A little over a year ago, I decided to take the dive into motion control timelapse photography. At the time, the options I found were from Kessler and Dynamic Perception. Kessler was too large of an investment for something I didn't fully understand. I read a lot about Dynamic Perception's Stage Zero and watched plenty of tutorials and example videos to see how it works and what it could do. After a few back and fourth conversations with Randy Halverson (aka dakotalapse) I took the plunge and made my purchase of the Stage Zero system, but without the rail. Instead, I bought the rail from Amazon in three 2 foot sections and some adapter plates to connect them so I could break down my rail to travel or reduce weight.
It took me a while to learn how to appropriately control the MX2 and achieve the movements I was looking for, but in the end it was the D|P HELPER app that helped tremendously. I combined that app's calculations with a small ruler that can measure down to as little as 1/60th of an inch to establish true distance movement. This eliminates me having to calibrate the controller while doing certain angles or changing camera bodies or mounts. I usually calculate to overshoot a shot with the MX2. This assures me that the expected distance will be traveled. The result will at least cover the minimum amount of frames needed.
After my backpacking trip in Alaska through the tundra I brought with me my Stage Zero system as well as all of my additional camera equipment. I realized it was incredibly straining on my back and shoulders to carry roughly 80 lbs. of camera and backpacking gear. I started to wonder if I should buy the Stage One dolly which is made for travel and can be broken down into sections as well. However, I couldn't justify buying a whole new dolly system yet.
Kickstarter campaigns for motion control timelapse systems started to take off. I began exploring other options for movement besides Dynamic Perception. Most of them had intuitive designs and ended up being successfully backed and produced, however they did not have any features that really stood out.