SHAPE Follow Focus / Riser /15mm Rod Kit

SHAPE Follow Focus / Riser /15mm Rod Kit

SHAPE Follow Focus / Riser /15mm Rod Kit

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Product Highlights

  • FF Adjusts Horizontally & Vertically
  • Friction & 0.8-Pitch Geared Wheels
  • Base Adds 2" to Camera Height
  • Includes Pair of 8" 15mm Rods
  • Right or Left Side Mountable
  • Rod Mount Adjusts 1 3/8" Vertically
  • Removable Marking Disk
  • Machined Aluminum Construction
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This Follow Focus / Riser /15mm Rod Kit from SHAPE combines into one bundle all the components needed for you to start pulling focus on your DSLR or camcorder. Included are the Shape follow focus, a pair of 15mm rods, and a camera riser. The follow focus features both friction and geared lens interfaces, a removable marking disk, and a clamp-on 15mm rod base. A single lever locks the half-moon shaped base onto the rods, eliminating the need to slide other accessories off in order to mount the follow focus. Another lever enables you to adjust and lock the follow focus horizontally to fit different lens diameters. The versatile SHAPE follow focus can be used on either side of the lens.

The riser/rod system serves the dual purposes of elevating the camera 2" to better accommodate the follow focus and other accessories, and mounting the included pair of 8" 15mm rods. The rod bracket may be raised up to 1-3/8" using a 4mm hex key (not included). A 4" camera-mounting slot enables you to adjust your camera's position on the riser. Multiple 1/4"-20 and 3/8"-16 threaded holes in the riser base allow for mounting to various tripod plates and other supports.

  • Friction & Gear Follow-Focus Clic with Adjustable Marker

    The Shape Friction & Gear Follow-Focus Clic with Adjustable Marker is designed to attach onto standard 15mm rods of shoulder support rigs and other rigs. It attaches onto them via a clamp system, with simplicity. You would sit the Clic atop the rods, and then slide and close a Shape-patented lever clamp underneath the rods, and the lever locks and holds the Clic securely on the rods.

    The Clic's focus mechanism also works with a clamp system, which when unlocked loosens the focus mechanism and allows it to be moved horizontally. It moves so to adjust itself closer to the lens. As it moves, its main feature -- the focus disk -- moves with it, and the focus disk is what reaches the lens. The focus disk can either be a friction wheel, as you see in the photo above, or a gear wheel. Both are present in this package, and replacing one with the other is accomplished with the help of the included Allen wrench. The friction wheel has a rubber outer surface that would press up against the lens, keep firm contact with it, and ensure accurate and slip-free focusing. The friction wheel would serve well for most lenses and is made of high-quality rubber that in cold temperatures won't get too cold to lose its grip. The gear wheel would accommodate those lenses that specifically have teeth on their focusing rings, and it would do so without any ring gears, by pressing its .8 pitch gears into the teeth.

    The focus mechanism can be used on either the left or the right side of the lens, depending on the direction you place the Clic onto the rods in. And the focus disk itself can be used either in front of the focus mechanism, as you see in the photo above, or behind it, so to accommodate a wider variety of lens lengths. To move the disk to the rear, you would first just unscrew two screws from a cube-shaped gearbox that you can't see in the photo above because it sits behind the focus disk. Once the screws are off, the focus disk can just be flipped over for use with longer lens constructions.

    In the photo above, the white mark disk that you see to the right of the red knob is made of highly resistant Delrin thermoplastic. It can be written on with non-permanent markers to mark up focus measurements for various predetermined shots, and it is interchangeable and thereby many predetermined measurements can be kept ready at your side. Additionally, a slide-adjustable marker made of aluminum is included to be attached beside the mark disk and to be moved and tightened into positions along the disk.

    The Clic is CNC machined and made of lightweight anodized aluminum for strength and durability.

    Designed to attach onto standard 15mm rods.
    Attaches onto the rods via a patented clamp system.
    The focus mechanism moves horizontally to adjust to the lens.
    The focus mechanism can be used on the left or right side of the lens.
    A friction wheel and a gear wheel are included to interchange as the focus disk.
    The focus disk flips to the rear of the focus mechanism to accommodate longer lenses.
    A thermoplastic mark disk can be written on with non-permanent markers and is interchangeable.
    An included marker attaches beside the mark disk and slides and tightens into positions along the disk.
    UPC: 629266000946
  • Paparazzi Riser/15mm Rod System

    Use the SHAPE Paparazzi Riser/15mm Rod System as a base to attach accessories to your DSLR or small camcorder. This system displaces the weight of accessories from the camera to the rods/riser. The Paparazzi riser adds 2" to the camera height while its mounting-screw slot allows for up to 4" of front-to-back adjustment. The 15mm rod system offers thumbscrew-locking 8" rods with Allen key vertical adjustment (up to 1.375"). This riser/rod system can work with various on-camera accessories such as a lens support, matte box, lens adapter, or follow focus.

    UPC: 629266000847
In the Box
Bundle Items
  • Allen Wrench
  • Lifetime Warranty
  • Paparazzi Riser
  • 15mm Rod Riser System

Also Includes

  • Limited Lifetime Warranty
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  • 1Description
  • Friction & Gear Follow-Focus Clic with Adjustable Marker
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 9.606 x 5.906 x 3.937"
  • Paparazzi Riser/15mm Rod System
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.347 x 4.567 x 4.331"
Follow Focus / Riser /15mm Rod Kit is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 3.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Friction is fast and easy! When you're running and gunning, shooting a documentary for example changing lenses often you'll quickly need to ditch your follow focus since you won't have time to swap the gear rings on the lenses. The friction option allows you swap lenses quickly still using the follow focus, giving you much smoother focus pulls. I like this follow focus a lot, its the only one I found that gives you both options. Also the gear seems to spin the opposite way of the other setups I've used, and I like this one better! If something moves away you turn the ring away, moving toward, twist back toward you, it works.My only issue is that the craftsmanship seems a little cheap for the price. No issues yet, nothing broke, but it doesn't quite have the overall quality feel I was hoping for.
Date published: 2013-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Value I bought this for use with my Panasonic AG HMC40. Trying to find an affordable follow focus for this (and other similar cameras) is an exercise in frustration. Any other comparable system cost twice as much. I was extremely pleased when I received the item. Because of the lens on the HMC40 using a system with split gears is impossible which is why I choose Shape with it's friction wheel. It includes a gear as well which will allow flexibility as I upgrade my cameras. I did go through a bit of a panic when I realized the gear box was going to interfere with the matte box on the HMC40. However, the system is so well designed I quickly realized that the gear box could be removed and flipped thus eliminating the problem. The system is solid and fully adjustable to fit nearly any camera package you might want to use. It's really stepped my AG HMC40 up into the realm of Professional Camera Packages. Everything should be this well designed.
Date published: 2013-02-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from simple and easy to use I bought this product and found it had quite a bit of lag in the gears. I contacted SHAPE, explained the situation and they sent out a new gear mechanism in a couple of days. That kind of commitment to their products is worth alot these days. This product is well worth it.
Date published: 2012-03-21
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