We're pleased to announce the packaging and pricing options for the Stage One Slider/Dolly which will be released for sale soon. The Stage One is designed to be a multi-purpose slider for those that have a need to travel light, pack small, while not being limited to only pocket cameras and short lengths. Where the Stage Zero is a brute workhorse unstoppable in its ambition, the Stage One is a nimble ballerina applying finesse to each and every shot. One of the lightest motorized sliders on the market - it weighs only 9.5lbs with motor in a 63" configuration - the Stage One will be one of the most portable sliders on the market. Breaking down into 22"x1" sections, a 63 inch, or even 126 inch unit can easily be fit into airline-approved carry-on luggage.
Where the Stage Zero was designed as a timelapse motion-control unit primarily, the Stage One now focuses on live, manual shooting as much as motorized timelapse shooting. Our new packaging options reflect this dual-purpose focus by allowing users to start with a complete manual slider, and then add inexpensive upgrades when motorized timelapse shooting is required later; or you can save money by just going for the whole kit-and-kaboodle right away through the complete package deals.
The core of the Stage One system focuses on threaded, detachable rails using specialized inserts to ensure proper alignment of all rails, an end system which allows easy capture of the rails, snap-in brackets that can be placed along the length of the slider for mid-span support, and a custom-designed, smooth-as-silk wheel setup with a simple-to-use friction braking system for manual shots. No hand-wheels, belts, or cables needed for manual use. The entire slider is made out of 6061 aluminum for light-weight while retaining strength - allowing for manual and motorized payloads up to 15 pounds for horizontal use.
For those who haven't yet seen the Stage One, here are a few "sneak-preview" shots of a beta unit, we're saving the final pictures for when we get closer to the retail release date. Note that all parts will be anodized black, some of the parts in these photos have not been anodized yet.
So now, here are the available packages and their introduction pricing:
Of course, we will be offering a discount to existing Stage Zero owners, the details of this discount to be released.