Quality follow focus just became affordable

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JIN Finance Follow Focus

Value for money follow focus for $142!! Aluminium construction.
Buy it now

Look carefully at the design of this – it’s brilliant for the price.

They say that good design costs nothing, but manufacturing and tooling certainly does. Here, the manufacturers of this follow focus, JIN Finance are at an advantage. You probably already have a JIN Finance product because they were the original builders of aluminium lens adapters for Micro Four Thirds. Everything from Canon FD to Contax Zeiss they made and sold since before the GH1 was released, and I still use their adapters today. They haven’t worn out!

JIN have invested that money and are now building DSLR video accessories.

Due to the affordability of manufacturing and tooling in China, this follow focus is a bargain. Where China hasn’t yet been a threat to America is in the design department. But this one has got it right, not just in materials but form and function…

  • Support for industry standard 15mm rails
  • Gear driven for accuracy
  • Aluminium construction, no plastic, rubber grip on focus wheel
  • Locking system and adjustable plate
  • 52mm to 82mm lens barrel compliance

 

Had this concept of follow focus been designed and made in America it would retail at 6-7x this price. I have seen tooling done at ReWo in Germany on the GH2 cage and it is not easy to do. The CNC machining is complex and expensive, the machines are massive investments. But as the West (and Japan) did 30 years ago Chinese industry is finally tooling up for quality and in a significant way.

Yes this is a cheap follow focus but it is properly designed and built. It’s a deftly simple concept that really appeals and I am buying one.

Already they have sold 100+ so it is clearly popular.

Thanks to Vitaliy Kiselev, the GH2 hacker for recommending this here at Personal-View.com

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British filmmaker and editor of EOSHD, Andrew works in Berlin on his own self funded filmmaking and video projects.

14 Comments

  1. Okay I just read this off the ebay Q&A section.
    Q: Can you use a speed crank with it? It´s not clearly visible in the pictures. Jun-06-11
    A: thanks for the message… Yes, surely you can… but the square hole in the large turning knob seems to be a bit larger than the ‘industry standard’ (sorry, don’t know exactly what the standard is… but we have a sample speed crank bought else, and it’s loose when placed in the square hole…. we’re going to make our own speed crank for it, expect it to be ready by the end of this month… best…

  2. As a mograph person interested in photography and with a GH2 I always wanted a follow focus, but up till now the price was prohibitive as it’s not my main form of income. This changes that completely. I pretty much bought it as soon as Andrew mentioned it. I have the jinfinance m4/3rds adaptor and it’s diamond, nicely made and never had a problem with it. Here’s hoping the follow focus will be similar.

  3. Perry Morris Jr. on

    They’re reporting that they are now overwhelmed with more orders than their production can handle; backlog is likely. But yes, I am getting one!

  4. Just from looking at the picture I can see the Proaim has an issue. It’s bracket is thin and it seems top heavy. Also the grip on the wheel looks uncomfortable and plastic, rather than the rubber on the JIN Finance one. But it’d be wrong to knock it before trying one. India doesn’t have a good track record with DSLR accessories yet, but for the price we can hardly complain! Might be great! Try one.

  5. I just went ahead and bought the JIN Finance one, I trust your recommendation ;)

    Thanks for giving us the heads up, it says their are only 6 left (5 after my purchase!)

  6. Yeah looks good doesn’t it? They clearly have talented designer(s) but the materials they use are pretty good as well, and the machining is modern.

  7. Andrius Simutis on

    Not to knock on this follow focus, but there are US made follow focus systems in this price range like D|focus: http://www.dfocussystem.com/dfocus.html which sells for $139. It’s made in the US by a guy who actually shoots and understands what the standards are supposed to be so you know that a speed crank or whip will actually fit and work.

  8. My FF arrived today after only 8 days, it looked nice and felt sturdy, but: first the backlash is about 10 mm! and second, after mounting the unit, the plastic gear wheel came loose. Apparently it was glued(!) to the aluminum pivot pin. No more focusing is possible. So much for the quality. I’ll have to send it back immediately. After all this positive reviews I guess I just had bad luck or the quality got worse. Unfortunately, I honestly can not recommend this unit.

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