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August 26, 2010 / nicotvandenberg

Porta Jib Explorer The BEST Deal for your Dollar!

Porta Jib Explorer

A must have for any Independent Production

After having a Porta Jib Explorer om set this past week I have nothing bad to say about it. At first I was a little skeptical about the two in one combo of being both a dolly and then transforming into a jib arm. After seeing and using the “Explorer” in action it didn’t take long for me to fall in love. Extremely well-engineered and crafted there were no immediate weaknesses that stood out. It provided an extremely smooth tracking motion and jib movement. This system is ideal for any small production company or independent film maker.

When configured for a dolly it will give you 6ft of tracking capabilities, which didn’t seem much at first but was great when using higher focal length lens, such as an 85mm. Lastly, I was very scared to use the “flex trak” while using the jib arm configuration, thinking we would run into to bumps left and right. I was pleasantly surprised by how smooth of a motion we were able to achieve. With a price range just under $5000 for a complete system, it’s the best purchase I would recommend to anyone in the market for either a dolly or jib arm.

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