At this years 2015 NAB Show I had a chance to try out the Konova K3 Slider with Master Pan, a unique slider system that has a bar which allows the tripod head to automatically pan as the base moves down the slider track for super smooth parallax shots. Additionally, I had a chance to try the Konova Tripod Stability Arms which allows increased stability when using the slider on a single tripod. This effectively eliminates the need for a second tripod for support.
Konova sliders have a great reputation for quality and the K3 definitely lives up to that description. Each part is made from polished machined aluminum with roller bearings for smooth and precise camera moves. One of my first DIY builds was a friction-based slider made from sourced parts. I eventually sold it because it was impossible to get consistent speed during a slide. The K3 is a REAL slider, a versatile piece of gear that is great for both homemade and professional shoots.
Another great feature of the Konova K3 are the add on options such as the Master Pan. This is what really makes the K3 an essential part of my kit. The Master Pan’s design is simple – two side mounts, a guide bar and panning mount, all of which fit seamlessly with the K3. This combination allows the K3 to create a parallax effect which keeps the subject centered as the background appears to “wrap” around them. It’s a subtle move that can be used in a variety of ways for interviews, interior shots, and landscapes. Since I do a lot of product reviews, the Master Pan, can turn a boring, static product shot into something that’s way more exciting to look at.
With the K3 Slider, Master Pan and the weight of the camera, lenses and accessories, the Konova Tripod Stability Arms are another cool add on which effectively eliminates the need for a second tripod or stands to support the slider. The stability arms are lightweight extension poles that mount underneath the K3 via 1/4-20 threads and attach to the tripod legs with adjustable clamps. I’ve used the stability arms on both heavy duty and lightweight tripods and in both situations they performed as expected. They also provide a nice level of comfort that your expensive camera won’t easily topple to the ground by an accidental bump.
Overall, I’m very pleased with the Konova K3 Slider, Master Pan and Stability Arms as a complete package. The setup time was incredibly fast since each piece is integrated seamlessly. The carrying case is great for traveling since it can hold the K3, Master Pan guide bar and Stability Arms all at once. While the camera gimbal crazy is still going strong, having a solid slider system for precise camera moves that you can nail each time is key. For more information visit the Konova website at konovaphoto.com