DIY Video and Photography Projects

GH3 Battery Grip Offset Adjustable 15mm Baseplate
May 13, 2013


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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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Opteka FFR-900 Motorized Follow Focus Zoom Control
May 3, 2013


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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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Opteka FFR-900 Motorized Follow Focus Zoom Control
February 5, 2013


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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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DSLR 15mm P&C Baseplate Mod
December 20, 2012


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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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Tilta DSLR Video Rig Lens Support Follow Focus
October 8, 2012


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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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DIY A/B Hard Stops for Follow Focus
August 31, 2012


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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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Fotga DP500II Dampened Follow Focus A/B hard stop
August 20, 2012


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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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Edelkrone Focus One Pro Follow Focus
July 2, 2012


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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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Add Grip to your Universal Lens Gear Spokes
June 21, 2012


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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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Using Varavon Sling – Focus Zoom Lever
June 18, 2012


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

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New Cheaper Quick Release 15mm Reversible Follow Focus
June 11, 2012


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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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Lanparte Hard Stop Follow Focus Review
June 4, 2012


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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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Motorized Electronic Remote Follow Focus
May 31, 2012


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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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Mini USB Remote Canon DSLR Video Controller
May 22, 2012


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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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Spot the Difference – Gini Follow Focus
April 2, 2012


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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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New Gear – P&C 15mm DSLR Rig Swiss Rods
March 19, 2012


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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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