DIY Video and Photography Projects

13May GH3 Battery Grip Offset Adjustable 15mm Baseplate


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Did you know, the new GH3 battery grip relocates the tripod mount to the right side? We’re not talking millimeters here, it’s way off to the right. This new position can be highly problematic as it will throw off the optical center of your lens when you want to mount your camera to rigs, and [...]

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03May Opteka FFR-900 Motorized Follow Focus Zoom Control


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Vimeo member geco campos provides an overview of the Opteka FFR-900 Shoulder rig that offers a motorized Follow Focus and Motorized Zoom feature. Each handle up front controls one of the motorized units, and variable speeds can be dialed right from the handles if you wish to zoom/focus slower or faster.
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05Feb Opteka FFR-900 Motorized Follow Focus Zoom Control


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Years ago Intuit released a belt driven remote follow focus system (seen in video above). The product looked like an excellent idea, but the retail price listed for $3,999 US (seen here). Needless to say it didn’t exactly fly off the shelves.

Opteka FFR-900 DSLR Remote Motorized Follow Focus Zoom Control System
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20Dec DSLR 15mm P&C Baseplate Mod


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Here’s a clever way to take advantage of the GB-R 15mm Rail kit that is typically used for the P&C GearBox. Carl Pendle modified this by adding a small quick release adapter to mount to his camera directly. It’s an inexpensive way to add rails for supporting 15mm accessories with a minimal footprint. [Thanks Carl]

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08Oct Tilta DSLR Video Rig Lens Support Follow Focus


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Alex writes in and shares his thoughts on the Tilta Lens Support for 15mm Rails. These are designed to provide support for longer lenses, especially if you plan on using a Follow Focus system that could easily shift the lens around. Later Alex moves on to the Tilta Video Follow Focus System and other rig [...]

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31Aug DIY A/B Hard Stops for Follow Focus


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Here’s a genius little way to add hard stops to a follow focus. While working on his AMC Contest Video (seen here), Chris Weiss decided to remove the white marking disc from a Gini Follow Focus (as seen here) and added a couple of cheap binder clips. As you can see, it’s fully adjustable hard [...]

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20Aug Fotga DP500II Dampened Follow Focus A/B hard stop


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Reader Zygimantis writes in and shares a link to the Fotga DP500II Follow Focus which is an updated version of the DP500. Like the DP500 it sports the marking disc, two adjustable hard stops, and reversible gear. The new DP500II (version 2) sports an improved gearbox with which they say has very minimal baclash, and [...]

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02Jul Edelkrone Focus One Pro Follow Focus


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We had a brief look at the Focus One Pro at NAB 2012, but there were some slight changes since then. For those who have been following the product, here’s an inside look from YouTube member lkwan78 as he shares his thoughts on the latest Follow Focus from Edelkrone [Thanks Luke]. For reference, the other [...]

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21Jun Add Grip to your Universal Lens Gear Spokes


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Tommy Williamson had problems getting his D|Gear Universal Lens Gear to stay on the Canon 50mm F/1.8 lens. Who wouldn’t? That focus ring is pretty slim. His solution was to dip the tips of the spokes in Plasti-Dip (normally used to coat the handles of tools). The Plasti-Dip is some very durable stuff, and comes [...]

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18Jun Using Varavon Sling – Focus Zoom Lever


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Varavon sent out a few units of their latest product – the

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11Jun New Cheaper Quick Release 15mm Reversible Follow Focus


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Another reason why you’re not seeing too many DIY Follow Focus projects anymore, here’s another new and cheaper follow focus system listed on the market. Doesn’t look pretty but the listing claims it’s made of aluminum (mostly anodized black), ABS, and rubber. Comes with a quick release 15mm clamp style mount and universal lens gear. [...]

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04Jun Lanparte Hard Stop Follow Focus Review


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Vimeo member LJ Lee shares a review on the Lanparte Follow Focus with A/B hard stops, removable marking disc, and quick release 15mm clamp [Thanks LJ]. Lanparte has various DSLR equipment which all have excellent reviews, but they can be a bit pricey at times. This Follow Focus with manual stops can average about $400 [...]

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31May Motorized Electronic Remote Follow Focus


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If you’re looking to do some remote focus pulling, the wireless systems can be a bit ‘finicky’. A Wired electronic remote follow focus system works with a long cable so the camera operator can move about, and the puller can control focus with a remote video screen. This particular one (above) uses a basic [...]

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22May Mini USB Remote Canon DSLR Video Controller


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There’s about a dozen USB remotes sold as a USB Follow Focus System, but this particular one lacks lens focus controls and just throws in some basic functions. This one was designed to mount close to your rig handle so that you can access common settings like ISO, Aperture, Shutter Speed, Zoom Focus, Start / [...]

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02Apr Spot the Difference – Gini Follow Focus


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Above is a Gini iFocus Follow Focus I use, and have a video review about it (here). One of the shortcomings of this design is that the gear is not reversible, so it could be tricky trying to align it with short lenses, or sometimes you can’t get it far enough on short 15mm rods. [...]

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19Mar New Gear – P&C 15mm DSLR Rig Swiss Rods


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The great thing about building your own rig is being able to design it specifically for your own needs. Of course most of how we assemble things together are based on what products are available to us. When we’re introduced to new products, it opens up so much more possibilities. Industry standard 15mm rails are [...]

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