Needless to say, I was pretty pumped to hear Rhino was releasing a motorized slider system and asked us over at Lightstalking to test it out and share our honest opinions about our experience with it. I wasn't sure what to all expect in the beta model they agreed to send over, as their Kickstarter shows an assortment of different options. What I ended up receiving was the 24″ Rhino Slider EVO Carbon (4 lbs w/15lb load capacity) and the motion controller. There was also an user manual, which, refreshingly, was almost unnecessary as the setup and operation is incredibly obvious.
Since I was working with a beta unit, I didn't get all of the accessories being introduced with the system such as the flywheel, cable release, or the Rhino Arc–though I am highly anticipating getting my hands on a flywheel and Arc as soon as they are ready to ship. I'm also considering moving up to the 42″ carbon rails, as the added length seems beneficial to the types of work I plan on using the setup for, so be on the look out for updates of this review as I upgrade.
And, while we're on the topic of upgrading rails, it should be noted that Rhino has made this new EVO system compatible with past Rhino sliders, making it easy for existing Rhino owners to move up to the latest technology. In an technology driven world where things so quickly become obsolete, I found this to be a highly welcoming detail.
I also want to note the motor controller which will be shipped to consumers will have two modes:
Live Motion — Has two options, one which allows you to create a custom move and one which allows you to move the slider by turning the knob on the motion controller. Both of these worked brilliantly on my beta unit.
Timelapse — Again, there are two more options, one for simple time lapse and one for advanced time lapse. Due to the fact that I was working with a beta model, I was only able to test the simple time lapse function, which performed flawlessly.The systems that will ship to consumers will have both (simple and advanced time lapse) options available right out of the box and all future updates can be installed via a microSD card.
Tiffany Mueller is an adventurer and photographer based in Hawaii. When she's not climbing volcanoes or swimming with sharks, you can find her writing articles and running the official blog at PhotoBlog.