Review: D|Focus Follow Focus V3 w/ Canon T2i/550d

I got back from lunch this afternoon, and to my great surprise, a box from was waiting for me on my desk.  Inside was David Aldrich’s latest version of his D|Focus, follow focus system.

I currently do not use rods or a cage, so I also ordered the D|Mount, which will allow me to attach directly to my CanonT2i/550D.  I quickly unboxed both items and placed on my camera.  Looks like there are several different ways to configure, in the pictures below is one way I have found, (please let me know if you come up with something better).

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Quick review….I like it!  It’s smooth, utterly silent, and responsive with little, if any play.  The parts are solid and the design seems well thought out.  Over the next week or so I will be getting out to shoot and will come back with some real world experiences.  Above are a few pictures I took attached to my Canon T2i with Canon 50mm 1.4 lens.

One response on “Review: D|Focus Follow Focus V3 w/ Canon T2i/550d

  1. Caleb Pike says:

    Haha! you and I have the same tripod, lens, and follow focus!

  2. Rod says:

    Ohhh and don’t forget about the lens hood that I purchased after seeing your review! Thanks for stopping by Caleb.

  3. Does the follow focus ring just allow for easier, more gradual focusing? If I am keeping more static (tripod) shots, would this just be a more accurate way of focusing?

    Sorry for all the questions, I just want to make sure I buy the right stuff without breaking the bank.

  4. Rod says:

    Marshall, yep. Most lenses for your DSLR are made for photography, with a ring it makes it easier for us video folks to get a nice easy focus pull. Check out this blog post for more info..

  5. thank you incredibly a lot , that is so great web-site. i love your site!

  6. Rod says:

    New blog post…pics of Canon T2i, with D|Focus Follow Focus V3 and LCDVF.

  7. Rod says:

    For those of us with battery grips and would like to use the D|Focus Follow Focus V3, there is now a solution, the D|Riser. Get more info here:

  8. Delbert Asad says:

    I picked up a Canon T2i and the resolution is amazing.

  9. Sam Bryks says:

    may be an obvious question..
    the DFocus follow focus is sold without gears or with 1,2,3 etc gears..
    i am presuming that one needs one gear per lense so you don’t need to remove and replace..
    not sure if DFocus also sells the track… again, i am presuming this is for stability on a tripod…
    if one chooses to just do a straight tripod or monopod mount.. is this problematic..
    i just attended a photo show and some of these basic rigs add up to a thousand bucks once you buy the follow focus and the track..the marketing guys talk as if this is “cheap” but compared to what? if you’re a pro doing a production, it is not even a consideration, but as an amateur..i can buy a D60 body for $1100 so why would i pay a thousand for a few gears and plastic.. Bad enough to pay about a hundred for a Hoodman to put over the LCD for easier focus of macros in light.

  10. Wolf says:

    Where’s the review?

  11. Chris says:

    Also really interested in your review. Mostly interested if you are using the D-Mount or the Rail-Mount.

    I purchased the D-Mount and Follow Focus v.3. Did first test on my GH1 with kit lens 14-140. I have to say that I had huge problems with camera shake and now think whether you could give me some tips. The tripod and video head (Manfrotto 501HDV) gave enough stability. One thing I noticed was that it requires quite some force to operate the focus wheel and therefore causes some shake. I also tested marking different focus points on the disk and realized that I couldn’t repeat focus.

    Currently honestly not so happy with my purchase. But all in all it is too early to say. Invested only a couple of hours.

    The GH1 is rather small and light. I seems to me as the follow focus wheel when operated kind of pushes the objective away causing the shake

    Would really appreciate your help

  12. Rod says:

    @Sam The D|Focus is sold with out gears and must be purchased separately. I have one for each of my lenses so I dont have to hassle with moving them around.

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