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IndiPRO ToolsBaseplate & Follow Focus Combo
 
3.7

(based on 10 reviews)

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67%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (8)
  • Lightweight (7)
  • Compact (5)
  • Durable (3)
  • Highly compatible (3)

Cons

  • Poor design (3)

Best Uses

  • Independent films (4)
  • Complex projects (3)
  • In the studio (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (10)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

REALLY pleased

It was a relief to find rails with a follow focus that isn't priced to oblivion. This is great for a beginning or basic rail system.

The follow focus works...Read complete review

It was a relief to find rails with a follow focus that isn't priced to oblivion. This is great for a beginning or basic rail system.

The follow focus works well(friction).
You can mark positions using included white chalk pencil

sturdy aluminum rails. Looks professional

The L shaped camera mounting plate is height adjustable and can be pulled out with camera (but not very smoothly or easily)

The back bracket has a 1/4"-20 threaded insert( I think that means it's compatible with the larger 3/8" screws)

This is by far the best bang for your buck out of the rail and follow focus systems I've seen, IMHO

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Works so-so

This is a friction follow focus. That means that the follow focus wheel must come into solid contact with the lens' focus ring. It has been my experience that this follow focus does...Read complete review

This is a friction follow focus. That means that the follow focus wheel must come into solid contact with the lens' focus ring. It has been my experience that this follow focus does not work great with manual focus lenses such as the Nikon 50mm 1.2 (I'm mounting it as tight as I can). On a lens like this the feel of the focus is very solid (sort of like a fluid tripod head). The friction follow focus slips some with this type of high quality manual lens. I have had better results using it with lighter feeling auto focus lenses.

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3.0

Works so-so

By RWPhoto

from New Orleans

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Easy To Use

Cons

  • Lacks Functionality
  • Poor Design

Best Uses

    Comments about IndiPRO Tools Baseplate & Follow Focus Combo:

    This is a friction follow focus. That means that the follow focus wheel must come into solid contact with the lens' focus ring. It has been my experience that this follow focus does not work great with manual focus lenses such as the Nikon 50mm 1.2 (I'm mounting it as tight as I can). On a lens like this the feel of the focus is very solid (sort of like a fluid tripod head). The friction follow focus slips some with this type of high quality manual lens. I have had better results using it with lighter feeling auto focus lenses.

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    2.0

    get what you pay for

    By HOD

    from New York

    About Me Professional

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about IndiPRO Tools Baseplate & Follow Focus Combo:

    The baseplate and rods are great. Solid construction, almost well designed.

    The follow focus is essentially useless. Hard to adjust, hard to reposition on the rods, unreliable and actually unusable on smaller lenses like a 24mm (full frame) or a pancake 20mm (micro four thirds).

    If you want to look cool this is a cheap way to do that. If you want professional functionality, spend a bit more.

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    5.0

    This Works great with all of my lenses.

    By Karvellius

    from Ontario, Canada

    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Reliable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Everyday use
      • Home
      • Landscape Photography
      • Macro Photography
      • Portraits
      • Studio
      • Traveling

      Comments about IndiPRO Tools Baseplate & Follow Focus Combo:

      I'm not sure why this product had a few bad reviews about it not working well with other people's lenses?! It works great with all my lenses and if it's adjusted properly there is zero slipping. I'm using it with my T4i and 18-135mm lens, 40mm lens, 50mm lens, 8-14mm lens and 14mm lens, it works great with all of these lenses.

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      4.0

      High quality a great entry level device

      By PJM

      from Baltimore, MD

      About Me Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • DSLR Filmmaking

        Comments about IndiPRO Tools Baseplate & Follow Focus Combo:

        Used on a DSLR for follow focus. Excellent craftsmanship. All the parts are tooled to specification. Best device for the price I've seen. Works well specifically for still lenses without cine "Teeth" Allows good external control of focus for an assistant camera. Perfect for entry level productions.

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        4.0

        It works

        By DarkWhite

        from Boston, MA

        About Me Semi-Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Poor Design

        Best Uses

          Comments about IndiPRO Tools Baseplate & Follow Focus Combo:

          This follow focus kit works well, but be advised: It will NOT work with a battery grip, and it will NOT work with a quick release on top (i.e. Manfrotto 577) because it raises the camera. If you are ok with your camera basically living on the unit then its a good buy. The price you pay for what you get with this kit IS unbeatable. I've used it on two low budget music video shoots and it performed veryt well.

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          1.0

          Follow Focus slips

          By Nature Boy

          from Utah

          About Me Semi-Professional

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Poor

          Cons

          • Poor Design

          Best Uses

          • Traveling

          Comments about IndiPRO Tools Baseplate & Follow Focus Combo:

          The Follow Focus slips and cutts a grove in your len.

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          5.0

          FANTASTIC PIECE OF GEAR!

          By Craig

          from Colorado

          About Me Video Professional

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Professional Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Complex Projects
            • Independent Films
            • In The Studio

            Comments about IndiPRO Tools Baseplate & Follow Focus Combo:

            I just got this thing in and installed it on my 60D with a Tamron 17-50 2.8 and I was blown away. The quality it great, much better than expected. Easy to assemble, easily adjustable, light weight and best of all--all metal construction..NO PLASTIC! Works flawlessly and no clumsy, time-consuming gears. Thanks for making such a great product!

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            5.0

            REALLY pleased

            By spgtman

            from NY,NY

            About Me Hobbyist

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Complex Projects
              • Home Movies
              • Independent Films

              Comments about IndiPRO Tools Baseplate & Follow Focus Combo:

              It was a relief to find rails with a follow focus that isn't priced to oblivion. This is great for a beginning or basic rail system.

              The follow focus works well(friction).
              You can mark positions using included white chalk pencil

              sturdy aluminum rails. Looks professional

              The L shaped camera mounting plate is height adjustable and can be pulled out with camera (but not very smoothly or easily)

              The back bracket has a 1/4"-20 threaded insert( I think that means it's compatible with the larger 3/8" screws)

              This is by far the best bang for your buck out of the rail and follow focus systems I've seen, IMHO

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              • No

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              4.0

              Good buy

              By vinny95

              from New York

              About Me Film Student, Hobbyist

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Movies
                • Independent Films
                • In The Studio

                Comments about IndiPRO Tools Baseplate & Follow Focus Combo:

                Good buy,, you get what you see

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                4.0

                BEAUTIFUL for the pricetag

                By Old Sparky

                from Fort Myers, FL

                About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Complex Projects
                  • Independent Films
                  • In The Studio

                  Comments about IndiPRO Tools Baseplate & Follow Focus Combo:

                  To shoot high end projects with a DSLR - you will need a follow focus. I have been shopping for an affordable follow focus and rail system for over 6 months... I have built my own shoulder rig and saved thousands by searching out items like this to do so. This thing works better than I would have ever expected and I would highly recommend it if on a budget. Obviously a geared follow focus will be the absolute best option - but I assure anyone reading that this product does work smoothly!

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