This is a general overview of options to set up your SA2.6 with a dolly or slider.
Dana Dolly is great for those that want 3 to 20 feet of speed rail slides. Great for larger cameras for automated interviews, or product shoots where long movement is necessary. This setup is great for Automotive shoots - think running down the side of the car, or across the front, looking up.
If you are rigging for short slides/dollies, then make sure your ends are close for the best support. You don't want to play in the middle of a 20 foot dolly length with 10 feet of timing belt on both sides for a macro shoot that only needs 1.5 feet of movement.
Mounting from the Dana Dolly to your Gimbal.
There are many ways to effectively mount your gimbal to the Dana Dolly.
Tripod Head to Dana Dolly Bowl Adapter 75mm or 100mm
The easiest for many who already have the dana Dolly is to just use a tripod head that you have already mounted to you dolly for regular camera support. Take a QR plate of your Tripod head and put it on the bottom of either the battery grip of the RS Gimbal, or a Power Base for the RS gimbal.
75mm or 100mm bowl adapter to Dana Dolly Bowl
Buying a 100mm 500BallSH to fit into the 100mm bowl that Dana Dolly supplies, gets you to a leveling base and a 3/8-16 stud. From there you can use one of our Riser/Clamp from eMotimo to make a basic clamp setup that fits Arca plates that you may already have. If not, pick up a 100mm plate from us.
The eMotimo Mitchell Mount will screw into your carriage on the Dana Dolly. This is non-leveling, but it's the lowest profile way to attach to your Dana Dolly for MOCO mounting. Since most gimbals are self-leveling, you can be off by a degree or two on your dana dolly setup and it won't affect the shot.
We recommend you pick up three things from eMotimo:
1) Mitchell Mount (attaches to your Dana Dolly with basic tools)
2) 50mm Clamp (screws into the Mitchell Mount) to give you a QR clamp base on your Dana Dolly
3) 100mm Plate - Arca compatible plate - screws to the bottom of your gimbal battery or power base and then interfaces with the clamp
Supporting your Dana Dolly
Stands - Use quality stands like Matthews Grip Slider Stands. Don't use lights stands or C Stands - these don't have the support you need to resist lateral (sideways movement) during accelerations and decelerations of the dolly.
Apple Boxes - Great and easy to get some height -very stable when place on the Dana Dolly Flat sides
Floor Mounts -Great and good for automotive shoots from a low perspective.
Rigging with iFootage
iFootage Shark is our lightest weight slider for 2.5 to 4 feet of slide. Place on a table on the feet, or use two tripods at each ends? For a great run and gun set up, use a single tripod mounted in the middle. Take care and don't use tripod legs and studs directly to the aluminum ends or center plates as you can strip them out. We recommend using QR plates and clamps to help with the setup.
Rigging for a Tripod
You will need to effectively mount to a tripod. We recommend you use a metal camera plate securely attached. eMotimo typically uses arca-compatible plates and clamps. The eMotimo Riser/Clamp will give you parts to match to the 3/8-16 stud on most photographic tripod legs and take that to a QR Arca Style Clamp.
Additionally, a 50mm or 100mm plate mounted to the bottom of the battery grip or power base completes the puzzle.