CobraCrane 5684 II HD 14' Single Arm Crane for DSLR & Video Cameras Up to 30 Lbs, Black

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About CobraCrane

The CobraCrane II HD Portable Crane is a portable crane designed for use with DSLR and video cameras. The 11' crane can reach a height of 14' on a 5' tripod (not included) and operate at ground level as well. It's streamlined, with several pivot points making it easy to mount higher or lower on a tripod for increased control of balance. It can also easily convert to a 6' crane by removing the 4' end. The CobraCrane II HD's chain and sprocket design is particularly effective when using front-heavy cameras or large lenses--it helps eliminate the tendency of a large lens or heavy camera to tilt forward.

Minimal break-down time (5 minutes) means more efficient and productive shooting schedules. An improved 1/2" axle and new cable chain drive mechanism makes this an unusually versatile portable crane. The tripod quick release plate is removable, so that switching to your tripod's quick release plate for a secure fit onto your tripod head is quick and easy. The CobraCrane II HD is compatible with virtually all heavy-duty tripods. The Manfrotto 526, 528XBK Tripod System is recommended for use with the CobraCrane II HD.

CobraCrane Features

  • Quick Setup: CobraCranes set up in minutes - no additional tools required
  • Ease of Use: With only minutes of practice, get those hard to get shots
  • Flexible: Works with a wide variety of cameras and tripods
  • Proper tool for the job: Optional Extension kit, offers two lengths for a variety of shot requirements
  • Reliable: Solid construction and built to last, CobraCranes are rock solid

CobraCrane Specifications

Camera Capacity
30 lb (13.6 kg)
Counterbalance System
Counterweights not included
Camera format supported
DSLR & Video cameras
Maximum crane height (on a 5 Ft. tripod)
14 Feet / 4.26 m
Head Attachment
Variable Length
Actual Length
11 Feet / 3.35 m
Length from pivot
7-8 Feet / 2.13-2.43 m
Built in camera tilt
22 lbs (9.97 kg)

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Shopper  Is there a control to tilt the camera as you are raising or moving the boom arm?
Lou B  It theoretically has built-in, cable-driven tilt capability but that's not as good as a power head. Frankly, I don't recommend this jib. It's big, bulky, and clunky. I wound up donating it to a film school shortly after I bought it. The professional DP's at the school had a hell of a time setting it up and I'm not certain if they ever did successfully set it up. I wound up buying a Microdolly, which was about 7 times as much as the Cobra and still didn't include a pan/tilt head, which I had to buy separately. But, unlike the Cobra, the Microdolly is lightweight, compact, highly portable, and takes just seconds to set up. So i use it. I never could have used the Cobra; it's too much of a whale, requires two people to mount to the tripod, and is simply more trouble than it's worth. You may not have to buy as expensive a jib as I did, but be careful about the weight, dimensions, and set up requirements. The Cobra has been called a "snowshoe for Paul Bunyan." Hope this helps.
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