IGUS linear guide rails didn’t plan on tackling the camera market, but their linear guide rails (normally used for robotics and machinery) quickly became the rave when it came to building a quality DIY camera slider. In order to finish off the IGUS project, you needed a few power tools which was difficult for some. IGUS knew their rails were being used in the DIY community, so they decided to offer pre-drilled carriers and rails to make life easier. The IGUS pre-drilled kit comes with a carrier equipped with true DryLin bearings which are friction adjustable with a hex wrench. The Igus slider kit we received is a 39.5 inch track and made with actual high quality Igus pieces. The IGUS is a much smoother and longer track than what you’ll get with the Opteka, and will be able to hold slightly heavier cameras.
Before, you needed to be handy to enough to drill and tap your own threads into the track, now the slider comes predrilled with 3/8 threads to mount on a tripod and attach a fluid head.
To finish our project, we went out and purchased (1) 3/8″ x 1/2″ inch bolt to attach the fluid head onto the carrier. We attached a quick release plate directly to the center 3/8″ inch pre-drilled and pre-tapped hole. If you don’t want to mount this on a fluid head, you can also attach the track directly onto a standard tripod. We also bought (4) 10/24 x 1/2″ inch bolts and (4) 1/2″ inch washers to attach to the pre-threaded ends of the slider so the carrier wouldn’t slide off. These are the only extra measures we needed to take, everything else comes with the slider.
We mounted the rail to a heavy duty tripod WF717
Heavy Duty 75mm Video Camera Tripod Pan Head
On the carrier we mounted a simple Manfrotto mini Fluid Head
Manfrotto 391RC2 Junior Head – Replaces 390RC2
For the specific model from IGUS, we’re using a slightly wider rail called the Drylin® W1080-B. If these are sold out, another narrower pre-drilled 1040 version is available found below.