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Old August 9th, 2010, 09:50 PM   #1
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Follow Focus systems on FX1000

Has anyone used a follow focus system like( Chrosziel, AC-CMB-R20-Z5K3 for Sony HVR-Z5U & HDR-FX1000) from B&H?

The focus follow unit is really expensive. I would like to get a system but I was wondering how well the above product works?

Does any one have a different brand of focus follow that they have used on a FX1000 or Z5?
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Old August 18th, 2010, 08:02 PM   #2
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Follow focus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - Read the fourth paragraph. It would appear the device of which you speak would be wasted on the FX1000.
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Old August 19th, 2010, 12:14 AM   #3
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I have a MUCH cheaper follow focus (DV City from India about $380) I played with it on my Panny HMC150 but it just doesn't add anything. I bought it for the T2i and for that it's fantastic.

Unless you plan on getting into a DSLR or other system that can do shallow DOF, I think you'd be wasting money even with the cheap one.

If I want to manually focus the Panny, I use my focus/iris/zoom controller. Same would apply to the FX1000
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Old August 25th, 2010, 02:33 PM   #4
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Main question is: Why?

Do you have a focus puller? Are you doing lots & lots of rack focuses? Do you have money to burn.

I have a Z7 & there are on screen aids to help tell you how far away the lens is focused. If I need to do a nice rack focus I can zoom in & focus on object A "32ft" & then object B "8ft", then when I pull the lens I know to stop when the screen says 24ft & 8ft. With 1/3" chips, you're using a pretty wide lens (even zoomed in all the way) & so you have a wide DOF, meaning it focus is very forgiving.

The right tool for the right job. There is plenty of gear out there that is worth every penny you'll spend on it. And then there is the gear that people get because it looks cool & professional.

If I can get the best picture possible with the new Barbie-video camera, I'll start shooting with that. I'll add a matte box & french flag to Barbie if I start getting lots of flare from lights & I'm using lots of filters, but I'm not going to just add it b/c it looks professional.
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Old October 22nd, 2010, 09:55 PM   #5
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Thanx for the link Jeff, that was a helpful bit of information. It makes sense now that I understand that true manual focus lenses with have hard stops. Even though my FX1000 has a focus ring it does not stop rotating once it reaches infinity or the opposite.

I think I need to sell my FX1000 and move into a DSLR, given my needs and budget.
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