I’ve used many sliders throughout my career as a filmmaker, ranging from cheapo ones that were quite terrible, but got me started up to systems that costs over two thousand dollars but had less features in my new system, weren’t as smooth and honestly were quite mediocre.
But today, I’m going to show you why the Etel Crohn slider plus paired with their newest lide module and had one system, is the best slider I’ve ever used.
I currently own three sliders and I have owned an adult Crohn in the past, and I’ve also used multiple of the previous versions before extensively on various shoots, and I’ve always been very intrigued with them, not only with the capabilities, but also because of how innovative of a company Edel Krohn is.
They continue to keep thinking of new awesome ideas and products for as filmmakers, things that we’ve never even asked for or thought about. But they actually come in very useful when you try them.
There’s a ton to talk about, but today I’m going to focus on their updated slider.
I really like the capabilities of their previous motorized systems, but there are a few things that I didn’t love. So an adult can reach out to me and wanted to partner with me and send out their latest system for me to test out and make a video on.
I was intrigued. Now, they didn’t tell me what kind of video to make the length, what to say with a title or anything like that. So everything said are my own opinions, and as you could probably tell, it actually exceeded my expectations.
The base of the system is the slider plus, which you’re most likely familiar with.
The latest version has some upgrades that I really like. I have the long version, but in all reality, it’s actually not that long and it’s shorter than my previous compact version of a slider.
And that’s even with the motorized module attached. And thanks to its extended slide design, I actually have more range now than I did before when it’s on a tripod and also Dolly shots, since a slider doesn’t get in the way when it’s not on the tripod.
Your age is limited to the length of the slider and I use the built in foldable feet that I personally like.
You do need to tighten them from time to time, but that’s a tradeoff I’d gladly take to be able to fold them and adjust them quickly without having to use thumbscrews that have little teeth or notches or Allen wrenches.
My favorite upgraded part of the slider itself is the magnetic slip and belts.
This is the point of frustration with my other sliders having to pull the belt tighter than needed and then clamp it down, realizing you overdid it and it’s too tight or is just too loose with their new belts. You can swap from regular to the motorized belt in just seconds, which is great for fast swapping out in the field.
The slider by itself works great, but it gets even better when you add that slide module.
This takes you from smooth manual slides to being able to do ultra smooth, repeatable slides. Time lapses. Looser things like interviews or cloning and more. Everything is controlled through a smartphone app, which is one of the reasons why I think this is the best slider ever.
My previous system had a dedicated controller that needed to be wired and connected, that we had a built in battery that you couldn’t replace.
And the whole thing busted on me and I had to buy a new one. Having a controller app that could be updated with new features for longevity is a much better solution.
But I’ll talk about that more in just a bit. Where things get interesting is when you start to expand the system, which is another reason why I think this is the best Lider system and all Crone has a host of accessories they can use and even stack together.
That works seamlessly, adding a single head. One module will give you pand control like I have with my other system, but adding two of them gives me something I didn’t have, which is till functionality.
And it’s going to really take your shots to another level. Each of these systems uses a single Canice cell battery instead of having to charge the system, which is more convenient, especially for long shoots where you don’t want to or can’t plug in there.
Simple to operate pop in one battery and you’ll hear a little chime telling you that it’s on.
Now, one downside is that you need to remember to remove the battery after you shoot.
We’re also will stay on and slowly drain. One thing I noticed right away is how quiet they are, even at full speed. They’re actually quieter than my previous system, running at a low speed. So shooting interviews in a quiet environment won’t be an issue.
Now, what impressed me the most is how simple it is for all of these wireless kits to sync up. You literally just open their newly updated app. You hit smart pairing in just within a few seconds. All of these separate components wirelessly paired together, no cables, no manual sinking, just really great design.
You can even plug your cable for camera control into either module.
Allow you to keep your cable around short and out of the way, which is another reason why I really like the system. It’s these kinds of little things that end up adding up together to make a really powerful and pleasant to use system. They can enjoy using instead of having to battle it.
Now, let’s move on to the app at the top. We have our battery levels.
And also, depending on what parts you have connected, that changes what will show up in the app, which is another plus of having an app and not a fix system. The whole app is very intuitive at the top level. We have a pan until controls and the right side.
We have a slide. We have a module for focus will be in the center.
You can control both the pan until at the same time we could tap on one of the icons to turn that one off to make sure you don’t accidentally change it in the center.
You can program many positions. And what’s really cool is that you can actually take a photo of each one, which really helps you remember what you’re actually tapping on next is just a tap on the one you want, and the system will automatically go and adjust to the exact settings that you preset if you want to adjust the speeds or the ease that could be done with the sliders at the bottom. You want to set up a loop?
No problem. Just press on both of them at the same time in your set and they’ll even tell you how long will it take to go from one to the other.
If you want to go between many positions, you could use the sequencer. Of course, we also have the time lapse mode which can control your camera and even a stop motion option.
If you have the laser module, you’ll also see an option for that. Now, there are some downsides to having an app, which is things like maybe having bugs, which I personally did experience with this version of the software.
And you also need to reconnect to the components. If you walk away where if you close the app. But don’t worry, if you set up a time lapse or loop anything like that, that will keep running.
Of course, you have to have your phone with you and make sure that your phone is charged. But overall, most of this is painless and also quick.
So, as I said, I would much rather have it this way than have something that’s limited.
And tethering with a cable would require me to be right next to a slider to control it in my line of work. A slider is really indispensable. It even though so many people are focusing on other stabilization tools.
I feel like a slider can add a lot to your production, especially if you have a few motorized modules you can creatively manipulate. But even if you just have a base slider that nice and steady, smooth parallax movement looks really good and very clean.
The last few reasons I want to talk about on why this is the best slider system I’ve ever used is durability and expand ability.
You can start off with just one slider and slowly build up your system and expand its capabilities, which is great and for durability.
This thing is really solid and not just a slider, but every piece that I am using from the different tools that they give you to the mounting kits to the bell quality. It’s top notch. My system ended up taking a small fall and I was worried, but everything worked perfectly afterwards.
Now, I don’t recommend dropping it or anything like that, but I have had a few parts.
Another Slider’s bend or break with similar falls. So so far this system has been solid. That’s probably thinks the most of it being made from metal and because of the squarish design without Expo’s moving parts. So because of that, it should be very durable long term.
All right, guys. So that is it. This is my newest lighter thanks to El Crohn.
They’re all designed was good, but this new one is so much better. And the tops, every other slider system that I’ve used and owned, some of which costs even more money.
So I’ll be letting go of my other sliders. And from now on, I’m going to have this more capable, less frustrating, smoother experience and oko system for my slider shots. If you guys want to check out the slider and the other components in my kit, I will have all of them linked in the video description.
And along with that, the other gear that I used to shoot this article.