If you’ve watched my site lately, you may have seen my timelapse film Pagosa, that was featured on The Huffington Post, Petapixel, and Slate to name a few sites. It was easily one of the most popular videos I’ve ever created, and easily one of my favorites to work on. It’s nice to take time for personal projects and just have fun shooting timelapses. Now, I’ve shot several timelapse films before, but they were always in JPEG, not raw, and I believe Pagosa was all the more beautiful because of the dynamic range the raw photos possess.
As I’m sure you can tell by all that, I am more in love with filming timelapses than ever before, so it was a real joy when Konova reached out to me and offered to send me their new Pan Tilt timelapse controller to review. I unboxed it a few weeks ago and have been having a lot of fun with it so far. As you can see from the video above, I was able to capture some really great timelapses around the Texas A&M campus. Now that I am in Dallas, I have my sights set on making an epic timelapse film of the city at some point in the future.
Intitially, I planned on making separate videos for the Pan Tilt Controller unboxing, setup tutorial, and review. After posting the unboxing video and using the Pan Tilt Controller, I decided it would be best to show people how easy it is to setup and shoot. There are a lot of companies making motion controllers now, and they are getting more affordable every day. Konova has hit upon this market at a good time though, and as you can see from the video above, this controller is a great deal. If you already have a Konova slider, then you’re already have half the rig. The future expand-ability of having being able to use add-ons like the Pan & Tilt Smart Head and Slider Jib is a bonus.
If you’re just getting into timelapse, or you’ve been shooting them for a while and really wanting a motion controlled kit that will allow for easy expansion, watch this video. The good quality and compatibility with other Konova products have made it a great addition to my gear bag. Plus, I’ve already been hired by people specifically interested in motion controlled timelapse videos. I would love to get a slider jib and Pan & Tilt head in the future. If you have any questions about this review, or need help with the setup of your controller, please leave me a comment or email me.
The Vivitar Case with pluck foam that I use to transport the Pan Tilt Controller is available on Amazon. I managed to buy it on Black Friday for $10, but now it is selling for $30. I’ve listed the specific Manfrotto tripod head that I use with my slider in the Technical detail section below.
:: Technical Details ::
- Manfrotto 501HDV Head, 547B Legs – Tripod // Amazon Tripod Head Page // Amazon Tripod Legs Page
- Metabones Speed Booster // Amazon.com Page
- Konova K3B2 80cm
- Konova K3B2 150cm
- Xume Adapters
- Manfrotto Fluid Video Head Monopod // Amazon.com Page
- Genus ND Fader Filter // Amazon.com Page
- Sennheiser G3 Wireless Lapel System // Amazon.com Page
- Manfrotto 054 Ball Head with Q5 Release // Amazon.com Page
- Premiere Pro CC
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