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Varavon SLING Follow Focus (Black)

You Pay: $13.49
Product Highlights
  • Aids Smooth Manual Focus Adjustments
  • Fits Nearly Any Size Lens
  • Also Suitable for Zoom or Iris Pulls

The black Varavon SLING Follow Focus mounts on nearly any size lens and aids smooth manual focus adjustments when shooting video with an HDSLR. The silicone band stretches to fit tightly around the lens barrel, and the inside surface of the band is ribbed to ensure a secure grip. This simple device provides ample leverage for effortless manual focus, zoom or iris adjustments.

Materials Lever: polycarbonate
Band: silicone
Dimensions Lever: 2.95 x 2.95 x 0.31" (75 x 75 x 8 mm)
Band: 0.39 x 9.05 x 0.07" (10 x 230 x 2 mm)
Weight 0.49 oz (14 g)

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VaravonSLING Follow Focus (Black)
 
4.0

(based on 9 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (7)

Cons

    Best Uses

        • Primary use:
        • Personal (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (7)

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      5.0

      great

      By quantumrider

      from new york, ny

      Verified Buyer

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        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Varavon SLING Follow Focus (Black):

            super cheap way to easier pull focus while shooting or zoom

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            • No

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            4.0

            Not perfect but close.

            By Mark Esper

            from London, UK.

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Could Be More Rigid

            Best Uses

            • Independent Films
            • In The Studio

            Comments about Varavon SLING Follow Focus (Black):

            I'd been looking for a simply follow focus system for my Nikon lenses and these work really well. They're small, lightweight and cheap. There's a little bit of unnecessary play front to back but generally they work fine.

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            4.0

            Excellent for the money

            By Mark Esper

            from London, UK

            Comments about Varavon SLING Follow Focus (Black):

            Simple and lightweight these follow focus rings work fine on both big and small diameter lenses. That said, make sure you secure them tightly to the lens so as to eliminate any play or twist when using. Ideal for both focus and aperture pulls.

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            5.0

            look at the price... case closed!

            By Tony

            from Danbury CT

            About Me Hobbyist

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Improves Performance
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Movies
              • Independent Films

              Comments about Varavon SLING Follow Focus (Black):

              The price says it all. If you don't want to spend hundreds on a "real" focus system, this will supplement. Easier than fiddling with the focus wheel in the middle of a shoot

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              • No

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              2.0

              Not Worth $15

              By Smoovies

              from Charlotte, NC

              Pros

              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Not Enough Pockets
              • Sizing
              • Wears Out Easily

              Best Uses

                Comments about Varavon SLING Follow Focus (Black):

                This is more useful for zoom adjustments rather than focus. When trying to mount the SLING on my Canon Rebel T2i, it doesn't fit tight enough on the focus lens, and as a result, it keeps slipping off. The grooves on the handle are made to fit around the zoom lens instead.

                • Primary use:
                • Personal
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                5.0

                Pretty Nifty

                By Jonny C

                from NY, NY

                About Me Pro photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Focus Pulls
                  • Manual Zooms

                  Comments about Varavon SLING Follow Focus (Black):

                  The Sling Follow Focus works very well for such a seemingly simple device. One just needs to install it on a lens that has a large enough barrel diameter - the sling may be too long to wrap tightly around the lens and the 1/4 moon-shaped hard plastic handle might not fit snuggly.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Business
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  5.0

                  So much easier to focus!

                  By ejunterman

                  from Woodstock, NY

                  About Me Career

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Comfortable Strap
                  • Good Strap Length
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Video

                    Comments about Varavon SLING Follow Focus (Black):

                    This item is to help me with manual focus on my 5D Mark II while shooting video. It is very inexpensive and a life savor! It enables me to use the tips of my fingers to focus (on the sling) - instead of my whole hand (around the focus ring).

                    • Primary use:
                    • Business
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Great idea but not for every lens

                    By Mike (Magmafire)

                    from Massachusetts

                    About Me Practical

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Good Strap Length
                    • Lightweight
                    • Universal Use

                    Cons

                    • Feels Cheap
                    • Looks cheap

                    Best Uses

                    • Daily Use

                    Comments about Varavon SLING Follow Focus (Black):

                    So I bought this as a last option since I have been unable to find a cheap follow focus choice for my MFT SLRMagic Prime. This looked like a really good idea. The handle has teeth on the end to grip into the grooves of a lens barrel. The rubber strap goes around the lens with a string feeling rubber. The handle feels a little cheap. The price isn't so justified. I think it only costs this much, because there isn't an alternative to this style of follow focus. Anyway, I'll get to the point if it worked or not. As designed, no. You need a lens with a wider barrel. If I had to guess, the lens barrel would need to be about 1 1/2" to 2". My SLR Prime has a barrel diameter of about 1". But what I did to sort of get it to work was to wrap the strap around twice and double loop it. It initially misses but for a minor brief moment, so it's still functional. I don't recommend this as an option for small lenses. I'm just making this work because it's better than actually buying a real follow focus. I will say that this tool could be used on many lenses so it sort of has an extra value when you have the right size lens for it. I recommend this tool for Nikon, Canon, and other larger lens sizes.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    2.0

                    It kinda broke.....

                    By Richpence

                    from Charles county, MD

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                    • Poorly Made

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Varavon SLING Follow Focus (Black):

                      It seemed great when I took it out of the package, but there was not a hole short enough to fit around some of my lenses (a pentax-m 50mm f1.4, and Pentax-a 28mm f2.8) so I truest burning a new hole into the rubber or whatever material it is, and when that didn't work, I tried cutting it, but as I was afraid of, the band is made of that kind of rubber that when there is even the tinest hole or cut, it'll just keep on ripping until it rips in two. This happened to me. But after many different attempts to mend it (no type of glue will stick, and no heat will melt it) I just used a rubber band to hold it together and it actually works pretty well. Better than the orignal as I can get a tighter fit. But all this can be avoided if your lenses aren't too big. If your lens has a filter of 52mm or greater, then you should be fine. If your lens is 49mm or less, it probably will not fit very well. So your leica, micro four thirds, and older film lenses probably will not fit this product.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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