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Varavon SLING Follow Focus (White)

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Product Highlights

  • Aids Smooth Manual Focus Adjustments
  • Fits Nearly Any Size Lens
  • Also Suitable for Zoom or Iris Pulls

Color: White

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The white 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.

UPC: 659096357385
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)
Packaging Info
Package Weight 0.05 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.2 x 3.2 x 0.4"

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VaravonSLING Follow Focus (Black)
 
4.1

(based on 17 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (11)
  • Easy to use (8)
  • Compact (6)
  • Highly compatible (4)
  • Improves performance (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Independent films (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (3)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (13)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great idea but not for every lens

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...Read complete review

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.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

It kinda broke.....

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...Read complete review

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.

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3.0

Sling follow focus

By Joe

from Somerset, NJ

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Lacks Functionality
  • Limited Compatibility

Best Uses

    Comments about SLING Follow Focus (Black):

    I was hoping I could use this with my cine lenses for the aperture since a second follow focus won't fit behind the other one for focus, but there's nothing to keep it from slipping off the narrow face of the gear. It works OK with a lens that has a wide focus or zoom ring, although it tends to slip a bit if the little teeth are not a close match to the knurl on the lens ring. The elastic strap could have a little less elasticity, too. It doesn't hold the unit very securely.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    Life Saver

    By Dangerpays

    from Victoria, BC

    About Me Professional Artist

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Complex Projects
      • Independent Films
      • In The Studio

      Comments about SLING Follow Focus (Black):

      This is an excellent little focus assist device. It's so small that you can throw it in your camera bag or pocket and take it with you on any shoot. It definitely doesn't replace the need for an actual professional follow focus, but it is very helpful.

      This little guy saved me on a recent live shoot that I was using a Sony FS100 on. If you know that camera, you know that the stock lens doesn't have any sort of a rocker switch attached to it, so all of your zooming is manual right on the lens, which results in really jerky zooms. The focus ring on the lens is also very stiff and the follow focus didn't have enough drive to turn it, so I ended up using this. With a little practice, I was nailing most zooms.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Quality

      By KdotJdot

      from Chicago

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Independent Films

        Comments about SLING Follow Focus (White):

        Quality Product. Made in Korea . Fits nice and snug on my lenses . Smooth action.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Not very useful to me

        By Pingu

        from Brooklyn NY

        Comments about SLING Follow Focus (Black):

        I bought it to use it on the foucus ring of my Rokinon cine lens....but I noticed that was a lot unconfortable, and slided away from the ring everytime. Probably it is made for the rubbber focus ring of the normal photo lenses.

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        5.0

        great

        By quantumrider

        from new york, ny

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about SLING Follow Focus (Black):

              super cheap way to easier pull focus while shooting or zoom

              • Was this a gift?:
              • 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 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 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 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

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                5.0

                Simple tools frequently work best!

                By Small Wonders

                from Brentsville, VA

                About Me Hobbyist

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Macro Photography

                  Comments about SLING Follow Focus (White):

                  As an amature nature photographer I've had trouble in the past getting the focus exactly right. No more! This little device is so simple to use that I wonder why I never thought of building one myself. It fits all of my lens perfectly and worth every penny of the purchase price.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  5.0

                  "I would buy this product again and agai

                  By gagnonjg

                  from Quebec, CA

                  About Me Film Student

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Movies

                    Comments about SLING Follow Focus (White):

                    I use with my reflex Nikon Camera for video

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Simple, Easy, Inexpensive Follow Focus

                    By Brian K

                    from Farmingdale, NY

                    About Me Hobbyist

                    See all my reviews

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • HDSLR video

                      Comments about SLING Follow Focus (White):

                      Impressed how well how easy it is to attatch, grooves fit well. Only thing I think that could improve this is if the stick was a couple of inches longer.

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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 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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                        4.0

                        Good product

                        By Alma, the LilMarauder

                        from Chicago, IL

                        About Me Aspiring Film Maker, Film Professional, Media Educator, Tech Savvy

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact Design
                        • Easy To Use

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Close Up Filming

                          Comments about SLING Follow Focus (White):

                          I'm looking to minimize the amount I'm touching the lense of my DSLR when I'm shooting video. In reviewing my options, I found a lot of jar openers that would work as well (though with heavily mixed reviews). I decided to get two of these, one for zoom and one for focus.

                          The handle on the zoom works quite well, but the narrow width of the Canon EF style focus rings made it quite difficult to get the band to grip it and not fall off the lense in the middle of adjusting focus.

                          I think that adding one additional hole on the silicone band will fix the issues I'm having and won't impair its function with other wider lenses.

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                          • 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 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 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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                              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              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 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

                              Share this review

                              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              2.0

                              It kinda broke.....

                              By Richpence

                              from Charles county, MD

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                              • Poorly Made

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about 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

                                Share this review

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