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#1 DrZhivago

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Posted 12 May 2005 - 02:14 AM

I was wondering how you would, A set the focus on the bolex correctly, and B set the focus for dolly shots and moving camera, would you need to pull focus or what. Any help would be great. Thanks.
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#2 robtags

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Posted 12 May 2005 - 06:53 PM

A. Measure from the film plane (The 'o' with a '|' intersecting it on the camera) to whatever it is you want to focus to (generally the eyes of your subject). Move the focus ring on the lens so that the marking lines up with the correct distance.

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If you are lazy, move the focus ring on the lens until it appears to be in focus through the viewfinder. Note that this is difficult because the viewfinder is dark.

B. Measure the starting distance and end distance, and pull the focus by rotating the focus ring as you move the camera. It takes practice but it can work.

There is no follow focus for the bolex as far as I know, if you find it hard to grip the focus ring try removing the other lenses. If you can't quite get at it, try wrapping a thin piece of paper tape around the ring, and pulling down to rotate the focus ring.


Precise focusing on the Bolex can sometimes be a bit tricky. Try experimenting to see which technique works best for you. If the shot is just too difficult to focus, consider using a higher f/stop.
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