Disappointed: noisy, slow, some aspects poorly constructed
After seeing Red Rock's "One Man Crew," which was limited in that you needed to always have placement of the slider 6 feet from the subject, I was happy to find the Axis360. I found the online videos and loved the possibilities presented, so I purchased the main device, two slider extenders, two extra controllers for Pan and Tilt and two belts for the mid-size and longer lengths. Everything was delivered two days ago on a rush since I wanted to use this for a simple interview shoot yesterday. I checked it out immediately to be sure I knew how it worked so as to save time on the shoot. However, the main device didn't operate at all, and appeared to have been used and returned, based on the condition of the box and the some of the interior packaging. Fortunately, I easily swapped out the motor with one of the other two. The first problem was that the little phone jacks that are used to connect the controllers to their respective motors are incredibly tight and extremely difficult to insert and remove. No phone jack works like that. I'm guessing it's simply an inferior vendor who was used to source those items. Second thing I noticed was the odd snap connections where the controller is attached to the motor. They seem easy to dislodge and don't inspire confidence. Similar ball connections, where a plastic thumb-screw is tightened down are also flimsy, and the whole thing falls apart when the thumb screw is loosened, rather than having a solid connection around the ball device. I WAS pleased to see the batteries on all the controllers fully charged. That was a plus. Yet when I finally turned on the motor, the sound was loud and would not be at all acceptable for any shoot whatsoever. And this was only the slider motor. Using the pan and the tilt motors would increase the sound three-fold. I really wanted this to work - so I thought perhaps it's usable as an MOS device. Yet the slowness of the slider (even slower than represented in the description) makes this not possible. Granted, I'm only spending $2k instead of $8K or much more for a similar device, but if it doesn't do what I need, what use is it? I think this was a great idea that needs a lot of work. It's so close to being good. But, unless I'm seriously overlooking something, I think I need to return this. I welcome any thoughts to change my mind.