No matter what your camera, this High Quality NEEWER DP500 Follow Focus lends your micro shoots precise or your video production the smooth, precise focus control of a big-budget film. Whether shooting with a fixed-lens camcorder, interchangeable cinema lenses, or a video-capable DSLR camera, the precision-machined Follow Focus system provides repeatable, accurate focusing. It is compatible with camcorder or DSLR models such as Nikon D90, D300s, Canon 550D 7D, 5D MKII and more
Features: High quality and favorable cost Quick Release, easy installation&uninstallation Completely gear-driven design for slip-free, accurate, and repeatable focus movement With adjustable flexible gearbelt, fit large range of lens diameters, from 65mm to 105mm, including video camera lenses Mounts onto 15 mm Rod Support (60mm center to center difference). Gear drive can be mounted from both sides Compatible with industry standard 15mm rods
Specification: Fit Rail Distance: 60 mm Fit Rail Diameter: 15 mm Gears Nylon and ABS Dial Index Adjustment: 360° Gear MOD: industry standard 0.8
This just came in the mail and I noticed it came in a pretty nice package. Maybe a little over packaged but that's cool. So I quickly pulled out the camera and rails and got everything together to test out. The belt is a little tough to get on the lens tightly but quickly figured out you just put it together on the lens then pull it off and tighten it 2 notches then slap it on the lens already locked into place. It's tight now and everything is good. I'm trying to find any slop in the action but I can't detect any slop with the naked eye. This thing is pretty well put together. I put this on my wish list when it was $120 and saw it dropped to $70 so had to buy it. This is for sure worth $120 but for $70... I feel like I stole something. Doesn't get much better then that. Now I'm going to go find something to film.
This actually has the potential to be a very nice follow-focus. The focus motion works very smoothly and there is very little play in the movement of the gears. Compared to some very expensive FF units I own, this one was surprisingly well-built. Lots of machined aluminum and a very high-end feel.
One really disappointing discovery is that the item I received did not have a quick-release rail mount as pictured. Thinking the vendor may have made a mistake, I returned the FF and bought it a second time from another vendor. Same problem... no quick-release, only a standard release that must be slid off the front of the rails. This makes me believe that is a manufacturer's issue rather than a vendor one. Either way, be prepared to receive a standard-mount on this FF. You can purchase a separate quick-release mount for this, but that'll run another $30 for something that's supposed to be included.
Another annoying issue is that the FF has a little bit of play...
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