Can you get quality for less than £40 in the film industry, well it seems so with this NEEWER Follow Focus unit, very impressive, apart from the lens gear ring.
My JVC LS300 is heading over to Arran to film a pilot comedy film in 4K 25p and I thought a follow focus unit would make it easier to use.
I am using a older Nikon 24-85mm zoom lens which will give an equivalent field of view on the Super 35mm sensor of 36-127mm (1.5x).
Back to the gear ring that comes with the Neewer Follow Focus unit, shocking design. As you can see it has not got the ability to adjust to fit the diameter of the lens and sits proud of the lens.
Fortunately scanning Amazon I found this properly adjustable gear ring from Movo, you get a set of 3 for just over £12 a 67mm, 75mm and an 85mm. I like the way the plastic grips and cushions the lens barrel.
As you can see the Neewer follow focus works well with the MOVO gear ring.
You even get adjustable end stops allowing you precise pull focus positions.
Having had a loan of a £600 Cambo follow focus in the past I was very reluctant to buy the Neewer as I was not expecting much for my money. To my surprise it was a lot better than I had anticipated.
I did try it on my Panasonic GH5 but with the fly by wire focusing you don’t get the same definitive end stops of a manual lens although it did work I prefer to use it with the JVC LS300.
Marks out of 10…I will give the Neewer Follow Focus a 9 out of 10 losing one point for the badly thought out gear ring.
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