DIY Video and Photography Projects

01Mar FilmCity Follow Focus X1 w Whip and Lens Gear


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Anyone got input on the new FilmCity X1 Follow Focus? It’s another budget follow focus starting around only $90 bucks. The X1 mounts to standard 15mm rails, includes a lens gear and whip, looks to be reversible, and also looks like the indicator can be adjusted (not sure). Claims to be an all metal build [...]

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24Feb Speed Crank on Gini iFocus Follow Focus


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The cheap Speed Crank came in the other day. It’s a perfect fit on the Gini iFocus Follow Focus which is pretty standard 12×12, so it would work well on other FFs too. It does have a retro ‘1980’s PacMan Arcade Joystick Red’ color, but can easily be coated. The Red knob actually screws off [...]

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20Jan Cowboy Shoulder Support Discounted


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The inexpensive Cowboy shoulder support gets a nice little discount and falls to about $17 bucks. [Thanks Serge]. This shoulder support is often considered a chest clamp and can be a true hands-free shoulder rig without the need of counterweights. It’s possible to expand on this system by using rails sets like the updated Rig [...]

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26Dec Lanparte DSLR Rigs, Follow Focus, Shoulder Pad


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YouTube member TheJoeDigital shares a video review with a look at some of the new designs from the Lanparte DSLR rigs. The video above shows the Follow Focus with two hard stops, a new clever swing open cage design, and variable position handles with geared locks. They also make Matte Boxes and other accessories.

I picked [...]

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18Dec What’s in the Jag35 Box?


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A few days ago I received a package from Jag35.com. I’ve been very excited about this, so what’s in the box? Well the box was a bit larger than I expected, but that’s because of the included rig that was shipped along with two motors. This is a prototype of their soon-to-be-available Wireless Follow Focus [...]

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15Oct Gini New Follow Focus System


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This morning I woke up and literally slapped myself in the head for finally figuring something out that should have been pretty obvious from the start. A few months ago Gini DSLR Rigs began working on a few prototype follow focus system that attached only to one rail. The first versions were based on a [...]

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14Sep Skier DSLR Equipment Videos


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Here’s a couple of quality videos from Vimeo member FilmCyfrowy showcasing some Skier DSLR Video equipment. Skier is fairly new and is still building up their product line. They have an unusual cage-like design that wraps over the camera lens, a Follow Focus, ViewFinder, Small Transformer rig, and a Merlin-like stabilizer which seems to perform [...]

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03Sep DIY Color Change for RJ Follow Focus


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Some people don’t like wearing Nike jumpsuits with Adidas running shoes. That’s called cross branding. If you’re not fond of the colors in the RJ Follow Focus, Vimeo member HD-tography shows how he addressed the ‘Cross colors’ issue. There’s some additional information following the link to the video.

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11Aug Gini Finished Follow Focus


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Ok, so Gini wasn’t completely off his rocker selling what looked like unfinished versions of a Follow Focus. Now we’re starting to see some finished versions of the new Gini DSLR Follow focus. Now in anodized black with Marking disc. Check out the stuff following the link (click here).

Gini Black Follow Focus with marking [...]

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11Aug Gini gone Mini – Mini Follow Focus


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Looks like Gini is still looking to create more accessories outside of the standard Shoulder rig. Just recently introduced a full size (incomplete-like) Follow focus, and now there’s the Gini Mini (rhymes). What’s up with the unfinished look? Interesting how someone was just asking me about a super tiny FF to be used on a [...]

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30Jul Fotga Standard Rail System + QR Adapter


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Fotga has released an impressive budget follow focus, and if you’re the type who’s against ‘cross branding’, now they are starting to leak out a Standard set of rails to match. The basic rail set is needed to mount the FF, and should normally come with a camera mounting plate and a tripod plate (under [...]

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30Jun DIY Crank for RJ Follow Focus


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Word on the street is that the Budget Follow Focus (RJ Follow focus) does not come with an industry standard mount for a Crank or Whip. Jonathan throws together a simple DIY wooden version. [thanks Jonathan]

DSLR Follow Focus with Lens Gears

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25Jun Budget Follow Focus – Reviewed Again


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Another review based around the recent Budget Follow Focus which has been coined as the RJ Follow Focus. (More news on that soon). This review from Just Basl Productions is a bit longer more thorough and should answer any questions you have, and also compares it against another Follow Focus system. A few people have [...]

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21Jun Camtree Micro Dolly IGUS Slider with Pulley System


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Roller bearing sliders have a love/hate relationship. Some people love the smooth no friction action, and some people hate the inconsistencies they might get without friction. Thanks for Martin for tipping me off on this review. YouTube member AYFilms gives us a review of the Camtree Micro Dolly. We’ve all seen IGUS Drylin based sliders, [...]

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20Jun Budget Follow Focus Review


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A few hands have received the Budget Follow focus and it looks awesome! You can find one review here: http://cheesycam.com/budget-follow-focus-reviewed-again/

DSLR Follow Focus with Lens Gear
Remember that you’ll still require a set of 15mm rods to mount, so take advantage of those Gini auctions. I’m guessing with the popularity of this new FF, even those [...]

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19Jun D|Zoom Lever Style Zoom Control


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[Update was confused to what this was] Available now over at Jag35 is the D|Zoom, which is a ‘Zoom Lever’ to control the ‘Zoom Ring’ on telephoto lenses.. To be used as in addition to a follow focus system (Prime lenses need not be concerned).

Pull the lever and it turns the zoom ring using the [...]

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