Burgers squeeze a lot of stuff into a round flat thing. Maybe Erik Widding has picked up this idea and that’s why his device is called Birger. Wether that connection does or does not exist you can debate in the comments, fact is: The Birger Mount squeezes a lot into a mount adapter, as it will not only mount your EOS lenses to an FS-100 camera, but also work as a wired or wireless follow focus device. The Birger Mount uses your Canon lenses’ built in stepper motor to control focus accurately.
We’ve seen a similar approach to use the lens motor instead of a follow focus device on the okii focus controller which is also being discussed in the forums.
The Birger Engineering company has created a similar mount to get EF lenses on RED cameras about 2 years ago.
The Birger Mount for the Panasonic AF-100 is set for a release at the end of May.
According to Erik the mount for the Sony FS-100 will have the same featureset and could be available by the end of summer.
***UPDATE. Video Replaced with photo to stay current.
We recently picked up a Panasonic AF100 for a short documentary we are shooting at SXSW this year. Birger Engineering is making an electronic adapter to work with Canon EF lenses. This will let you control iris with the AF100 in camera. This will also make the entire Canon EF lineup available for the AF100. The adapter will cost around $700 US and should be available by Mid February. Here is a rip from their website.
“The rumors are true! Birger is coming out with a lens control system for EF mount lenses on the Panasonic AF100. Control for the iris, both auto and manual, will be from the camera. Continuous (video-style) auto-focus will be supported on most Canon “L-series” lenses. Power is provided by the camera for most lenses. Image stabilization is supported on “IS” lenses, and this feature can be turned on or off from the lens. Ships 14 February 2011. MSRP $700 for the adapter. Optional cinema-style remote control, available at additional cost, to be announced January 2011.”