This is a kickstarter project I’ve been waiting on for awhile and it’s finally here. The Aviator Travel Jib is an ultra portable 6 foot Jib that weighs in at a little under 4 pounds and folds up to right at 24 inchs. In the case you’ll find the travel Jib, a few peaces of hardware, and a counter weight bag. The included case is much nicer then I was expecting with solid zippers, plenty of padding, and lots of attachment points.
The included counter weight bag has a pouch on either side and uses a large thumb nut and carabiner to attach to the jib. The bags are double zippered and also seem well made. Fill these up with rocks hardware or whatever you have laying around to balance things out.
The hardware feels very solid on the Aviator Travel Jib and build quality seems to be top notch. Up and down motion as well as panning motion feels nice and smooth. From assembly, mounting, and balance to testing took me a little less then 5 min. Two water bottles and a some extra hardware was all it took to balance things out. Seems to work nicely on the Sirui N1004 tripod which handles the weight quit well (claims 26 lbs rating).
I had a little time to test this out with the Canon 7d and Sigma 30mm f1.4. Motion looks smooth and it’s very easy to use. I have a shoot coming up at the end of the week and I plan on bring the Aviator Travel Jib with me for a full set of tests. Once I’ve had a chance to play around with it some more I’ll post a few results. So far it looks like a nice peace of kit.