November 5, 2015

CAME-TV Lowers Price on Their Wireless Follow Focus by Almost 50%

If you're looking for a good follow focus that won't cost you an arm and a leg (and maybe your soul), CAME-TV just dropped the price on their digital wireless lens control by nearly 50%.

When your camera is mounted to a jib, dolly, gimbal, or drone, it's important to have a follow focus that allows you to pull focus and control the iris from the ground, but if you're an indie filmmaker, you probably don't have thousands to drop on a system. CAME-TV's follow focus is now $880, down from $1698.

Before we get to its features, filmmaker Tom Antos reviewed the follow focus back in August. Here's what he had to say about it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2L0K5HmABN4

When you purchase CAME-TV's follow focus system you get everything pictured here, included the hard case.

The CAME-TV follow focus mounts on either 15mm or 19mm rods and is compatible with many different cameras and lenses, like ARRI cams, including the ALEXA, RED, Sony, Canon, Nikon, and Panasonic.

Key Features

  • Single channel, one focus motor inside the receiver
  • Fast response: Time delay is less than 10mm seconds
  • Precise circuit control: No electronic error and out-of-step phenomenon
  • Driver can be installed on 15 mm and 19 mm rods
  • Fastest linear velocity speed is can reach from 330 to 380 mm/second
  • 0.5, 0.6, 0.8 and 1.0 drive gear to fit a variety of specifications of the lens

Click here if you're interested in learning more about CAME-TV's follow focus system, or are ready to purchase one for yourself.     

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31 Comments

Wonder if this article on the USD 375 (shipped)http://www.ebay.com/itm/Aputure-DEC-MFT-Lens-Adapter-Follow-Focus-Control-for-Canon-Lense-to-MFT-Mount-/281823713567?hash=item419e00991f
- Aputure DEC lens assist follow focus recently profiled in videomaker http://www.videomaker.com/article/18072-aputure-dec-adapter-review had any part in CaneTV's sudden price re-evaluation?

November 5, 2015 at 5:06PM

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I'm pretty sure it has more to do with DJI, and Cinegears putting out superior products in the $1900 price range. the price sounds good on came-tv but i wonder how durable/reliable the unit is. I wouldn't buy one

November 5, 2015 at 5:54PM, Edited November 5, 5:54PM

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It looks pretty solid, has great features, and is completely silent for half the price. I'd buy one.

November 5, 2015 at 11:24PM, Edited November 5, 11:24PM

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Stephen Herron
Writer/Director
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Actually on further investigation the lenshound kickstarter competition is more likely to be the CAMETV drop price prompt featuring $395 to & 750 option bundles for a very similar unit it to the cinegear / cametv http://nofilmschool.com/2015/01/lenzhound-open-source-wireless-follow-focus.

November 5, 2015 at 6:47PM

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inquiring minds wonder when the tilta follow focus will FINALLY be done before we transcend to telepathic follow focus control.

November 5, 2015 at 7:21PM

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Gilly
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I worked with a Ikan/Tilta wireless ff a few months ago. I don't remember how many channels it was but it was without a doubt, the worse wireless ff I have ever used! I'd say the Redrock micro is way better... and I'm not a fan of the Redrock, at all!!

November 5, 2015 at 10:13PM

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K W
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I've had the Ikan wireless FF and honestly haven't run into trouble or letdowns. Posted an overview of our rig here: https://youtu.be/who30zO5Fw0

November 6, 2015 at 1:15AM

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JJ Casas
Creative Director
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This is the one Tilta has been working on FOR EVER!!
https://vimeo.com/125066139

November 6, 2015 at 11:13PM

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Gilly
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Is this the exact same product as Cinegears?

November 5, 2015 at 7:42PM

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asa martinez
Camera Movement Tech, Camera Operator
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I cringe seeing only one 15mm rod attachment point. Any follow-focus device meant to last you a day in the field on your 15mm rig should attach to two rods.

Edit: added "one" in: one 15mm rod

November 6, 2015 at 1:56AM, Edited November 6, 1:57AM

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Alex Zakrividoroga
Director
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i would rather pay $2000-$3000 for a piece of equipment that i know, and my crew knows is going to work when we pull it out. Came-TV makes stuff that breaks..

November 6, 2015 at 2:36AM

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Unless I have misunderstood your comment, you are wrong.
Almost all wireless follow focus systems have motors that attach to 1 rod.
See arri
https://www.arri.com/camera/pro_camera_accessories_electronic_control_sy...

November 6, 2015 at 5:32AM

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All high-end motorised follow focuses have a single rod clamp

March 22, 2017 at 6:41AM

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Hi everyone, Cinegears had recently noticed that there were someone in the market bargaining away the refurbished units of CINEGEARS products.
The company is investigating the case now and believe they are selling previous refurbished models by sticking CINEGEARS or SFAIMO logo.
Unfortunately, this could due to a batch of inner testing units outflowed from mainland China, CINEGEARS has restriction on these products. (Came TV might decided to sell off at lower price after the punishment).

For fully support product information, please visit
www.cinegears.com

November 6, 2015 at 7:05AM

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^ Upvoted because this didn't get enough attention...

Are you saying that these CAME-TV units may be refurb, lower quality Cinegears units that didn't make the cut?

November 6, 2015 at 5:56PM

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It's coming down in price because its technology that's already out of date. It's complex and cumbersome relatively speaking. It ads to weight and needs powering etc etc etc. Aputure have I believe started something that will soon lead to camera manufacturers adding follow focus technology to their in camera software as standard. The Aduture follow focus adapter uses the wired focus of the lens and allows you to control the focus of the lens without actually touching the lens at all. We already have Lanc controllers and we could easily marry that technology together with the apature focus technology and bypass this stuff entirely. It will happen because now there is a market for it in the indi film community. Trust me someone will test the water and everyone else will follow. It wont be years either I recon months.

November 6, 2015 at 8:11AM

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John Stockton
Filmmaker, Editor.
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John is a wise man listen to him. for me I'm not buying anymore camera gear till march at NAB. my Raven should be here by then @@

November 6, 2015 at 8:54AM

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What's the difference between this an the CINEGEARS system? They look exactly the same? If they're just refurbished Cinegears it might be worth it, I like that system... but I would have to cover up the huge CAME logo with labels because really, has no one told them?

November 6, 2015 at 9:22AM

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I'm about to get one of these in the mail...a buddy has the cinegears system. Hoping to do a comparison video! It looks like a few elements in the design are slightly different (some cosmetic differences on the motor, the gears don't look quite as new/shiny). Hopefully I can update you guys soon!

November 6, 2015 at 2:48PM

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Allen Hrynick
Assistant Camera, Freelance Shooter
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Hi Allen, did you ever happen to make said comparison video?

March 21, 2016 at 5:07PM

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I would really like to know if these are the same systems; e.g. Will the came-tv motor pair with a cinegears controller? Then you'd probably be able to pair the new Cinegears Espresso thumb controller with it as well, right? Let us know what you find Allen! :)

November 7, 2015 at 1:49AM

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Came TV put a sticker on Cinegears / SFAIMO's product, really bad.

November 7, 2015 at 9:07AM

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I have the cinegears wireless system with the finger wheel on my ronin and I absolutely love it! such a solid robust system. But, yeah this totally looks like they ripped it off.

November 8, 2015 at 6:52AM

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Thank you Cameron, thanks for support original.

Hi everyone, we had recently noticed that there were someone in the market bargaining away the refurbished units of CINEGEARS / SFAIMO products.
The company is investigating the case now

From the photo, I believe they are selling previous used models by sticking CINEGEARS or SFAIMO(Cinegears China distribution partner) logo.
Unfortunately, Cinegears Express Follow focus controller and standard motor may be illegal copied or cloned, Cinegears is invisgating this case.
Cinegears will not provides any more refurbished product to CAME -TV.

November 9, 2015 at 1:54AM

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Why did you provide them the units in the first place?

November 10, 2015 at 11:25PM

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Benton Collins
Camera aimer
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They have acquired our design by purchasing a Beta unit and then pirating our firmware from. Unfortunately for them and all came-tv customers, the firmware of the Beta units had a fair few flaws in it (e.g., steppy performance).

March 21, 2016 at 5:11PM, Edited March 21, 5:11PM

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I purchased the CAME-TV one and I get connection breaks regularly. Sending it back after 3 days of use. Quite annoying on a shoot, works great when with-in 3 meters!

November 26, 2015 at 4:02AM, Edited November 26, 4:02AM

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Daniel
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A few insights.

I don't buy this as a review at all. No offense Mr. Antos, but your video review has all the markings of a corporate shill. There's absolutely no testing of the amount of backlash or play it has. No demonstrations of how smooth it rotates vs steppiness or overall responsiveness. A real review would test and demonstrate the backlash as well as the range. Enjoy the free gear.

December 8, 2015 at 9:31PM, Edited December 8, 9:31PM

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Tim Naylor - DP
Director of Photography
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Got this FF recently...on slow pulls in free run mode there is stepping (creeping/slow adjustments). On long focal lengths the stepping is quite apparent - usually the only place where it is an issue for me. The focus memories are very smooth when set to slow speeds - however only applicable to shoots with set marks for talent that do not deviate as you have to press the memory button another time to get out of memory mode to make adjustments (this snaps the focus back to it's starting point unfortunately). Better than a Bartech or Red Rock for the price..by far. For most applications this unit works quite well and has a solid build. It drives cineprimes nicely (even the stickier ones - a good example is the anamorphic focus module by Anamorphic Shop..hulking thing). Great value and useful for indie shoots...wouldn't take this thing on a high budget commercial, show or feature though..that's for sure.

January 1, 2016 at 5:59PM, Edited January 1, 5:59PM

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Allen Hrynick
Assistant Camera, Freelance Shooter
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Tom Antos is absolutely a came-tv shill, as is highly evident in his reviews. It seems came-tv is saving all the money on R&D, marketing, etc. by stealing our designs, and putting their savings into hiring Antos.

March 21, 2016 at 5:09PM

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Came-TV no longer sells these units as they have acknowledged Cinegears' rightful claim, copyright, and patents. Avoid purchasing these units if you can find them, as Came-TV will no longer provide support. Cinegears, on the other hand, provides support, upgrades, and more!

April 15, 2016 at 7:25PM

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