April 11, 2018
NAB 2018

Meet the Tilta Nucleus-M, a Complete Wireless Follow Focus System

Tilta's Yang Shao walks us through new gear from Tilta, including an exciting wireless FF system. 

The Nucleus-M is a wireless follow focus system that allows you to have full control of focus, iris, and zoom on cine lenses or compatible "cine-modded" DSLR lenses. Ideal for 3-axis gimbals, shoulder mounts systems, and drones, each motor has a built-in MDR unit to save space and setup time. The connections between the FIZ hand unit and the two hand grips are wireless. The wireless range is 1,000 feet. 

A single motor can be powered from the camera's battery though P-TAP and there is no limit on the number of motors an operator can attach per channel. Batteries can last up to 2 days on a single charge. 

Tech Specs

  •  Focus, zoom and iris control
  •  Motors fit standard 15mm and 19mm rods
  •  0.8 mod, 35-tooth, 32 pitch gear with a face width of 10mm
  • Gunmetal grey finish
  • 1.2 lbs with battery

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Nucleus-N!! Finally! Even cheaper than previously announced with better compatibility, but that release date. Hopefully we can get it before the end of the summer. Waiting for the pre-order

April 11, 2018 at 9:23PM

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Brandon Moye
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As an owner of a Nucleus-M system for about 4 months, please know that this is not a reliable professional wireless follow focus solution. They are having serious problems with interference on a basic level, motors jumping around at random times, motors not syncing with the FIZ unit, torque levels too high (which you may think is a good thing until it damages a lens). Do no think this is a way to solve your wireless follow focus needs. It's great when it works, but as an owner of a 3-motor system I have a third motor that is a paperweight with no solution from Tilta. And if you think I'm a random dissatisfied customer, please check the Facebook forum with all the problems from other owners. I would suggest that everyone wait until the next update from Tilta, if there is an update.

April 12, 2018 at 4:54AM

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Agreed. I had a Nucleus unit that was faulty out of the box. Returned, and borrowed the store's own demo unit for a shoot last weekend.

The system is really nice, but it is entirely unreliable. You have issues getting too close to the camera with the FIZ, sometimes the FIZ would lose the motors, only to find them again (and jump to the new position). This seemed to happen in blind spots all around the unit.

Fortunately the shop allowed me to return mine.

April 12, 2018 at 6:32AM

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I hope Tilta sorts out the issues with the Nucleus M and that the N products arrive without issues. The prices are tempting, but pointless if the products aren't reliable. I'm in the market for a GH5 gimbal and follow focus, and look forward to reviews on this system in the future.

April 12, 2018 at 8:37AM, Edited April 12, 8:37AM

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David Patterson
videographer/editor
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Is the price just for the Lens motor, or also for the controller? Also, I saw the handle controller from the nucleus M in there. Is there cross compatibility between the two units? Would be great to have a handle controller since a lot of people will be using this with as two handled gimbal.

April 12, 2018 at 1:01PM, Edited April 12, 1:01PM

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Isaac W Winkler
Director of Photography
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