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DSLR/Lens Focus Ring...Turner? - For Video

 
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Nov 27, 2012 19:55 |  #1

Honestly I can't think of a word for it. But I want to experament more with videography using my camera, but I've seen others using some sort of handle/grip accessory that clamps onto the focus ring of the lens, and they can turn it or nudge it with their fingers to adjust the focus.

I was just wondering if someone could tell me the name of what this accessory is? And if there are any brand-names I could look out for, that would be really helpful :)


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Nov 27, 2012 20:17 |  #2

Follow focus?
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Nov 27, 2012 20:27 |  #3

Haha perfect!


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Nov 28, 2012 13:29 |  #4

If you are shooting alone you don't really need one unless you just want to look cool. Their real purpose is for your assistant to make focus marks then focus the camera while you operate it. You can make marks on the white dial with a dry erase marker. For example if you are shooting an actor moving from point A to point B then you would make a mark at A then a mark at B on the dial. On action the assistant can rack the focus to the marks without even looking at a monitor. Some assistants are so detailed with their marks that the white follow focus wheel looks like a storybook from being marked up so much.

However, when I am shooting alone (even with large cinema cameras and lenses) I don't bother with the follow focus and just pull off the barrel of the lens. It's less stuff I am packing around and less to setup. Plus, pulling focus off the barrel seems more natural to me thanks to my days shooting news long ago.


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Nov 28, 2012 14:53 |  #5

I nver shot video but istn't the problem that most AF lenses have lot less focus ring throw and you need something liek follow focus for better control?


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Nov 28, 2012 15:49 |  #6

Fifty Dollar Follow Focus, FDFF, a pretty awesome kickstarter option on a budget. A lot better than hoseclamps/jar opener DIY options!


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Nov 28, 2012 15:52 |  #7

bobbyz wrote in post #15300850 (external link)
I nver shot video but istn't the problem that most AF lenses have lot less focus ring throw and you need something liek follow focus for better control?

That's the theory, yes. But I don't seem to have a problem keeping focus with the L primes. The 24, 35, and 50 have an excellent manual focus feel to the barrels. The zooms are a different situation and I try to avoid them for other reasons. I have shot three features with Canon DSLRs. Two are at Walmart and Redbox right now. All passed studio quality control checks (they check for soft focus among other things and will send back cuts that don't pass). Never used follow focus rigs on any of them.


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Nov 28, 2012 16:22 |  #8

Good to know that as I am getting my first video dSLR.

BTW - Did you go to LSU? I went to UF.


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Nov 28, 2012 16:31 |  #9

aroundlsu wrote in post #15300536 (external link)
If you are shooting alone you don't really need one unless you just want to look cool. Their real purpose is for your assistant to make focus marks then focus the camera while you operate it. You can make marks on the white dial with a dry erase marker. For example if you are shooting an actor moving from point A to point B then you would make a mark at A then a mark at B on the dial.

Word. If you're not shifting focus during shots for whatever reason, it isn't actually necessary.


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Nov 28, 2012 17:45 |  #10

Well the plan was yes, focus would be changing as my subject moved. I was thinking that the follow focus would make the focus transitioning "softer" or more fluid, and negate the possibility of me accidently knocking the lens. I'm going to try it both ways and see which way I prefer - either turning the ring myself or using a follow focus. I just wanted to know what the tool was called :)


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