I decided to make a full review video for the slider because I felt it was easiest to show you all of its features and take it for a test run in Melbourne to see whether it was worth the money
There are 3 different versions of the Rhino camera slider available:
|Rhino Slider||$400||~5lbs (2.5kg)|
|Rhino Slider Carbon||$475||~3lbs (1.5kg)|
|Rhino Slider Pro||$550||~10lbs (5kg)|
All models come with 48'' rails for your camera to slide on, made from stainless steel except for the Carbon fibre variant which, as the name suggests, uses ultra light carbon fibre rails.
Here is my setup of the Rhino slider. I have mounted a Velbon PH-368 camera pan head which I bought for around $50 off ebay onto the carriage. The pan head gives me full control over the movement of the camera on the slider.
All parts of the slider are made from hard anodised Aluminum and have been well designed. The carriage itself has 6 rollers containing 12 ball bearings to provide a nice and smooth experience.
The carriage is equipped with two friction brakes, one on each side, that are easy to tighten and will prevent the carriage from moving around. I found these extremely useful as I moved the slider around a lot with the camera on it and I didn't want the whole thing to go flying about.
Also on the side of the carriage are two tension wheels that you can adjust to increase or lower the friction on the carriage of the camera slider. This is useful to ensure you have the right amount of resistance for whatever camera you have mounted on top of the carriage.
The main reason I decided to go with the Pro version of the camera slider is that it includes a centre mount for placing the slider on a single tripod. The centre mount is very sturdy and firmly attached to the underside of the slider.
The centre mount also has an inbuilt water scale which is great for setting up the slider and ensuring it's horizontal.
I paid $575 as a Kickstarter backer and received the Pro slider as well as a carrying case and a pulley system. The carrying case by itself costs $75 and the pulley system is priced at $50.
The carrying case is made from extremely tough material, has compartments for multiple sets of rails, a back strap and an internal handle for moving the carrying case around during your shoot.
The ends of the rails for the slider can be folded away and tuck in under these little flaps. This straps your Rhino slider nicely into the bag and makes sure nothing is moving around.
To further lock the rails in place within the carrying case, small Velcro straps are sewn on the inside and wrap around the rails.
I think the internal handle is a pretty cool idea. Without packing everything up, you can just grab your opened bag and move to a different location.
One of the available accessories is a pulley system that attaches to the side of your Rhino camera slider and provides a means to easily move the carriage for vertical or slanted shots. In the bag, which doubles as a handle for the pulley cable, is the pulley cable which ends in a screw that connects to the carriage, a pulley wheel and a screw to connect the pulley wheel to the side of the slider.
The screw at the end of the pulley cable connects straight into the side of your carriage. The carriage has a thread for the pulley cable on either side.
Connected to the pulley wheel is a small arm, the pulley lead, which feeds the pulley line cleanly onto the wheel.
I was extremely excited when the Rhino camera slider arrived and so I decided to take the slider out with me to Melbourne to see how it would perform in the field