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The LapTop Dolly has undergone a significant change in design. 12 years ago we first launched the LapTop Dolly. In those years we heard feedback, tips and a lot of positive messages. We kept all this data in mind
while designing the new LapTop Dolly so the people in the field have a better dolly to work with. The number of possible camera positions has increased, the comfort level has improved and a few smart features have been added.
The new design features:
- Three 100mm bowls are now already mounted onto the dolly's platform so that low shots can be done with no extra effort.
- The cut-outs to mount camera tripods now work with most manufacturers' sticks. Using the manufacturers' rubber hooks is an ingenious solution which provides utmost stability and safety.
- The new LapTop Dolly now comes with its own track package of almost 20ft or 6m of straight track. With this track comes a integrated wheel lock for using the LapTop Dolly on these tracks. (Picture: 1)
- Twin tyres are now available for all four wheels providing for much smoother ground moving. (Picture: 2)
- The LapTop Dolly can now also accept Vinten and Sachtler pedestal columns. This makes the LapTop Dolly more appealing to rental companies and OB productions. (Picture: 3)
- Steering handle and push bar also have been re-engineered and have a new look. (Picture: 4)
.- Even with these new features the LapTop Dolly is travel ready in it's original Pelicase. (Picture: 5)
My name is Duane McCulie, I have a hire and crew company, while I'm writing this I'm in China working on a BBC production. What it's exactly about I can't tell you, but we're filming in Europe, North-America, South-America, Asia and the South Pacific.
My company Catalyst Cameras is a London based hire and crew company. We send equipment and crews worldwide, for all kind of clients. We believe the difference is in the detail, and we take pride in supplying highly spec'd camera kits designed by filmmakers, for filmmakers, and at affordable rates.
While I was in Shanghai I had a young assistant who was a history camera man, it was incredible how fast he learned to operate the kit and he got our gear (30 cases) around China by car, bus and plane expertly. At the Terracotta army we had 3 fixers to run our logistics and it made everything a lot easier for us, since they did a great job. It became really tricky when we were at the Yellow Mountains, because the terrain is quite rough. My assistant enlisted the help of 7 porters to carry the kit up to the locations to make our job easier.
The Tango Slider
I chose the Tango Slider because even though the case is relatively small the slider can be up to 2.2 meters long. In the Yellow Mountains we had to put up our gear. Because the Tango is quite light weight it made it easier to set it up on uneven surfaces like mountain trails. I'm very satisfied with my Tango, I've dragged it around parts of Africa, Europe, America and Asia, still it has never failed me in delivering the great shots I have in mind. When traveling around like I do you get to see these beautiful places and it's great to capture it on film.