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- Compatible with industry standard Follow Focus Whips or Cranks. Compatible with industry standard 15mm Rods Support (60mm center to center).
- Comes with one adjustable standard 0.8mm pitch flexible gear belt.
- Gear MOD: industry standard 0.8mm
- Weight : 540g
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|Item Dimensions||5 x 4 x 7.5 inches|
|Shipping Weight||1.15 pounds|
Kamerar FF-3 Follow Focus w/ 15mm Quick Release Rods Clamp By Kamerar The Kamerar FF-3 Follow Focus comes mounts with a single 15mm Quick Release Rod Clamp and can be quickly removed from the rail system, making it easier to change lenses and gear positions. The FF-3 has a removable dry erase marking disc to mark your A/B Points for accurate repeating focus pulls. Features: - Compatible with industry standard Follow Focus Whips or Cranks. Compatible with industry standard 15mm Rods Support (60mm center to center). - Comes with one adjustable standard 0.8mm pitch flexible gear belt. - Gear MOD: industry standard 0.8mm - Weight : 540g A 15mm Rail is required to mount the FF-3. We suggest using the FF-3 Follow Focus with our Kamerar 'Tank' Cage or Socom Video Shoulder Rig. This listing includes: 1x FF-3 Follow Focus Unit 1x Standard 0.8 Module Flexible Gear Ring 14-Day Money Back Guarantee, 1 Year USA Limited Warranty.
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so to summarize
-out of the box it is almost unusable (at least mine was)
-if you loosen the nuts on either side of the spindle it makes it MUCH better (worth the money in my opinion)
-if you remove the bearings clean them out and put them back in with the nuts hand tightened it feels amazing (most people would probably say it was perfect I'm just picky)
-this follow focus uses 686zz bearings commonly found in long boards and you can easily find replacement or upgraded bearings online (honestly I believe if you put in top-of-the-line bearings this follow focus would compete with follow focuses in the thousand dollar price range)
So if you're willing to take apart your follow focus and work on it a bit it's definitely worth the money. If you're not than thismight not be for you. hope this was helpful
The action is smooth with just the right amount of friction (adjustable to your preferences). I've detected no backlash. The white ring is removable so you can clean off your marks. It does not come with hard stops and I see no easy way to add them.
Overall the price is right and it does work as advertised. Would be a 5-star if it attached to both 15mm follow focus rails.
The only thing that I will put here for Sony mirrorless shooters is that Sony's e-mount lenses are wire, not mechanically driven. So if you try to use a follow focus (this one or any other for that matter), it will not work. You will get inconsistencies and unrepeatable results. So, if you're using this with sony glass. NO. If you're using it with any mechanically focused lens (pretty much all others, especially Cine lenses). You'll be in good shape.
Otherwise, I don't know how you could go wrong, at this price point (or even quite a few above it).
Other reviews talk about taking it apart and servicing it (which I had planned to do in case it was bad)
Yet this is not possible with this follow focus, its pretty much a sealed system.
I wish they could get their stuff together to fix such a simple, yet the most most important issue on this follow focus!
In addition the locking rail knob will almost always get in the way of any camera mounting plates, a simple position changing knob would fix this.
Once you remove the marking disc on the FF, you can find a small hole that leads to a #1 allen screw. Tighten the sucker down, and you should be good to go. If you come across what might feel like play on the Kamerar Follow Focus, check to make sure it isn't just the knob sitting loose.
The follow focus turns perfectly without it linked up to a lens, hardly any backlash but as soon as you attach it to a lens the focus almost feels like your forcing it, I'm not sure if this is because of my lenses (Rokinon cine lenses) or if its the follow focus, but my guess would be that because the follow focus is only mounted on one rail it is not stable enough and creates a small twist when you pull focus causing it to be uneven. If i had the choice i would have never ordered one and saved up for a dual rail mounting system instead.