FocusMaker DSLR Focusing Tool

FocusMaker DSLR Focusing Tool

FocusMaker DSLR Focusing Tool

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Product Highlights

  • Follow Focus System
  • Fits Most DSLR Lenses
  • Ideal for Small or Single-Shooter Setups
  • Lightweight at 2.8 oz
  • Fits in Most Camera Bags
  • Easily Mount or Remove
  • Travel Pouch Included
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The FocusMaker DSLR Focusing Tool is a follow focus system that allows you to get fast, smooth, and accurate focusing on virtually any DSLR lens. The FocusMaker mounts on your lens and is comprised of a ruler with incremental focus marks, lens strap, sight, clip-on stops, and handles. It is lightweight at only 2.8 ounces and fits in most camera bags, making it ideal for small crews or single shooter setups.

The FocusMaker features a half-circle ruler that straps on to the focus ring of your DSLR lens. The ruler offers incremental markings for increased accuracy when obtaining focus marks. A sight mounts on the lens barrel and provides a fixed point for viewing the ruler's measurements. Focus points are marked using the clip-on stops. The stops can be mounted to serve as active hard stops or as passive stops for loose or intermediate focus points. Two handles are provided which attach to the ruler and provide smooth, jitter-free focusing. A travel pouch comes included.

UPC: 632963441905
In the Box
FocusMaker DSLR Focusing Tool
  • Ruler
  • 2 x Lens Strap
  • Sight
  • 6 x Clip-On Stop
  • 2 x Handle
  • Travel Pouch
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    FocusMaker FM01 specs

    Compatibility Focus ring diameter: 2.48 to 3.58" (63.00 to 91.00 mm)
    With longer elastic bands: up to 4.53" (115.00 mm) (longer bands not included)

    Minimum focus ring bandwidth: 0.31" (8.00 mm)
    Dimensions Ruler
    Diameter: 8.27" (21.00 cm)
    Height from top of lens: 2.56" (6.50 cm)

    Sight
    Height from top of lens: 3.3" (8.5 cm)
    Weight 2.8 oz (79.4 g)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.2 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 11.7 x 6.0 x 0.8"

    FocusMaker FM01 reviews

    DSLR Focusing Tool is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 18.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Works as advertised BUT not so on 50mm 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.
    Date published: 2013-11-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very clever and simple 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.
    Date published: 2013-11-14
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Does not fit my lenses well. Mounting the FocusMaker sight and ruler ion my Canon 70-200mm IS 2.8 works well. The sight does not fit my 100-400mm IS L II lens . the sense mount interfere. The sight is somewhat unstable when mounted on the Canon 24-70mm 2.8 IS L lens because of the AF button being in the way. Because of this I returning the FocusMaker.
    Date published: 2017-08-04
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from love this. I find this so much simpler and easier than a rod mount follow focus. Muscle memory and a glance at the grid allows intuitive natural follow focus. Even if I had an AC, I'd rather he used this. there's another brand of these out there I'd like to check out, but these are pretty good. Only problem is its made for lens with a larger diameter than my Zeiss's and squeezing it down to fit broke the first set after a year or so.
    Date published: 2017-04-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from works remarkably well 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.
    Date published: 2014-01-06
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from overpriced 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.
    Date published: 2013-11-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good tool. Works great This is a simple but effective tool. A little over priced but it really works.
    Date published: 2014-01-03
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Works but... 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.
    Date published: 2015-01-28
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