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Okii Systems FC1 USB Focus Controller

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Okii Systems FC1 USB Focus Controller

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Product Highlights

  • Controls Focus and Many Camera Functions
  • Features 9 Buttons and a Rotating Knob
  • For Canon 1D, 5D, 7D, 60D, T1i / 2i / 3i
  • For Canon/Sigma/Tamron Autofocus Lenses
  • Also Works with Tokina Autofocus Lenses
  • Connects by USB Cable
  • Leaves Camera's HDMI Input Accessible
  • Use Handheld or 1/4"-20 Mounted onto Rig
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The Okii FC1 USB Focus Controller connects to a Canon DSLR by USB cable and controls focusing and common camera functions. The unit is compatible with the 1D C, 1D X, 1D Mk IV, 5D Mk III/II, 7D, 6D, 70D, 60D, T5i, T4i, T3i, T2i, and T1i, and with all Canon, Sigma, and Tamron autofocus lenses. Tokina lenses are also compatible, but can experience camera lock ups with the Canon 7D if the focus command rate is set faster than the lens is able to move the internal focus element. Manual focus lenses will not have focus control, but other functions, such as settings changes or video start/stop, will work.

The Controller is handheld and connects into Canon's USB protocol by an A to mini-B cable that can be as short as 6 inches or as long as 80 ft. The small size of the unit and the use of a USB cable connection leaves the camera's HDMI output available and accessible. Also, instead of being used handheld, the unit can alternatively be mounted onto a rig by a 1/4"-20 mount on the back of the enclosure.

The FC1 features 9 buttons and a rotating knob. It uses the autofocus motor in a lens to control focus while recording video or in any Live View modes. It also controls video recording Start/Stop, image capture, digital zoom, autofocus/metering, Live View, ISO, aperture, shutter speed, exposure compensation, and focus zone position while not recording.

Certain characteristics of Canon's USB Protocol make the FC1 perform differently than a mechanical follow focus, and the FC1 user guide helps explain the effects. Okii also backs the FC1 with a 15-day money-back guarantee.

Control Focus and Camera Functions
  • Features 9 buttons and a rotating knob
  • Connects to a Canon DSLR by a USB cable
  • Controls focusing and common camera functions
  • Can be used handheld or 1/4"-20-mounted onto a rig
  • Works with all Canon / Sigma / Tamron autofocus lenses
  • Makes use of the autofocus motor in a lens to control focusing
  • Controls video and image capture, digital zoom, ISO, aperture, shutter, and more
Compatible Cameras Canon EOS 1D C, 1D X, 1D Mk IV, 5D Mk III/II, 7D, 6D, 70D, 60D, T5i, T4i, T3i, T2i, and T1i
Compatible Lenses All Canon, Sigma, and Tamron autofocus lenses
(The unit features a reversible knob direction to match 3rd party lenses)

Please note: the autofocus motor noise is audible to internal microphones on Canon cameras, especially if AGC (auto gain control) is enabled. An external microphone is recommended.

Tokina lenses work but can experience camera lock ups with the Canon 7D if the focus command rate is set faster than the lens is able to move the internal focus element

Manual focus lenses will not have focus control, but other functions, such as settings changes or video Start/Stop, will work

Please note: certain characteristics of Canon's USB Protocol make the FC1 perform differently than a mechanical follow focus, and the FC1 user guide helps explain the effects
Camera Controls Video Start/Stop
Image Capture
Digital Zoom
Autofocus/Metering
Live View
ISO
Aperture
Shutter Speed
Exposure Compensation
Focus Zone Position (while not recording)
Controls focus via lens autofocus motor
Saves and returns to four focus points
Cable Type Connects to camera via A to mini-B USB cable
Has been successfully tested with non-powered USB extension cables 80 ft in length (25 m)
Battery Type 2x AAA alkaline, lithium or rechargeable batteries
Mount Type 1/4"-20 mount on back plate for mounting onto a rig
Material CNC-milled 6061 aluminum alloy
Dimensions 2.7 x 2.7 x 1.6" (6.85 x 6.85 x 4 cm)
Weight 4.7 oz (133 g)
Okii Systems FC1 USB Focus Controller
  • 1-Year Warranty Against Material Defects
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    Okii SystemsFC1 USB Focus Controller
     
    4.6

    (based on 12 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (7)
    • Compact (6)
    • Highly compatible (5)
    • Lightweight (5)
    • Professional quality (5)

    Cons

    No Cons

    Best Uses

    • Independent films (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Business owner (3), Professional artist (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (9)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    The Right Choice for Modest Gimbals

    Attaching the Okii FC1 to our entry-size gimbal for a Canon 5d MkIII was the best shopping decision we could have made. The focus buttons to the left of the wheel make it similar...Read complete review

    Attaching the Okii FC1 to our entry-size gimbal for a Canon 5d MkIII was the best shopping decision we could have made. The focus buttons to the left of the wheel make it similar to operating a convenient servo trigger, and setting the focus points with thumb-friendly operation is also powerful tool. The instant auto-focus is helpful before capturing but will alter your image settings as it detects the subject, so not a good idea during image capture. Remember, too, that any focus system running through the camera's AF drive will inevitably cause "jumping" through the focus planes and this controller is not immune. Also it's not wireless so the cable will probably affect your gimbal balance. A hyper-thin cable is highly recommended. The size makes it perfect for attaching to the gimbal handle, but this focus controller shines even brighter on a tripod system where the operator has the most control. For the price this Okii is definitely a superior product to comparable USB controllers with fewer tools.

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    Solution in your hands

    Accord Equips is a equipment rental house and needs to keep such products. We have had good feedback from our clients. All the important controls within this device make it easy to control the...Read complete review

    Accord Equips is a equipment rental house and needs to keep such products. We have had good feedback from our clients. All the important controls within this device make it easy to control the camera. Wish it worked with the Canon 7d too.

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    5.0

    about product

    By Raj

    from india

    Comments about Okii Systems FC1 USB Focus Controller:

    All are good .
    This is follow focus very easy to use ..
    luv it ..

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    4.0

    Works well - just understand the limits.

    By Eric

    from Shreveport, LA

    About Me Film Student, Hobbyist

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Limited Compatibility

    Best Uses

    • Moving Shots

    Comments about Okii Systems FC1 USB Focus Controller:

    It does exactly as it specifies. I'm using as part of a steadicam/gimbal setup. Because it changes focus through software, not hardware, it makes the changes in small jumps. You can't get the perfectly smooth focus that you can on a mechanical (for 3-10 times the price). If the camera is sitting still, it's very noticeable. It works okay when you're moving and changing focus on the fly - I've been happy with it so far. I can't afford the $- mechanical follow focuses that I want, so I'll keep using that the best I can. =)

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    • No

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    5.0

    Must have for remote camera placements

    By Jim S

    from New York

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Easy To Use
    • Improves Performance
    • Professional Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Dji Ronin
      • Jibs Cranes

      Comments about Okii Systems FC1 USB Focus Controller:

      If you use your Canon DSLR on jibs or other remote placements this is a must have tool. In addition to allowing you to focus, you have control of shutter, f-stop and ISO. Well built, has 3 focus ratios for fine close-up work. Only wish it would control zoom as well.

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      • No

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      5.0

      The Right Choice for Modest Gimbals

      By Miguel

      from Omaha, NE

      About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Limited To Camera's Drive
      • Limited To Canon

      Best Uses

      • Independent Films
      • In The Studio
      • Mobile Gimbals
      • Smallmedium Gimbals
      • Small Or Medium Gimbals
      • Tripod Rail System

      Comments about Okii Systems FC1 USB Focus Controller:

      Attaching the Okii FC1 to our entry-size gimbal for a Canon 5d MkIII was the best shopping decision we could have made. The focus buttons to the left of the wheel make it similar to operating a convenient servo trigger, and setting the focus points with thumb-friendly operation is also powerful tool. The instant auto-focus is helpful before capturing but will alter your image settings as it detects the subject, so not a good idea during image capture. Remember, too, that any focus system running through the camera's AF drive will inevitably cause "jumping" through the focus planes and this controller is not immune. Also it's not wireless so the cable will probably affect your gimbal balance. A hyper-thin cable is highly recommended. The size makes it perfect for attaching to the gimbal handle, but this focus controller shines even brighter on a tripod system where the operator has the most control. For the price this Okii is definitely a superior product to comparable USB controllers with fewer tools.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Does the trick!

      By NZ

      from Stafford, VA

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Okii Systems FC1 USB Focus Controller:

      We picked this up in a rush delivery b/c our broadcast camera went down & had to use our Canon 5D on our Jib. It worked great! It did everything we needed it to do - a must have if you'll be using a Jib. Only thing I wish it did (which is not a product limitation - rather a camera) is zoom. We still had to swing it down from the Jib to manually zoom in/out, then swing the arm back up. The product mentions it "zooms", but it's really just a digital zoom to get in super close to obtain sharp focus.

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      4.0

      Pretty good, will be useful-not perfect.

      By Jerryleelewisjr

      from New Orleans, LA

      About Me Business Owner

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Focus Presets

      Best Uses

      • Flying Solo
      • Independent Films
      • Jib Arm

      Comments about Okii Systems FC1 USB Focus Controller:

      The good:
      Worked on my 6D without a problem.
      Works will all of my favorite lenses.
      The focus wheel feels nice, just the right amount of resistance.

      The Bad:
      The buttons float so when you handle the unit it rattles, I actually opened it up on the first day to find the loose piece!
      Using the preset focus points I always have to set them twice, not a big deal.
      When using the presets, it rarely hits the focus point correctly, so using this at say F:1.8 you do better racking manually, on wider lenses you may be able to use the presets more, but that's kind of the point of racking, is that you notice the rack!
      Like most reviewers have said, the big problem using a USB focus is the noise from the lenses. Even the USM sounds like a locomotive on the in camera audio!

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      5.0

      Nice USB Focus

      By IAMTRACE1984

      from Chicago, IL

      About Me Business Owner, Hobbyist, Professional Artist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Complex Projects
        • Independent Films

        Comments about Okii Systems FC1 USB Focus Controller:

        This controller is proof that you get what you pay for. It's built solid and is very reliable. I use it with my Canon 6D when it is on my jib. I would recommend this purchase for anyone who need to control their camera without actually having to touch it. The only thing it doesn't control is the zoom.

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        5.0

        Indispensable for working with a jib

        By melvinOvazquez

        from Puerto Rico

        About Me Professional Artist

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Highly Compatible

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Independent Films

          Comments about Okii Systems FC1 USB Focus Controller:

          Can access almost every function in camera and focus without touching the lens

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          EXCELLENT SERVICE

          By massuz

          from italy

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Okii Systems FC1 USB Focus Controller:

          VERY VERY FAST AND ACCURATED SERVICE,I'M IN ITALY BUT I RECEIVED THE OBJECT IN A FEW DAYS.

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          4.0

          Works Great

          By MattyP

          from Hanilton, ON Canada

          About Me Professional Production

          See all my reviews

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Highly Compatible
          • Professional Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jib Mount

            Comments about Okii Systems FC1 USB Focus Controller:

            If you are putting your Canon on a jib, this is essential. Works really well, simple and fast to setup too. Case seems robust enough to last a long while too. Record start stop is great.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Own a Canon DSLR? Get the FC1.

            By Tom Sylvester

            from Cary, NC

            About Me Semi-Professional

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Okii Systems FC1 USB Focus Controller:

                  This is an INCREDIBLE electronic Follow-Focus for many of the Canon DSLRs. I absolutely love it--solves my problem of setting specific focus points while running my camera along a dolly in video mode. Try holding your camera up high and trying to focus by twisting the lens. Now you can use a knob or the buttons on this USB-connected remote. You also have control over other functions such as Iris. This takes full advantage of the Canon protocols for remote input. If you a filmmaker using Canon DSLRs, this should be the first thing you put in your toolbox. Did I tell you I LOVE this controller?!

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                  3.0

                  Solution in your hands

                  By Accord Equips

                  from India

                  About Me Professional

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Everyday use
                    • Traveling

                    Comments about Okii Systems FC1 USB Focus Controller:

                    Accord Equips is a equipment rental house and needs to keep such products. We have had good feedback from our clients. All the important controls within this device make it easy to control the camera. Wish it worked with the Canon 7d too.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

                    Share this review

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