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Old June 30th, 2005, 03:43 AM   #1
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Follow Focus for birds photography?

Hi All

I am about to order my XL2 and with my EF lenses I intend to film birds documentaries.
My question is whether the Follow Focus is a MUST for this type of work ..?
I would really appreciate some pro's opinions on this one.

Thank you.

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Old June 30th, 2005, 06:22 AM   #2
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I don't know of any follow focus mechanism that has been set up for 35mm photo lenses. Usually a follow focus device incorporates a gear which meshes with a ring of teeth around the lens barrel, but I've never seen a 35mm photo lens that has such a ring.
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Old June 30th, 2005, 12:41 PM   #3
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Ido, I do a lot of bird videoing. For viideoing birds in flight you really should try the stock lens with the 1.6 and the inage stabilizer. I do this and manually focus. You can get some stunning shoots. Last year I videoed condors and albatros' in the Straights of Maghellen. It is so much easier to track the birds hand held than with a tripod. Now that is just my opinion. Bob
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Old June 30th, 2005, 12:44 PM   #4
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I agree completely with Bob. For that type of shooting, the stock 20x lens plus the 1.6x extender is a better solution that trying to use an EF lens with the EF adapter.
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