Great roller bearing slider for the price. Plus a few tips on using a slider.

Before I start in on the review I want to tell you about my little DIY dolly because before I had it I thought it would be the answer to all my slider needs. Well it wasn’t and I don’t use it that often, there are two reasons, speed of setup and smooth surfaces. For me I like to move fast from slider move to slider move and using the dolly on a large long board is just not what I call fast for set up time. Also a board does not work well on a board unless it is really smooth, this works best on glass or like a Formica counter top.

I tell you this because the Konova slider is much faster to setup, especially in many different configurations.

Over the past couple of years a lot of sliders made for DSLR’s have come out and a lot of them are really expensive and out of the reach of many amateurs.

Basically there are two types of sliders, the less expensive friction sliders that use something smooth like Teflon, and the more expensive roller bearing type that can be very expensive. That is where this Konova slider is different, it has roller bearings and it is around the same price as the friction based sliders.

My Review

Watch it in Action

To be fair this slider does not have a hand crank or a motor like some of the really expensive ones.

I have not tried a friction based slider but from what I understand from them is they are lighter and quieter, however as you add more weight to them the drag increases, with roller bearing sliders you can add a ton of weight and it will still keep sliding with little or no drag.

Build quality, really solid. The track is protected on the inside from getting dinged which is nice and you can mount it in many different ways. The black finish seems like it will last a long time.

The slider comes with a tool to increase the drag, you need to take it apart to adjust it, I tried adjusting it for about 10 minutes and couldn’t adjust it that well, so I just leave it on the loose adjustment and use my figure for the drag I need. Much easier than taking this apart in the field.

One thing that I ran into outside was debris getting into the track and on the bearings. Sometimes just one blade of grass and stop it dead in its tracks. Also some dust getting on the track can make it dirt girty. To be fair I am guessing all sliders will have this issue if the track is not clean, and the side wipes do help in that regard.

The brake works well, you can trust it especially when you are going vertical.

I think it works really well and if you have not seen my Konova Slider Montage you should check out the shoots I got. For each shot I slid it at least twice to make sure I got a smooth shot. Sometimes it is hard to review for dumps in the screen especially if you are hand holding the camera and it is shaking. Most of the footage I did at 60fps and slowed some of it down in post to make it look even smoother.

With the wide lens I was using I don’t think I ever used the entire length. That surprised me.

If you use a zoomed in lens it makes it kind of tricky to get a really smooth shot.

Joy stick raises the center of gravity and it not the best idea but oh I love the speed of setting up a shot.

On a tripod you will get some flex but you can correct that with an additional tripod or light stand.

The bag is of really high quality.

I even did a time lapse on it which I think came out pretty well, when I get a chance I will try to make a tutorial on that topic.

I won’t mind seeing the track slightly wider and a way to mount the feet a little but better, but all and all a great slider for the price.


  • Hi,
    when you try to adjust the drag, i think that you don’t have to make full rotations of the adjuster, because, if you look at it you’ll see that the axel of the bearing is not centered to the adjuster. So, 180 degrees of adjustment will go from total loose to full tighten. Look at the distance from the axel to the holes.
    I hope i made myself clear.

  • Super review Dave ! Thumbs up x 4 🙂

    I got one myself 3 days ago, and had hard time to figure out how to adjust it.
    Think i will do the same thing, and just make them loose, and use my finger to make a smooth slide instead of the friction

  • Hey Dave,

    Thanks for this great post! I’ve been learning a lot from this blog. Continue the great work! By the way, does the slider plate fit the Canon T2i? Thanks again

  • Hey Dave…just wanted to say your videos have come a long way and you are looking and sounding more professional with each one you create!

    Slider video is awesome…love the finger tap to the beat on the desk shot….unique and cool!!

    Where did you get that joystick from looks awesome?

  • Hi Dave! which one did you review and used? 80,100 or 120cm? Do you think the 80 one,would be enough?

  • @Rob I just measured it and it is 32″.

    @Jimb it is a little harder than a horizontal slide but with a little practice it is not too bad.

  • Hey Dave, great review!
    Do you find that the legs are pretty loose even after some aggressive tightening? What do you think about pasting a thin layer of cork between the slider and legs to keep it from shifting?

  • Another great review, Dave, and from a selfish standpoint – perfect timing.
    I was just about ready to order an Indislider Pro, and this review gave me pause, as that one is about $200.00 more than the Konova.

    Dave, have you tried the Indislider, and if so, any comparison comments?

  • It is always a delight to watch your videos. I also use a 550d for most of the property videos we shoot for our villa rental company. Only a few days ago, I ordered the Konova slider. Cannot wait for it to arrive… Greetings from Bali Indonesia.

  • Dave,

    Great review and examples,
    I ordered one to replace my current set up after seeing it.



  • I really like your work Dave. After watching some of Phil Bloom stuff and your slider work, I just had to get one. And now it is here! I can’t wait to shoot some stuff on it.

    I have a question for you – do you ever get over heating issues on the T2i? After 20 mins of stop start videoing I get the temp warning start to flash. I use the fastest cards I can get class 10.

    Cheers Colin

  • So, is the joystick head really necessary?

    I’ve seen a lot written about that- all these sliders then require you to also buy a tripod head. Can the camera be mounted directly to the slider without a head? Why are all these things necessary?

    Also, there are cheaper heads I’ve seen listed than the joystick head- considering how high that is, is there any particular reason you picked that one?

    I need a slider for an upcoming project and now I know how you felt a couple of months ago when you asked everyone for advice!

  • gotcha. So any reason you preferred that head to the $50 konova sells as an accessory to the slider (which is much shorter)?

    BTW- fantastic montage. Perfect pacing. I actually was doing searching youtube for a konova slider demo, and found this video by accident. It wasn’t until I finished watching it that I looked at the name and realized I know who that guy is! 😉

  • Dave,

    I’m finding your video tutorials / reviews most helpful.

    One quick question. I bought the (small) konova slider. I connect it to my manfrotto 190 XPPROB tripod. i have the 501hdv fluid head and also the 486RC2 ball head. I use the slider with my canon 7D and 24-105l or sigma 30mm lens.

    I want to try and connect the slider to the 501hdv fluid head (on top of the tripod), so I have the ability to tilt the angle of the slider, for incline and decline effects. However, I am having a nightmare locking the fluid head down.

    Because of this I have only been able to connect the slider directly to the tripod (legs) and then add the 501 fluid head to the slider plate. This isnt ideal. How do you set up your slider with the ability to incline / decline.

    Thanks in advance.


  • Hi Dave,

    I love the look that the sliders achieve, wow!

    After using it for so long do you still recommend it?

    Also, it is available in various lengths: 31″, 39″, and 47″ — what would you recommend? I am thinking about getting the longest one but wonder if there is any real benefit to the added length?(or other problems like transporting it or rail flex issues?)

    Great videos by the way, keep them coming! I have learned a ton from you.

    Cheers from Vancouver

  • Dave, I’ve enjoyed watching your videos as I’m using my t3i for my real estate business. I’m going to use the slider to do virtual tours of houses. How did you mount it tripod.

  • Hi Dave can I know how wide the Konova track is? I am trying to build my own and I’d like to build as close to possible as the Konova one. Thanks in advance 🙂

  • Dave,

    I, too, am interested to know how you attached it to the tripod. Can you give us a hint?

  • Dave, thanks for the tremendous effort you put into all these videos. Believe me it is very much appreciated here. You see, I live and work in Lagos, Nigeria and do not have the luxury of going into a shop and demo equipment before making a purchase neither can I easily return equipment that I discover are not ideally suited for my requirements after the fact, simply because there are NO stores that stock these stuff here!
    So, you see, you DO have an international audience, and please keep up the good work.

  • Thanks for posting such inspiring videos. I have just received my slider this week. Can you please advise how you attach the slider to a tripod? Did you have to buy an additional joining piece? The problem I have is the plate for my tripod (Miller DS-5) does not fit the underside of the slider and so I can’t mount it 🙁

  • @Dave that is a good question, I have that on my list of videos to do to answer that question. But for now check out the tripod that I use on my gear page, it fits the slider just fine.

  • Hi. Ok I purchased the konova slider, the problem is my slik tripod head doesn’t fit onto the slider, the hole in the head is too small for the large screw on the slider. Can’t really afford to get a new tripod+head now, is there an adaptor or plate I could get to make it fit?

  • The customer support of kanova is horrible. They don’t respond to emails to email after your order is shipped. I received a defective product from kanova. Lost my money. Beware.

  • I’ve got nothing but good things to say about Konova support.
    They were prompt on shipping- Received k5 in roughly 5 days to Western Canada !
    ( I even changed the order and my paypal was refunded right away !

  • Hey Dave,

    Have been following you for a while now and am seriously thinking about getting a slider after your slider montage video. Your review definitely makes me excited about getting a Konova slider as the roller bearing mechanism is really smooth. Is it a slider you can easily take with you for a long walk (if you have the 60/80 cm versions) and if you can set it up quickly? Would love to hear your thoughts about this.
    Thanks in advance and keep up the great and informative videos 😉


  • Hi there!

    Great work!!
    I have a small question for you: I purchased a konova slider, and I’m now facing a friction problem:

    (not talking about the red button/brake)

    When I screw the plate to have more friction, I’m unable to obtain smooth SLOW movement.(too much friction, manually not possible)
    When I unscrew the plate to have less friction, my plate is now slighty moving by itself in the y axis (x being the slider axis movement)= like if it is not enough screwed.

    In short, when my plate is stable, I can’t do slow manual movement.
    When I can do slow manual movement better, my plate is slighty unstable(enough for the image).

    Do you see what I’m talking about?
    Any clue, advice?
    Is it the limitations of this slider(in manual mode, motor being better), or is there a trick?
    I take it back and go for a kessler? 😉
    i keep it and go for a motor in time?
    Thanks for nany answer!

    Sorry for my english!
    And thank you for your time…


  • You have to play around with that tool that they gave you to get the right about a friction, it took me several times to get it set right. Once you do you should get good results.

  • Dave I assume you have the k3 because you have the tool. The K2 is over 100$ less with one less bearing and no tool. Wonder why those two things make it $120 more.

    Also why would anyone need a fluid head on this and not just a simple ball head. I don’t see anyone moving the camera whilst sliding.

  • Hi Dave, great site. Do you think a camera stabiliser / steadycam like the skyler or glidecam could replace
    a rail slider device? I know there are different applications of the steadycam but from reviewing some footage I believe I could almost create the same sliding effect with a skyler and do not need to invest in rail sliders anymore. What do you think?

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