While most of my time on my recent trip to California was spent taking photos, I did manage to take some video on a beautiful day at Lake Del Valle in Livermore. I thought that would be an excellent time to break out my new Aviator Travel Jib – so I did just that.
The Aviator is super light and compact making it really easy to travel with. I simply tossed it in one of my check-in bags along with my tripod and that’s it. The Aviator fits perfectly in the supplied carrying case along with all of the included accessories. I didn’t want to travel with cumbersome weights so I just used rocks that I found at the lake to level off the jib.
For it being my first time using the jib in practical conditions, I am happy overall with the results. I was using a light, middle-of-the-pack tripod and the wind that day was fairly rowdy at times, but still I managed to get some great cinematic shots only possible with the help of a jib. Also, I decided to use a ball head to try and achieve different angles easily. Next time, I will probably just mount the camera directly to the jib without the ball head in order to gain added stability with less weight. I still need some practice in order to get those perfectly smooth shots but I feel like I will get better with time.
The fact that this jib breaks down to 24 inches, weighs less than 4 pounds, and can be set up in roughly a minute makes it a truly useful piece of gear for any cinematographer.
Official Website – http://www.aviatorcameragear.com/