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GlidecamCamcrane 200 Camera Crane
 
4.4

(based on 22 reviews)

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    (6)

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Pros

  • Easy to use (12)
  • Professional quality (11)
  • Compact (8)
  • Lightweight (7)
  • Stable (6)

Cons

  • Cumbersome (5)

Best Uses

  • Independent films (14)
  • In the studio (13)
  • Complex projects (9)
  • Movies (4)
  • Stabilization (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Business owner (10), Professional artist (9), Aspiring film maker (3), Film professional (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (11)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Bang for the buck!!!

I use the Camcrane for short films and am more than pleased at the advanced camera movement this crane is able to achieve with little more than a spare set of sticks and a few...Read complete review

I use the Camcrane for short films and am more than pleased at the advanced camera movement this crane is able to achieve with little more than a spare set of sticks and a few weights for counterbalance.

Without a remote head, I am able to control the properly weighted crane from the camera mount to add the tilts and pans to my vertical/horizontal movements.

It is easy to build/break down. If you have a spare fluid head/sturdy tripod legs w/spreaders (which I keep broken down with the crane when stored), building the crane can be accomplished in only a few short minutes.

As a con, there is no secure lock for the crane's panning unit. If wind is blowing, you better have someone holding the weights because it can swing on its own.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good for the price but not great

I bought a glidecam 200 because it was about $700-800 less than the seven jibs I work with on a regular basis. Its variable length set up made it sound like a good...Read complete review

I bought a glidecam 200 because it was about $700-800 less than the seven jibs I work with on a regular basis. Its variable length set up made it sound like a good deal too. I often work in small spaces and the short arm set up seemed like a good idea. The crane was easy to set up for the first time although you have to press in the fulcrum bearings yourself, something that the manufacturer should do for you. The entire thing bolts together with a lot of standard hardware. Building the jib takes a good bit of time and requires tools to tighten the locking nuts, not good if you're on a tight schedule. I'm getting around this by replacing about half of the bolts with hitch pins and the fulcrum bolts with thumb screws. Once it's built it performs like a mid-priced crane. It's smooth but has more side to side wobble that it should. It seems to work better with heavier loads. It's very sloppy under the weight of a DSLR. That being said it's a good tool for the price.

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4.0

Inexpensive crane does the job smoothly!

By TJ Walkup

from San Francisco

About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Easy To Use
  • Highly Compatible
  • Improves Performance
  • Professional Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Complex Projects
    • Independent Films
    • In The Studio

    Comments about Glidecam Camcrane 200 Camera Crane:

    I have used this product while shooting music videos and it is remarkable. The quality build with ease of use and its smooth movement is very attractive to a DP. I love this jib and I feel like it really has improved my possibilities as a DP.

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    5.0

    smooth as gravy

    By TJ Walkup

    from San Francisco

    About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Easy To Use
    • Improves Performance
    • Professional Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Complex Projects
      • Independent Films
      • In The Studio

      Comments about Glidecam Camcrane 200 Camera Crane:

      THis crane has done small wonders for my career. First I used it on a music video then I used it on some ads and it has really been and amazing piece of equipment to use. It is heavy enough to hold a real camera and perfectly balanced it will hold a DSLR and make your shots look amazing! Just the right size for most applications and fits nicely with my package in a small SUV

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      5.0

      Small Footprint. Big Possibilies!

      By EXL Films

      from Vancouver, Canada

      About Me Business Owner, Video producer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Easy To Use
      • Highly Compatible
      • Lightweight
      • Professional Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Complex Projects
        • Independent Films
        • In The Studio

        Comments about Glidecam Camcrane 200 Camera Crane:

        Best Portable Jib ever! Fit's completely set up minus the tripod in our Chevy Tahoe. This crane can fit inside a passenger elevator with the head section to the ground. Amazingly, this crane can also achieve a very high angle. Add the glidecam remote head over-slung and you get even more height!

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        4.0

        Awesome, but.....

        By Michael

        from New York

        About Me Business Owner, professional photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Improves Performance
        • Professional Quality

        Cons

        • Hard to set up
        • Huge
        • Needs Items Not Included
        • Poor Instrcutions

        Best Uses

        • Complex Projects
        • Independent Films
        • In The Studio

        Comments about Glidecam Camcrane 200 Camera Crane:

        I almost wrote this review before ever using the product, because it was SOOOO annoying to set up. The instructions are horrible (very few pictures!) and I set out to Google and found an outside source giving an instruction video. It is about as hard as putting together an Ikea dresser. It does NOT come with the rachet/wrench you need, but does have all the screws, etc. You also need a semi sturdy tripod base and dumbell weights to use with it!!!

        The crane is also huge. Not easy to store, and I only dismanttled it into 2 pieces as I don't want to put the while thing together every time.

        All that said, it is AWESOME. First time I used it, gave me professional looking video movements. I am no super video expert, but my first shots for a music video looked great. Way easier to to us than to setup!

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        5.0

        Good value for money

        By Some person

        from New Iberia, LA

        About Me Professional Artist

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Independent Films
          • In The Studio

          Comments about Glidecam Camcrane 200 Camera Crane:

          This crane adds quite a bit of production value for the money. I did not find assembly difficult, but I do plan on ordering a spare hardware kit from Glidecam ($39) since I feel likely to drop a few bolts here and there in the field, though the bushed bearings are about the only item not readily available from a good-sized local hardware store. I have taken this on the road and found a sweet spot of partial disassembly whereupon I could fit it in the box it shipped across the back cargo space of my Toyota Highlander. To minimize the clanking (and protect the finish), I wrap the pieces in old beach towels. Moving the assembled crane is a bit touchy, so I may purchase some dolly wheels for my tripod, not so much for moving shots, but to make moving from place to place within a given location and locking down the wheels for the next shot.

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          • No

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          3.0

          Good for the price but not great

          By dohp

          from Wash DC

          About Me Professional Artist

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use

          Cons

          • Poor Design

          Best Uses

          • Complex Projects

          Comments about Glidecam Camcrane 200 Camera Crane:

          I bought a glidecam 200 because it was about $700-800 less than the seven jibs I work with on a regular basis. Its variable length set up made it sound like a good deal too. I often work in small spaces and the short arm set up seemed like a good idea. The crane was easy to set up for the first time although you have to press in the fulcrum bearings yourself, something that the manufacturer should do for you. The entire thing bolts together with a lot of standard hardware. Building the jib takes a good bit of time and requires tools to tighten the locking nuts, not good if you're on a tight schedule. I'm getting around this by replacing about half of the bolts with hitch pins and the fulcrum bolts with thumb screws. Once it's built it performs like a mid-priced crane. It's smooth but has more side to side wobble that it should. It seems to work better with heavier loads. It's very sloppy under the weight of a DSLR. That being said it's a good tool for the price.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Heavy Duty Jib for it's size

          By Alex

          from Boston MA

          About Me Business Owner

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Highly Compatible
          • Lightweight
          • Professional Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Complex Projects
            • Independent Films
            • In The Studio

            Comments about Glidecam Camcrane 200 Camera Crane:

            This jib is a workhorse, I use it on a lot of shoots. Best thing about it is its duribility, there aren't any plastic parts and no need for custom bolts. If you loose something its not the end of production just run to a hardware store. Cameras I've flown on it include RED MX, Sony F3 and Arri Alexa.

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            4.0

            Great product

            By kalcy

            from Tempe, AZ.

            About Me Professional Artist

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Easy To Use
            • Highly Compatible
            • Improves Performance
            • Professional Quality

            Cons

            • Pricey / Poor Value

            Best Uses

            • Complex Projects
            • Independent Films
            • In The Studio

            Comments about Glidecam Camcrane 200 Camera Crane:

            Sturdier then other version available in the market. Better support for the jib system. Will recommend it to every one.

            Cons: Expensive. Cheaper versions are available.

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            4.0

            Good Product

            By PRODUCER/DIRECTOR E

            from SACRAMENTO, CA

            About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Professional Quality

            Cons

            • Balances on tripod bolt

            Best Uses

            • Complex Projects
            • Independent Films
            • In The Studio

            Comments about Glidecam Camcrane 200 Camera Crane:

            Bought this product to use with glidecam pan tilt vista head.
            Works well once you take time to understand setup and master operating a pan tilt vista head.

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            • No

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            3.0

            Directions archaic

            By LF

            from Cincinnati, OH area

            About Me Business Owner

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Independent Films
                • In The Studio

                Comments about Glidecam Camcrane 200 Camera Crane:

                I was excited to find an affordable camera crane and ordered the camcrane 200. What could have taken 10 minutes to show how to put it together with a video or maybe 20 minutes with a few step-by-step print images, it was taking hours to read through all the pages of just text. I finally called the company and in a quick phone call had all my questions answered and found that my tripods the B&H rep said would work needed a ball leveler in order to mount the crane. Maybe all this wouldn't be a problem for someone who's already used and built a crane but even then it says to "read all directions before assembling". Now that we have it up it is pretty cool and we have figured out a way to transport it without taking everything apart.

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                • No

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                4.0

                Great Shots!

                By John the producer

                from Philippines

                About Me Business Owner

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Easy To Use
                • Professional Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Independent Films

                  Comments about Glidecam Camcrane 200 Camera Crane:

                  A little difficult to set up, and takes more than two people to get together initially. The results however are worth the hassle. We got to shoot really excellent footage and the flexibility is just right for a small TV crew that wants to simulate the look and feel of film.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  A must for those seeking quality

                  By JohnW

                  from Boston

                  About Me Professional Artist

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Professional Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Complex Projects
                    • Independent Films
                    • In The Studio

                    Comments about Glidecam Camcrane 200 Camera Crane:

                    I am a videographer and this Camcrane 200 is fantastic. It gives me great jib shots and does so at a minimal cost. It takes me to the next level of videography. It is hard to move around when fully assembled (cumbersome), but is also very light. I rented it once and became a believer, and so decided to buy it outright.

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                    2.0

                    Entry level

                    By Old Sparky

                    from Fort Myers Florida

                    About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Improves Performance

                    Cons

                    • Lacks Functionality
                    • Limited Compatibility

                    Best Uses

                    • Independent Films
                    • In The Studio

                    Comments about Glidecam Camcrane 200 Camera Crane:

                    This is definitely an entry level product with limited functionality. I have not actually used it in production yet, but plan to soon. I have set it up and practiced a bit. It is a low cost item for a reason. That said, It should work well for the limited scope of shooting that I have planned for it.

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                    5.0

                    Easy on the setup, use and wallet

                    By Damarr

                    from St. Petersburg, FL

                    About Me Professional Artist

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Professional Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Independent Films
                      • In The Studio

                      Comments about Glidecam Camcrane 200 Camera Crane:

                      Very happy with the crane so far, light weight easy to transport, adapted with our vinten tripod.

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                      5.0

                      Exelent product.

                      By Rodrigo Quezaa

                      from Santiago, Chile.

                      About Me Business Owner

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact Design
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Professional Quality

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Independent Films
                        • In The Studio

                        Comments about Glidecam Camcrane 200 Camera Crane:

                        Very good product. Very fast ensambling an transport. Low price.

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                        5.0

                        Great product really simple

                        By Jman

                        from Coeur d'Alene, ID

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable

                        Cons

                        • No lock on pan

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Glidecam Camcrane 200 Camera Crane:

                          easy to setup great for overhead shots

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                          5.0

                          Great!!

                          By Chubbs

                          from flemington nj

                          About Me Aspiring Film Maker, Tech Savvy

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                          • Good Stability

                          Cons

                          • Cumbersome

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Glidecam Camcrane 200 Camera Crane:

                            I went on the market looking for an extremely high end expensive crane. I went to the B&H superstore and the salesman sold me on this crane. Pretty much the best deal, I saved about 2 grand which I used to buy the other "crane necessities". The unit performs amazing.

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                            5.0

                            AMAZING CRANE FOR THE PRICE

                            By Reel Motion

                            from Fort Collins, CO

                            About Me Film Professional

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Good Stability
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                            • Cumbersome

                            Best Uses

                            • Movies
                            • Stabilization

                            Comments about Glidecam Camcrane 200 Camera Crane:

                            I have been using this jib to shoot rock climbing, live concerts, real estate videos, and done studio work and it has performed great in all locations. It's pretty easy/straight forward to set-up + balance. Very smooth when balanced properly.

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                            5.0

                            "Shoot shots like the pros"

                            By Jack of All Trades

                            from Chicago, IL

                            About Me Aspiring Film Maker

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Assembles easily
                            • Good Stability
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Video

                              Comments about Glidecam Camcrane 200 Camera Crane:

                              Exceeded my expectations in setup time, ease of use and performance. Very smooth operation.

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                              4.0

                              Easy set-up

                              By David

                              from Indianapolis, IN

                              About Me Film Professional

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Good Stability

                              Cons

                              • Cumbersome

                              Best Uses

                              • Movies

                              Comments about Glidecam Camcrane 200 Camera Crane:

                              The Glidecam has offered us a way to get the nice smooth movement for crane shots without adding a high expense or difficult set-up and transportation. Although somewhat limited to basic movement, it is worth the price for the performance. Great for aspiring film-makers or lower budget video projects.

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