Documentary focus pulling for SR-3
Posted 12 May 2007 - 09:43 PM
I am shooting a documentary with the SR-3, Super 16, and need to be able to pull focus myself as I follow our subject through his apartment, outside in the park, etc.
I need to be able to rotate the focus ring from the shallowest point in one smooth turn of the wrist. All the lenses I can find are studio lenses with focus rings that would require me to take my hand off the ring, grip the ring again, and then continue pulling focus in order to make such a pull.
Does anybody know of any special lenses for Super 16 that have a focus ring with a small range of revolution, so that I can make extreme focus pulls without having to lift my hand off the lense? Or would there be a way to do this by using a special kind of follow focus knob?
Thank you in advance for any advice you might offer,
Posted 12 May 2007 - 11:02 PM
Posted 12 May 2007 - 11:35 PM
The original Zeiss Super Speeds, the Mk1 series lenses, originally came with the focus ears like the old Schneiders, Cookes, and other lenses for the old Arriflex 16S, 16M, IIA-B-C.
You could probably get a set of those and put PL mount adapters on them (they were mostly ARRI bayonet from the factory) and you may find those easier to pull focus with by yourself. I have the 9.5 and the 16 and don't find them too difficult to use. Not quite as easy as when I shoot with my Arri 16S and the Cooke Kinetals, but not unbearable.
Posted 13 May 2007 - 06:51 AM
Posted 14 May 2007 - 11:31 AM
I never had a problem pulling my own focus on an SR, but I shoot a lot of ENG so I'm used to it.
I would suggest giving yourself plenty of depth of field, use a wide lens and a fast film stock in plenty of light (if possible). Try to avoid a lot of filtration.
Posted 14 May 2007 - 11:58 AM
Posted 14 May 2007 - 12:13 PM