“Taking things back to basics” says Bas Ladru from Vocas, who are announcing the new Vocas follow focus they’ve are presenting at IBC 2016. Designed with single DSLR and mirrorless shooters in mind, this new follow focus has switchable rotation, added smoothness dampening for accuracy and the focus marking has been removed to reduce the cost and make the unit smaller. The follow focus Vocas had on display is a prototype, with the finished product available later in the year. Features of the new follow focus: The focus knob is extended to allow for a better grip while shooting with a shoulder rig, again improving the stability. Added smoothness for use with photography lenses for more precise focus pulling. No play between the handle and the gears for added smoothness by removing all the internal gearing. Gear ratio of 1:1. Again with a focus on keeping costs down, the follow focus doesn’t have a quick release. Instead it simply slides to allow for lenses to be changed or removed. The new Vocas follow focus will be available from December this year with a price of around €650 ($730). Like the look of the new Vocas follow focus? Let us know what you think in the comments!Read more
To create content we filmmakers need light like air to breathe. Sometimes the available light suffices but usually a controlled lighting setup will raise the quality and language of our content by a lot. Luckily more and more companies that make quality lighting available for all budgets have been popping up like Coollights for example who have been around for a while and are also currently running a banner on our site, Flolight, a company we found at IBC. I reported about the Flolight specialized greenscreen LED last month. Here’s some of the rest of their lineup. What caught my eye about this company is that the quality of their LED is very good and the price is absolutely right. The materials aren’t fancy aircraft aluminum or anything and the stands are basic, but they serve the purpose and the light output deserves respect. Remember Dedo Weigert saying that a CRI value (light quality) of 84 is really good? Well the Flolights seem to have an in your face value of 93. When the lady assistant told me this I said: “Yeah right” but when she turned on the light and it was a pure white, no magenta or green I started to doubt my skepticism. So if you’re into lighting this company is definitely worth checking out You can see and buy the other Flolight products on their website. B&H has provided these exclusive phone numbers for you if you have questions or require assistance: US: +1 877 502 5839 and INTERNATIONAL: +1 212 465 0114Read more
Flolight is a California based company that produces affordable lighting fixtures and I must say from what I’ve seen they’re not bad at all. The LEDs they showed at IBC had a noticably high CRI (color rendition index = good light spectrum) and high output and the fuorescent fixtures looked solid as well. The CycLight is a special tool for those who want to quickly light a 2×3 meter greenscreen and want to forget the hassles of greenscreen lighting. In the video the greenscreen background looks very “untidy” and wrinkly, but in defense of Flolight I must say that this was a prototype unit and they really just put a provisional green cloth up there with some ducktape. I think the final product will be quite useful. 1000€ ($1350) and available in November. They have a British reseller for European customers. You can see and buy the other Flolight products on their website. B&H has provided these exclusive phone numbers for you if you have questions or require assistance: US: +1 877 502 5839 and INTERNATIONAL: +1 212 465 0114Read more
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