Build this DIY ‘Itsy Bitsy Camera Slider’ for Free!

May 18, 2015

Liron Samuels

Liron Samuels is a wildlife and commercial photographer based in Israel. When he isn’t waking up at 4am to take photos of nature, he stays awake until 4am taking photos of the night skies or time lapses. You can see more of his work on his website or follow him on Facebook.

Build this DIY ‘Itsy Bitsy Camera Slider’ for Free!

May 18, 2015

Liron Samuels

Liron Samuels is a wildlife and commercial photographer based in Israel. When he isn’t waking up at 4am to take photos of nature, he stays awake until 4am taking photos of the night skies or time lapses. You can see more of his work on his website or follow him on Facebook.

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UPDATE: We’ve been approached by Igus and, as always, there’s good news and there’s bad news. The bad news – please don’t send additional requests for free samples. As you may imagine, these are meant for potential buyers in industrial markets and shipping samples out for us to build sliders is simply not a sustainable business for them. The good news – the kind people at Igus are working on a plan to fulfill the requests that have already been made.

For more info dedicated Igus gear, check out this review of the Igus slider.

Many sliders on the market are made of the Igus DryLin system and thanks to the free samples available from the company, you can build a 10-inch slider for free (or dirt cheap).

The slider might be small, but it’s long enough to add a short sliding motion to your videos. Plus, you will have a hard time finding anything remotely close to the quality of this slider at the same price point.

Hurry, this option might be time-limited!

The heart of this slider is the free sample available via the Igus website. Frugal Filmmaker has since been asked by Igus to remove the link to the free samples page, as the company had received over 1,000 requests and needed some time to meet the demand.

We’ll respect that request as well, but if you take the time to visit the Igus website you will be able to find the free samples page very easily. Hopefully the high demand won’t make the company change its free sample policy, but in case it does you should hurry to order your sample.

The second largest part is the Manfrotto quick release system, and with the company’s products being so popular I’m sure a good number of you have one of these lying around. If not, this will set you back a whopping $8.

The rest of the parts are likely to be found in your garage or toolbox.

Here are the parts you’ll need:

And these are the tool required:

Follow the quick and simple instructions in the video below and you’re good to slide!

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This slider might not be as useful as the Rhino Slider, but you can’t beat free!

UPDATE: We’ve been approached by Igus and, as always, there’s good news and there’s bad news. The bad news – please don’t send additional requests for free samples. As you may imagine, these are meant for potential buyers in industrial markets and shipping samples out for us to build sliders is simply not a sustainable business for them. The good news – the kind people at Igus are working on a plan to fulfill the requests that have already been made.

For more info dedicated Igus gear, check out this review of the Igus slider.

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Liron Samuels is a wildlife and commercial photographer based in Israel. When he isn’t waking up at 4am to take photos of nature, he stays awake until 4am taking photos of the night skies or time lapses. You can see more of his work on his website or follow him on Facebook.

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5 responses to “Build this DIY ‘Itsy Bitsy Camera Slider’ for Free!”

  1. Erik R.s.P Avatar
    Erik R.s.P

    Can someone put me in the right direction of whats parts order please.

    1. igus inc. Avatar
      igus inc.

      Hi Erik, I’d be more than happy to help you out!

      You can get an igus slider kit on amazon, here’s the link: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=bl_dp_s_web_16310091?ie=UTF8&field-brandtextbin=igus+Inc.&node=16310091

      If you would rather pick and choose your own parts/slider length/holes/etc and talk to our technical team to help you spec in your camera weight etc., shoot me an email at social@igus.com and I’ll get you passed along to the right person! Please let me know what state you’re located in when you email, it’ll help speed up the communication.

      1. Erik R.s.P Avatar
        Erik R.s.P

        I was hoping to get one of the free samples. I´m in México and just a couple of sellers in Amazon ships to my country, and when you calculate shipping and taxes the price goes up close to 200%. And we just had a depreciation of our currency of about 20%. Resellers in México elevate prices over 300%. Its really complicated try to get gear. It would be nice if you could help me get the free sample. Thanks from México Erik

  2. udi tirosh Avatar
    udi tirosh

    this is interesting, Rosco had to cancel their ‘free samples plan’ after being flooded with requests from strobists: https://www.diyphotography.net/strobist-gel-pack-review/
    at the end they made an affordable strobist pack.

    Wonder how this is going to play… I think the program will stop soon :) get them while you can.

    1. Kaouthia Avatar
      Kaouthia

      Rosco’s swatch books are still out there, and they’re still, technically, “free”, but you have to pay the shipping. I’ve never tried to get them direct from Rosco, but one of the companies I get supplies from (gaffer tape, etc) have the swatch books available, so I usually add a couple whenever I need to order.