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D Focus Systems D/Focus V3 Follow Focus

B&H # DFV3 Mfr # 002
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Product Highlights
  • Natively Compatible with Cinema Lenses
  • Optionally Works with Still Lenses
  • Mounts Two 15mm Rods of a Camera Rig
  • Mounts on Left or Right Side of Camera
  • Adjusts to Different Lens Diameters
  • Reduces Backlash for More Fluid Pulls
  • 3D Marking Disk for Focus Stops
  • Standard Port for Whip / Crank

The D/Focus Systems D/Focus V3 Follow Focus is among the most affordable follow focus systems out there and features just about every function that a follow focus could come with. It can be used with cinema lenses and optionally with still lenses, but as it comes, it's designed for use with specifically cinema lenses. V3's gear wheel has a 0.8 pitch, "pitch" referring to the spacing between the teeth of the wheel. Cinema lenses natively have a 0.8 pitch on their focusing rings, and thus V3 is natively compatible with them. Those of you (likely all of you) who have or who plan to use still lenses, the kind that often come with a DSLR, the kind that don't have teeth on their focusing rings, (or at least teeth not sharp enough to create a 0.8 pitch), simply need to get a separately-sold and very affordable D/Gear from D/Focus, and then you'll be able to use V3 with both cinema lenses and still lenses. D/Gear wraps around a still lens to make it compatible with 0.8 gear wheels.

Now to all the functions. V3 is a rod-mount follow focus. It mounts and tightens onto two standard-size 15mm rods, which as a pair are part of most every camera rig, as the foundation of that rig, as the base. Per a component called a "gear plate" being reversible in the V3, you can mount V3 on either side of the rig, to position it on either side of a camera. Mounting on either side means you can use the follow focus left handed or right handed. Once mounted, V3 is a lens-adjustable follow focus -- the top part slides left or right to line up to a lens, and thus V3 supports different lens diameters, pretty-much all the common ones.

A quality benefit V3 offers is little-to-no backlash. V3's gearbox tension is adjustable to reduce backlash to near zero. What this means is that you won't experience gaps, space, looseness, between the teeth of the gear wheel and the lens, and hence you'll have more fluid focus pulls.

V3 comes outfitted with a 3D marking disk for marking focus stops. And it has a standard size port on its focusing wheel for optional whips and cranks to be attached into. These attach to let an assistant pull focus for you from a foot or more away.

A Most Affordable Full-Function Follow Focus
  • Mounts 15mm rods on either the left or right side of the camera
  • Adjusts to different lens diameters, and thus works with most all lenses
  • Compatible with cinema lenses and per the addition of D/Gear with still lenses
Camera Compatibility Camcorders and DSLRs
Rod Compatibility 15 mm
Gear Pitch 0.8 / 32
Material Thermoplastic and aluminum
Weight .28 lbs (127 g)
D Focus Systems D/Focus V3 Follow Focus
  • 1-Year Warranty Against Defects
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    D\\Focus SystemsD/Focus V3 Follow Focus
     
    4.5

    (based on 2 reviews)

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    5.0

    Great Follow Focus

    By Videographer Tamara

    from Seattle, WA

    About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Complex Projects
      • Independent Films
      • In The Studio

      Comments about D\\Focus Systems D/Focus V3 Follow Focus:

      Use the Follow Focus for scenes in music video shoots and its very helpful with other equipment like my Slider. Just seems smooth and easy to use with the Gear that was purchased with it.

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      4.0

      Decent, low price point, durable

      By Hoss Poss

      from Oklahoma

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Low Price

      Cons

      • Cheaper material
      • Limit Adjustment

      Best Uses

      • Photography
      • Video work

      Comments about D\\Focus Systems D/Focus V3 Follow Focus:

      Arri makes an awesome follow focus that's solidly built, smooth like butter, and expensive at heck. The D|Focus is a great little device if you don't have the cash to throw at an Arri, Genus, or Chroziel. I've used mine on many shoots. Everything from corporate vids to weddings and television shows. What's great, like the others, you can use it on practically any camera you want. Whether I'm shooting with my DSLR or my larger shoulder camera, I can slide on the D|Focus and go to town. You may not have as many bells and whistles but, if you need it higher and closer to the camera, get the D|Riser, it's not that much and is still cheaper than the big boys.

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      Gear Drives & Gear Rings

      D Focus Systems -  D/Gear Follow Focus Gear Ring
      • You Pay: $29.99
       

      System Extensions

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      D Focus Systems -  12" 15mm Support Rods
      • You Pay: $41.38
       
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