DigiTek Slider, Platinum Tripod & Video Head

 

Sliders and tripods are a crucial part of filmmaking, particularly when you own a DSLR. The movement added to a static scene by a slider is often far more appealing than that of an axis movement created by panning a tripod head. And the sturdiness of a tripod often determines the quality of the images you make, especially when your work entails documenting automobiles. So when I tried out the DigiTek DSR-100D and the Platinum DPTR 600 tripod, I found them to be perfectly compatible with my requirements. 

 

Suresh Narayanan is one of India’s foremost auto photographers and video producers, working primarily in the field of editorial and documentary content. He is the former Photo Editor of Overdrive Magazine. Shooting bikes and cars may be his passion and profession, but for his personal photographic work, he also loves to experiment with technology and the possibilities of light.

Suresh Narayanan is one of India’s foremost auto photographers and video producers, working primarily in the field of editorial and documentary content. He is the former Photo Editor of Overdrive Magazine. Shooting bikes and cars may be his passion and profession, but for his personal photographic work, he
also loves to experiment with technology and the possibilities of light.

Steady on its Feet
The slider, a relatively affordable accessory, revolutionized the video-making process the way DSLRs transformed filmmaking. Now, there are numerous sliders available in the market to suit different budgets. However, most of them don’t always produce the desired smooth movement, nor are they sturdy enough for regular use over long periods of time. Ordinarily, the smoothness of a slider depends on its capacity to sustain the weight of a camera, lens and video head. I have used the DigiTek DSR-100D with my Nikon D750 (which weighs 840g) along with Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 and Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6, (which weigh 900g and 2300g respectively). Sceptical of its ability to function under greater pressure, I even tested it under its maximum capacity to sustain 7kg, and was pleasantly surprised to find that its performance remained unaffected. It can easily take a movie camera along with all its accessories. That’s a great advantage the DSR-100D has.

One should always ensure that the weight falls evenly on a slider, otherwise it will be difficult to obtain steady movement. But with the Digitek DSR-100D, its box type rail with the slider base built in ensures that even when the camera is tilted oddly, it operates just as smoothly when under optimum conditions.
What’s more… setting up the Digitek DSR-100D in different terrain is a piece of cake. Its legs, with their flexible rubber shoes can be adjusted independently. Additionally, its eagle-claw feet design prevents it from skidding at tricky locations. A pan head can easily be threaded in by rotating a built-in dial under the slider base.
The most minute damage can hamper the smooth movement of a slider. Plenty of them get damaged during transit, especially at airports. The Digitek DSR-100D comes with a foam packed carry case, which allows you to check it in without having to worry about how it will be handled. What’s even better about the DSR-100D is that it’s a superior product that’s not even very expensive.



Ready for Action
A tripod is essential for every photographer and videographer. Tremendous amount of time is dedicated to developing technologies that help stabilize images. New functions are incorporated in cameras and lenses to reduce the impact of unsteadiness, like image stabilization, vibration reduction, and sensor shift. But each of these have their own limitations. That is why my preferred solution to prevent shaky footage or images is a reliable tripod. And since I specialise in automobile video production, there is a good deal of action that needs to be documented. It is crucial to have steady shots to save time on the edit table.

The knobs to lock the tilt and pan are placed conveniently and are easy to operate. The telescopic handle can be extended to a convenient length, and can come in handy when one is using a rig. The tripod also has a bubble leveler located right below the bridge, and a built-in compass. The tripod stands a maximum of 5.57ft and a minimum of 2.29ft. The absence of a central column makes it possible to keep the tripod completely flat on the ground by releasing the locks, and the rubber shoes ensure a slip-free stance. All this gives one all the freedom to experiment with different camera angles. What I really like about the DPTR 600 tripod is that it provides an even and smooth tilt and pan action even if I am using a tele-lens.
DigiTek continues to impress with its dedication to providing durable and high quality products that will help you achieve that perfect shot.

 

This advertorial appeared in the November 2017 issue of Better Photography magazine. 

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