***UPDATE*** The USB Follow Focus is now available. The price is $400.
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The crew over at 5D Mark II Team have been testing a USB wired follow focus for Canon HDSLR cameras. They posted their results of their tests on their blog. Here is a rip from their website. Click here for more info.
The controller is pretty well made, it feels solid and strong but it’s lightweight at the same time. Enclosure and knob are made of black anodized aluminum, giving it a very nice look.
It has a round shape design, easy to handle and a 1/4″-20 standard mounting hole on the back face, so you can easily mount it on any kind of support.
It obviously works via USB cable connected to the camera, so basically you can remotely control your camera, but with the HUGE advantage that it does not turn off the rear LCD screen! So think about the possibilities…
The controller can work in 3 different modes:
▪ Focus Points
▪ Settings adjustment
▪ Focus Zone selection
As you can see on the picture it has 9 multifunctional buttons, 1 knob, a power switch and a very nice and helpful multicolor LED.
The controller usually comes with white buttons (except the Start/Stop button which is red), but the user can also replace them with other colors.
It’s amazing how well the manufacturer has implemented such a bunch of features in this device with a LED that changes its color to indicate almost all actions, helping the user to exactly know what he/she is doing.
There is a HUGE work behind this device, and a HUGE potential inside it (available to the user!).
Some of the features include:
• Turn Live View mode On/Off
• Start/Stop Video recording
• Take pictures
• Change/Pull focus using the knob or 2 dedicated buttons (Near/Far smooth focus buttons) even whilst recording video
• Capability to save 4 focus points (2 “hard stop” points + 2 focus points) and do a Rack Focus by just pressing any of those buttons
• Toggle Zoom level x1, x5 and x10
• Change camera settings
• and much more… (full details will be available after the official release)