Designed for both the land and air, the new DJI Focus remote follow focus system wants to change the way we record our aerial footage.
No longer are we limited to hyperfocal distance and infinity focus lenses that have everything sharp. Now, we’re able to nail focus on our subject and use cinematic focus pulling techniques while shooting from the skies.
If you want to control your camera in the air, then you are limited to using DJI’s Inspire1 with the X5 or X5R cameras, but with a cost of $1,999, it’s highly likely that anybody looking to spend that kind of money on a follow focus for a drone may already have one.
The follow focus motor does fit any standard 15mm and 19mm rod based rig when shooting on the ground, so the rest of us can still use it.
The advantages of getting the follow focus control off the camera itself are immediately obvious. No more having to chase the camera op around while trying to simultaneously deal with a focus whip and moving monitor while trying to prevent a collision between the two of you.
The DJI Focus is slightly less expensive than something like the Redrock Micro microRemote, although if you’re only ever going to use it on the ground then there are many much less expensive options out there. You could even have a go at building your own wireless follow focus.
It’s nice that more companies are starting to get into the remote follow focus game. Even if this one is above the range of most, and requires specific other hardware if you want to use it in the air, it sets a new bar for everybody else to try and meet, pushing the technology further, faster and ultimately cheaper.
Do you use a wireless follow focus system? What do you love or hate about your current follow focus? Let us know in the comments.