DIY Video and Photography Projects

24Oct Video Stabilizer + Follow Focus + Wireless HDMI Video


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It seem like every time I post a video stabilizer review, I often receive the same question – ‘How can you adjust focus?‘. Typically i’ll just answer this question by replying with a text comment, but i’m sure it’s still not very clear. Hopefully this article can help visualize a few ways focus can be [...]

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28May Wondlan Video Wireless Follow Focus + 5″ LCD HDMI Monitor


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Here’s a video from YouTube member Kicapiproduction showcasing one of Wondlan’s new Wireless Follow Focus System products. The new WFF is designed into a single unit that contains an 5″ 1200×800 resolution HDMI monitor [thanks Kicap].

According to the details of the video, the wireless focus system is rated to have wireless range of up [...]

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03Apr Mini Hand Held Blue Nano Video Stabilizer


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These little Blue Hand Held Video Stabilizers have been available for quite some time, but tracking down reviews on the item are still scarce. I often get questions about these particular stabilizers, but it’s not something i’ve had the chance to play with in person, so there’s not much information I can offer.

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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
Opteka has revised this [...]

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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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14Dec Just Added (2) 8″ 15mm Extension Rails


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PhotographyandCinema.com has just added a pair of 8″ Industry Standard 15mm Extension rails (rods) for $28.99 + Free shipping (domestic USA). The rails have both Male and Female threads so that they can be assembled to virtually any length for supporting additional accessories, longer lenses, or if you need the extra room for Matte boxes. [...]

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13Dec Tightening up the Kamerar Follow Focus


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Out of the box Lainol commented about how much play there was to his new Kamerar Follow Focus, check to make sure it isn’t just the knob sitting loose.

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28Oct What The Foc-us? Wireless DSLR Follow Focus System


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Wondlan released a new Wireless follow focus system for DSLR Video. Here you can find more photos and specific specs about the WFF for under $1600 dollars via eBay (click here). Yeah I know that’s pretty expensive, but is it really a Wondlan Product? There’s other sellers who offer the same unit for much cheaper.

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23Oct GH2 Follow Focus for Small Primes


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If you have a tough time getting a follow focus setup on the GH2 with small prime lenses, here’s a trick that Vimeo member Johnny Gadget Films uses [thanks John]. He uses silicone wrist bands (sometimes stacked) to increase the diameter of the focus lens.

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22Oct Cheap Camera Stabilizer Load Vest


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One essential tool for long Flying Video Stabilizer (Steadicam) type shots is a Vest system with an iso-elastic arm. The vest helps to take the weight of the camera off the arms and distributes the load over to the body. The flexible spring loaded iso-elastic arm keeps the camera level as the operator runs, jumps, [...]

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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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25Apr Proaim e-Focus Electronic Follow Focus


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Maybe i’m late to the party, but i’m just finding this information now or maybe there is a newer (cheaper) version out. Proaim is looking to provide the cheapest electronic follow focus on the market. The Proaim e-Focus Electronic Follow Focus is a wired system (not wireless FF) and comes with two motors in case [...]

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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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