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FocusMakerDSLR Focusing Tool
 
3.9

(based on 9 reviews)

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67%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (7)
  • Easy to use (4)
  • Compact (3)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (3)

Best Uses

  • In the studio (6)
  • Independent films (4)
  • Home movies (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional artist (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (7)

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4.0

Great for Sharp Shots

By Al

from San Jose, CA

Comments about FocusMaker DSLR Focusing Tool:

I just got this item and haven't been able to stop using it! It's accessories mark the desired focus level with precision. The only little thing is that you must get used to the focusing for smooth movement, but other than than that, it's a great product for changing perceptions within a single take for cool effects!

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4.0

Very good tool

By Rolando José

from Here and there

About Me Professional Artist

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Improves Performance
  • Lightweight
  • Professional Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Complex Projects
    • Home Movies
    • Independent Films
    • In The Studio

    Comments about FocusMaker DSLR Focusing Tool:

    It,s a good tool, but you have to know that on some lens (canon 18-135) the sight goes into the zoom wheel. Good thing about it is that you can use it to make zoom in's or out smoother.
    Haven't use it with the 10 or 55 mm yet, but so far it's a great addition to the DSLR videographer.

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    • No

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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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    • No

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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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    • No

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    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    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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    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    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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      • No

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      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      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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        • No

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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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        (6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        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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        • No

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