Kessler KC-Lite 8.0
Ideal for videographers who prefer to work with lightweight digital cameras, the Kessler KC-Lite 8.0 can attach to your primary tripod head without much effort. It uses the head’s pan and tilt mechanisms to deliver the movement of the shot.
Constructed with a resilient aluminum alloy, the Neewer Pan will hold up just fine if you encounter some inclement weather while you’re filming a scene outside or capturing footage at an outdoor wedding. It features a screw hole for mounting accessories, too.
While we wouldn’t recommend it for use with heavy cameras, the ePhotoInc EA-500A is a nifty option that will make your footage look more nuanced and professional. It comes with bubble levels and collapses for simple transport.
ProAm USA Orion
The ProAm USA Orion extends to eight feet, with an intuitive weighting system that keeps it balanced during shoots. It can accept an additional four-foot extension if your project requires a little extra length to be done properly.
Kessler Pocket Jib
Weighing in at less than six pounds, the Kessler Pocket Jib places portability above all other considerations. As a result, it’s not the most versatile system on the market, but it’s well-built and super useful for traveling videographers.
Indy Jib Cinema
While it isn’t common to see models in this price range with the ability to support anything over 10 pounds, the Indy Jib Cinema can accommodate cameras weighing up to 15 pounds with aplomb. Even more impressive, the crane itself weighs only six pounds.
Advanced Digital Jib
It only takes a few minutes to convert the Advanced Digital Jib from eight feet to 12 feet in length and back again, giving you plenty of flexibility to adapt your filming strategy on the fly. Unlike some models, it allows you to capture shots pointing straight down.
ProAm USA Jib Kit
It can be difficult to execute a good crane shot, so it’s nice that the ProAm USA Jib Kit comes with a seven-inch HDMI monitor that mounts directly to the structure. Its fluid operation — and the professional-looking footage that results — will delight cinematographers.
Fotodiox DV Rocker
The Fotodiox DV Rocker seamlessly blends strength with balance, resulting in a high-value filming tool that everyone from freelancers to expert movie makers will appreciate. It comes with counterweights and a two-year warranty.
We wouldn’t say it’s omniscient, but the ProAim Alphabet sure has anticipated most of the typical filmmaker’s needs. It comes with a hefty collapsible tripod stand and a spreader that’s sturdy enough to support this sizable crane, even when it’s fully loaded.