DIY Video and Photography Projects

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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