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#1 Fred Neilsen

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Posted 27 January 2009 - 05:09 AM

Dear Cinematography.com users,

This is my first post, anyway, I was wondering about follow focus systems that are compatible with the bolex H16 rex 5, I am going to be using the 18-86MM F2.5 VARIO SWITAR ZOOM LENS (will this lens work with a follow focus?)

I need this system to be able to control the focus from the Outside of a home built blimp

Note: I am using the blimp to quiet down the camera, not to shoot sync. sound but to shoot animals without disturbing them, I am using a Bolex because I will be in Papua New Guinea and far north Australia (no wall socket to plug my charger into) to shoot A bird "Doco" about the Southern Cassawarie

I would like to know any other ways of controlling focus from outside the blimp I am sure there are easier methods also, has anyone else done the same thing before?

My budget for the follow focus is between us$200-700

I am very interested in the indian one, "CINE Follow Focus + whip for xl1 xl2 hvx200 gear free" however I am worried about wether it would be the right height for a bolex, I am interested in a DIY way to adjust the height on this system.

Thanks in advanced

Frederik Nielssen
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#2 Fred Neilsen

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Posted 27 January 2009 - 05:19 AM

Correction

I am very interested in the indian one ##@@**(on Ebay if you type in "follow focus")**@@##, "CINE Follow Focus + whip for xl1 xl2 hvx200 gear free" however I am worried about wether it would be the right height for a bolex, I am interested in a DIY way to adjust the height on this system.
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#3 Sir Alvin Ekarma

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Posted 27 January 2009 - 08:07 PM

This is a DIY rig for 35mm DOF adapters, but it should work just as well for a bolex...

http://www.dvinfo.ne...ad.php?p=800267
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#4 Fred Neilsen

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Posted 28 January 2009 - 01:41 AM

That looks quite easy, and allot cheaper than the stuff on ebay, but do you know if it will accept standard follow focus whips? that is the main part that I am interested in so that I can drill a small hole in my blimp and poke the whip through, to control the focus from the outside of the blimp, if it doesn't, Ill just have to make a larger hole in the blimp and poke a (modified) longer focus knob through, I'll have to work out a way to block sound leaks.

Ps Thanks for the quick reply

Fred
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#5 Sir Alvin Ekarma

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Posted 28 January 2009 - 04:06 AM

That looks quite easy, and allot cheaper than the stuff on ebay, but do you know if it will accept standard follow focus whips?


I doubt it but I can't say for certain. Caveat Emptor.
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#6 Fred Neilsen

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Posted 29 January 2009 - 12:38 AM

Ok then, I guess I'll cope without one. Thanks for all the help.

Fred
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