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3 reasons why you need a SmallRig follow focus for your next shoot

If there's one thing many directors dread when filming a scene, it's the task of keeping a moving subject in focus. Of course, it's always a challenge to have a moving subject in focus while trying to balance other critical aspects like composition and lighting.

This manual focus problem is quite common among creatives, but it can be avoided. One way to mitigate these issues is through follow focus. A follow focus will allow you to film moving subjects while keeping your camera rig stable, meaning your subject always remains in focus.

A follow focus feature lets you control focus when shooting video. Unlike most cameras, which are fixed focus and require you to manually adjust the focus with the lens, a follow focus allows you to achieve smooth and precise focus when shooting.

Adding a follow focus to your video rig allows you to be able to adjust the focus of your camera from a more convenient position, other than directly from the lens itself. This helps you easily bring into focus to create sharper shots when filming.

The operating principle of follow focus is simple. It works by attaching it to a motorized ring on your camera's lens mount (or sometimes directly onto your lens). You then use this ring as a joystick to manually move the lens left or right when filming – this allows you to change the focal length of your shot without touching the camera lens, which is incredibly useful in situations where there is not much space to move around an actor (or object), such as inside an office or small apartment, or when using large telephoto lenses requiring more space than usual for focus adjustments (as with long zoom lenses).

There are two main types of follow focus systems: geared and gearless. Geared follow focuses have been the standard for many years, but recently gearless systems have become more popular due to their ease of use, reduced maintenance and lower cost.

Geared follow focuses use two gears, also called rack and pinion, meshed together and allow you to control the focus of your rig with a large side knob. The gearless feature is always within reach as it requires no gear adjustment. Users can simply activate the motorized ring, press record and start filming. The crucial parts of a follow focus that allow you to adjust your focus manually seamlessly are:

– Rod clamp: This is essentially the base of the follow focus and will often be 15mm or 19mm.
– Arm: The arm is attached to the rod collar, and this is the key to the flexibility of your follow focus.
– Gear: The gear serves as a connection point between the arm and the lens button for follow focus. The gear allows the button to find the perfect focus plane by moving it from its minimum to maximum distance.
– Focus Knob: The focus knob helps move the lens gear ring. Users can change focus in smooth movements and transitions with the focus button.

When you're shooting video, it's likely that you've encountered focusing issues at times. Looking at your images and seeing the focus shift from one subject to another can be frustrating. The SmallRig follow focus 3010C solves this problem by making manual focusing easier in the following ways:

1. Suitable for handheld and tripod shooting scenes
Whether you're shooting handheld or on a tripod, a follow focus helps you stabilize your manual focus. The SmallRig follow focus follows the movement of your lens, making it easy to maintain sharp focus throughout your shot. The SmallRig follow focus setup makes it easy to follow what's in focus while keeping an eye on your framing and composition.

2. Providing maneuverability
Whether you're right-handed or left-handed, the SmallRig follow focus allows you to mount the follow focus on either the right or left side of your lens, allowing you to capture the best shots without limiting your use of other accessories.

3. Improved versatility
Do you have different lenses for different shooting scenarios? The SmallRig follow focus has you covered with its multiple interchangeable gears (standard 0.8 MOD), compatible with different lens sizes.

The SmallRig Mini Follow Focus 3010C is a lightweight, portable, easy-to-use follow focus system designed for filmmakers who need to create stunning footage with ease. The product is made of high-strength aluminum alloy, and the gears are made of stainless steel. And the best part is that the mini follow focus sits comfortably under $100, with the following robust features:

– The mini follow focus has adjustable AB
– Marks to easily switch between AB focal length and total focal length
– Multiple interchangeable gears (standard 0.8 MOD), compatible with various lens sizes
– Tie-style gear ring for added versatility
– Easy assembly and assembly with its rod collar (with NATO rail)

At SmallRig, you can be assured of the best build quality accessories. SmallRig is the ideal choice for all your camera shooting equipment. We offer a wide range of products designed to help you get the most out of your camera equipment, whether you're shooting on a budget or with high-end gear. SmallRig products are made with high-quality materials, so you can rest assured that your camera will be protected from bumps or scrapes and will remain in working condition for years to come.

For more information, visit our website and start your SmallRig adventure.

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