There are plenty of interesting designs for follow focuses out there, and some just take the basic design and make it cheap and sturdy. Edelkrone is known for coming up with fascinating solutions to problems that exist with filmmaking gear, and the FocusONE PRO is no exception. If you're using DSLRs and doing all of the shooting yourself, this looks like it could be a really innovative way to get marks quickly that can be repeated relatively easily.
Here's a little bit from DSLR News Shooter on the new follow focus:
One unique feature of edelkrone follow focus units is the lack of a traditional marking disk. edelkrone provide a rotating focus marker instead – which they claim does away with the need for a marker pen or tape and still gives accurate start and end positions.
While in theory this should make it much easier to find marks, I think there are situations where this could actually work against you, especially if you think you're going back to the right mark but you are actually looking at the wrong line. Either way, it looks like you can write on that disk, so you could still use this in the traditional way if you wanted to. The big advantage to this follow focus is that if you're the only person operating the camera, you can actually see the marks, as opposed to most designs that are made to be used with an assistant camera person.
Besides the design, the actual performance of the follow focus is unclear without actually using it. If it works, it could be an interesting option coming in at only $290 when it starts shipping July 9.
What do you guys think -- specifically for those of you who would like a follow focus but do all of the camera operating yourself?
Link: edelkrone FocusONE PRO
[via DSLR News Shooter]
Disclosure: edelkrone is a No Film School advertiser.