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John Griswell October 16th, 2012 07:31 PM

iDC System ZERO Follow Focus and Native Micro Four Thirds Lens Mod
 
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I do a lot of live event work including weddings and I needed a follow focus for my GH2. I only have native Micro Four Third lenses (14-140mm and 20mm Panasonic, 12mm and 45mm Olympus) as I shoot a lot of stills too and need the fast AF and AE.

This presents a problem as the small size of these lenses can make them incompatible with a lot of Follow Focus systems. Most geared follow focus systems are impossible to use with electronic focus controlled lenses since the focus ring spins freely and the gears have a joint.

Another consideration when doing weddings is the need for fast lens swaps so a follow focus with rails, matte box and gears will not work well. Live event shooting does not require focus marking as is needed for narrative based focus pulls.

So with all these considerations my search lead me to the iDC System ZERO friction based follow focus for the GH2 (http://www.idcphotovideo.com/store/s...-panasonic-gh2). The only issue is that my prime lenses where to close to the body to work. Enter some silicone wristbands.

Wrapping them around the focus ring allows the IDC follow focus to work properly. The 12mm and 45mm will work with just one band while the 20mm takes three bands to reach (you need to trim the inner most band some). Best of all if I use three bands on the 12mm and 45mm and with System Zero set all the way back I can use it on all my lenses without adjusting the System Zeros under-plate. And access to the battery! This allow for 10 second lens swaps.

Anyway I hope this helps others looking for a follow focus to work with the short native Micro Four Thirds prime lenses.

I am working on a short example video that I will post soon.

Also I have asked the silicone band supplier about selling packs of bands for this purpose on his web site.

Thanks,

Dennis Vogel October 18th, 2012 03:47 PM

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http://www.idcphotovideo.com/store/s...-panasonic-gh2

Somehow your link got mangled. The actual link has the ...'s in it, too.

D

John Griswell October 19th, 2012 11:33 AM

Re: iDC System ZERO Follow Focus and Native Micro Four Thirds Lens Mod
 
Thanks,

Here is the fixed link:

SYSTEM ZERO Follow Focus Standard Panasonic GH2 | iDC Photo Video Store

Also here is a link to the place I got the bands:

Diabetic Allergy Custom Medical Alert ID Silicone Rubber Bracelets and Wristbands. Design Detailed Info for Your Diabetes, Allergies, and Rare Medical Conditions for Your Silicone Rubber Bracelet, Wristband or GI Dog Tag. Team Sports and Event Wristb

He is going to sell a set for $12.50 shipped. I should have my sample video ready this weekend.

John Griswell October 22nd, 2012 08:16 AM

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And finally here is a short video on this mod:


Dave Perry October 28th, 2012 09:21 AM

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Very nice on two counts. First, it's a great solution, second, you've created a resource for us in the production business as well as for a vendor. Maybe you should run for president ;)

John Griswell October 28th, 2012 09:14 PM

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Originally Posted by Dave Perry (Post 1761006)
Very nice on two counts. First, it's a great solution, second, you've created a resource for us in the production business as well as for a vendor. Maybe you should run for president ;)

Thanks! I talked to the vendor (in Iowa) and he already has orders from Italy and Israel. I thought that was pretty awesome.

Chris Duczynski October 28th, 2012 09:55 PM

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Thanks John and the bands look pretty good on there too.
Would you happen to know if I can still mount a Beachtek unit underneath at the same time ?

John Griswell October 28th, 2012 10:01 PM

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Originally Posted by Chris Duczynski (Post 1761087)
Thanks John and the bands look pretty good on there too.
Would you happen to know if I can still mount a Beachtek unit underneath at the same time ?

Well the iDC System Zero want to mount right to the GH2 but you could mount the Beach to the iDC via one of the mount points. I stuck a quick plate release on there easy enough.

Dennis Vogel October 29th, 2012 01:51 PM

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Originally Posted by John Griswell (Post 1759922)
And finally here is a short video on this mod:

GH2 Follow Focus for Small Primes on Vimeo

John,

Excellent find. Maybe it's my monitor but I had a hard time seeing the black GH2 with the black Panny lens against your black t-shirt. (At least they looked black to me!)

The overhead shots were fine and good enough to get the idea.

D

Chris Duczynski November 4th, 2012 11:49 PM

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John or anyone - do you kn ow if this will fit the 100-300 Lumix as well. I can't find any info that says it does.
Thanks

John Griswell November 5th, 2012 07:15 AM

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I don't have the 100-300mm but it does fit the 14-140 with plenty of room. I think the 100-300 is not that much bigger.

If you look here under the specification tab you can see the limit on supported lens length for the System Zero:

SYSTEM ZERO Follow Focus Standard Panasonic GH2 | iDC Photo Video Store

Chris Duczynski November 5th, 2012 04:42 PM

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John,
Yes Ive looked there. but no luck. I did measure the furthest distance which is just 3.75" from the very start of the mount and 3.5" from the edge of the camera where the mount fits in, so I THINK it's OK.
Basically save me $100 if I go the Standard rather than XL.

John Griswell November 5th, 2012 08:22 PM

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Originally Posted by Chris Duczynski (Post 1762298)
John,
Yes Ive looked there. but no luck. I did measure the furthest distance which is just 3.75" from the very start of the mount and 3.5" from the edge of the camera where the mount fits in, so I THINK it's OK.
Basically save me $100 if I go the Standard rather than XL.

Since I could, here is a picture confirming the 3.75'' number (from the mount ring) as the max distance on the System Zero.

Chris Duczynski November 5th, 2012 09:16 PM

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Thanks for posting John, thats perfect. It looks like it will be fine. Just mounted the lens and 3.75" ends up in the middle of the focus ring - so all good
Cheers mate

Chris Duczynski November 18th, 2012 02:58 PM

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IDC arrived and all lenses work great - in fact the 100-300 Lumix works better with bands on than off as it's a better grip.
One small problem - if you use a Beachtek attachment for audio, or any audio attachment probably, then the audio jack is right against the focus wheel. This means you need to let the focus wheel out and add a few more silicon bands so you can get the jack in - after that it's all good.


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