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.
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. [Read more…]
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. [Read more…]
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. [Read more…]
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.