Choosing follow focus gear rings

The cine-zation of DSLR cameras have created a need to add 0.8 pitch follow focus gears to standard photography lenses. Many such gears exist on the market; however, not all are created equal – a fact that is not immediately apparent until you’ve already experimented with a few. The prevalent types of follow focus gears available to the prosumer cinematrographer today come in three different variants: Left: Plastic, adjustable diameter gear ring with friction lock and lever Center: Rubberized, adjustable diameter gear ring with tooth lock Right: Fixed outside-diameter ring…

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Compact-Macros for DSLR filmmaking

Of the various Canon EF lenses I’ve experimented with for video use, the only one that has consistently impressed me (surprise) as an unusually good value – as a used lens on eBay – is the Compact-Macro 50mm f/2.5: No, Canon did not pay me to say this (sadly). Granted, we’re still referring to a lens that has aperture limitations for cine use, as – like all Canon EF lenses – the iris is controlled electronically from the camera body and cannot be de-clicked. Yet, the lens has a beautiful…

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Follow focus jumping teeth? 5D Mark II won’t sit straight? Try this.

First of all, let’s get the legally-binding blog disclaimer over with: Nobody sent me this doo-dad free (or paid me) to review it. Too bad. Bleeding pocketbooks aside, one of the other endless oddities about DSLR filmmaking is that us fellows in the 5D Mark II camp have only one 1/4″-20tpi threaded boss at the bottom of the camera to work with. It doesn’t even have a recess to accept the pin supplied on basic tripod plates either. That’s where CoolLCD came in and designed this handy little solution for…

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The Top 5 DSLR Video Accessories You Need, Mr. Beer Budget Filmmaker

Lots of articles have been written online about what gear you “need” as a DSLR filmmaker, most of them quite useless, e.g.: “Buy a memory card!” Yes, dear, we will. Hence, I present the following list of what will truly help you as a budget DSLR filmmaker, and – most importantly – the reasoning behind these suggestions so you may make an informed decision. FYI – the following items are related to camera accessories only. You should already have a good lighting kit. Drumroll, please. 1. A good fluid head…

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