If you’ve been jealous of the focus wheels available on the Zhiyun Crane 2 and Crane 3 LAB because your gimbal doesn’t have one, then lust no longer. Tilta has now released the Nucleus-Nano wireless follow focus system for gimbals that don’t have this feature built into the unit. It comes with adapters for the DJI Ronin-S as well as other Zhiyun Crane gimbals that don’t have a built-in focus wheel. And it’s only $229.
Other than being the greatest toy ever, LEGO bricks have been proven useful in photography and filmmaking. Some creatives use them as subjects, and some make sliders or stabilizers out of them. In this video, Jacob Kassnoff of Indy Mogul demonstrates how he made a DIY follow focus rig using LEGO bricks and a single 3D-printed piece. So if your stash of LEGO is gathering dust somewhere in the attic, here’s a chance to play with it again in this super-geeky project.
I always love watching how things are made, especially the tools that man of us use on a daily basis. So, when I see a new video pass my screen showing the inner workings of the production line, I’m fascinated.
In this video, we take a look inside the Hocus Products factory. This is where they assemble all the components for their $2,000 Reflex follow focus by hand. And I’m not just talking about putting motors in a case, either. They actually assemble the motors themselves from the basic parts, completely by hand.
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.
One hassle with dSLR video is having to attach follow focus rings to your lenses, often with a clunky bracket or closure to hold them in place. From my experience, these brackets frequently get in the way or have to be adjusted around the lens as your change focusing distance significantly. Now, perhaps inconvenience is your thing, but, personally, I find it annoying.
Video and autofocus don’s usually go hand in hand. After all, focus is a creative decision and the camera, sophisticated as it may be, can’t know where you want to focus in a scene.
What you usually do is pre-mark focus points and change between them using a programmable follow focus or a focus puller (think a person dedicated for shifting focus).
Andra seemed to have solved both issues in an ingenious way. It provides state-of-the-art iPad controlled follow focus, which is nice, but not new. What’s new is the way they pull autofocus and focus shifting. Rather than pre-focus key elements of the shot and mark them, the Andra system allows using a small sensor to continuously monitor a an object in space. [Read More…]