Affordable follow focus?
Posted 23 September 2010 - 06:09 PM
I just recently purchased a 7D after working on a couple of shorts with them. Great camera for the indie shooter in my opinion (and getting better with the new Zeiss compact primes).
So here's my question, can anyone steer me towards an affordable follow focus unit for these cameras? I am student so I dont have a ton of money to burn, but feel like this is a necessary piece of gear for these cameras to get really professional results.
Thanks to any info any of you can pass on to me.
Posted 23 September 2010 - 07:18 PM
There are somewhat more expensive follow focus outfits available on Ebay which are probably manufactured in a third-world sweatshop by sobbing ten-year-olds, but they presumably offer better performance.
Then you can just go to Cinevate and pay a lot of money, or Arri and pay several internal organs and your first-born child.
Pick your price point.
Posted 23 September 2010 - 07:21 PM
Posted 23 September 2010 - 08:08 PM
Simply put, if you want professional results you need to use professional gear. The cheapest route is usually renting it from a rental house. You presumably won't be buying a set of Compact Primes, so rent the follow focus when you rent the lenses. You'll get to know what works for you and down the track, if you want to buy your own, you'll have a better grasp of what to invest in.
Alternatively, if you just want something to use with stills lenses that aren't designed for cinematography, it probably doesn't matter which follow focus you use.
Posted 23 September 2010 - 08:47 PM
I recommend the first-born Arri route, as they last a loonnng time and work with myriad systems very well
Well, sort of.
The thing I always think about this is that you've bought a 7D because it was cheap and pretty good. It doesn't make much sense to me to then go and add accessories that are expensive, even if they're really excellent. If I have a really high end job come up, I'll go and rent an F23 and it'll come with all the bells and whistles in any case. If I have someone who wants something on the cheap, use the 7D, and in that case they won't be paying you a rental for a US$5k follow focus. In either case there is little reason to own hugely high end accessories.
Just a matter of philosophy, really.
Posted 23 September 2010 - 09:30 PM
Posted 01 October 2010 - 12:43 PM
Posted 03 October 2010 - 09:58 AM
I've just bought a follow focus from this site called the D|focus v3.
I can't say how well it performs but the reviews are good and it looks extremely good for what you pay for it, especially more so if you buy a 'D|gear' from the site as well, which is an adjustable gear so you can use it on more or less any lens.
Check the link out, it may be handy for you.
Posted 15 October 2010 - 06:45 AM
So the above was the more sensible part of this post -- here comes the remaining silly one:
I was thinking; a good way to test & exercise my new ff-unit would be to use it with my most Doffy lens -- an old 85mm f/1.4 Carl Zeiss, and shoot with it wide open. Hence, the Depth of Field is VERY shallow (at one yard this lens has less than 10 millimeters of DOF). And since I'm currently cat-sitting three crazy cats, I tried to capture one of them, "Trouble", and his unpredictable ways -- no, it doesn't get more silly than this:
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Posted 08 November 2010 - 03:04 PM
Cartoni tripod... ..upgraded to ..... Vinten vision 11
Lilliput monitor.. .................. SmallHD DP6
RedRock Mattebox......................Genus Superior Mattebox
Indifocus.............................Genus Superior Follow focus (this I highly recommend), quick install and built like a bomb...
I'd say spend the money atleast on a Genus Superior Follow focus. Definitely not the most expensive, but I've been really happy with it. The indifocus gears slipped and I'd miss the shot (not something you consider while your thinking cheap). Save time and frustration. Pros don't fight gear on a shoot, students do. Pros get what they need to do the job well and not interrupt the shoot with stupid problems.
Just my 2 cents...
Edited by David Grauberger, 08 November 2010 - 03:06 PM.
Posted 03 August 2011 - 02:56 PM
Posted 03 August 2011 - 08:30 PM
I've always liked the products at habbycam.com ESPECIALLY the DLSR Studio kit which lets you mount not only the follow focus but also the matte box, a zoom audio recorder and an HD monitor- all right to the rig itself. Very inexpensive as well: http://www.habbycam....age_rod_kit.htm
I wouldn't call that clunky cage "very thought through" or "very inexpensive" -- it doesn't even have space for an extended battery-grip.
Posted 04 August 2011 - 03:17 AM
because most follow focus you know like Arri,Redrock,Zucuto...etc you can find in Amozon are all over USD500
Posted 05 August 2011 - 11:53 PM
however, this is electronic one, does not have the same feel as the mechanical one. Neither the speed.