grabbed the upgrade outdoor feet too). Been trying to find out a suitable head for it, and thankfully I found the answer here (503). Couldn’t get an answer out of anyone on the DVX forum. Will try and get away using one of my many photo tripods for now to hold it, but worse case scenario I’ll just have to splash out on some new legs.

  91. Matthew Poon says:

    Just to confirm:

    I would need to purchase a 75mm adapter like this for the sticks:

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/553993-REG/Manfrotto_520BALL_520BALL_75mm_Half_Ball.html

    Is the purpose of the 75mm adapter to make it easier to install the slider onto a tripod? Sorry for the newb question.

    and I just assumed the flat mount adapter that is included with the slider is all you need to attach the head (in my case a Manfrotto 701 & / or 503). However I’m reading from some of the comments above about a high hat to attach the head to it. I’m stumped at how the high hat helps attach the head to the slider, or what are the benefits of using a high hat.

    Cheers

    1. Philip Bloom says:

      yes absolutely. otherwise you need to mount it onto a head and that sucks! your head will screw straight onto the flat mount adaptor

      1. Matthew Poon says:

        Thanks for the reply.

        Well I purchased the 75mm adapter (prior to your reply), and got delivery of it today. However the adapter doesn’t fit any of my Manfrotto sticks (I assume that means tripod legs) and I’m absolutely stumped at how it’s going to work now. (the legs I got are 055XB and 055XPROB)

        Do you know of a particular Manfrotto or alternative brand tripod that would accept this adapter.

        Cheers

  92. Kadri says:

    Hey, love the dolly and have been waiting ages to finally find and buy one. now that ive gotten one ive got a tripod question.

    The manfrotto 503 seems popular but Philip im wondering what your ‘perfect’ choice would be for this dolly, traveler version. As in what is the best option, and maybe a 2nd choice also

    thanks. If anyone else wants to chime in pls advise

    1. Philip Bloom says:

      that works fine. There is no perfect tripod. A good flat head will be fine

  93. Brady Bluhm says:

    Woohoo! Just put my order in for the 2 footer. Can’t wait!!

    ps. I wish my last night was spelt like yours instead of a German variation! Then I wouldn’t have to spell it out every time I tell someone my name! :)

  94. TommyKristensen says:

    Got one from the previous batch, 3 footer, with Oracle and Elektra Drive. First impressions – top notch, nicely crafted and super smooth. I’ve only been fooling around with it for some minutes, but will bring it with on a new years trip for some shooting.

    Even with minimal use, i’ve already stumbled upon a small problem… Where does the little rubber ring go? :) I know I know. Don’t take something apart without remembering where the parts go (or take photo). I know where the plastic one goes – at the drag control. But can’t remember the other one.

  95. I just ordered a 3′ slider, I can’t wait to start using it. Does anyone have any experience with the all-terrain outrigger feet? Are they worth getting?

    I’m also a little worried about tripod balancing issues. If the slider is screwed directly into tripod legs like these http://www.henrys.com/10503-MANFROTTO-058B-TRIAUT-TRIPOD.aspx will it still have any tilting issues?

    1. Philip Bloom says:

      they are good but the normal ones are better for urban work.

      You will have balance issues on the 3 foot slider with all but heavier duty tripods. That is why I recommend the 2 foot one.

      have fun!

      1. Thanks for the reply! I stuck with the 3 foot slider after renting an old cinevate one to test it out.

        I noticed this head being used in photos of the sliders on the cinevate website. http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/660318-REG/Manfrotto_494_494_Mini_Ball_Head.html

        It could be a way to cut back on the weight when a full head isn’t needed.

  96. Mo Thomson says:

    I got my nice new shiny 3 foot PB slider today, very impressed with the build quality.

    I’ve got it a cheap tripod head on it at the moment on a Giotto tripod, which seems stable enough.
    I can get a little wobble from the crank handle rotating, which disappears if I hold that end of the slider.

    I’d love to get a decent fluid head on it though, so would it be possible to use it with a Sachtler Ace M fluid head ?

    1. Philip Bloom says:

      yes and no mo…you need a high hat as it’s ball mount. I don’t like high hats as they make it to high on the caddy…are you using the crank handle to move the camera? If so, don’t. it’s there for inertia. Move the caddy with your hands on it. Much smoother!

      1. Mo Thomson says:

        thanks for info, I might just go for a head that sits directly on the caddy, which will be more anchored.

        The wobble was due to the crank handle being fully extended, I moved it into the center and I can’t feel the wobble now.

        One last wee question, apart from the Hercules 2.0 head, are there any other options for using the slider on a rotating flat head mount to get some nice sloped angles ?

        1. Philip Bloom says:

          any heavy duty 100mm bowl head should do as long as it has a nice metal quick release plate…the Hercules is the cheapest option!

          1. cool, so the first 12 are on sale!? Hopefully i fall into that category.

          2. Woohoo! I finally ordered my PB dolly. I have been putting a bit of my money aside for the past couple months for this dolly. Man, I’m excited. Goodbye Indislidermini. :)

  97. Alex Bee says:

    Awww God Damn you, Philip! You’ve forced to bring out the plastic in my wallet AGAIN. Why is gear so frigging alluring? MUST HAVE!! MUST HAVE!!

  98. Brilliant product looks insane!

  99. Peter Greig says:

    Oops. I just accidentally hit ‘Pay now’. Cross fingers the 2ft will suit my purpose.

    I’ve got an idea to avoid the large shipping to AUS, and Philip gets some lunch money out of it…
    We get all the AU orders packed together, and Philip brings them with him on the plane as extra checked baggage when he comes down under in March. Then we can put the extra cash we save towards Philip’s new “Australian Distributorship” business that he would have unwittingly set up ;)

    Genius.

    1. Philip Bloom says:

      it would work if i lived in the US where they come from!

  100. Mr Bloom, just curious – how many are produced per batch of each size? And how quickly have they been selling out?

    I’m in Australia and need to work out whether I should wake up at 3am for the next batch, or take the chance and try when I normally get up at 5am. (I really enjoy my sleep).

    Cheers,
    Russ

    1. Philip Bloom says:

      Hi Russell,

      It’s around 150 I believe and they generally go within the two days.

      Best

      p

      1. umardilse says:

        Hi Sir

        In your love I finally received my Pilipbloom Signature Slider – Standard Editing. and I simply love it. always follow your blogs.

        Just have question if you can help me. I have AG-AF101 and I am going to order the Carl Zeiss lenses kit. shell I order in Nikon Mount or Canon Mount. Please can you help.

        Regards
        Umar

        1. Philip Bloom says:

          Nikon mount all the way! ZF…check my blog post declicking lenses.

      2. Michael Hanson says:

        hay dude,

        when is your next batch of sliders ready?

        warm Regards,
        M

  101. tomdeane says:

    Hi Philip,
    Any news when the next batch of PB Pocket Dollies will go on sale?

    1. Philip Bloom says:

      tuesday next week!

  102. Josue says:

    Wow this looks amazing!

    Does the Manfrotto 526 Pro Head is compatible with this slider or I need and additional mount for it?

    1. Josue says:

      Another question
      The standard version can be supported by one tripod or it needs additional support?

      Thanks

      1. What type of legs are you using?

        1. Josue says:

          Hi Preston
          I got the manfrotto 350mvb legs

          Thanks

          1. Yes, those should be fine. You will need the ball mount adapter (http://www.kesslercrane.com/product-p/100126.htm) as well.

            1. Josue says:

              Nice so the ball mount adapter is all I need or the high-hat too?

              1. Can you email me at preston at kesslercrane dot com?

      1. Bruce B says:

        Sorry Preston… Reply in the wrong spot!

  103. Bruce B says:

    Hi Phillip… I’m a big fan and follower! Thanks for all you’ve done for everyone!

    My question is a common one, sorry. I’m undecided on which length of the PB Slider to get?

    I want to use only ONE tripod support…

    Using a Cartoni Focus tripod/head and shooting with C-300, EX1R & 5D2.

    I’m concerned about the weight and stability at the full range of the slider with center support only.

    Travel is an issue, but I’m an airline pilot so I can get away with a bit “extra…”

    Thank you

    1. Can you email me at preston at kesslercrane dot com? I can help you with this.

  104. Jon Chema says:

    I WANT one. Any more give-away contests coming up? ;)

    1. Philip Bloom says:

      no plans sorry!

  105. Hey Philip/all!

    We’ve purchased 2 of your traveler pocket dollys and they’ve just arrived! Very nice!

    Here is a quick test shot from our studio

  106. W.bat says:

    Hi Phillip,

    Can you suggest a base tripod/head and second head for the slider. I currently have a miller solo and ds20.

    Thanks mate.

    Tony

    1. Philip Bloom says:

      You want to use your solo legs with it?

      1. W.bat says:

        Yes if possible but more concerned with getting the best set up I can. If this means a new rig then so be it.

        Cheers mate.

  107. Chris Weatherly says:

    Told you it would look good in black;) Still using the red on though.

  108. hi philip, could you please please get onto kessler and get this slider available in australia! the shipping costs are insane. cheers!

    1. Philip Bloom says:

      Nothing I can do am afraid. It will happen at some point. Problem is manufacturing is small and they wouldn’t be able to keep up if they had dealers everywhere.

  109. Mookie says:

    Philip, is that a Philip Bloom Signature Series Pocket Dolly in your hands… or are you just glad to see us?

  110. Skyler Meek says:

    We love our Philip Bloom camera dolly, but this black version is looking pretty slick!

  111. hanad123 says:

    Hey Philip, the slider looks awesome

    I was just wondering if it would take the weight of the Sony Fs700 with Long Lens. I have the Vinten PRo 5 Tripod, would this work with it?

    Thanks

    HANAD

  112. markdgoodley says:

    YES!!! Very Nice;;; one add-on thought/suggestion … If you wanted to slide/pan and rotate the camera simultaneously, to fix/center on the subject, while sliding;(or tilt upward) this would/should be another very very nice effect…

    …and not hard at all to accomplish/add with your Kessler system…yes ?!? add two merged extensions of a given length to one side of the outriggers, and a given length of cord tied down on the other side to the fluid head. A bit of math homework/to fig. the lengths, but EZ PEEZEE a Great new effect… add springs to the cords for even more….. (Remember me kindly, if you add this cheap/EZ option:-) mdg

    1. Philip Bloom says:

      they are look at it!!

  113. otorvashki says:

    Thank you very much, it works good, but one bad thing is All-Terrain Outrigger Feet.
    May be it is mistake and you sent me wrong feet.
    Probably mine were made for cineslider, but not for PBPS.
    The place of connection feet to slider is very narrow and it uses 1/4 screw so the connection is not stable and it has micromoves.
    May be it is possible more or less to use these feet on flat surface but absolutly impossible if you need the angle.
    Any ideas?!

    1. Philip Bloom says:

      i find those feet difficult on anything but uneven ground. i generally use the outrigger feet

      with the 1/4 20 tighten it RIGHT DOWN!!

  114. yoni says:

    Hi Philip,

    I’ve been using the low profile ball head with your slider for some time and find that it’s great, but that the rails are visible in “dolly in” shots. Obviously I need something taller and am trying to decide between a Manfrotto 503 or a high hat that will let me mount my Vinten Vision Blue on top. My question is: will the combined height of the high hat and Vinten head raise the center of gravity of the camera too much on the slider? I want it to still be as smooth as possible.

    Also, is there an easy way to mount the Kessler high hat on the slider that doesn’t involve screwing in 4 screws each time?

    Thanks!
    - Yoni

    1. Philip Bloom says:

      hi yoni

      you need to screw it in…needs it..yes the centre of gravity is high so be careful…alternatively angle the slider downwards…that way when you move in you wont see the end of the dolly!

      1. yoni says:

        Gotcha, thanks for the feedback!

  115. iheartnate says:

    Hey Philip! In the video you mentioned that the manfrotto tripod head wasn’t very good. Which one do you suggest?

  116. crazycowproductions says:

    Hey Philip.
    Can I use a little 3 in 1 lube on the bearing where I tighten the tension?
    I’ve noticed it varies in smoothness as I slide after adding a little friction via the knob.

  117. Vidrios says:

    Hi Philip, Well man I’m so excited that next month I’m purchasing your Pocket Dolly. I own the Shuttle Pod, a beast of a thing and overkill for when I don’t have my crew with me. I’m in a debate. I’m here in the states looking to do some timelapse in the mountains of Montana. I was looking for something lightweight that’s easy to travel with and hike in the mountains. The problem is the same debate you have. The standard versus the traveler. Believe me I read your comments on the standard not fitting in the suitcase, but I’m curious as I write this (July 26, 2013) has Kessler, you or anyone come up with a travel solution? (One for travel on plane, plus hiking in the mountains?) If not then the traveler seems like the perfect length. I have the Oracle system already and will be happy to use it. I’m just wondering whether or not I’d miss those extra 10 inches or so? I did use the standard on a video shoot in Florida and really loved it, but I didn’t have to travel by plane or mountains with it, just in car.

    Just curious what your thoughts are on it now, has your opinion changed on traveling with one length vs another, and lastly your thoughts on the lightest way to get vertical shots with it? As opposed to using a hercules head for example. I’m shopping for a lightweight tripod and head for use with my camera, looking at Miller DS20 plus the 3 stage carbon fiber legs.

    1. Philip Bloom says:

      you can get a bag to take it…just not a suitcase. for timelapse it makes sense of course…or the shuttle pod mini…i still prefer the traveller and for pure video i use the mini!

      i wouldn’t stick the standard or even traveller on a ds20 head. get a flat mount adaptor and a low profile ball head!

      1. Vidrios says:

        Thanks!, I just ordered the traveler, the Kwik release plate, the utility plate. I’m going to add the low profile ball head as well. By the way, suggestion for Eric, it would be cool for him to make curved tracks, (the Philip Bloom Curved Track Pocket dolly: hint hint).