Pico Flex Dolly Kit
Camera dollies are what
the pros use to create
tracking shots for
Hollywood movies. But
because most serious
motion picture cameras
are big, heavy and
dolly systems have
to be big, heavy and
With the advent of
light, digital SLRs that
can also shoot HD video,
dolly designers are
coming up with more
affordable systems to
let HD-DSLR shooters
create stately tracking
shots too. We’ve reviewed at least one of these in the past—
the Humble Monkey Camera Truck ($879)—and now there’s the
Pico Flex Dolly, an even more affordable solution at just $99.
Though we haven’t actually gotten our hands on a Pico
Flex Dolly yet, we’ve seen it in action and are impressed. Build
quality is high: It’s made of aluminum and everything is CNC-machined so the finish is smooth. The 3.5-inch-wide
Pico Flex Dolly uses rollerblade-like wheels with ball bearings and has three 1/4-20 female thread positions to mount
optional ball heads or articulating arms. So, along with attaching a full-size DSLR or smaller camera, you can also
mount accessories to the bottom plate such as the small monitor shown in the picture.
The wheels in the front and rear are adjustable and you can glide the Pico Flex Dolly straight or in circles, allowing
you to create full, 360-degrees video in a small amount of space. The kit, which is highly portable, includes the dolly,
an 11-inch friction arm, shark clip and carrying pouch.
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Let me let you in on a little secret: Photographers
are big nerds. And like all big nerds, many of
us are obsessed with Star Wars, which is why
photographer Jerry Ghionis’s ICE Light is such a
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Yes, the ICE Light is a cleverly designed LED
light (manufactured and distributed by Westcott)
with a built-in handgrip on one end so you or an
assistant can comfortably hold it over your subject
to provide soft, flattering light for photos or
video. But it also looks like a light saber. A frickin’
The 20-inch ICE Light comes with a power
cord and a charger, gel clips, and a case with an
adjustable strap and a belt loop. So in other words,
you can wear the ICE Light on your belt just like
Obi-Wan Kenobi. May the force be with you.
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