Recently, more and more examples of ingenious follow focus systems have found their way from the innovative minds of filmmakers, to the pages of the familiar crowdfunding site Kickstarter, hoping to make their creative dreams a reality. The latest example comes from an NYU film school graduate by the name of Brandon David Cole and the filmmaking equipment company, Midas Mount, bringing with them a new bike-handlebar rack focus system dubbed the “Snap Focus”.
Kickstart This Project: The New Lens/Focus Shifter – An Intriguing Low-Budget Follow Focus Alternative
Over the course of the past year, a flurry of ingeniously designed camera accessories have graced the pages of Kickstarter, hoping to not only capitalize on the cash cow crowd-sourcing has become, but also deliver relativity inexpensive tools for the community of independent visual creatives.
Leave it to the community, an MIT educated mechanical engineer, and a rock-climber/Photoshop guru, not the camera gear manufacturer, to envision an idea so simple, functional, and innovative that it makes you wonder why something like the TrekPak hasn’t been already been introduced into the market.
This is a Guest Post by Howard P. Stern of BomoArts.com
Absolutely AWESOME the Bolex is back and its digital. When I first saw this posted I thought this was either going to be a joke or some hokey Lomo kind of toy. This is not a toy and it’s not just a concept this camera going to happen!
From its approachable price, to the sturdy build quality, and the impressive imagery it produces the 16mm Bolex has had a long and respectable history from professionals and students alike. I used one in film school and owned one for a brief period of time before I had to sell it so I could eat, I still regret the decision not to starve by the way.
In an effort to show appreciation, support, and dedication to the entire photographic community, as well as the devoted street photographers who frequent his blog, “In 35 mm…,” Alex Coghe, a Mexico City-based photojournalist, has recently published the aptly named Street Photography an eBook by Alex Coghe free of change, in the strict hopes that its readers can learn a bit more about capturing images from the beautifully-dynamic, candid world of street life.
The Digital Visual has made it a point to persistently share legal news surrounding cases involving infringement of rights and fraud concerning our fellow creatives with you, our readers. The latest case gaining traction comes from American freelance photographer Carlos Miller and his ongoing wrongful arrest battle for taking photographs and video footage of police officers in public at the Occupy Miami protests.
You won’t exactly need to do much deciphering to get a handle on what writer and shooter Wiley Davis’s Kickstarter campaign is all about as the product’s name paints the majority of the picture already.
The Fifty-Dollar Follow Focus, which actually costs a minimum of $60 with shipping, is an aluminum, belt-driven rig that packs a surprising number of of well-thought out features, especially when considering its price-point. As shown in the campaign video below, the FDFF can easily be adjusted, catering to a wide variety of small to medium sized lenses and, if need be, an upgradable unit with a larger pulley and longer belt is available for $75.00 to handle some of the bigger lenses you may own. Take a look:
One of the greatest aspects associated with the independent-creative community is the support to our peers and from our peers with the overall intent to drive the industry forward and help those involved along the way. There is no better example of this, in my opinion, then with the crowd-funding efforts by the likes of Kickstarter. Today, we look at two new DSLR video accessories that are looking for our help to get going.