Scott Losmandy, owner of Hollywood General Machining, introduced the first Porta-Jib to the professional film and video community in 1989. It was an immediate success because of its modular design, its superb craftsmanship, its ability to accommodate heavy cameras, its ease of assembly, and its portability. This was fine for the Hollywood market because by its standards (remember that in 1989 camera systems were quite heavy) our Standard Jib was remarkably portable. However, the video and 16mm film market wanted even greater portability. They loved the jib, but it was too heavy for their light weight tripod systems, and they did not want to purchase a 35mm style tripod system just to support a jib. This gave rise to the Traveller Jib.
The Losmandy Spider Camera Dolly is the most portable professional camera dolly on the market. Combined with a piece of FlexTrak, the 4-Leg Spider is a fully rideable camera dolly with adjustable center column, a seat that pivots 360 degrees around the column, foot platforms, and pushbar. Both the 3-Leg and 4-Leg version can work on traditional steel track, or on track made of pvc pipe, or on our award winning FlexTrak--a flexible track made of a special rubber compound that not only rolls up into a bundle for easy transport, but also allows you to make straight or curved dolly moves with almost no set-up time.
The Losmandy Spider Dolly is the most portable professional dolly on the market. Combined with a piece of FlexTrak, the simple 3-Leg Spider converts your tripod into an inexpensive, extremely portable, tracking dolly.
This amazing seamless dolly track can be configured in straight runs that can suddenly curve in any radius or direction. The basic unit is 40', which will loop to make one 17' run. 2 pieces side by side will create a 40' run. Each section rolls up into a 2' diameter bundle and weighs 40 lbs. creating unprecedented portability for a track rigid enough to support an operator, yet flexible enough to curve into a 90 degree turn with a 2' radius. The key to FlexTrak's success lies in the unique capability of our Spider Dolly's track wheels, which are designed with double articulating arms that create the ability to negotiate sharp radius turns.
Designed to carry up to 100 lbs. (45kg) of camera and fluid head weight, this is the most versatile of all lightweight jibs. Assembles in less than 5 minutes. No tools required. All parts are machined aluminum and stainless steel. Boom and pan lock included. Front inserts available for all standard fluid heads: 100mm, 150mm, Mitchell.
Porta-Jib w/36" Extension Specs:
Designed for videographers and 16mm cinematographers who need to travel light. Weighing only 29 lbs. (13.2kg), it supports 40 lbs. (18kg) of camera and fluid head. So compact, it folds up with no loose parts and fits into a baby tripod case. Its unique telescopic design allows it to work in constricted areas and also unfold to create a dramatic 6 foot lift. And best of all, it uses the 100mm style tripod and head you already own.