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I have spent the last month or so developing an affordable Follow Focus solution that I think you guys will really like. This is a BYOLG (Bring Your Own Lens Gear) system. Why is a lens gear not included? Too hard to make. If I were to make them they would have to cost just about as much (if not more) as some existing designs. So it is just easier to buy lens gear from another manufacturer. I recommend the Redrockmicro lens gear. The D|Focus is compatible with any industry standard 32 pitch (0.8 mod) lens gear. You might be able to find one of those "Indian" lens gears on ebay.
All ordering and contact information, as well as pictures and test videos are on the website: http://designbydave.net/dfocus/
It will mount on industry standard 15 mm rails and will work with the popular "Shrigg."
A few drawbacks to the D|Focus:
-No support for cranks or whips, at least not initially. Hopefully I will be able to offer a knob as a future upgrade that will support these. This will add a good amount to the cost however.
-No marking plate. Again I would like to add this on in the future. It should be easier to do than the crank/whip support.
-Because I am not using an expensive gearbox with bushings and bearings that will be a small about of gear "wobble." This would probably be a turn off for professionals, but I think most amateurs/hobbyists/indie film makers will not mind. I have tested it extensively and found that it wasn't much of an issue. Even with the little "slop" it is still 1000% easier to pull focus than turning the focus ring by hand.
My system does perform the main function of a follow focus very well, ergonomics.
I will ship internationally
These are currently in production and should be shipping in about 2 weeks. I have been trying to keep up-to-date information on the production status posted on a twitter page.
Order your D|Focus Today! http://designbydave.net/dfocus/