by Tim Fok | 2nd March 2015
The Hedron is a new line of Cinevate camera sliders, available in four lengths from 2 to 5 foot. With a payload of 100lbs this is a heavyweight slider, I was sent the 3 foot version to check out and review. Crafted from CNC aluminium and lighter than Cinevates Atlas 10 slider at respective lengths, the Hedron ships with all terrain adjustable legs and anti-scratch feet. It’s compatible with Moco systems for motion control, and a counterweight for vertical slides, but the most exciting optional extra is the flywheel. This is quite a unique feature of the Hedron, it attaches to the carriage via belt. The weight of the flywheel builds momentum as the carriage moves, providing a smoother and more consistent slide. Pros Strong, sturdy build with huge max payload Flywheel produces very smooth slides Fantastic bag and rail rubbers Cons Bounced with under heavy load when unsupported Flywheel takes time to setup I really enjoyed using the Cinevate Hedron, I can’t speak highly enough of the flywheel, it really does well in smoothing out human error. Cinevate market this as the one take wonder slider, and you can really see why. Just make sure you buy a bag that’s big enough to house the lot. Removing the flywheel after every shoot is cumbersome. The size and weight was a little over board for my style of shooting, but this was good grounds for the review as it proved that this large heavyweight slider can be manoeuvred quickly and efficiently, and operable from one sturdy tripod. Equipment used for review: Sony A7S Canon C100 mark I Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 II L Canon 100mm f/2.8 Macro L Canon 24-105mm f/4 IS Sachtler Cine DSLR Head (now discontinued, FSB 8 next best thing) Miller Solo CF legs Rode NTG 3 Music: The Music Bed, “Two by Analog Heart”Read more
by Tim Fok | 28th May 2014
Cinevate has further expanded its slider arsenal with release of the Cinevate Hedron. The new premium system offers a host of upgradable features including a flywheel, counter balance system and motion control. A few months ago Cinevate refreshed its entry level slider system with the Duzi (our review found here). It’s a fantastic slider, which out performs products further up the Cinevate slider chain. This led to question whether these lines would get updated soon also. It seems the Hedron is the product to do that. It’s a professional upgradable system, offering more than your conventional slider. “Why did we make another slider? Because we wanted to make a better slider. By “better slider”, we mean a slider that’s quieter and smoother than its predecessors; a slider that is lighter yet stronger; a slider that is simple in design and operation, however, able to achieve complex movements with extreme precision.” The Hedron is 1.7lbs lighter and can take 2.5 times more weight than the previous Atlas 10 system, meaning an impressive maximum payload of 100lbs (45kg). It comes in 4 lengths – 2′, 3′, 4′, and 5′. All are 6.5″ (16.5cm) wide and 3″ (8cm) tall (legs collapsed). All Hedron packages ship with all terrain legs. These look similar in functionality to the ones found on the Duzi. These are great; a vast improvement to the original all terrain legs for the Atlas; very quick and easy to adjust. Hedron upgrades include a fly-wheel, why a fly-wheel? The Fly-Wheel enables consistent and smooth movement, that ramp in and out seamlessly, allowing you to use the start and finish of every shot, every slide.” Upgrades also include compatibility with all Mocco motion control systems, and a new counter balance system, the latter great for vertical shots. What’s nice about this new counter balance system is the overhanging cheese plate, enabling you to use the counter balance system horizontally as well as vertically. This may not be your desired use for the feature, however it means you can switch between setups very quickly and efficiently. It was not possible to operate the Atlas slider horizontally with the counter balance system attached, meaning there was a large amount of down time between vertical and horizontal setups. Cinevate are currently still selling all of their slider lines, time will tell whether the Hedron replaces old lines or simply takes helm as their flagship system. Prices for the Hedron system start at $799.00.Read more
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