Can a 6 Inch Slider (15cm) be a working tool for videographers? Turkish gear maker Edelkrone says yes and putting their development money where their mouth is. Edelkrone just introduces Slider One, a tiny slider that fits right at the top of a tripod.
The Slider can be a great companion if you know how to use those 6 inches. (I am holding back on all the obvious jokes here, I am sure you will make up for it in the comments). If you are shooting a close by object, 6 inch done slowly can be quite a big camera move. This is true even if you are shooting something that is further away, but have an element in the foreground.
The introduction video for the product is a mastery of playing with foreground and background planes.
The Slider One can carry 9kg (20lbs) of gear which is enough considering that if you are using such a small slider your camera is probably not a one to come in several Peli cases.
Lastly, aside the small form factor, the slider provides two extra features: friction adjustment and position lock, both accessible via wheels at the bottom of the slider.
For me, I think that this makes the decision of taking a slider or not on a small shoot a non-question. On the other hands, Edelkrone does not provide any info on the mechanism that is used to slide along the tracks. It does not seem to have bearings inside. I guess we will need to see actual reviews to see if movement is as smooth as Edelkrone claims.
What do you think? Does this slider show a good balance between portability and move length?
[Slider One $250 | edelkrone.com]