2010 October 4th, 00:46
Maybe someone else can make and start selling them. I would make my own but I'm not too good with those small parts. I can't tell exactly how he made his anyways. Even if I do make one, I don't think I would sell them after the failed attempt of my DIY shoulder rig, the Shoulder Holder
2010 October 9th, 18:48
I find it fascinating that the design is so simple. Irv's focus wheel is simple enough and sharp, for sure, but shane 88's is SLICK, and really, IMO a better overall tool. Plus it's cheaper and you don't have to have your hand on the camera. I hope they are available soon.....
2010 October 29th, 18:33
2010 November 4th, 13:35
OMG. How much longer. I'm dying here waiting. Does anyone know of any other options on sale other than "Shane" and "Irv".
2010 November 4th, 13:48
Or if you're not going the sell them ( shane ) how about some more details about the parts?
2010 November 4th, 13:54
i was watching shane's video closer... and if i understand correctly....the wheel moves the built in HV20/30/40 manual focus knob. So this is actually quite different from Irv's.
Does scrolling the Canon MF knob acheive the same results as Irv's focus ring?
2010 November 4th, 14:02
The focusing results would be the same.
2010 November 4th, 14:10
thanks steve. Maybe i'll just go to the Home Depot this weekend and see what i can muster up.
2010 November 4th, 14:14
I've been butchering some mice ( computer mice ) to get wheels, so I'm kinda working on it also ... but very slowly.
Keep us posted on what you find. Maybe collectively we can help with design ideas and parts ideas.
My only complaint about the one shane designed is that it's too close to the back of the LCD.
I had an IRV for a day or 2 and sent it back for a refund. IRV was very gracious about it. It was too stiff and kept falling off the camera.
I'm thinking shane might have used some large rubber washers.
A thin piece cut off the end of a 2" PVC pipe with a section cut out of it will work for mounting.
I've already done that part and it's good.
Mounting that ring piece to something that holds the wheels, a small " L" bracket ... or something is where I'm stuck at the moment.
I downloaded shane's video so I'll be able to do screen grabs and blow them up and brighten them so I can see the actual design better.
Last edited by Steve_Karl; 2010 November 4th at 14:21.
2010 November 4th, 23:47
Man, I really just want to build my own now. This is taking too long. Steve, that's a good place to start.
Maybe I will go to the hardware store and they'll give me a 2" PVC scrap and I'll cut a piece off and
mount it to the HV. Once I get that done I have to go from there and find a way to gear together parts and
make them into a knob for a follow focus like Shane_88's. What is this? Takes him 88 years to respond???
2010 November 5th, 08:07
Yes! I'm glad you're in on this.
Most of the problems I see with suggested DIY projects is poor instructions or unclear / dark images.
Of course the FrugalFilmmaker is the best exception to the rule and also my newest benchmark for quality instruction in the DIY realm.
If we can collectively help each other define the parts we might get this project into a place where it's easy to finish.
2010 November 5th, 08:53
Why not ask Frugal to make one?
2010 November 5th, 09:13
I pretty sure Frugal has a different Canon camera than the HV but I'll send him a link to this thread and maybe if we're lucky ... the guru of DIY will help. :-)
2010 November 5th, 18:01
I just watched the video again. Since it was so dark, I couldn't really see what his parts exactly were, but it looks like he didn't use any gears for the wheel. They're just 2 discs, one for follow focus knob, and the other one perpendicular to it spins the HV's focus wheel. Like Steve said the hard part is how to mount this mechanism to the small L bracket. I don't think hardware stores carry a knob like shane used for his follow focus though, maybe that was custom ordered or he found it online somewhere...
Great idea Daniel
2010 November 12th, 15:36
I've been following this forum for a while and I found this thread. I noticed that there are some of you who are interested in getting their own follow focus wheel. I designed and made one for you and I am willing to sell it if you guys need it. Here is a preview of how the wheel looks and works. Of course the finished product will be painted black. If you are interested please let me know as I can make as many of them as you need.
2010 November 12th, 15:38
2010 November 12th, 15:46
Sorry, now there's a video at the end of my post. One more thing. I've noticed that one of the screws is too long and it is blocking the access to the focus button. It will be shorter in the final version.
2010 November 13th, 10:48
Hey could you post a picture of the other side of your FF? It looks like a good design.
2010 November 13th, 11:26
Nice initial "teaser" video,
....but there's not enough detail to be sure if it's worth buying.
For all we can see it could be attached by a metal hose clamp that needs to be put on / taken off with a screw driver.
If you really want to sell these then I think you need to provide detailed information and detailed pictures.
If it's a good design then I'd buy one. Obviously I don't have the time to do it myself. :-)
2010 November 13th, 14:29
2010 November 13th, 14:30
I just posted some pictures and a description. Waiting for the forum to update. In the meantime you can go here and see the other 2 videos about the wheel.
Last edited by danristei; 2010 November 13th at 14:43.
2010 November 13th, 17:51
Thank heaven!!!!!!! YOU ARE A GENIUS!!!!!!! I will definitely be buying one from you. Looks pretty simple to make though, I wish someone would just post a detailed tutorial so everyone will benefit and be able to make it on their own
Great job. Looking forward to seeing the pictures
2010 November 13th, 19:06
You're right, the design is simple. The down part is that it requires very exact measurements, cuts and assembly in order for it to work. I made about 3 versions before coming down to this one. You also require a lot of tools. Anyway I can start making the FFW16 (follow focus wheel) as soon as orders come in.
2010 November 13th, 21:43
The only problem I would run into would be that tiny U bracket. I can see how you mounted the U bracket to the PVC, and added rubber inside the PVC.
2010 November 14th, 14:42
Isn't the "U bracket" just some C iron cut really short? Also is the PVC 2 inch? Im thinking about making one...