CobraCrane Backpacker Portable Camera Jib (5')

CobraCrane Backpacker Portable Camera Jib (5')

CobraCrane Backpacker Portable Camera Jib (5')

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CobraCrane Backpacker Portable Camera Jib (5')

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Product Highlights

  • Single-Arm Jib Arm
  • 8' Reach with Optional 5' Tripod
  • 2-Section Breakdown
  • 6.5 lbs Capacity
  • Camera Platform Tilt Capability
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  • 1Description

The CobraCrane Backpacker Portable Camera Jib is a single-arm jib arm for small camcorders. This crane offers an 8' reach when matched with an optional 5' tripod and can sweep the ground for low-angle applications.

Note: Tripod and head are sold separately.

Camera Movement
From the ground level, the camera can be tilted up over 90 degrees, allowing the user to obtain a great perspective shot. Sweeping vista shots of landscapes, panoramas, and sporting events are possible. The over the top shot is also ideal for cooking videos, food marketing videos, and variety of higher perspective shots
Camera Tilt
In basic configuration, the camera platform stays set and does not tilt as you crane up and down. However, mounting the crane on an available, suitable tripod with fluid head allows you to tilt the fluid head and have the cranes camera platform follow the motion of the tilt.
Quick Set-Up
This device is easily assembled with a quick no-tool set-up system.
Construction
The CobraCrane is solidly constructed from metal and is built to last.
Small Breakdown
The CobraCrane Backpacker has the same reach as the CobraCrane I but, breaks down in two sections, one two foot section and one three foot section.
UPC: 854103006007
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CobraCrane Backpacker Portable Camera Jib (5')
  • 5' Single Arm Jib
  • Quick Release Plate
  • 1 Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description
    Construction Metal
    Payload Capacity 6.5 lbs
    3kg
    Counterbalance System Weight system at rear of assembly
    Not Included
    Height Range 3' (0.9m) above tripod
    Tilt Lock Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Tilt Drag Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Pan Lock Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Spring Loaded Counter Balance Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Pan Range 180°
    Tripod Attachment 1/4-20 Camera Attachment
    Head Attachment 1/4-20 Camera Attachment
    Head Arm Leveling Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Leveling Indicators Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Fold Down 3'
    0.91m
    Weight 15 lbs
    6.9kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 11.5 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 35.0 x 10.5 x 4.2"
    Backpacker Portable Camera Jib (5') is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 49.
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from You get what you pay for I bought this crane because I really needed one, had never used one before and the price was affordable. I expected a lack of convenient features (the wingnuts are a pain to do/undo each time) but what I didn't expect was rust. I have always stored it inside an equipment case in our studio but after a few months, the metal has rusted (see pics). All metals seem to be of substandard quality (both the main arm as well as the steel screws, washers and hooks). This has barely been outside on 4-5 shoots. I'll keep using it until I can afford a better brand or until it falls apart completely.
    Date published: 2014-01-31
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great beginners crane First, the price is right. And is a good starting crane, especially for shooting in tight environments. When balanced properly, it is smooth. I have read others complaining about it being too loose, etc. These guys, I guess, don't know how to use a wrench. After tightening a few bolts it became stable. Should I have to do this in the first place, no, if I was spending a grand. But then again, tighten a few bolts and save 800 bucks, worth it. Pushing up on the video head makes camera tilt forward or back while panning is done with the head as well. The actual camera does not pan like expensive models, but panning can still be done to a point. Others complain the camera slips forward or back on its own because of it's weight. I put a canon 28-300L on a 5DII at 12LBS and it slips. The fix? Tighten the cable turnbuckle until it holds. Quick release plate needed a light filing to round off sharp edges and a smoother mounting. I did cut myself good before filing edges.
    Date published: 2011-02-24
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Will see some serious use I had been putting off getting this for so long and now I wonder why. Pretty simple set up, but the directions really didnt have decent visual support so the 1st time it took a while to get things going. That said, I mounted my HPX170 and counter weighted 11.5 lbs and its worked real well. Obvious things I should mention is there is a reason you see added monitors with these tool. In my case without one I had to set focus before the shot and although this is smooth. It takes some practice to do it right. In summary a nice lightweight piece that if not overused can add some production value to your work.
    Date published: 2014-06-12
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Tool I'm using this for making music videos and short films. It's a great tool and really easy to set up. The construction is great but the bar that holds the weight came bent. It doesn't affect the performance but it's a flaw none the less. I feel like Cobra Crane doesn't have the best quality control as it's the 2nd thing I've purchased that has come with a flaw. However, both products work hence the 4 star review. I wish the extension was a quicker process. The screws are a bit tedious but I'm trying to figure out a quicker and more backpacker option.
    Date published: 2011-11-21
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worked Out Of Box The overall quality of the item considering its affordable price impressed me. Set it up once to test, then took it to cover a stock car race and followed that with a motorcycle on ice race. The Cobra Crane Backpacker gave us shots not possible any other way. I did experience some minor looseness in the pivot -- fixed with two wrenches. And, pushing down to tilt down takes getting used to. The standard Backpaker is OK, but I'm planning on ordering the extension kit. On the negative side, the instructions are almost useless.
    Date published: 2012-01-11
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Grade = C+ This crane is solid for the price. It can give you the basic low-to-high shot that a crane should without having to break the bank. I have 2 basic criticisms of the product, and one small warning for amateurs. First let's start with the criticisms: 1. The directions are useless. I was able to figure the mounting out but could have made some ugly mistakes. If this is your first experience with cranes I would suggest assembling it with a friend who knows, or a going to a pro camera store that can make sure you have the right tripod and glide head etc. 2. There is a little bit of jerkiness at first when panning side to side. Granted, part of this depends on your tripod head and how much resistance you set it at (and how much you practice), but there was some jerk to the movement at the beginning and end of pans. It isn't major and you should be able to get it after a couple takes. Finally, the warning. To all amateurs who are looking to get this because you want to cut costs, be advised: you WILL need to spend good money on a video tripod AND tripod glide head that can handle weight. If you don't already have those, factor that into this purchase because trying crane shots without the proper equipment is a recipe for disaster. Other than that, it's fun! Cheers
    Date published: 2013-06-12
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good but heavy Needs to have a tripod adapter to fit the standard Magnus tripod size.
    Date published: 2014-10-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superior portability Carrying around is very convenient. Even a small tripod can operate. It is the crane which was superior in hardness. I am satisfied very much.
    Date published: 2009-01-16
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