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We were the first rental house in the
US to carry the Skater Mini Dolly and it has been popular.
My first adjustment question for you
is, "Did the Skater you were using come with the laser pointer
attachment?" While you can calculate the angles for the
rotation you need, it may be more accurate to use the laser pointer.
It mounts onto each of the wheels via a pair of pins. You then
aim each wheel in turn to the point you wish to rotate on and
that should accurately lock you into the correct angle for each
wheel. No need for calculating and trying to set tenths of
degrees which aren't marked. IF this Skater was missing the
laser, I'm sure a replacement can be ordered from PS Technik.
FOR SALE: Some of you know we are
getting out of the active camera rental business. In that
regard, we have a variety of equipment for sale, INCLUDING our Skater
Mini Dolly. It is in pristine condition. If anyone on the list
is interested in buying it, please send me a ping. Percentage
to Geoff if sold through CML.
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On 2/9/2018 6:46 AM, Graham Futerfas
Tom, have you used the Skater Dolly? Curious what other people
think of it.
I had it out on a toy shoot, and it was cool but I found it had a
few flaws. I didn’t have the Skater Scope lens, though, just the
dolly. Interestingly, I think we were able to rent it from JL
Fisher in Los Angeles.
Two things about it:
1. The coolest feature is it’s ability to designate a precise
point to rotate around, essentially doing wrap-around dolly moves
on a subject. You are supposed to be able to measure a distance
away from a mark on the Skater dolly, say 18” or whatever, and
then there’s a handy little chart that comes with it. If you look
up 18” on the chart, you set the angle on wheels A, B, and C, and
it’s supposed to rotate around that point.
Only thing is, it would drift a lot away from the mark and after
four or five takes, it wouldn’t be in the right spot. No matter
how precisely I tried to set the angles on the wheels, it just
kept drifting. It did sort of work for the shot — it’s hard to
come up with an easy way to do circle-dolly moves on miniatures,
and this was the easiest I’ve seen. Maybe I’m doing something
wrong? The chart would say something like 62.8 degrees, but the
marks between 62 and 63 are so small that it wouldn’t be possible
to be that precise.
2. You can’t tilt during the shot. You can adjust the angle of the
tilt, but it’s not a friction head, just an angle plate that’s not
good for operating. It’s basically a locked-off head, which
doesn’t work for a lot of shots that I wanted to do, especially
I love the concept of the Skater but I found it had some
limitations. We built little tables and surfaces out of MDF and
Plexi to roll the Skater on, and we needed to be able to adjust
the height of the Skater’s table separately from the subject’s
surface, so we built the table on low combo stands to adjust the
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