Filmpower has started shipping the Nebula Focus, its new Bluetooth follow focus, along with an upgraded version of its Nebula 4200 5-Axis gimbal, aptly named the Nebula 4300.
As we discussed when the Nebula Slant gimbal was introduced last month, the Nebula Focus is a lightweight, wireless, Bluetooth-enabled follow focus that gives the operator freedom to move about 30 feet from the camera, which is plenty of room for most smaller productions. One of its stand-out features is that it can be mounted to the hotshoe of a DSLR, which makes it easier to balance the camera—especially if you're using it on, say, a 5-Axis gimbal like the Nebula 4300—because it helps keep the weight closer to the center of gravity.
In addition to the Nebula 4300, Filmpower has also hinted at the release of a larger version, the Nebula 5300, designed for use with heavier cameras.
Other features of the Nebula Focus include an LCD screen to display battery levels, connection status, and distance to subject (up to 5m).
While the focus wheel on the remote seems like it might be on the small side and affect the smoothness with which an operator can pull focus, the remote includes the ability to store focus points for consistent and repeatable focus pulls, and Filmpower claims that an app is in development which will allow users to control focus from a smart device. Also, according to Filmpower, the distance-to-subject metering may be integral to a future autofocus feature.
Improvements of the Nebula 4300 over its predecessor, the 4200, include an 8-hour battery life; increased payload up to 3.2kg; the added functionalities of double sided use, time lapse function, and auto face tracking; and an encapsulated handle that both protects the cables from the elements and allows for 360-degree rotation.
Tech Specs - Nebula 4300
- Weight: 1.2 kg
- Built-in 4096 grade encode
- Encapsulated 5-axis dual handle
- 8-Hour battery life
- Roll follow mode
- Double-side use
- 3.2kg Payload
- Instant manual adjustment
- Time-lapse function
- 360°Unlimited rotation
- Supports all small mirrorless and DSLR cameras