I have recently acquired one of the iFootage Camera Crane M1 II mini-jibs. I decided to put the travel jib through its paces in a series of test shots. The footage in the video was mainly captured at my home, but there is some additional footage from Lizard Point and Polhawn Fort in Cornwall.
The first thing that struck me about the jib was its weight. It is extremely lightweight and is just 1.52Kg. Obviously this increases with the addition of counter-weights, but it makes the jib incredibly portable and easy to carry on any job.
The rods are made from carbon fibre, and the camera plate/side plates are all aluminium. Side plates contains eight 1/4-20 holes that will let you mount any number of accessories, including an LED video light, external Recorder, HDMI LCD Monitor, Microphone, Wireless Receiver, etc.
The jib ideally suited for DSLR's and smaller camcorders up to 5kg. It is recommended for use with the Canon EOS 5D / 7D, Nikon D800, Sony PMW-100, Sony NX30, MC50, NX70, Canon XA10, XF100, XF105, C100, JVC GY-HM100, GY-HM150, Panasonic AG-HMC41 and any similar size cameras/camcorders.
The whole system is really quick and easy to set up, with the jib extending out when at full length to an impressive 2.0M. You can use the provided carribina clip to couter-weight the system with a camera bag or sand bag, or use your own dumbell weights (not included).
There's a handy spirit level built into the front of the camera plate so you can check if the system is level (left to right) and if you tilt your tripod head forwards/backwards, this quickly changes the whole angle of your shot.
In summary, this jib is incredibly simple, there's no way to lock it off for a static shot and nothing like pan/tilt etc on the head...but it's still a worthy accessory for any shoot. As you can see from my video, it is still more than capable of producing great shots, that if used correctly in your production, can really add some cinematic flair! For the money, this is a great bit of kit, and I'd definitely recommed it.
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