Widespread producer of motorised movement management digital camera sliders, Rhino Digicam Gear has launched their new Rhino Dolly. Its launch is in response to what Rhino Digicam Gear says is buyer demand for longer rails and better load capacities. And so they certain appear to have glad each of these requests with a motorised dolly that gives as much as 10.5ft of size and a complete claimed load capability of as much as 100lbs (~45kg).
There are some caveats with that load capability, however whichever means you slice it, it’s means beefier than something they’ve launched earlier than. The entire thing suits inside a single case – in case you’re not utilizing the carbon fibre legs to lift it up, and it’s designed to be put up in mere minutes. The crew at Rhino says their greatest time thus far is an excellent 60 seconds. However for some unusual purpose, they launched on Kickstarter.
The slider can each be pushed by hand or it may be managed by a movement management motor to seize clean and repeatable pictures time after time. You possibly can mount the Rhino Arc II 4-axis motorised pan/tilt head on prime of it so as to add a fifth horizontal translation axis into the combination, too. Whereas the package comes with a ten.5ft size, Rhino says that it’s basically an infinitely expandable system. All it’s essential to do is bolt on extra rails after which add one other assist each 7ft.
With all this size and weight capability, you may’t simply steadiness it on a tripod or two and name it good, so it comes with a set of 4 extending carbon fibre “Fast Legs” that will let you shortly assist it on any form of terrain, even when it’s not flat. Every leg unlocks and adjusts its size with an analogous form of system to your typical twist lock tripod, besides they’re thicker than most tripods and comprise fewer segments to minimise bend and wobble. Totally prolonged, the mount on prime is ~54″ excessive and absolutely collapsed, it’s ~24.5″ excessive.
And that mount on prime is a 100mm bowl-mount with a 3/8-16″ stud on prime, permitting you to make use of your favorite fluid video head or the Rhino Arc II talked about above. It may tilt as much as 10 levels in any course to maintain your digital camera stage on an uneven or angled floor. A tightening knob beneath the carriage includes a second 3/8-16″ thread for whenever you need to mount the digital camera under in “underslung” mode. I wouldn’t attempt underslung in case you’re extending with helps each 7ft, although.
Fast-lock finish plates permit for speedy deployment when required and match Rhino Infinity Rails, US or Euro Velocity Rail or 1 1/2″ EMT. The tip plates additionally function built-in bubble ranges so you may verify every part is stage earlier than you lock all of it down. These finish plates additionally double as ft whenever you need to get your dolly low all the way down to the bottom with out the carbon fibre Fast Legs and whereas a tripod isn’t one of the best factor to mount this to, it does function a socket for screwing it onto a tripod.
4 locking Arri mounts on the highest of the carriage will let you simply mount equipment like displays, audio recorders and different gadgets individually from the digital camera rig itself. And that is the place the load capability issues come into play.
The Rhino Dolly with carriage and finish plates weighs 23lb and gives 100lbs of load capability. You get to maintain this 100lbs load capability even when utilizing the 7ft rails, no matter how lengthy your dolly finally ends up being, so long as you’ve got these helps each 7ft. Once you add the carbon Fast Legs, that drops to 75lbs once they’re at their shortest (~24.5″) and solely 30lbs at their highest (~54″). When you add the Rhino Arc II on there, that drops to 25lbs for pan and slide or 15lbs if you need pan, tilt and slide. So, do bear this in thoughts when determining what digital camera rig you need to use with this in its numerous configurations.
One neat, however purely aesthetic function being provided with this gimbal is customized branded engraving to make your dolly really your personal. It’s out there as an additional choice on checkout and whereas it might sound a bit useless at first, I wager having your identify bodily embedded into it would turn out to be useful within the occasion of theft!
And talking of checkout, Rhino has determined to launch this one on Kickstarter for some unusual purpose. They’re a fairly established firm that might simply announce it, pop up a pre-order and begin getting gross sales, so why they’ve gone the Kickstarter route is anyone’s guess. Utilizing it as a advertising gimmick isn’t actually as efficient because it as soon as was, since all people appeared to start out doing it a few years in the past and now simply appears to place individuals off shopping for greater than something – now that everyone is conscious of the entire “You’re not truly shopping for something whenever you again a Kickstarter mission” factor.
Regardless, it’s being promoted by Kickstarter in three kits. There’s the Rhino Dolly Rental Equipment for $1,800 which incorporates the carriage, the tip plates and a “Rental Hardshell Case” however it’s essential to supply your personal rails. There’s the Rhino Dolly Base Equipment for $2,400 which incorporates every part the Rental Equipment does plus a set of 4 7ft rails and an extended hardshell case and there’s the Rhino Dolly Final Equipment for $4,000, which incorporates every part the Base Equipment does but additionally a set of 4 Carbon Fast Legs, a Rhino Arc II motorised pan/tilt head and the Rhino Dolly Belt.
They are saying that these are discounted costs for the marketing campaign. No phrase on how a lot it’ll price as soon as it goes common retail. Transport is anticipated to start in December 2022.