February 19, 2016

Bright Tangerine's Revolvr Follow Focus is Delayed Until At Least Summer 2016

Bright Tangerine Reolvr Follow Focus
Bright Tangerine, the popular matte box maker, has given a timeline for the release of their new Revolvr follow focus line. 

There hasn't been much word from about Revolvr since we last saw it at NAB 2015, but just today an update was posted on REDuser by Joe Subratie of Bright Tangerine. He mentions that the flagship Revolvr should see release sometime in Summer 2016 and the slightly less expensive and smaller Revolvr Atom will arrive in Summer or Fall 2016. More of what he had to say:

As it stands, we are focusing on the last two components that are out of specification. We are working very closely with our engineers to resolve these issues. Machining, Inspection, assembly and analysing the results takes a lot of time. Time that we feel is necessary to ensure that all the tolerances to these parts are spot on & there is no compromise on quality. This is an existing pre-requisite implemented by our quality control standards. Given how high-end cinema and digital technology is fast becoming cutting edge, we are simply responding to that requirement. 

The current estimate will see final field testing commence in March and delivery in the summer of 2016.
As for Revolvr Atom - The same issues apply, so once they are a resolved, we can plan field testing. The rough estimate is Summer / Fall 2016. The bad news is that we expect the retail price to increase. But the good news is that we will hold pricing for anyone on the original list and you will receive a discount in the region of 15 - 20 %. 

For more on these, check out our NAB 2015 interview (the follow focus interview begins at around 2:23):

If you've been waiting for these and have projects coming up, you're probably going to have to look elsewhere. Bright Tangerine even encourages looking at their competitors:

We sincerely appreciate the support for all the people waiting for our Follow Focus. Our priority is to ensure that you are not inconvenienced or hindered by this delay. 

As a gesture of goodwill, we advise that if your are in desperate need to have a follow focus, do what is necessary to proceed in your projects, even if that requires you, our valued customers, to purchase other brands. Some may regard this gesture as business suicide, but we have never done anything by the book here at Bright Tangerine, so we are going to break this rule too. Please PM fury if you would like to be removed from the list.

Our ethos has always been to look after our customers the way we want to be looked after, and our goal is to continue to produce top quality gear like we have achieved across our entire range of products. 

Most of our long time customers will know that we have always delivered, and it pains me to see this delay as a first in the history of the company, which is an isolated incident.

As Joe says above, the price is going to rise, so the Revolvr starting at $2400 and the Revolvr Atom starting at $1,600 will both go up quite a bit, a side effect of the issues they have had with a few parts. It's unfortunate that the price has to rise, especially as these are some of the more promising and innovative follow focuses out there, and they very well might rival the best of the best in the industry.

For more, head on over to the links below.     

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Their products literally bring me to climax. I'm checking into a hospital.

February 19, 2016 at 5:11PM

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Micah Van Hove
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Other than refined quality, what is different about this follow focus?

February 19, 2016 at 5:45PM

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My question, too. Other than being pretty, does this one do something the multitude of others don't?

February 20, 2016 at 8:59AM

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Richard Krall
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It looks over-engineered and overly complex. OOOh shiny thing??

February 21, 2016 at 5:24PM

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Robert W.
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I don't think it has to be different to be noteworthy—refining what's already out there is enough. If you've ever been a camera assistant and used a follow focus, you know that they are not all made alike—"play" in the wheel is a really common problem and it makes a huge difference. If this FF really delivers zero play and can be operated with gloves on, that's a big deal.

Personally, I love the crank they showed and how it articulates and extends, and all the places you can make adjustments of the position of the follow focus, and the hard/soft stops look really well designed.

The tilting matte box is a really cool idea.

February 23, 2016 at 11:26AM, Edited February 23, 11:26AM

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David S.
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These look TOP NOTCH! Just from the look of it, wouldn't mind trying these over an FF-4.

February 19, 2016 at 5:53PM

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Gleb Volkov
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Just what the world reeaally needs, another follow focus and more matte boxes. You just can't have too many options when it comes to turning something or creating shade...

February 21, 2016 at 7:04PM, Edited February 21, 7:04PM

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I always love pointing out the absurdity of film gear to my non-film friends. This Tangerine Follow Focus costs relatively the same as a brand new transmission which is incredibly more complicated and complex.

http://www.transmissionrepaircostguide.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/au...

February 21, 2016 at 7:39PM

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Film Voltage
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