Do It Yourself Dolly by Ben

by Milos Itic on April 10, 2011

DIY Dolly from Ben on Vimeo.

This is my version of a diy pocket dolly, driven by an adjustable 12V gear motor. The power comes from 8 AA rechargeable batteries, which are integrated into the controller. The dolly is pretty light and compact so that it fits in a backpack and I can take it with me on walks and on holiday trips.

Nikon D90, Sigma 10-20, Nikkor 50 1.8, Sigma 105 2.8

Because of the many requests, here is some more information on the dolly.

There are two motors which you can replace within a minute.

1.Motor: Slow =24min / 1m(3,3ft), Fast=2min /1m(3,3ft)
2.Motor: Slow=2min / 1m(3,3ft), Fast=10sec/1m (3,3ft)

The slow motor is good for time-lapse recordings and macro slides the fast motor is good for everything else.

With the the fast motor I have still some problems because it transmits vibrations to the camera. I made the film solely with the slow motor. It works quite well. The solution with the gearmotors is actually a compromise. It is better to take a stepper motor, but it is a bit more complicated. The slot in the aluminum I made with a normal router(I hope that is the correct word). if you want to imitate that, please protect your eyes:-)

A few more detailed informations:​dolly.html

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