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#1 Joe Zakko

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Posted 08 January 2011 - 08:47 PM

I'm looking for a follow focus to use with my bolex h16, if anyone knows where I could get one, I would appreciate it.
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#2 Tim Tyler

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Posted 09 January 2011 - 12:34 AM

You'll need a rod system and a lens before you can choose a follow focus.

Do you have any lenses? Do they have focus gears? What's you budget?
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#3 Joe Zakko

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Posted 09 January 2011 - 01:05 AM

I have a 25mm sony tv lens, not sure what makes it a tv lens but that's what it says, not sure what focus gears are, and my budget isn't extremely high, but is subject to change if the price isn't too bad.
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Posted 09 January 2011 - 01:12 AM

In order to work with a follow focus, a lens must have a geared focus ring so that it can mesh with the gear on the follow focus.

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#5 Dom Jaeger

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Posted 09 January 2011 - 03:15 AM

Aside from the issue of needing a focus gear ring for your lens, you'd also need to invest in a customised rod support to hold the follow focus. The original Bolex rods don't match modern follow focus standards.

I would suggest you spend your money on a new lens (or two) instead. What you have is not a cine lens, nor is it designed for use with the Bolex prism (if you have a reflex model). A decent lens is far more vital than a follow focus, and having only one prime is going to severely limit your options.

If you search the archives here you will find plenty of suggestions for good lenses for a Bolex H16.
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#6 Joe Zakko

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Posted 09 January 2011 - 10:30 AM

yeah, I just got the camera, so I have been shopping for new lenses.
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