Bought this thinking it would be a good substitute until I could afford a gear based one. Now I think i'll just stick with this. Its really actually quite a joy to use. Smooth and durable... definitely recommend.Jim - Amazon reviewer
The overall construction of this piece of gold really blows me away. Not only is it built in the good ole U.S. of A, but it is built well.Christopher Ramey
This is a smooth, solid, well-made piece of equipment!Mintex
Who's It For?
We designed the Fifty Dollar Follow Focus for cinematographers who need an affordable follow focus that won't take up a lot of space on a rig or in a camera bag (it'll fit in your pocket). It's metal construction and simplified design means it will keep working no matter how much you abuse it. It works very well for solo operators, but can be used with a focus whip if you're lucky enough to have a camera assistant.
What Does It Do?
The Fifty-Dollar Follow Focus gives you a more comfortable way to manually control focus. The inherent gear reduction allows for precise focus control, and the markable knob lets you set and hit predetermined focus points.
Why It's Better
Well, it's not necessarily better at everything, but it does have some distinct advantages over a traditional follow focus:
It works with any camera that can be attached to a 15mm rod support (if you don't have one, we make some of those as well.) Here are just a few of the cameras we know our customers are using the Fifty-Dollar Follow Focus with: Canon C100, 5D mkIII, 5D mkII, T3i, 70D, 60D, T4i | Panasonic AF100, GH2, GH3, GH4, GM1 | Black Magic Cinema Camera, Black Magic Pocket Cinema Camera | RED Epic, RED Scarlet | Nikon D800, D4S. This is by no means a comprehensive list.
The Standard kit (for $50) includes a small pulley and a small belt that will work with lenses that use a filter size smaller than 60mm. If you use bigger lens diameters or if you're using a battery grip or lens gears, we recommend the PRO version that also comes with a large pulley and belt, plus a gear adapter.