Cinevate Duzi Slider – Video Review

Duzi 2

Cinevate sent over their brand new Duzi slider for me to try out. The Duzi is an interesting one, it opens up a new line for Cinevate as their entry-level slider, however carries many traits that better its next in the line – The Cinevate Atlas FLT.

The Duzi utilizes all metal components, with the exception of the 24″ 15mm carbon fibre rails, and urethane anti-scratch ball feet.

Below are the base specifications of the Duzi:

Weight: 3.6lbs/ 1.6kgDuzi in field 2
Weight capacity: 75lbs/34kg
Length: 24″
8 precision bearings (correction to my statement in the video review)
Multiple 3/8″ and 1/4 20″ mounting holes top and bottom
3/8″ mounting stud
6 micro adjusting urethane ball feet

In comparison to Cinevates Atlas FLT (Cinevate’s previous entry level slider), the Duzi is 40% lighter and cheaper, and has 3 times the weight capacity. The difference lies in its compatibility; the Duzi is more of a stand alone product, it’s not designed in conjunction with any of Cinevates motion control or vertical counter balance systems.

However, Cinevate has just released some all terrain legs for the Duzi, which weren’t available at the time of the review; the above video has been adjusted to suit. The new legs work great, bolstering the spec list of the Duzi even further.

The Duzi has a great action, it’s incredibly smooth to operate and due to its wide carriage it offers a very sturdy base. It’s very lightweight, noticeably lighter than my Atlas FLT; I didn’t hesitate to carry it around on my shoulder mounted to my tripod.

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I don’t like the braking system. Much like the Edelkorne Slider Plus (which utilizes a similar 15mm rod wide base design) the lock only works when the carriage is in the central position. This is not always ideal, I regularly store my slider in my bag with the carriage at one end to accommodate the fluid head; you can’t do this securely with a central locking system.

Unlike the Edelkrone Slider Plus, the Duzi offers a plethora of mounting options on the underside. This is essential in ensuring a proper mate with the tripod plate; this was a big let down with the Edelkrone Slider Plus which only has one 3/8″ hole.

Back to the locking system of the Duzi, it’s fiddly to use, the thumb screw is time costly and if not secured after the brake is released, it can catch on the carriage and ruin your shot. A spring-loaded system, or one that’s reminiscent of the Cinevate Atlas design (where the brake works anywhere along the slider) would be much more effective.

Duzi in field 1

If you’re not looking for a modular system (motion control, parallax bar) if you’re looking for a compact slider to work as-it-is, the Duzi has to be close to the top of your list. It’s a relatively low priced slider, and (in regards to similarly priced sliders) has the smoothest and sturdiest action I’ve used to date.

The Cinevate Duzi is currently priced at $399.99.

Additional equipment used in the review

Canon 5D mark III
Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 IS II
Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 II
Tiffen 77mm Fader ND
Cinevate Simplis Plate
Cinevate Universal Arm
SmallHD DP6 Monitor (discontinued)
Sachtler Cine DSLR head (discontinued, but FSB 8 is next best in line)
Miller Solo legs
Manfrotto 500 head
Think Tank lens changer 2
Zoom H1 with Sennheiser Lavalier

Additional camera work by James Haddock

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Colin Krieg February 3, 2014

Thanks for doing this review. There are only a couple of reviews on the duzi. This is sealing the deal for me and Cinevate.

 Dmitri Tsitelauri Reply
Dmitri Tsitelauri February 4, 2014

Sorry for irrelevant question but does anyone know how he attached the monitor like that?

 Dmitri Tsitelauri Reply
Dmitri Tsitelauri February 4, 2014

Ok, nevermind… I see it!

Tim Fok Reply
Tim Fok February 4, 2014

Yeh it’s in the description at the bottom, simplis and universal arm.

I’ve found this is so much more effective then using a ballhead on top.

It’s more sturdy, I find myself adjusting it far less than a top mounted ball head, and it frees the hot shoe for mic attachment

 Dmitri Tsitelauri Reply
Dmitri Tsitelauri February 4, 2014

Thank you Tim! By the way, you did amazing job shooting this review- looks just beautiful!

Tim Fok Reply
Tim Fok February 5, 2014

Thanks very much.

Rob February 6, 2014

I bought the Duzi last year and it’s pretty bad. The locking mechanism is abysmal – unreliable and time-consuming. The feet are also too close together, so with a regular DSLR and 24-70, the thing will tip over if you angle the lens down. All terrain feet and a proper lock, and this would be a great little slider. As it is, junk.

John February 6, 2014

24″ was just a tad too short for our shots, needed just a bit longer to get the slider shots we wanted. The ball feets did not help too much either, ended up using rocks to help keep it sturdy.

Side note: Did anyone else enter their Morpheus contest?

“win the actual gear used”

I was able to correctly guess that it was all one product and called “Morpheus.” I’m a little bummed out they never contacted me :(

Dennis Wood Reply
Dan@Cinevate February 6, 2014

Great review Tom!

We’re happy to hear that you’re a fan of the slider :)

We’ve been absolutely overwhelmed by all the positive Duzi feedback that filmmakers have shared with us.

We’ll definitely take your constructive criticism to heart and consider it next time we’re at the drawing board. Feedback like this is invaluable to us.

We do have a few surprises in store for Duzi. I’ll be sure to share them with you as soon as I can ;)

Thanks again for the great review.

Johnnie Behiri February 10, 2014

The name is Tim not Tom.

Indeed a great review!.



Dennis Wood Reply
Dan@Cinevate February 13, 2014

LOL! My bad Tim. Sorry :D

Anonymous October 6, 2014

Check out the Rhino Carbon Core Slider (from Rhino Camera Gear)…between this and the Duzi I went with the Rhino simply because it matches the Duzi almost exactly with it’s 24″ carbon fiber rods and similar carriage but it can be swapped to use longer rods, can be locked anywhere on the slider (not just the middle) and has better legs. It’s also the same price about too.

Javier November 23, 2014

i’ve just purchased a duzi and i’ve screwed on my manfrotto 500A head (from my monopod).
it then sits nicely to use the slider moving towards a subject.

my question is, if i want to use the the duzi/500A on a horizontal move, if I turn the head 90 degrees it unscrews and I can’t twist it the other way as it’s screwed tight.

am i missing something blatantly obvious here?

can’t work it out so any advice would be much appreciated

Tim Fok Reply
Tim Fok November 23, 2014

That monopod combo comes with a head that has the pan lock removed, meaning you can’t do what you want to do.

In order to do this you need to purchase the manfrotto 562 monopod and 500 head separately.

Javier Douglas November 23, 2014

Thanks for the advice Tim!
Will have a look at those