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iDC Photo Video SYSTEM ZERO Standard Follow-Focus for Canon 5D MarkIII

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Product Highlights
  • For Wide Angle to Short-Telephoto Lenses
  • Gearless Design for Fast Lens Changes
  • Dedicated Camera Base Plate
  • Sliding Focusing Plate
  • Easy Removal & Adjustment
  • Compatible with Zacuto Z-Finder

The iDC SYSTEM ZERO Standard Follow-Focus for Canon 5D MarkIII is an affordable and versatile follow-focus system designed to lend cinema-like focus control to your DSLR videos. The system's gearless design means that, unlike most other DSLR follow-focus units, this one doesn't require the purchase of dedicated gears to match each lens you use. An adjustable focus wheel attaches to one of four dovetail slots on the sliding focusing plate, which in turn mounts to the dedicated base plate beneath the camera.

The base plate, designed expressly for the Canon 5D MarkIII, can use any standard quick-release assembly for mounting onto a rig or tripod. It also accommodates iDC's adapted Hoodman loupe or a Zacuto Z-Finder, if you need to use a larger viewfinder for even more precise focus. When not in use, the focusing wheel can be slid away from the lens and locked in place, or the combined baseplate/focusing plate/wheel can be removed as one piece (using an allen wrench) for easy switching between video and stills shooting.

This Standard version works with most wide to short-telephoto lenses (see Compatibility spec). For larger, mid-range telephoto lenses, the XL1 kit--with its longer focusing plate--is required.

Completely gearless follow-focus is designed for accurate and smooth focus acquisition.
Accepts multiple LCD loupes including the iDC quick-release adapted Hoodman HoodLoupe 3.0, the Zacuto Z-Finder Pro, LCDVF, and other direct-to-LCD mount-style viewfinders.
The SYSTEM ZERO Camera Plate accepts the Zacuto Z-Finder Pro (not included) when the Z-Finder is equipped with a Zacuto Mounting Frame (not included). The iDC Camera Plate replaces the Zacuto Gorilla Plate in this instance.
Four dovetail slots on the focusing plate provide focus wheel positioning for a wide variety of lenses from wide to short tele-photo.
The sliding focusing plate design allows quick micro-adjustments of the focusing plate for lenses that fall in between the four provided slots.
The slots' dovetail feature captures the wheel assembly for easy fitment.
Focusing wheel accepts white graphic tape for making pre-focus marks.
The focusing wheel port accepts industry standard Arri-style follow-focus whips and cranks.
The system's included O-Ring is very tough, but if your favorite pet happens to get ahold of one, they're user replaceable.
Optional spacer elevates the camera for better access to the thumbscrew while using tripod and monopod adapter plates. It also helps the balance when nose-heavy camera and lens combinations are used. Spacer offers 1/4"-20 and 3/8"-16 mounting holes for adapter plates.
Machined from high quality, aircraft-grade aluminum and finished with soft edges for sleek looks and handheld comfort.
Each camera-specific camera plate offers pin registration for accurate fitment.
SYSTEM ZERO is designed to be modularly compatible with iDC's SYSTEM ONE products. It can also be mounted to any shoulder rig that attaches by way of a 1/4"-20 fastener, or mounted to any adapter plate by way of either a 1/4"-20 or 3/8"-16 fastener.
Compatible with the iDC quick-release U-Boat with or without the SYSTEM ZERO spacer.
Differences in the build of each dedicated camera plate allow for the correct use of the product. Therefore a camera-specific plate is the only additional part needed to mount different camera bodies to the iDC SYSTEM ZERO Follow-Focus Kit.
Focus Adjusting Lens Mount to Focus Ring Distance (with Standard Focusing Plate):
0.63 to 3.38" (1.6 to 8.6 cm)
Lens Compatibility Canon Prime Lenses:

  • EF 14mm f/2.8L USM (Series I & II) (APS-C Only)
  • EF 20mm f/2.8 USM
  • EF 24mm f/1.4L USM (Series I & II)
  • EF 28mm f/1.8 USM
  • EF 35mm f/1.4 USM
  • EF 35mm f/2
  • EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
  • EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
  • EF 50mm f/1.8 II
  • EF 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM
  • EF 85mm f/1.8 USM
  • EF 85mm f/1.2L USM (Series I & II)
  • EF 100mm f/2 USM
  • EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro
  • EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
  • EF 135mm f/2L USM
  • EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM
  • EF 200mm f/2.8L USM
  •  EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM (APS-C Only)

Canon Zoom Lenses:

  • EF 10-22mm f3.5-4.5 USM (APS-C Only)
  • EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM (Series I & II)
  • EF 17-35mm f/2.8L USM
  • EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
  • EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
  • EF 28-70mm f/2.8L USM
  • EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM
  • EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
  • EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM
  • EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
  • EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM
  • EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM (APS-C Only)
  • EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM (APS-C Only)
  • EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM (APS-C Only)
  • EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM (APS-C Only)
  • EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS (APS-C Only)
  • EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS (APS-C Only)

Compatible Canon Tilt-Shift Lenses:

  • TS-E 17mm f/4L
  • TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II
  •  TS-E 45mm f/2.8

Compatible Sigma Prime Lenses:

  • 10 mm F2.8 EX DC Fisheye HSM (APS-C Only)
  • 20 mm F1.8 EX DG Aspherical RF
  • 24 mm F1.8 EX DG Aspherical Macro
  • 28 mm F1.8 EX DG Aspherical Macro
  • 30 mm F1.4 EX DC (APS-C Only)
  • 30 mm F1.4 EX DC HSM (APS-C Only)
  • 50 mm F1.4 EX DG HSM
  • Macro 50 mm F2.8 EX DG
  • Macro 70 mm F2.8 EX DG
  • 85 mm F1.4 EX DG HSM
  • Macro 105 mm F2.8 EX DG

Compatible Sigma Zoom Lenses:

  • 8-16 mm F4.5-5.6 DC HSM (APS-C Only)
  • 10-20 mm F3.5 EX DC HSM (APS-C Only)
  • 10-20 mm F4-5.6 EX DC (APS-C Only)
  • 10-20 mm F4-5.6 EX DC HSM (APS-C Only)
  • 12-24 mm F4.5-5.6 EX DG Aspherical
  • 12-24 mm F4.5-5.6 EX DG Aspherical HSM
  • 17-50 mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSM (APS-C Only)
  • 17-70 mm F2.8-4 DC OS HSM (APS-C Only)
  • 17-70 mm F2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM (APS-C Only)
  • 24-70 mm F2.8 IF EX DG HSM
  • 24-70 mm F2.8 EX DG Macro
  • 18-50 mm F2.8 EX DC Macro (APS-C Only)
  • 18-50 mm F2.8 EX DC Macro HSM (APS-C Only)
  • 28-300 mm F3.5-6.3 DG Macro
  • 18-50 mm F2.8-4.5 DC OS HSM (APS-C Only)
  • 18-125 mm F3.8-5.6 DC HSM (APS-C Only)
  • 18-125 mm F3.8-5.6 DC OS HSM (APS-C Only)
  • 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC (APS-C Only)
  • 18-200 mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS (APS-C Only)
  • 18-200 mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM (APS-C Only)
  • 18-250 mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM (APS-C Only)
  • 50-200 mm F4-5.6 DC OS HSM (APS-C Only)
Lens Compatibility Compatible Tamron All-in-One Zoom Lenses:

  • AF18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di II (APS-C Only)
  • 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD (APS-C Only)
  • AF18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC (APS-C Only)
  • AF28-200mm F/3.8-5.6 XR Di
  • AF28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di VC
  • AF28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di

Compatible Tamron Ultra-Wide-Angle Zoom Lens:

  • SP AF10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II (APS-C Only)

Compatible Tamron High-Speed Zoom Lenses:

  • SP AF17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di II VC (APS-C Only)
  • SP AF28-75mm F/2.8 XR Di
  • SP AF70-200mm F/2.8 Di

Compatible Tamron Telephoto Zoom Lenses:

  • SP70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di VC USD
  • SP AF200-500mm F/5-6.3 Di

Compatible Tamron Macro Lenses:

  • SP AF60mm F/2 Di II (APS-C Only)
  • SP AF90mm F/2.8 Di

Compatible Non-Canon Lenses (as reported by independent users):

  • Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8
  • Zeiss Distagon T 21mm f/2.8 ZE
  • Zeiss Distagon T 28mm f/2 ZE
  • Zeiss Planar T 50mm f/1.4 ZE
  • Zeiss Planar T 85mm f/1.4 ZE
  • Nikkor 24mm f/2.8 (with adapter for EOS Mount)
  • Nikkor 28mm f/2.8 (with adapter for EOS Mount)
  • Nikkor 35mm f/2 (with adapter for EOS Mount)
  • Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 (with adapter for EOS Mount)
  • Nikkor 85mm f/2 (with adapter for EOS Mount)
  • Nikkor 105mm f/2.5 (with adapter for EOS Mount)
  • Nikkor 135mm f/2.8 (with adapter for EOS Mount)
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Please Note:

Super Telephoto Lenses are not supported at this time due to the large diameter of the lens barrel.

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Weight 13.7 oz (388.0 g)
iDC Photo Video SYSTEM ZERO Standard Follow-Focus for Canon 5D MarkIII
  • Canon 5D MarkIII Camera Plate
  • 4-slot Focusing Plate
  • Gearless Wheel Assembly
  • All Necessary Hardware & Tools
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    iDC Photo VideoSYSTEM ZERO Standard Follow-Focus for Canon 5D MarkIII
     
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    5.0

    SMOOTH FOLLOW FOCUS

    By ET

    from LA, CA

    About Me Professional Artist

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    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Highly Compatible
    • Improves Performance
    • Professional Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Movies
      • Independent Films
      • In The Studio

      Comments about iDC Photo Video SYSTEM ZERO Standard Follow-Focus for Canon 5D MarkIII:

      This is the most compact and smooth follow focus I have ever used. I love the fact that this was built for canons specifically. Just a great compact system to shoot with.

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      5.0

      Great product

      By Cigarbuff

      from Dallas, TX

      About Me Professional Artist

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Improves Performance
      • Professional Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Independent Films

        Comments about iDC Photo Video SYSTEM ZERO Standard Follow-Focus for Canon 5D MarkIII:

        I've been shooting stills for a long time, but I'm new to video, so I don't have any prior experience with using a follow-focus. However, I found this product very easy to install and very easy to use. Once installed, it worked very smoothly. I actually had fun playing with it! So far I've only tested it on my 24-105 f/4 L lens, but it works perfectly. I did have to remove the battery grip from my 5D, but I should have known that would be necessary. I should have investigated using one designed for a camera like the 1D that has an integrated grip. Still, I am very happy with the product, and would buy it again. I think it is a great value, as it is well-designed, well-built, and so far functions flawlessly.

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