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I'm looking into a new follow focus system for my rig. Any recommendations from some unknown companies?
Well if you are on a budget I would say something like the Fotga DP 500 II which runs around $150 - $200, also for a little more there are the Red Rock Micro FFs which are great to work with, and the high end are for the 19mm cinema rods. Those will be ones from Red, Arri, and the like. Oh I've heard Letus Direct makes a solid FF as well, but I've never had hands on one of those.
January 6, 2015 at 8:03PM
Fully aware of the "known" companies like Arri and Red Rock. I'm looking for something more along the lines of Lanparte and the like. Thanks for your comment though!
January 7, 2015 at 12:03PM
Unless you have another person as a focus puller, I recommend Edelkrone. It has a unique arrangement where the marking disc is facing the shooter instead of the side where you won't see it. It also has a built in reversing gear so no matter what lens brand you use, you can always pull focus the "proper" direction and not form bad habits doing it the wrong way.
January 7, 2015 at 11:05PM
I was checking out the Edelkrone unit as well. Looks pretty interesting and versatile. I mainly have my 1st pull wirelessly but having the mark disk facing me while doing something on my own and handheld seems pretty invaluable. Is the unit pretty sturdy and well built?
January 8, 2015 at 5:54PM
As Kyle Acker mentioned, the Fotga 2 is an outstanding value for the money, particularly the quick release version. I have used it and others extensively and for filmmakers who need to save for other components, it's what I would recommend. And you can always put black tape over the logo if you're concerned about on-set prestige.
January 9, 2015 at 9:48AM
I would also highly recommend the Fotga, I bought one a while back and it's a very solid piece of kit. My business partner has a Redrock Micro, it's possibly been updated since (I've no idea when he got it) but the only difference is that it's bigger and heavier. The Fotga is actually better featured, on the cheaper model you can reposition the marking post (handy if you're pulling and operating) and there's a slightly dearer version which also has hard stops. Definitely get the quick release version, I bought the non quick version as it was cheaper and I didn't want to spend extra in case it was crap, I very quickly bought the quick release for it.
January 10, 2015 at 6:03PM
In the thecinecity.com are cheap. They have a few models.
January 20, 2015 at 4:16AM
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