By technical editor Matt Allard:
At NAB Rick Macomber caught up with Jose from Libec to run through the company’s updated range of Allex sliders. There are three new versions available in various lengths and they all have the ability to take a heavy payload when used as a tabletop slider.
The Allex S4 slider has a load capacity of 33lb (15kg) and a sliding range of 308mm (12″). The S4 weighs in at 1.4kg (3.1lb) and is 400mm (15.5″) in length making it easy to transport in a suitcase or small bag.
The Allex S8 has the same load capacity as the smaller S4 and a sliding length of 708mm (28″). It weighs in at 1.8kg (4.0lb) and is 800mm (31.5″) in length.
The Allex S12 again has the same payload as the other two sliders of 15kg (33lb) and a sliding length of 1108mm (43.5″). The S12 weighs in at 2.5kg (5.5lb) and is 1200mm (47″) in length. The S12 will probably be too long for most bags or suitcases but Libec does make an optional case for all 3 sliders i the collection.
All three sliders can also be purchased in a kit with a head and tripod. The sliders feature a ball bearing sliding design, a drag control, a 75mm bowl head adapter and a bubble level. Libec has come up with a very modular solution where the parts can be interchanged between different rail lengths. If you buy a S4 for example and you then decide you want something longer, you can purchase a longer rail for $100 US and use your existing S4 parts.
The Libec Allex sliders will be available in May this year. For more information head over to the Libec website for more information.