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#1 Bradley Hobday

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Posted 19 December 2011 - 09:09 AM

Is there not anything available to electronically focus on film or DSLR cameras? Are the only means of accurately pulling focus on a moving shot to have a focus assist monitor and a focus puller? Sorry...I'm a stupid newbie.
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#2 Brian Drysdale

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Posted 19 December 2011 - 10:22 AM

Is there not anything available to electronically focus on film or DSLR cameras? Are the only means of accurately pulling focus on a moving shot to have a focus assist monitor and a focus puller? Sorry...I'm a stupid newbie.


Some consumer/prosumer video cameras have auto focus. You can use a tape measure (or possibly a Lazar distance measure), which is what the top focus pullers use.

The electronic auto focus tends to hunt, which isn't really much use for quality work. Although, I believe it's an option on the new Canon mount RED Scarlet.
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#3 Bradley Hobday

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Posted 20 December 2011 - 12:05 PM

Thanks...just thought maybe there was something else out other than the IR stuff that I've never read about
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#4 Martin Hong

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Posted 22 December 2011 - 07:54 PM

Hey Bradley

I've posted something related to this post long ago, you can check it out here: http://www.cinematog...showtopic=48244

its for DSLR, as for film camera, the closest thing i have heard are Cooke's lenses:

http://www.cookeopti...ucts/itech.html
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#5 Bradley Hobday

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Posted 01 January 2012 - 09:57 PM

Thanks for the help!
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#6 Damien Andre

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 03:49 PM

if you have a Canon dslr, that isnt a 7D the new magic lantern firmware allows you to control and program focus pulls with the arrow buttons. unless you arent using canon ef lenses
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