Comments about D\\Focus Systems D-Mount Bundle with V4 Follow Focus:
After reading a relatively positive review of the DFocus by Philip Bloom and others, I decided to pick one up for my 5DM3. Now, before I begin my review, I just want to say that I'm sure the people at DFocus are awesome and I don't mean to bash their product in any way shape or form; this is just my honest assessment of the V4. First off, I've never used a follow focus system so when the product came without any instructions (besides a pieces & parts schematic) I was a little confused. Especially because there were like 6 bags with screws, allen keys, and other various tiny screws that I nearly lost 2 seconds after opening the bag. 2: FLIMSY PLASTIC RING - The ring that goes around the lens is made of flimsy plastic which feels like it could easily break (I was nervous just fitting it around my 24-70mmL2). In addition, depending on the diameter of your lens, you have to insert screws into the ring to obtain a proper fit. In my opinion, this is the biggest problem of the device. Nobody wants to run around carrying baggies filled with various-sized screws and have to rebuild a ring to fit their lenses. DFocus also sells individual rings, currently at $30 each; definitely not a bargain for cheap plastic. This bundle would have been a lot more attractive for the price if they included three rings with fixed diameters. 3: LARGE & BULKY - I really love how unobtrusive my DSLR is when stalk. When I put the Dmount on it, it instantly became a lot more labored looking and unattractive. But not all is bad! The plus side is the fact that the actual mechanism that turns the focus appears to have been machined very well. Turning the dial felt very proper and professional. In all honesty, the device works very well and for the price, I definitely see the appeal. If I were to ever buy this product again or anticpate the next version, I would love to see a few simple things...instructions, 3 fixed aluminum rings, and smaller/tighter construction. Cheers.
Was this a gift?:
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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