In a previous blog post I raved how much I was enjoying my new D|FOCUS Follow Focus V3. However, one of the bummers for me was not able to use my new focusing solution on my Canon T2i/550d, with Canon 50mm 1.4 lens and BATTERY GRIP, battery grip being the key word here. Thankfully, I wasn’t bummed out long, as David Aldrich, the man behind D|FOCUS Systems, noticed the need for a solution and is now producing the D|Riser!
Description for website:
“The D|Riser is a riser and offset block to raise the height of the standard D|Focus V3 gearbox. The D|Focus V3 has a low profile design for a light weight and space saving configuration but in some cases it may be necessary to raise the height of the D|Focus V3. Continue reading
Be sure to check out B&H’s new HDSLR Guide!
“The guide is an educational tool meant to provide critical information to independent filmmakers, photographers and cinematographers that want to create compelling content but would like to know more about the new form of filmmaking. In the guide, also find different categories of products that may be useful on a film set such as the latest lens controls, viewfinders, cameras, audio accessories, etc.”
After reading Nino Leitner’s Epic DSLR Viewfinder Review, I knew what had to be purchased next, an LCD viewfinder. There are quite a few viewfinders out on the market, however I had narrowed it down to the LCDVF 3:2 and the Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 2.5. It did’nt take me long to decide which unit to get and there were three reasons why I went with the LCDVF:
1) LCDVF has introduced a viewfinder made specifically for the Canon T2i/550D and it’s 3:2 screen. So when I got it home, I knew it would fit my platform perfectly. This was my most deciding factor.
2) Cost. The LCDVF clocks in at $119.00, and the Zacuto 2.5 at $395.00. Not a huge concern, but after hearing that Zacuto has something that could be “game changing” in the works, I did’nt want to drop money on a Zacuto product that could be obsolete in a few months. More on this, see #3. Continue reading
I got back from lunch this afternoon, and to my great surprise, a box from Jag35.com 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).
via email – Hi Rod,I’m new to DSLR photography and video. I bought the 550D/T2i for its great capabilities for the price — and for its video capability.
I learned quickly that, while you can get amazing depth of view, it also requires a lot of manual focusing (something I’m still getting used to). I’ve found it quite cumbersome to stay focused on subjects that are moving (like my 1 year old son). I noticed in some of your shots in your monopod/tripod post that you have some sort of extended ring around your lens. What is that thing called? Do you have any recommendations? (I was looking at http://www.indisystem.com/products/snap_gears) Do you have to get one specifically for each lens? Are they expensive? Does it make a big difference? Best Regards! -Jeff