Aputure V-Grip VG-1 USB Video Remote Follow Focus Handle

Punch in, set focus, change aperture, and start/stop video with your Canon DSLRs from a remote video handle. Here's a look at the new Aputure VG-1 V-Grip USB Follow Focus Video Remote Handle.

For those unfamiliar, the Canon DSLRs can communicate certain camera settings through the USB port. USB remotes have been around for quite some time, but not many are designed in a comfortable handle-like form factor, and certainly none in this price range.

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Aputure VG-1 V-Grip USB Remote Follow Focus Video Trigger mounted on 15mm Shoulder Rig

The Aputure VG-1 can control focus from an Auto Focus Canon EF lens (not manual lenses), and at times can appear smooth, but this will vary on different auto focus lenses. It uses a type of 'stepping' to get from point A to point B. To help achieve a smoother transition, you can change the size of the steps within the VG-1 remote..

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The VG-1 handle connects via USB, and for extended runs you can pick up an inexpensive USB cable with a repeater (like this). The ideal use of these remotes is when operating a camera from a distance, such as a 30 foot crane, or on a stabilizer where both hands are occupied (fig rig, 3 Axis Gimbals), or to replace one handle on your shoulder rig. Check out the product page for more information about the new Aputure VG-1 V-Grip USB Remote Handle (found here).

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For USA residents, the VG-1 Remote is also available via Amazon (found here)
Aputure VG-1 VGrip Remote USB Follow Focus
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27 thoughts on “Aputure V-Grip VG-1 USB Video Remote Follow Focus Handle

  1. Emm

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    @Bojan - If you have to focus quickly, this would not be a good solution. The speed of the focus will always change depending on the lens you use. It is using the motors in the lens and each one is different.

  2. Bojan

    I fave few question? Does it support focusing while recording and How fast can it pull focus? Will it be good for run & gun shooting where often you need to refocus quickly?

    It would be nice if you could program the buttons on your demand. For example: If I am shooting an interview then I could program buttons to slowly pull focus trough all the focus range, because my talent is steady, or it could probably speed up after some time i choose. If I am shooting some more dynamic video then i could program that i want fine tune for the first second after which i want faster focus because i am reframing.
    Sorry for my foreign English, but I hope you understood.

  3. Marcia

    There is no 6D in the compatibility list, but this unit offers an ability for firmware updates, so this list may change.

  4. Emm

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    @Mark - It adjusts focus through increments or what they call 'steps'. You can adjust the size of the steps (smaller looks smoother). But each lens also focuses quite differently so it will be inconsistent as you change lenses.

  5. Hi Emm,

    I couldn't really tell from the video with the beautiful lady - maybe I was just distracted - but does this product give you smooth focus adjustment, or does it work more in increments? Doesn't look like you can adjust the speed of any focus pulls.

  6. It would be interesting if this could work like that wireless Senna Follow Focus you did a review on last year in Apr 5th Emm.

    I wonder if this could be firmware UGed to take into account the GH3 and GH4 units?

  7. Emm

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    @Daniel Hughes - The handle is made from plastic with a rubberized exterior. It feels pretty solid though.

  8. I own the older version of the aputure controller and have it mounted on my 3 axis gimbal with a 5d, the rig is fully rigged out with accessories. If i was to replace one of the handles with this new controller do you believe the construction of how they mounted the 1/4 20 is structurally built to last and hold up to regular use. example would be 2 or 3 events a week? i don't want to baby the rig just because the handle might snap off. the $100 price tag is amazing for this unit but will cost me alot more money if something was to happen in the middle of a work day.

  9. @indigo
    I know that Aputure talked about it a while ago and said they were in development (at least a year ago now) but nothing has ever come of it. I know that the interface for nikon is very different. Its still just a mini USB port but the protocol is very far off. I looked into building my own version of this using something like an Arduino but i have yet to be able to find a usable software package for it. They have an SDK for it that works in Linux, Windows and OSX but I don't know quite enough to make that work on a mobile platform. It does support focus and some camera control functions so its possible. Just hard...

  10. Emm

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    @TikTak - Here's a list of compatible Canon cameras: Canon EOS 1D Mark IV, 5D Mark II, 5D Mark III, 7D, 60D, 600D/T3i/Kiss X5, 550D/T2i/Kiss X4, 500D/T1i/KissX3, 1100D/T3/Kiss X50

    Keep in mind that this unit offers an ability for firmware updates, so this list may change.

  11. Hey Emm,
    Thanks for the review, where do you get these beautiful tech girls? 🙂

    Does the control work with Canon 60D and Magic Lantern? How long is the usb cable bundled with the controller?

    Take care // TikTak.

  12. Emm

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    @Karl - How heavy is your rig? This thing feels pretty solid, I wouldn't recommend slamming it on the table, but it will hold up a good amount of weight.

  13. Karl

    How solidly built is this unit? If I was to replace one of the handles on my shoulder rig with this unit do you think it would be strong enough to support the rig when set down on a table?

  14. Emm

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    @Rob S. - Still photo auto focus lenses aren't designed the same. as servo lenses. It will not be a continuous smooth focus, but if the steps are plenty and small sometimes it's not noticeable.

  15. Rob S.

    I wonder why they don't use a dial like on other LANC controllers. Would be easier to focus. Is this as fast as a LANC controller?

  16. Emm

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    @Stefan Mesaros - Yes we are already working on a product overview video, but are sort of waiting for https://Camotionllc.com to give us the full green light. This is their product, so if you have questions, please contact them.

  17. Not to go offtopic, but I noticed the MustHD monitor in the video. How is that brand compared to others in that price range? I've been looking at Lilliput, Seetec, and bunch of others. Oddly enough, I couldn't find any reviews out there for MustHD other than their own.

    I'm looking for 5.6" with 1280x800 resolution and from the specs listed, MustHD looks really nice.


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