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 Fotodiox Aputure V-Control Unit

Fotodiox’s Aputure V-Control is a new affordable follow focus unit that uses Canon’s USB protocol to electronically drive focus and control other common controls on Canon DSLRs. [click to continue…]

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Flashpoint All-Inclusive DSLR Cinema Bundle

Adorama has its Flashpoint All-Inclusive Cinema Bundle on sale for $499.95 through January 25, 2013. The bundle, which is built for turning an HDSLR into a full-fledged cinema rig, is normally available for $599.95, which is a deal in itself given that the shoulder rig, matte box and follow focus would cost over $850 if purchased separately. You can find the Flashpoint Cinema Bundle here at Adorama.

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ArchRig Follow Focus

The ArchRig system is a new rig and follow focus combo unit that looks to somewhat simplify on-the-fly focus adjustments when shooting HDSLR video.

Instead of a geared focus mechanism attached to the side of the lens, a metal arch goes over the top of the lens and use stop-pins to serve as focus marks for the lens lever.  Additional focus marks can be made on the arch using a dry-erase marker.

Check out the video below to see how it works. [click to continue…]

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A recently published Nikon patent application shows that Nikon is working on implementing programmed focus pulls in video-capable cameras.

Essentially, the patent application describes the process of setting a starting focus point on the camera’s LCD and then an ending focus point.  The camera will then automatically (and smoothly) rack focus between the two points as you record video. [click to continue…]

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Okii Systems has announced a new USB follow focus for Canon HDSLR cameras.  The devices allows users to control the autofocus motor in Canon USM lenses through the USB interface on the camera body. [click to continue…]

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DIY DSLR Wooden Shoulder Rig from Jonathan Clifford Bergqvist on Vimeo.

I’ve seen some clever DIY setups for HDDSLR rigs and focus pullers; however, Jonathan Bergqvist’s wooden rendition for his Canon 7D in the above video takes the cake. The integrated focus puller on the left handle is really a nice touch.

[Vimeo via Crunchgear]

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