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The iDC SYSTEM ZERO XL2 Follow-Focus for Canon 5D MarkIII is an affordable and versatile follow-focus system designed to lend cinema-like focus control to your DSLR videos. The system's gearless design means that, unlike most other DSLR follow-focus units, this one doesn't require the purchase of dedicated gears to match each lens you use. An adjustable focus wheel attaches to one of seven dovetail slots on the sliding focusing plate, which in turn mounts to the dedicated base plate beneath the camera.
The base plate, designed expressly for the Canon 5D MkIII, can use any standard quick-release assembly for mounting onto a rig or tripod. It also accommodates iDC's adapted Hoodman loupe or a Zacuto Z-Finder, if you need to use a larger viewfinder for even more precise focus. When not in use, the focusing wheel can be slid away from the lens and locked in place, or the combined baseplate/focusing plate/wheel can be removed as one piece (using an allen wrench) for easy switching between video and stills shooting.
This XL2 version works with most wide to mid-range telephoto lenses (see Compatibility specs), with a second wheel assembly included for use with the zoom ring on Canon's 70-200mm zoom lens. For smaller prime and telephoto lenses, the Standard kit--with its shorter focusing plate--may be more suitable.
Completely gearless follow-focus is designed for accurate and smooth focus acquisition.
Accepts multiple LCD loupes including the iDC quick-release adapted Hoodman HoodLoupe 3.0, the Zacuto Z-Finder Pro, LCDVF, and other direct-to-LCD mount-style viewfinders.
The SYSTEM ZERO Camera Plate accepts the Zacuto Z-Finder Pro (not included) when the Z-Finder is equipped with a Zacuto Mounting Frame (not included). The iDC Camera Plate replaces the Zacuto Gorilla Plate in this instance.
Seven dovetail slots on the focusing plate provide focus wheel positioning for a wide variety of lenses from wide to telephoto.
The sliding focusing plate design allows quick micro-adjustments of the focusing plate for lenses that fall in between the four provided slots.
The slots' dovetail feature captures the wheel assembly for easy fitment.
Focusing wheel accepts white graphic tape for making pre-focus marks.
The focusing wheel port accepts industry standard Arri-style follow-focus whips and cranks.
The system's included O-Ring is very tough, but if your favorite pet happens to get ahold of one, they're user replaceable.
Optional spacer elevates the camera for better access to the thumbscrew while using tripod and monopod adapter plates. It also helps the balance when nose-heavy camera and lens combinations are used. Spacer offers 1/4"-20 and 3/8"-16 mounting holes for adapter plates.
Machined from high quality, aircraft-grade aluminum and finished with soft edges for sleek looks and handheld comfort.
Each camera-specific camera plate offers pin registration for accurate fitment.
SYSTEM ZERO is designed to be modularly compatible with iDC's SYSTEM ONE products. It can also be mounted to any shoulder rig that attaches by way of a 1/4"-20 fastener, or mounted to any adapter plate by way of either a 1/4"-20 or 3/8"-16 fastener.
Compatible with the iDC quick-release U-Boat with or without the SYSTEM ZERO spacer.
Differences in the build of each dedicated camera plate allow for the correct use of the product. Therefore a camera-specific plate is the only additional part needed to mount different camera bodies to the iDC SYSTEM ZERO Follow-Focus Kit.
In the Box
iDC Photo Video SYSTEM ZERO XL2 Follow-Focus for Canon 5D MarkIII
Canon 5D MarkIII Camera Plate
7-slot Focusing Plate
Gearless Wheel Assembly
All Necessary Hardware & Tools
Limited 1-Year Warranty
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Lens Mount to Focus Ring Distance (with XL1 Focusing Plate): 0.63-5.75" (1.6-14.6 cm)
Canon Prime Lenses:
EF 14mm f/2.8L USM (Series I & II) (APS-C Only)
EF 20mm f/2.8 USM
EF 24mm f/1.4L USM (Series I & II)
EF 28mm f/1.8 USM
EF 35mm f/1.4 USM
EF 35mm f/2
EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
EF 50mm f/1.8 II
EF 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM
EF 85mm f/1.8 USM
EF 85mm f/1.2L USM (Series I & II)
EF 100mm f/2 USM
EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro
EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
EF 135mm f/2L USM
EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM
EF 200mm f/2.8L USM
EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM (APS-C Only
Canon Zoom Lenses:
EF 10-22mm f3.5-4.5 USM (APS-C Only)
EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM (Series I & II)
EF 17-35mm f/2.8L USM
EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
EF 28-70mm f/2.8L USM
EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM
EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM
EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM
EF 70-200mm f/4L USM
EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM
EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM
EF 300mm f/4L IS USM
EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM (APS-C Only)
EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM (APS-C Only)
EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM (APS-C Only)
EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM (APS-C Only)
EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS (APS-C Only)
EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS (APS-C Only)
Canon Tilt-Shift Lenses:
TS-E 17mm f/4L
TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II
TS-E 45mm f/2.8
Sigma Prime Lenses:
10 mm F2.8 EX DC Fisheye HSM (APS-C Only)
20 mm F1.8 EX DG Aspherical RF
24 mm F1.8 EX DG Aspherical Macro
28 mm F1.8 EX DG Aspherical Macro
30 mm F1.4 EX DC (APS-C Only)
30 mm F1.4 EX DC HSM (APS-C Only)
50 mm F1.4 EX DG HSM
Macro 50 mm F2.8 EX DG
Macro 70 mm F2.8 EX DG
85 mm F1.4 EX DG HSM
Macro 105 mm F2.8 EX DG
APO Macro 150 mm F2.8 EX DG HSM
APO Macro 180 mm F3.5 EX DG
APO Macro 180 mm F3.5 EX DG HSM
Sigma Zoom Lenses:
10-20 mm F3.5 EX DC HSM (APS-C Only)
10-20 mm F4-5.6 EX DC (APS-C Only)
10-20 mm F4-5.6 EX DC HSM (APS-C Only)
12-24 mm F4.5-5.6 EX DG Aspherical
12-24 mm F4.5-5.6 EX DG Aspherical HSM
17-50 mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSM (APS-C Only)
17-70 mm F2.8-4 DC OS HSM (APS-C Only)
17-70 mm F2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM (APS-C Only)
24-70 mm F2.8 IF EX DG HSM
24-70 mm F2.8 EX DG Macro
18-50 mm F2.8 EX DC Macro (APS-C Only)
18-50 mm F2.8 EX DC Macro HSM (APS-C Only)
28-300 mm F3.5-6.3 DG Macro
APO 50-500 mm F4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM
APO 70-200 mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM
APO 70-200 mm F2.8 II EX DG Macro HSM
18-50 mm F2.8-4.5 DC OS HSM (APS-C Only)
18-125 mm F3.8-5.6 DC HSM (APS-C Only)
70-300 mm F4-5.6 DG OS
APO 70-300 mm F4-5.6 DG Macro
70-300 mm F4-5.6 DG Macro
18-125 mm F3.8-5.6 DC OS HSM (APS-C Only)
18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC (APS-C Only)
18-200 mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS (APS-C Only)
18-200 mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM (APS-C Only)
18-250 mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM (APS-C Only)
APO 50-150 mm F2.8 II EX DC HSM
APO 120-400 mm F4.5-5.6 DG HSM
APO 120-400 mm F4.5-5.6 DG OS HSM
APO 150-500 mm F5-6.3 DG HSM
APO 150-500 mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM
50-200 mm F4-5.6 DC OS HSM (APS-C Only)
Tamron All-in-One Zoom Lenses:
AF18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di II (APS-C Only)
18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD (APS-C Only)
AF18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC (APS-C Only)
AF28-200mm F/3.8-5.6 XR Di
AF28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di VC
AF28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di
Tamron Ultra-Wide-Angle Zoom Lens:
SP AF10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II (APS-C Only)
Tamron High-Speed Zoom Lenses:
SP AF17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di II VC (APS-C Only)
SP AF28-75mm F/2.8 XR Di
SP AF70-200mm F/2.8 Di
Tamron Telephoto Zoom Lenses:
SP70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di VC USD
SP AF200-500mm F/5-6.3 Di
AF70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di
Tamron Macro Lenses:
SP AF60mm F/2 Di II (APS-C Only)
SP AF90mm F/2.8 Di
SP AF180mm F/3.5 Di
Non-Canon Lenses (as reported by independent users):
Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8
Zeiss Distagon T 21mm f/2.8 ZE
Zeiss Distagon T 28mm f/2 ZE
Zeiss Planar T 50mm f/1.4 ZE
Zeiss Planar T 85mm f/1.4 ZE
Nikkor 24mm f/2.8 (with adapter for EOS Mount)
Nikkor 28mm f/2.8 (with adapter for EOS Mount)
Nikkor 35mm f/2 (with adapter for EOS Mount)
Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 (with adapter for EOS Mount)
Nikkor 85mm f/2 (with adapter for EOS Mount)
Nikkor 105mm f/2.5 (with adapter for EOS Mount)
Nikkor 135mm f/2.8 (with adapter for EOS Mount)
Super Telephoto Lenses are not supported at this time due to the large diameter of the lens barrel.
22.4 oz (635.0 g)
iDC Photo Video SYSTEM ZERO XL2 Follow-Focus for Canon 5D MarkIII Review