I am looking for a timelapse motion control. So far, the cheapest I have found is the Genie, which is about $1000ish (with accessories). Is there a more affordable alternative?
The entire point of the Genie is that it was to offer a more affordable option then the other products on the market. You are looking for something even more affordable. You are probably best off with a DIY solution that will of course be less flexible, more clunky, error prone, and ugly. But it could end up costing you less.
I have heard of one other competitor that is less expensive but I don't know much about the products: SlideTracked