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FocusMakerDSLR Focusing Tool
 
3.9

(based on 7 reviews)

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60%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (6)
  • Compact (3)
  • Easy to use (3)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (3)

Best Uses

  • In the studio (5)
  • Independent films (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (6)

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3.0

Works but...

By DanDeeMann

from Utah

Pros

  • Works In Passive Mode

Cons

  • Limited Compatibility
  • Pricey / Poor Value

Best Uses

  • In The Studio

Comments about FocusMaker DSLR Focusing Tool:

I bought this for use on a Panasonic GH4 with the 12-35 and 35-100 Panasonic f2.8 lenses. These lenses are almost too small in circumference for a good fit. Also, there is no room between the zoom ring and the focus ring to attach the sight portion of the Focus Maker. I ended up mounting the sight on the front of the lens which places it in front of the ruler ring and that works in the passive mode but you can't use the stops in an active mode. Not having an active stop might be an issue in low-light situations. Also, as another reviewer mentioned it does seem a bit pricey for what you get. My best advice is to carefully evaluate your lenses and make sure the Focus Maker will attach as specified and then decide if the price is right.

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3.0

It all comes down to the lenses

By GL

from New York, NY

About Me Professional Artist

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Handle
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Poor Design
  • Pricey / Poor Value

Best Uses

  • Independent Films
  • In The Studio

Comments about FocusMaker DSLR Focusing Tool:

Not used it too much since I bought it but, I'm a one-man crew videomaker so, I bought this product because it is practical, bold and visible so, this much the product delivers. Depending on the lens you put it on, the straps and rubberbands to attach it might be too wide and cumbersome.

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5.0

works remarkably well

By PhotoBob

from California

Comments about FocusMaker DSLR Focusing Tool:

Looks goofy, but it provides a smooth accurate focusing mechanism. It attaches easily to a lens that has a wide enough focus ring. Included are different colored stops which are handy for various focal points. I use mine at night when normal focusing is all but impossable. By perfocusing with the FocusMaker I can get good night shots.

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5.0

Good tool. Works great

By jspinhirne

from Denver, Co

About Me Hobbyist

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Movies
    • Independent Films
    • In The Studio

    Comments about FocusMaker DSLR Focusing Tool:

    This is a simple but effective tool. A little over priced but it really works.

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    5.0

    Very clever and simple

    By henryhbk

    from boston, ma

    About Me Medical Photography

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Multifocus Shots
      • On the go

      Comments about FocusMaker DSLR Focusing Tool:

      So tis follow focus like tool is much simpler than other follow focuses. I had originally wanted to get a traditional follow focus for my DSLR, but that required rails, and a whole lot of bulk that is impractical in my shooting style in the OR where space is at a premium. This is much more compact (and way more cost effective). I also like that you can preset multiple focus points to do some very clever multi focus shots.

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      4.0

      Works as advertised BUT not so on 50mm

      By FDL Group, LLC

      from Baton Rouge, LA

      About Me Business Owner

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy To Use
      • Improves Performance
      • Inexpensive
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Limited Compatibility
      • Tough To Use With 50mm

      Best Uses

      • Home Movies
      • In The Studio
      • Prosumer Use

      Comments about FocusMaker DSLR Focusing Tool:

      Let's keep this short. If you are looking for a pro quality Follow Focus... This isn't it. BUT I didn't expect or need that. I needed something to allow smooth focus pulls for static use in a studio setting. My primary concern was not spending $300-$500 to accomplish this. This product does what I need for the right price. End of story. The only major drawback is that I use the good ole 50mm lens for a majority of my shots. Boy, do I love that lens. I quickly found that the tiny manual focus ring makes getting this product on and to stay in place tricky at best. On my larger lenses, no issue. I got it to work but one wrong bump and it pops right off.

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      2.0

      overpriced

      By JerMu

      from Columbia, PA

      About Me Professional Artist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Poor Design
      • Pricey / Poor Value

      Best Uses

      • Independent Films
      • In The Studio

      Comments about FocusMaker DSLR Focusing Tool:

      Cheaply made and a strange 'rubber band' mechanism to get it on your lens. Mine came broken (glued it, rather than return it). The concept is perfectly fine but it's WAY over-priced and I feel pretty stupid for buying it.

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