Cinevate Focus Lever

I have to be honest. The idea of paying $500+ for a quality follow focus, when your camera costs less than $2000 seems like a largely “extra” expense. Same with paying for a Matte Box just to make your camera look “more professional.” Anyone who has worked on a film crew knows that things behind the scenes don’t always look nice. Gaffers tape holds things together, cheap wood wedges level dolly rails, etc. Ultimately, what matters most is what you get out of the camera.

With that said, an affordable follow focus solution is available from Cinevate. It’s called the Durus Focus Lever and is used in conjunction with the Durus Focus Gears.

The best part? A focus gear and the lever can be purchased for about 100 bucks.

Check it out here.

And here’s a link to the Cinevate video about it on Vimeo.

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ChrisFebruary 20, 2010 5:52 pm

If you have been on film sets than you should know that the mattebox serves a bigger purpose than “looking professional” It allows the dp to control the light entering the lens. Using filters to make the light as white as possible. Pure white light has the most color reproduction. Having a professional accessories for DSLR shooting is just that.

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ryanhinmanFebruary 21, 2010 1:22 pm

Hi Chris,

I am seconding what Denver posted. My point in posting this wasn’t to disparage the usefullness of a matte box (which I have used), but to point out that many people are adding them to their cameras sheerly for aesthetic purposes. For many shooters, making their camera look “nicer” is a total luxury. If you want one and have the money, by all means get one. Your camera will look much better than ours.

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ChrisFebruary 22, 2010 12:03 pm

Thanks for putting up with the comment. I am just seeing way too many noobs (for the lack of a better term) picking up these DLSRs and asking where the autofocus button is. My background is in motion picture film, mainly 16mm & Super 16mm. These cameras are a blessing to shoot film style without the cost of processing for a workprint. Not to mention telecine time @ 2K. Great site guys. Keep it up!

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