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.
The latest project gaining traction around the blogosphere and looking forward to reaching its fundraising goal of $19,000, comes from an Atlanta GA duo by the names of Daniel Bauen and Mark McJunkin – founders of a microfacturing company who pride themselves on producing and manufacturing all products in the U.S.
Their product, a relatively inexpensive take on your traditional follow focus, is a simple idea and one that have been seen in other do-it-yourself iterations in the past. However, the “Lens/Focus Shifter” seems to mesh all the functional qualities of a non-dial based follow focus system very well, all in one low-budget unit. The shifter can attach itself to lenses with diameters ranging from 56mm, all the way up to 98mm, even leaving the door open for funding of a certain level the option of having a unit built to lens size specifications.
As shown in the images and spotlight video below, the Lens/Focus Shifter also comes with a re-useable Focus Marker, allowing for accurate focus transitions between pre-focused points, only made easier by the large arrow positioned on the focus shifter itself – also clearly shown in the images below. Here’s a look at the unit in practice:
To secure a Lens/Focus Shifter of your own and help this project get Kick-started, be sure to head over to the campaign page and pick a funding option that’s best for you. At the moment, It’s currently available for a minimum $45.00 pledge.