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Best follow focus under between $500 and $1000


Chris Anson

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Hello,

 

I'm new to the forum but have been following EOSHD for sometime now. 

I'd appreciate people's thoughts on the best follow focus between $500 and $1000. I will be using with Sony A7s on a tripod. 

 

Here are some that I am considering and would like people's experience with them as well.

 

Letus35 Follow Focus - $900

ikan Tilta FF-T03 15mm Follow Focus with Hard Stops - $600

Movcam Mini Follow Focus MF-1 - $900

Cavision RFD15SC Advanced Mini Single Wheel Follow Focus - $485

 

Thanks, Chris

 

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I would go the opposite ...... as an Arri MFF2 will cost you more than you paid for the Sony A7

 

get a Kamerar folow focus

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Kamerar-V-Shoulder-V2-Follow-Focus-Unit-for-15mm-rail-rod-support-5D-MkIII-3-2-/351215611501?pt=UK_Tripods_Heads_Stablisers&hash=item51c614ee6d

 

its good it does the job and save you a ton of money -

its a big knob that helps you focus -

it doen't make you a better cinematographer so no need to spend a fortune on it as its for a dslr not an Arri Alexa .

 

also you do need to be aware that plastic lenses like the modern fly by wire kits lenses flex when used with a follow focus -

you are imparting an up - down force on the lens it was not designed to take as its a dslr lens not a fully metal cased cimema PL mount lens

 

So just beware it does happen .also you can get mount flex too on dslrs .

 

Cable tie your lens to the rods to try help prevent this.

 

Follow focus is great on an Angenieux 28-76 Optimo on an Arri Alexa - it was designed to be used with it

Not not so great on DSLR lenses you need to work a bit harder to make it stable.

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I might just add that 'any' follow focus is fine if you're never going to use an AC to pull focus for you, or if you're not wanting to do repeatable moves with it.

 

If the sole purpose for it is to get your hand off the lens, then any will work, though there are some that are a lot worse than others.

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