by Sebastian Wöber | 30th September 2015
This $6,200 wireless follow focus left us impressed. The affordable TiltaMax Wireless Lens Control System comes with many useful features. Check out the video for a complete guided tour by Yang Shao from Tilta. $6,200 may sound like a lot, but for a quality wireless follow focus system that’s quite a bargain. On top Tilta offers a number of great features, a compact package and great versatility. Tilta also offers a single-motor unit that comes without the screen and will cost $2,500 – $3,000. Both devices will have a range of up to 300 meters to match their wireless video transmitter and come with all cables, motors and receivers needed to start operation. In terms of battery options they will work with Sony or Canon batteries with switchable plates. On the larger unit both the zoom remote as well as the focus wheel can be detached for use by multiple operators and the device has an operating system that is fully adaptable to any lens you might use. This wireless follow focus looks and feels really interesting. The release is planned for the end of October. For more information see the tilta website.Read more
by Sebastian Wöber | 31st August 2011
The JAG35 electronic follow focus is a motorized focussing system that is controlled via a thumbunit. After I had seen it at NAB this year and tested some similar products I wanted to take a closer look at this device which lies at one tenth the price of some of its competition while still delivering a working solution (with some trade-offs). Buy it here: LINK To get the exact package as seen in the video you will need the following items: J2D or J3D motor* LP-E6 battery plate M1 thumb controller 12v powercable 3.5mm headphone jack cable you might also need a D|gear or zip gear on your lens In the video I’m using this articulating arm and this superclamp What I didn’t mention in the video: A good idea to prevent your motor from going past a hard stop on your lens is to set it up so the controllers starting point equals the inifity point (or close focus point if you’re working closer to this one) on your lens. The motor is very accurate and this way you’ll have at least one point the motor will not overshoot. Note: The noise test clip at 6:15 has not been edited for noice cancellation or such. *About the motors: The J2D is Digital, has metal internal gears, higher torque, faster speed, and it rotates the lens barrel 150° a good match for iris or zoom on Cinema Lenses. It also has the added feature of being able to be used on either side of the lens by swiveling the motor head. The J3D Is also Digital and designed for longer throw lenses like Zeiss CP2 and other PL cinema lenses. It rotates the lens barrel approximately 330°. Thank to the guys at DigiRental Vienna for their friendly service and support: kameraverleih.at/Read more
by Sebastian Wöber | 13th April 2011
By: Sebastian Wöber One of the most intriguing booths I’ve seen at NAB so far was the Garcia brother’s corner. They’ve become famous in hdslr world with a company they call “JAG35” and while they’ve started out with affordable and not so good quality products, they’ve managed to make affordable and amazingly awesome products by now. I’ve talked to Misa a lot and I’ve tried all their new stuff. Their philosophy: They constantly improve their products based on user feedback and get out new versions very quickly to serve great quality and usability at an affordable price. I’ve never seen an LCS (lens control system) that’s so affordable and I’ve never guessed I’d ever see one that works so well at this price. You get the whole thing (complete version with two motors) for $900, it’s crazy. The one downside I can see, or should I say “hear” is the noise the motors produce. You’ll be able to catch it in the video (keep in mind: some parts of the video have closeup shots that have no sound in them, please forgive the crappy editing on that part). It’s a noise that has a rather small frequency throw, so it will probably be easy to cancel it out in post, but this will still be a downer for some people. Never the less, I’m already sold and I’m sure they’ll produce an encased version of the product in the future to kill the noise further. Get their stuff on the Jag35 website.Read more
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