Lite Pro Gear's Feather Crane

First up on the Demo table is the Lite Pro Gear's, Feather Crane. This ten foot jib is extremely portable and quick to set up. It's ideal for achieving high production value in a fast paced, limited gear situation.  After meeting up with designer, Canyon Florey, and messing around with it for a few minutes, I was sold.  It's just too easy!

One  of the best things about this product is that the team at Lite Pro Gear didn't cheap out on any of the materials.  The Feather Crane is rock solid.  The boom is made out of 3K carbon fiber, all the components are built lightweight anodized aluminum,  and the self leveling boa technology used for the head is insanely creative and effective.  If your shot isn't framed up how you want it, a simple twist of the knob can raise or lower your camera's field of view. 

My favorite feature of this crane is that it attaches to your tripods' base plate, which makes it even more portable.  From my experience working with other jibs that have their own legs, they're nearly impossible to travel with in the backcountry, unless you have a super hero PA.  Another awesome feature is the length of the arm is easy to change. In fact, it's a tool-less design.  You can shorten the arms by just flipping up a few clamps and adjusting your boa system to get more of a slider or dolly effect.  Another great design feature is that the bag that holds all the components also doubles as a weight sack. Just throw as many rocks or logs as you need in there to counter balance it.  No need to carry weights!

The crane is very easy to rig up and add components to the extension plate that the camera mounts to.  There's plenty of room to add other accessories you might want such as lighting or sound equipment.  My favorite thing to do is throw an emotimo on it.  I love the ability to move that camera on the remote.  It could handle any other compact motion control system as well. 

That being said, you can only control the tilt of the camera during a shot if you have one of theses motional control systems.  When you put a heavier camera on, the boa usually needs assistance raising the camera and can be difficult to do when you're solo.  Also, always make sure your tripod head is secured and tight. I've almost sent an FS700 into a lake. 

I use this jib all the time. Whether I'm going on a day hike or using it on set, it's a great piece of equipment to keep on hand. I recommend this jib over all the other portable jibs out there.  It's truly amazing how compact it is for how well it performs.  It can handle around 10 pounds. I've used a Sony FS700 with 24-70mm L on it and there were no problems handling the weight.  Two things I recommend are one, a monitor, and two, a ball head, to give you more flexibility with your camera angles.