July 31, 2015 at 7:13PM, Edited July 31, 7:31PM

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Follow Focus With Gimbal?

Soon enough I'll be buying a 3-Axis Gimbal (most likely the Moza Lite) but I'm concerned about focusing. The most obvious choice to focus would be with a wireless follow focus system, but all these systems are WAY out of my budget.

What I'm wondering is if anyone has used a manual follow focus system with a 3-Axis Gimbal? And if so how did they do it?

I've been thinking if attaching a large focus whip to the gimbal and securing it near one of the handles of the gimbal would work?

I'm really looking for advice on this as I've searched the internet and can't find a single thing on manual focusing with a 3-Axis Gimbal. The prices of wireless systems are CRAZY, almost as much as the gimbal itself.

Hope someone can help me with this dilemma. And if I just invented using a focus whip with a gimbal, then you're welcome everybody!

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If you're using Canon EF lenses, the Aputure DEC wireless focus controller is less than $400.

Aputure DEC Wireless Focus and Iris Control : $390 US
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ij2JPCKSKY4

MotionDogs also sell a wireless system that should work without a variety lenses, and it also starts under $400

https://www.motiondogs.com/

July 31, 2015 at 9:17PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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Unfortunately I'm using an A7S with Sony E mount lenses.

Thanks for your reply though!

August 1, 2015 at 9:22AM, Edited August 1, 9:22AM

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Callum Rhodes
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The Motion Dogs system should still work if your E mount lenses can be geared for manual focus.

August 1, 2015 at 10:35AM

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Guy McLoughlin
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I'll have a look into it! I'm really looking for something for one-person operation with the gimbal and follow focus.

I've noticed the Silencer Focus System but that's pretty expensive, although the trigger is closer to what I need.

August 1, 2015 at 3:24PM

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Callum Rhodes
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The Silencer Pro is $600 and it looks like it's the only company making a "trigger" focus control, so it doesn't look like there are any other options.

Also, at 4 lbs weight it looks like it would be too heavy for any of the small gimbals once you've added on the weight of the camera and lens.

August 2, 2015 at 10:39AM, Edited August 2, 10:41AM

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Guy McLoughlin
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4 lbs is way too heavy indeed.

August 3, 2015 at 12:08PM

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WalterBrokx
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red rock micro is relatively cheap and serviceable it's under a grand. Not bad for the price. Or you can always rent. Theyre not expensive rentals

August 5, 2015 at 9:09AM

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Kazu Okuda
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WAIT!!! I have an A7s too and was gonna go for the Moza Lite until someone on this site told me it does not work at all. Check it out here.
http://nofilmschool.com/boards/questions/any-genuine-hands-review-moza-l...

Also theres a Moza lite group on Facebook.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/MozaGimbalUserGroup/

August 6, 2015 at 5:43PM, Edited August 6, 5:44PM

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We have simple follow focus on our aerial gimbal; continuous rotation micro-servo with a focus wheel bolted on. £30 includin the transmitter and receiver. Attach it to a 15mm rod adaptor and you're sorted. You can adjust the speed on the tx to whatever suits.

March 11, 2016 at 4:35PM

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Can you be more specific Jose - did you make this yourself?

April 20, 2016 at 10:14AM

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Sorry, I misread - I meant to ask that of Neil.

April 20, 2016 at 11:49AM

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April 20, 2016 at 11:47AM, Edited April 20, 11:49AM

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