Panther U-Bangi-Slider XY – A High-End Two-Axis Beast of a Slider

Panther U-Bangi-Slider XY - A High-End Two-Axis Beast of a Slider

Panther has released an upgrade for their existing line of high-end Sliderx: the U-Bangi-Slider XY. With it you can combine two U-Bangis resulting in a very neat two-axis slider.

U-Bangi-Slider XY

You may have heard this strange name before: U-Bangi. It’s the name of Munich-based company Panther’s high-end, no-compromise camera slider system for serious movie applications. Not something you can just throw in a backpack and take on the go with you. Also, not something you can get for a three-digit figure. Neither is it light-weight nor does it fold. On the other hand, this slider is here to perform, even with the heaviest camera setups and under the harshest conditions. You get the point, right? Enough with the introduction, then.

The Panther U-Bangi-Slider XY

The U-Bangi-Slider XY is a two-in-one system. Take two existing Panther U-Bangi sliders and combine them to get a U-Bangi-Slide XY. Done.

The real beauty of this XY version is that it simply combines two already-existing products with a 360° swivel. Everything stays compatible and you don’t have to buy a completely new slider, which is ideal as the original U-Bangi-Slider is pricy enough already. Every existing U-Bangi slider can be upgraded to a U-Bangi-Slider XY.

U-Bangi-Slider XYWith the U-Bangi-Slider XY you end up with two sliders in one, and the range of possible camera movement expands exponentially as you’re not limited to a single straight axis any more. Watch the video below to get an idea of what’s possible once you have an X-axis and an Y-axis at your fingertips:

You are free to choose which different lengths of U-Bangis you wish to combine. For example, you could take a 48cm/1,6′ U-Bangi Track and a 64cm/2,1′ one. Or a 88cm/2,9′ track and a 136cm/4,5′ version. Other lengths seem to also be possible, as Panther claims on their website that “further configurations possible on request”. Since we’re talking high-end here, the customer is really king here. Just say what you want (and pay for it).

Features of the U-Bangi-Slider XY

Another nice feature of the two-in-one concept is the ability to extend the bottom slider. The operator can define precisely how much the top slider should extend over the bottom one, which could come in very handy when shooting in tight spaces. This way, the U-Bangi-Slider XY can be a more compact slider than you might think at first glance.

U-Bangi-Slider XY

I think this is a great tool for achieving visually appealing shots which wouldn’t be possible without the two-axis design. The whole concept is very easy but at the same time super versatile.

Pricing

There is no pricing available right now, but you’re free to contact Panther directly and request a quote for your dream setup. But be warned: this won’t be cheap! On the other hand, the U-Bangi-Slider XY may be the last slider you’ll ever need. Now that’s peace of mind, isn’t it?

Panther is a manufacturer of high-end grip equipment such as camera cranes or dollies. So to be honest, the whole lineup of Panther products might be a better fit for rental houses in the first place.

Links: Panther.tv

EDIT: Due to the ongoing discussion in the comments I’ve contacted Panther for an official statement. Here it is:

Thanks for your Message. We saw your piece about our new U-Bangi-Slider XY as well as the discussion.

I would like to clearly point out that our choice of product name has absolutely no racist background at all. We are a company operating internationally and have no interest in racist statements in any form.

The first slider was developed in the mid 80’s. The origin of the product name ‘U-Bangi’ goes back to the year 1986 when we presented the first slider. It was called “Komfort-Seitenausleger-Drehbar” (comfort-outrigger, turnable). A baffled customer at a New York trade show thought the name was rather complicated and commented „Hey, that just looks like a U-Bangi“ – an African tribe whose members extend their lips in a u-shape for beauty purposes. From that moment, we called this product ‘U-Bangi’. In 1988 we registered the name with the German Patent Agency, registration number Nr. 1 130 370. Since then it has become a world recognised name and from its beginning until today has had no racist connection whatsoever. – Andreas Fitz, CEO

Do you have any experiences with the original U-Bangi? Would you consider buying (or renting) one? The comments section is all yours!

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July 24th, 2017

The main issues I see with this slider is it won’t be stable enough to use on sticks without having to ballast it with sandbags. So it seems like the type of gear I’d most likely put on a Fisher or Chapman dolly as a “rolling tripod”. At that point, I’d rather just throw down a piece of track or floorboard or nothing (on smooth floors) for the dolly for movement on one axis and use a standard slider for the other axis. This also has the advantage of getting a lower height as two stacked sliders adds another 4″ or so the height.

Daniel Dash
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July 24th, 2017

This is concept only or it went to production already? Im asking WHY? Who needs it? Smell total disaster.
You can always rotate your slider on your trpiods head if you need different position.

Marco Tjokro
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July 24th, 2017

Raka Mahendra

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July 24th, 2017
Reply to  Marco Tjokro

Hmmm if it motorized, it will be dope af for timelapse

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July 22nd, 2017
Reply to  Olaf von Voss

Thanks. That said. It looks cool. Definitely ideal for leaving on a dolly (rolling sticks). It could get awkward on a tripod/end supports.

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July 21st, 2017

Are the marketing team at Panther that clueless? In the U.S. the once common term for offset arm for a dolly was a “ubangi”. It was a classless reference to the extended lip plates used by the Ubangi tribe in Africa.

Thankfully as the union and crew in the U.S. have become more diverse, the racist term has been put to rest for almost ten years. To see Panther revive it is, if not racist then woefully uninformed. I’m sure they said, “hey, they call Mitchell extensions in the U.S. a Ubangi, let’s name our slider that and it’ll sell there”. Something tells me someone at Panther used to work in the U.S. about twenty years ago.

I’m not one to be part of the P.C. police but it’s like calling white bleached muslin the “Cracker special” or ultra bounce “White Boy Skin”.

 Dan Brockett
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July 21st, 2017
Reply to  Tim Naylor

Production does have a little history of somewhat derogatory terminology. I myself have two Gary Colemans in my grip package. I wouldn’t call that term racist, but it is derogatory. Ubangi is racist though.

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July 21st, 2017
Reply to  Dan Brockett

Ubangi is so 1990’s when G&E was 99 % white. Times a changing.

 Chase Bauer
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July 22nd, 2017
Reply to  Tim Naylor

Thank you for bringing this to the front Tim, and no need to justify. Calling this out is hardly being PC Police, this is not a grey area and is pretty damn racist!

 Mike Morrison
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July 23rd, 2017
Reply to  Tim Naylor

Why do you assume the name has anything to do with race? Its also a river and a province. Im failing to see your connection to race.

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July 23rd, 2017
Reply to  Mike Morrison

Ubangi is slang in US for offset extension because it supposedly looks like the lip plates used by tribes along the Ubangi river. Whether you think it’s racist it’s disrespectful at best.

 Mike Morrison
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July 23rd, 2017
Reply to  Tim Naylor

Okay. How is naming a device after another cultures body modification disrespectful or racist? Im failing to see intent of disrespect or racism. Please explain.

 Chase Bauer
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July 23rd, 2017
Reply to  Mike Morrison

Hey all,

If you are genuinely asking why this might be harmful for other cultures I’m happy to talk about it, but you should know that I am not just stating an opinion, I’m expressing what I’ve learned from close friends and the work I do about why it is harmful to appropriate elements of other cultures for the sake of profit.

http://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2017/06/28/533818685/cultural-appropriation-is-in-fact-indefensible

Naming a camera slider, a mundane object that is for sale for profit, after a religious ceremony that isn’t referenced anywhere in the products sale just actually doesn’t make any sense at all. It is “borrowing” (read: stealing) from cultures to advertise and make money.

Now, if a portion of this slider went to serve Ubangi communities, then the name would be relevant and it would be what is called an “exchange,” which is the idea that most white people are thinking they are using when they are actually just taking things that look or sound cool to them and using them to make money without any care for the people who came up with it.

Yes. It is the name of a river and a province I’m sure, a name that comes from a language that is not ours. So why are we using it for an innovative camera slider? “iT lOokS liKe 1 ohf tha DisKs they Put iN theR mouThsS” is NOT an acceptable answer.

Think copyright infringement on a deep spiritual and cultural level. Please read the article above if you still feel like this is an exchange and not appropriation.

And appropriation IS racism.

 Mike Morrison
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July 24th, 2017
Reply to  Chase Bauer

Everyone appropriates everyone. The fact that you link an npr story is very humorous and shows how thin skinned you are. Sure you have the guts to call out whites for what you see as appropriation but do you do the same when races other than white appropriate other races? Legitimate question.

 Chase Bauer
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July 24th, 2017
Reply to  Mike Morrison

Mike,

Appropriation can only happen in one direction.

You can scoff at the source of the link I took the time out of my Sunday to find and share with you, to genuinely try and help our conversation along, but almost all of academia recognizes what I am saying. Whiteness is pervasive, and constantly centralizes on itself, as you are proving here. You see how you keep moving the conversation to defend white people? That is the problem. Other cultures cannot appropriate things the way American whiteness has the power to.

And as for your “legitimate question,” the answer is no, I don’t talk to other races or demographics about their own behavior critically. The reason it is appropriate for me to call this out here is because I’ve learned from countless people of color and activists that the most helpful thing I can do is to try to educate my own demographic. That does not give me license to play devil’s advocate in conversations I don’t understand, like what you’re doing here.

I told you I was happy to have a conversation about it, and I’ve given what I can here. I don’t expect a comment thread about a gimmicky slider to move your mind, and this stuff is clearly too subtle for you. I have work to do. Bye!

 Mike Morrison
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July 24th, 2017
Reply to  Chase Bauer

Wrong. Appropriation happens across all races. I scoff at your source because its an insanely leftist source. To think that you think NPR is some cultural authority is very funny but also very sad. I defend whites here because theyre being attacked for no reason at all. Youre finding racism in some obscure name for a province and river in africa. People like you enable other cultures to trash whites because your professor lectured you on white oppression for a semester.

You dont talk to other races about their behavior because you dont have the guts for confrontation. Instead youre happily trying to move whites to the back and telling them they need to shut up because minorities, whove never known a single ounce of oppression and are desperately trying to ride the coat tails of their ancestors into victim hood, have demanded that you do so.

There is no one for you to educate. It is you and those like you who need the education. How many slaves have you owned? How many minorities have you oppressed? How many times have you been made to feel sorry for things you or anyone youve ever known,done? How gullible are you?

 Chase Bauer
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July 24th, 2017
Reply to  Mike Morrison

I didn’t realize you were a Trump lemming, that makes me want to stick around but I ran out of time six hours ago when you started writing that rebuttal. I’m sorry you never figured out how word your post well enough to offend me, I’ve had better debates with 6th graders lol.

Bye!

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July 23rd, 2017
Reply to  Mike Morrison

You’re right. The union grips about thirty years ago out of a flash of cultural enlightenment dubbed it a ubangi out of respect, an ode to people of Africa.

 Ian H
Ian H
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July 21st, 2017

Yo I heard you like sliders so I put a slider in your slider

visionrouge.net
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August 2nd, 2017
Reply to  Ian H

Yes, agree, I’m not sure what kind of movement I can get with such setup. Look more like a stunt than a real need.

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