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Reverse focus lenses (NIkon ZF) and Focus Pullers


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#1 Paul Curtis

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Posted 05 July 2012 - 10:41 AM

Hi,

I'd like to ask some general advice for all focus pullers out there.

I have a choice of building a set of primes, one of the choices are ZF based zeiss and obviously being Nikon they focus 'the wrong way' (although i have to say i prefer the idea of twisting a follow focus away from me for distance, but i digress)

In general how do people feel about that these days?

a) Just get on with it, different direction, that's fine. No problem.
B) Have to add a reversing gear to FF or it's very painful.
c) Some other result...?

Personally i don't mind, but that's not my job and there will be situations where i'm not even DPing and the kit is used by others. So i don't want to build a ZF set to discover that in general it's a real pain. I'd rather not change the FF permanently (other lenses i have are the right way round) and i'd really rather not have to add extra weight to the rig with a reversing gear.

Perhaps there are simpler solutions?

many thanks in advance
Paul
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#2 Tom Jensen

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Posted 05 July 2012 - 03:08 PM

You can get a reversing gear that screws into the Arri follow focus unit.
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#3 Chris Keth

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Posted 11 July 2012 - 12:38 AM

I don't run into it very much so I've only had to deal with it a couple times. I just went with the direction change. It's not a big deal.
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Posted 22 July 2012 - 11:54 AM

I just switch my brain from the bottom of the focus wheel, to the top.
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#5 Duncan Vogel

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Posted 08 August 2012 - 08:52 PM

This isn't usually a big deal for me because 99% of the time I will be pulling focus remotely. So if the case ever arose where the lenses were going the wrong way I would just reverse the direction of the motor. Problem solved.

But in the few times that I've had to pull off of the old meat-fiz, I just take a couple practice pulls to wrap my head around the change and then I'm good to go.
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