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Wide Open Camera Universal Lens Gear

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Wide Open Camera Universal Lens Gear

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Product Highlights

  • Standard 0.8 Pitch / 32 Mod Gearing
  • Fits Most Follow Focuses
  • (9) Length Settings to Fit Most Lenses
  • 11.25" Long
  • Zip Tie Fasteners
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The Universal Lens Gear from Wide Open Camera is an 11.25" long lens gear with standard a 0.8 pitch / 32 mod gearing that makes it compatible with most geared follow focus systems. With nine holes for nine length settings, it's also compatible with most lenses.

The lens gear uses zip tie fasteners to attach to your lens – simply cut it to fit. The gear's 0.5" width works with longer-throw lenses, including macros.

UPC: 794504383409
Dimensions (LxW) 11.25 x 0.5" (28.6 x 1.3 cm)
Packaging Info
Package Weight 0.05 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.0 x 5.0 x 0.6"
Wide Open Camera Universal Lens Gear
  • 2 x Zip Tie Fasteners
  • 30 Day Limited Warranty
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    Wide Open CameraUniversal Lens Gear
     
    4.6

    (based on 22 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (15)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

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    94%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (18)
    • Professional quality (15)
    • Lightweight (14)
    • Highly compatible (13)
    • Improves performance (13)

    Cons

    No Cons

    Best Uses

    • Independent films (13)
    • In the studio (7)
    • Complex projects (5)
    • Home movies (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Professional artist (11), Business owner (6), Enthusiast (3), Film student (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (17)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great Lens Gear

    Only had this for a little while but it's very secure and holds up to the cold very well. Only get this if you have a follow focus that can reach the barrel of...Read complete review

    Only had this for a little while but it's very secure and holds up to the cold very well. Only get this if you have a follow focus that can reach the barrel of the lens since this gear is almost flush with the focus ring on the lens you are putting it onto. Best follow focuses for this are those with single rail mounts.

    Also make sure the lens you are putting this onto does NOT have more than a 360 degree turn because you will not be able to turn it with the follow focus completely. The connecting point on the gear will stop it.

    Great for when you use your lenses for more narrative film work and photography as you can leave the gear on and it won't interfere with storage. Saves time from installing a lens gear during setup too.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    It's OK

    It is what it is... cheap piece of plastic. Nothing fancy about it, but seems to be fairly well geared with minimal slippage. Frankly it shouldn't cost more than half of what...Read complete review

    It is what it is... cheap piece of plastic. Nothing fancy about it, but seems to be fairly well geared with minimal slippage. Frankly it shouldn't cost more than half of what it sells for, but someone's put in effort to design it so they need to make it worth their while, I'm sure.

    The main issue is that you have to cut the zip ties on and off if you want to use your glass for stills shooting, which I do. Otherwise, aside from looking pretty hideous, it's definitely not pleasant to touch vs. the soft but grippy focus rubber. I use this on my Carl Zeiss zooms and the tension seems to build up where the ties are, vs even distribution around the ring, so it actually slightly deforms (temporary, if you don't keep it on all the time) the focus ring, which is not good.

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    3.0

    It's OK

    By Alex Tardif

    from Sacramento, CA

    About Me Hobbyist

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Improves Performance
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Limited Compatibility
    • Pricey / Poor Value

    Best Uses

    • Home Movies
    • Independent Films

    Comments about Wide Open Camera Universal Lens Gear:

    It is what it is... cheap piece of plastic. Nothing fancy about it, but seems to be fairly well geared with minimal slippage. Frankly it shouldn't cost more than half of what it sells for, but someone's put in effort to design it so they need to make it worth their while, I'm sure.

    The main issue is that you have to cut the zip ties on and off if you want to use your glass for stills shooting, which I do. Otherwise, aside from looking pretty hideous, it's definitely not pleasant to touch vs. the soft but grippy focus rubber. I use this on my Carl Zeiss zooms and the tension seems to build up where the ties are, vs even distribution around the ring, so it actually slightly deforms (temporary, if you don't keep it on all the time) the focus ring, which is not good.

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    • No

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    4.0

    Strong and wide lens gear

    By ReelMediaStudios

    from Virginia Beach

    About Me Professional Videographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Highly Compatible
    • Inexpensive
    • Professional Quality

    Cons

    • May Slip Over Time

    Best Uses

    • Video Production
    • With Follow Focus

    Comments about Wide Open Camera Universal Lens Gear:

    This is a great tool for anyone wanna to give their lenses a "cine" feature. Gear works perfectly with my follow focus as it is that standard 0.8 pitch.It was wider than I expected, but that is actually a good thing for the lens I'm using it on (Canon 75-300). Lenses with smaller focus rings will want one of the thinner gears.The only complaint I have is that these gears tend to slip over time. Make sure you REALLY tighten them down when you're putting them on your lenses if you want them to hold their place for a long time.Overall it's a great product for a good price.

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    • No

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    5.0

    My lens new best friend!

    By Leo

    from NY, NYC

    About Me Filmmaker, Professional Artist

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Easy To Use
    • Highly Compatible
    • Improves Performance
    • Lightweight
    • Professional Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Complex Projects
      • Filmmaking
      • Independent Films
      • In The Studio

      Comments about Wide Open Camera Universal Lens Gear:

      What can I say, it works perfectly. I wanted a lens gear that work with my follow focus, and that I could use with hand and not feel weird. This lens gear is amazing for that, it's also so easy to pack once its on the lens you don't need extra space for gears.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Easy to Adust

      By David

      from Boston, Ma

      About Me Business Owner

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Improves Performance
      • Lightweight
      • Professional Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Independent Films

        Comments about Wide Open Camera Universal Lens Gear:

        I simply cut off one link of the lens gear and if fit my 24-70mm lens perfectly. It doesn't get too tight to mess with the focus adjustment either.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Must Haves

        By GMS

        from Los Angeles, CA

        About Me Professional Artist

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Easy To Use
        • Highly Compatible
        • Improves Performance
        • Lightweight
        • Professional Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Independent Films
          • In The Studio

          Comments about Wide Open Camera Universal Lens Gear:

          This is a great inexpensive product, save time, space and money.
          I only bought three for my go to lenses, but now that I know how well they work I plan to buy one to fit all of my lenses.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Does exactly what it's intended for.

          By Btroy18

          from Philadelphia, PA

          About Me Professional Artist

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Highly Compatible
          • Improves Performance
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Complex Projects
            • Independent Films
            • In The Studio

            Comments about Wide Open Camera Universal Lens Gear:

            I bought two of these for my Canon 24-70 L II and Tokina 11-16. Both fit perfectly. They work well with my Zacuto follow focus. No complaints here.

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            • No

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            4.0

            Works well

            By Jorge

            from Miami

            Verified Buyer

            Comments about Wide Open Camera Universal Lens Gear:

            If you're looking at this, you know what it's for. Two things I like about this ring:1) It's low profile so it slides into your bag without getting snagged. 2) I kinda like the wide "track" that it has. It allows you to be a little more liberal with where you line up your FF.

            Wish there was a better way to attach it than using tie wraps. Panasonic uses a great elastic band with hooks to attach their zoom lever that works great. Also, Why do these things have to cost so much?!

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            5.0

            Great Lens Gear

            By Louis

            from Joliet, IL

            About Me Film Student, Professional Artist

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Easy To Use
            • Highly Compatible
            • Lightweight
            • Professional Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Independent Films
              • In The Studio

              Comments about Wide Open Camera Universal Lens Gear:

              Only had this for a little while but it's very secure and holds up to the cold very well. Only get this if you have a follow focus that can reach the barrel of the lens since this gear is almost flush with the focus ring on the lens you are putting it onto. Best follow focuses for this are those with single rail mounts.

              Also make sure the lens you are putting this onto does NOT have more than a 360 degree turn because you will not be able to turn it with the follow focus completely. The connecting point on the gear will stop it.

              Great for when you use your lenses for more narrative film work and photography as you can leave the gear on and it won't interfere with storage. Saves time from installing a lens gear during setup too.

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              • No

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              4.0

              They do what they say.

              By Clint

              from Brooklyn

              Comments about Wide Open Camera Universal Lens Gear:

              I bought 5 need 2 more now. I like them I wish they came in a color or some other customizable pattern just so it will distinguish my lenses from others.
              I often shoot with multipleoperators withblack lens gears.
              That being said I like the low profile it was easy to put on.

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              5.0

              This lens gear works - ya know?

              By Sexton

              from Brooklyn

              Comments about Wide Open Camera Universal Lens Gear:

              So - this is inexpensive... Easy to put together... Ummm... I save $30-40 for each lens I have over Zacuto gears... Time will tell whether or not this thing can hold up.

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              5.0

              Wide Open Camera Universal Gear

              By harbinger808

              from honolulu

              About Me Business Owner, Hobbyist

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Easy To Use
              • Highly Compatible
              • Improves Performance
              • Lightweight
              • Professional Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Movies
                • Independent Films

                Comments about Wide Open Camera Universal Lens Gear:

                I was afraid these wouldn't fit my small diameter Zeiss Ikon lenses but they do :) Fits snug and works seamlessly with my Arri MFF-2!

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                5.0

                very neat solution

                By THP

                from australia

                About Me Business Owner, Professional Cinematograp

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Improves Performance
                • Professional Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Wide Open Camera Universal Lens Gear:

                    Best lens ring I have found so far, if carefully fitted it becomes part of the lens and in no way affects the lens when shooting stills as some others do. very cheap solution, works a treat.

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                    5.0

                    work as described

                    By Francois

                    from Boston, MA

                    About Me Professional Artist

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact Design
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Highly Compatible
                    • Improves Performance
                    • Lightweight
                    • Professional Quality

                    Cons

                    • Pricey / Poor Value

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Wide Open Camera Universal Lens Gear:

                      The good- Work as described. The lens gear fit snug against the lens. But because of that, keep in mind that in certain applications, specially on short lenses, you may not have enough room to put the follow focus right against the lens.
                      The bad- One million dollars for that little piece of plastic! Where is China when you need them?

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      perfect value balance

                      By leefie

                      from ny, ny

                      About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

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                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact Design
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Highly Compatible
                      • Improves Performance
                      • Lightweight
                      • Professional Quality

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Complex Projects
                        • Independent Films
                        • In The Studio

                        Comments about Wide Open Camera Universal Lens Gear:

                        great.
                        see my other reviews.

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                        • No

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                        4.0

                        works

                        By quantumrider

                        from New York

                        About Me Film Student

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Improves Performance

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Wide Open Camera Universal Lens Gear:

                            got tired of mounting the hard plastic gear ring so I bought a few of these, unless your focus ring spins near 360 degrees you can mount it on any size lens, including small diameter ones without cutting the gear, just use your brain. This way you can remove it in the future if you upgrade your lens and such, and use it on another lens. I dripped a little teflon liquid (normally used on bicycle chains) onto the gear and that quieted down the follow focus nicely, this way it's less noise in microphone for syncing sound later in my 5D2.

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                            4.0

                            Lens gear.

                            By RSBrantley

                            from Las Vegas, NV

                            About Me Film Student, Hobbyist

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Independent Films

                              Comments about Wide Open Camera Universal Lens Gear:

                              My first lens gear. Fits to my follow focus and seems to be holding up. No problems yet.

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              Cinefy your photo lenses

                              By Coburn

                              from Seattle, WA

                              About Me Professional Artist

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Compact Design
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Highly Compatible
                              • Improves Performance
                              • Lightweight
                              • Professional Quality

                              Cons

                              • Pricey

                              Best Uses

                              • Complex Projects
                              • Home Movies
                              • Independent Films
                              • In The Studio

                              Comments about Wide Open Camera Universal Lens Gear:

                              Really useful. Simple, easy to install. Essential if you're using photo lenses with a follow focus. Highly recommend you buy one gear for each of your lenses.

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              Works well

                              By Case

                              from San Mateo

                              Pros

                              • Compact Design
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Highly Compatible
                              • Improves Performance
                              • Lightweight
                              • Professional Quality

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Wide Open Camera Universal Lens Gear:

                                  It works well and easy to set up. It comes with zip ties, so you don't need to purchase them. Used on my Canon 16-35mm and my Tokina 11-16.

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                                  5.0

                                  Where have you been all my life?

                                  By milwdp

                                  from Milwaukee, WI

                                  About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Compact Design
                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Professional Quality

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Wide Open Camera Universal Lens Gear:

                                      I am using these gears on professional shoots and they are great. Way more easy to use than the larger more bulky gears. I can leave these on all the time and my lenses are ready to go anytime. Also if I need to remove them I just cut the tie wrap and put a new tie wrap on later. Great product.

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                                      • No

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                                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      4.0

                                      Great low profile gear.

                                      By Eric the Smooth

                                      from Washington, D.C.

                                      About Me Director of photography, Production Supervisor, Professional Artist

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Compact Design
                                      • Easy To Use
                                      • Highly Compatible
                                      • Improves Performance
                                      • Lightweight
                                      • Professional Quality

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Complex Projects
                                        • Field shooting
                                        • Independent Films
                                        • In The Studio

                                        Comments about Wide Open Camera Universal Lens Gear:

                                        For ease of use and quality I would give these gears 5 stars.

                                        The only thing keeping me from doing so is the inability for 360 degree rotation. For short draw lenses that only have a 60 degree draw these work perfectly, and I was even able to use half of a gear on one lens and use the rest on another.

                                        I ran into a problem with a 35mm prime lens I have which has almost a 360 degree draw, because of the way these gears are designed it keeps me from reaching my closest focus on that lens, which is a small price to pay but annoying none the less.

                                        For the price and versatility of these lenses they are a terrific product, I am able to leave them on the lenses without them getting in the way when I decide to not use a follow focus.

                                        Aside from the one minor flaw, a terrific purchase.

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