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ElvidLynx USB Remote Focus Controller for Canon DSLRs
 
3.1

(based on 8 reviews)

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  • Improves performance (3)
  • Lightweight (3)

Cons

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Best Uses

  • Independent films (3)

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2.0

Cheap and simple but not all there

By Avi

from Atlanta

Comments about Elvid Lynx USB Remote Focus Controller for Canon DSLRs:

I was told it would work with the canon rebel t5i but it did not. The follow focus dial also wasn't to effective.

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1.0

Elvish as left the building

By Llprods

from Australia

Comments about Elvid Lynx USB Remote Focus Controller for Canon DSLRs:

This is a waste of money. It does change focal length but in such a jumping staggering jittery manner as to be useless.
Tried on canon 16-35 and 24-105. Does not perform like the YouTube videos. Beware.

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1.0

no lo recomiendo

By bagres

from colombia

Verified Buyer

Pros

    Cons

    • Poor Performance

    Best Uses

      Comments about Elvid Lynx USB Remote Focus Controller for Canon DSLRs:

      se siente debil, desechable, y el control del foco no es muy bueno, realmente esto no es para profesionales.

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      (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      A Very Cool Product

      By Rebel Exile

      from Edmonton, Canada

      About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Limited Compatibility

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Elvid Lynx USB Remote Focus Controller for Canon DSLRs:

      I bought this not expecting the greatest results after reading some other reviews online.
      However, after a little experimentation, I've found that the Lynx performs well.

      I'll start with some tips that might help you.
      1. Experiment with different lenses.
      I have a variety of Canon and Tamron lenses, and the Lynx works differently with each, as each lens has its focus peculiarities. Some lenses have a wide focus range (meaning you have to turn the focus ring a LOT to get the lens to change focus) and other lenses have a shallow focus range (usually dedicated focal length lenses like a 50mm only lens).
      What this translates to when using the Lynx is the speed in which it can focus while either using the focus dial or when using the set focus points. With some lenses, it's extremely fast and you'll need to dial down the focus speed. With others it's a turtle, so you have to crank up your settings.

      2. Experiment with different camera bodies. I have a few bodies and it reacts with each differently. I've even tried it with my Canon 70D (which isn't listed as compatible) and if I turn off the Auto Focus Movie Servo, the Lynx will interface with that body, too.

      3. It took me awhile to get used to setting the 4 different focus points where you can have it automatically focus on points you determine. But I've learned this 1 Green light flash = setting; 2 quick flashes = clearing. So, if you want to set the focus point, you push it's button til you see the green LED flash once. However, if you don't like that setting, you have to push the button until you see two rapid green flashes, THEN you can set it again when you seen a single flash.
      Also, you MUST use the focal dial on the Lynx to set those focal points. You cannot set them by turning the focus ring on the lens.
      AND if you bottom out the lens using the focal ring, then setting a focal point, you won't have accurate focal point settings. The reason? The lens will back out or move forward in a way that will throw your focal point settings off and you'll have to redo them all. The trick is to NOT bottom out either the focal dial nor the lens. For example: I want to have 4 different focal points in a video to show 3 different characters then leave going out of focus. So, I set my far point for one character, a second focal point for a second character, moving closer to the camera, a third point on the last character, closest to the camera, then I keep dialing until I'm out of focus. Well, if I bottom out the dial ring or focus on my lens, it moves the other three points in reference to the last one, then when I press to return to those settings, they're ALL a bit soft. So, I have to start over. If I don't bottom out, the Lynx hits those points very well and with precision.

      4. Set your coarse focus speed BEFORE you set your focal points (3 jump settings). I've found that if I change it after I've set my focal points, my focal points will have moved. What's nice, though, is that you CAN dial in the speed of those focus moves once you've set them using the fine speed adjustment (9 speed settings).

      These tips have worked well for me, making the Lynx easier to utilize with my bodies and lenses. You may have to run some tests to learn how it works best in your situation.

      I will state that this is a product you'd want to use in a controlled environment, where you have control over camera placements (and therefore focal points).

      I have used it for electronic news gathering, and it works well if I can keep the camera in a fixed position. The focus dial works well on its own for these sorts of events.
      I've also used it for interviews to zoom focus from one interviewee to another.

      The only drawback to this device is that it's not remote controllable.
      I'd love to use it for overhead shots, but you need to be connected via cable to focus.

      I haven't used it yet for stills, but, with those, I'm usually doint that manually, anyway.

      I'm also extremely happy that this comes with not one but two 15mm rail attachments. It's been great to have it enhance my rig and allow me to focus finely without having to cause camera shake while working the focus.

      So far, it's added another way for me to be creative in the work I do.

      I'm glad I purchased it.

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      • Follow-focus.

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      5.0

      Works well

      By T

      from IL

      Comments about Elvid Lynx USB Remote Focus Controller for Canon DSLRs:

      Once I figured out that the focus control only works in Live View, it works very well. Setting the focus points is simple, and so far seems to nail it every time.

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      4.0

      Great addition to my rig

      By VideoPro

      from Los Angeles CA

      Comments about Elvid Lynx USB Remote Focus Controller for Canon DSLRs:

      Easy to use. Plug it into USB and go. I'm happy it works with both my canon cameras. A and B stops have been great in the studio working with macro subjects.

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      4.0

      Mostly works as expected

      By Mark G

      from Johns Creek, GA

      About Me Event Videographer, Hobbyist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Improves Performance
      • Lightweight
      • Low Cost

      Cons

      • Hard To Calibrate

      Best Uses

      • Documentaries
      • Event videos
      • Independent Films

      Comments about Elvid Lynx USB Remote Focus Controller for Canon DSLRs:

      I use a lightweight shoulder rig with a Canon 60D to shoot event videos (promos, weddings, etc.). I needed a unit that would allow me to start and stop recording without moving my hands to the back of the camera, and I needed a unit that would help with remote focus that didn't cost several hundred dollars (and require lens gears).

      The unit generally does what it was designed to do. I was able to mount it on the bar next to my left hand where I can reach it easily. The only issue I have is that the focus controller is hard to calibrate. On my 18-135 zoom, it really only works well when zoomed above 100mm. On my 50mm prime, it is so finely calibrated that I have to spin the knob in circles multiple times to focus. I'm probably doing something wrong with the unit, but it has been a bit frustrating.

      The focus point feature is very good and works as advertised.

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      4.0

      invaluable control module for my 5D MK2

      By clicker

      from Vancouver, British Columbia,Canada

      About Me Professional Photovideo

      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 Elvid Lynx USB Remote Focus Controller for Canon DSLRs:

        I have been experimenting with various rig set-ups and the follow focus solution had eluded me until I discovered and acquired the Lynx controller.It was the perfect solution to use with the 5D MK2.This controller interfaced with the camera functions as stated and being able access up to 4 saved focus points makes a snap to maintain focus,especially on the move,without the need to match gearing for different lense sizes.The remote feature allows for flexible mountng points on a rig or as example, recently I had a camera stand mounted high for a birdseye view for an outdoor wedding and was able to control that camera from below with the controller and a 7"monitor attached.Great value for the price for any follow focus,as well to be able to remotely control many camera functions is a total bonus.

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        • No

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