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 V2 system. The motors are essentially the same, but if you choose to run two motors, one can control the lens Zoom Ring and the other can control the Focus Ring. If you're shooting on a Prime, you would only need one.
This Jag35 rig in the box has one handle in front and one kitty-corner to the rear. A simple but effective way to stabilize for hand held shooting. I don't think this is a standard rig, but you can see the many different Jag35 Shoulder Rigs on their website (Click Here). One interesting part of the Jag35 rig is the anti-rotation lock screw. They are pre-drilled so that you can align a tiny set screw under the camera to prevent any movement. Because a follow focus gear must be perfectly lined up, any shifting of the camera position can cause problems. A nice little touch on the Jag35 base plate that you won't see very often on other rigs.
I don't have time to run through all the stuff right now, but i'm leaving you all with a few images out of the box of what all the new pieces look like. It's all custom metal housings on the WFF system, and all metal parts on the Rig. keep in mind that this is a very early prototype of the WFF V2, so things might change in the production model. More to come when I set this up (possibly tomorrow). BTW the gallery below has 2 pages of images.
Hm I was thinking of getting their non wireless D|Focus V3 but was wondering what one do you guys think is better, the D|focus or the Gini Follow Focus?
Please do a V1 to V2 noise check and let us know. Thanks, exciting times!
@Micahel - Not sure why you would be disappointed. What was wrong with the previous motors? If you say noise, how do you know if it's the same noise level? These were redesigned and are in totally different housings to reduce noise.
disappointed to hear that it's the same motors.
@Prop | media - The more equipment you use, the more issues that can arise from it. If you're looking this far into a Wireless Follow Focus system, more than likely your project is recording with better audio than what the camera microphone is recording. Hopefully you're recording audio on a separate recorder with better quality. If you have to use the in camera microphone, you may just want to stick with a manual follow focus. Simple and mostly quiet.
Prop | media
I am definitely interested to see how these wireless follow focus systems take off. For one thing, they seem great for a two-man setup. But it also seems like more opportunities for equipment malfunction and motor noise as Sebastian inquired.
what about motor sounds?
looks like the same connectors on the red cam
do you happen to know when are they going to release the final product?