After a thrilling third episode featuring high profile shooter Patrick Moreau and his $60K+ camera we’re back to regular speed – just me and a couple sliders. Since our 2nd episode (Atlas 10 Mounting Options) we’ve received a slew of Atlas 10 and FLT questions pertaining to other features, namely, mounting options on top of the sliders, the difference in leg options, and the differences between Atlas 10 and the Atlas FLT. The answers to those questions and more in Episode 4 of Ask;
*Please note that, as of November 27th, 2012, the 26 inch length of Atlas 10 is no longer available. Also note that the All Terrain Legs have been redesigned based on customer feedback to create a stronger and easier-to-adjust style leg (seen below).
The first point gives a breakdown of Atlas 10 compared to the Atlas FLT. They breakdown as follows;
Leg options is another frequent question. The standard or regular ball feet are discussed as well as the All Terrain option. I’ve also included a quick tip for getting the regular legs out of the way for All Terrain users. I’ve stored them on the back of the end block for safe keeping (shown below).
Finally, we have all our mounting options on the slider carriage. The Atlas 10 and FLT both ship standard with a 3/8″ thread. This allows for mounting fluid or ball heads giving you more control during your shots. In the video we talk about putting a Manfrotto 503 head on the slider as well as putting a Ball leveler beneath it, enabling not only pan and tilt but also the ability to independently level the head.
We then cover a new addition to our catalog, Manfrotto 325N Video Head Bowl Adapter. Some video heads (including the newer Manfrotto 504) have half-balls that are not removable. This poses a problem for slider users who want to use these heads on the slider carriage. This adapter solves that, accommodating 100mm heads or 75mm heads using the 75mm-to-100mm adapter piece that’s included standard with this product.
Lastly, we talk about my favourite mounting option; the Manfrotto RC-2 ball head. This small head articulates like crazy, allowing for quick re-orienting for horizontal, vertical, and even diagonal slider shots. The trade-off is that you lose pan and tilt capabilities (and you’re left with a lighter weight capacity on the head).
So that’s our Atlas 10 and FLT packed episode. Hopefully that answers any questions you have about our latest slider. If you think of anything else or have other product questions go ahead and email Ask @ cinevate.com, send a tweet @cinevateinc or simply leave a question in the comments below.