Camera accessory manufacturer SmallRig has now officially announced their new MagicFIZ Wireless Follow Focus System. No stranger to follow-focus systems, SmallRig’s latest release takes the wheel off the camera for remote use by focus pullers for gimbal, shoulder-mounted, or handheld cameras and for those working in a small crew where you can’t always stand behind every camera.
It has less than 50ms latency up to a distance of 100 meters (328ft) over 2.4GHz and features secure data transmission using what SmallRig describes as “specialized encryption algorithms” to ensure that signals are interference-free, even with multiple units on set. We got to take a brief look at the new unit pre-announcement last month at IBC 2022.
There are three parts to the system. There’s the wireless handgrip, the wireless handwheel, and the wireless receiver motor – of which you can use two simultaneously, allowing you to control multiple features like focus and aperture or focus and zoom if you’re using both the handwheel and the handgrip together. In fact, SmallRig says that a single Handwheel/Handgrip combo can control up to 48 motors simultaneously.
The handwheel has a large fine control focusing handwheel, a built-in 1400mAh battery that lasts for up to 20 hours and charges back up over USB-C, supporting both Power Delivery and Quick Charge fast charging systems. It sports a 0.96″ OLED display to show battery status, REC prompt, channel, motor number, communication systems, A and B marks for preset focus points as well as current motor position.
The Wireless Handgrip offers a finger control focusing wheel and is powered by a Canon LP-E6 battery, providing up to 40 hours of operation with a 1950mAh capacity battery. It also has a 0.96″ OLED display that shows all of the same bits of important information as the handwheel and can be connected to the handwheel, allowing for the operation of multiple motors simultaneously.
The Wireless Receiver Motor (or two of them) mounts to the camera and provides a high 0.5Nm torque output to easily drive large heavy cine lenses. This one’s powered either by a Sony NP-F series battery through the quick release plate, getting up to 3.5 hours of use with an NP-F550, or it will take external power from a V-Mount battery through its USB-C interface using a D-Tap to USB-C cable. This features a smaller 0.52″ OLED display to show channel, motor position, input voltage, and motor number.
Three different SmallRig MagicFIZ kits are available. There’s the Basic Kit for $299 which includes the Handwheel and Wireless Receiver Motor, the Handgrip Kit for $399, including the Handgrip and Wireless Receiver Motor and the Two Motor Kit at $699 which includes the Handgrip, Handwheel and two Wireless Receiver Motors.