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AMCMMedia
09-17-2012, 03:27 PM
I am currently looking for a good rig and follow focus for a BMC. I've looked at Shape, Red Rock and Zacuto. Zacuto's follow focus is 1,300 dollars. Is there any Follow Focus for Less and what is the Best Rig?

Costa Louvieris
09-17-2012, 03:32 PM
I am currently looking for a good rig and follow focus for a BMC. I've looked at Shape, Red Rock and Zacuto. Zacuto's follow focus is 1,300 dollars. Is there any Follow Focus for Less and what is the Best Rig?

I use http://www.shoot35.com/products/dslraccessories/dslrmountcinefocuspackage/dslrmountcinefocuspackageframe.html

Good price and works very well.

tp1687
09-17-2012, 04:01 PM
We've got a bunch of Tilta gear and like it. Seems to potentially be built closer in quality to the more expensive stuff out there, just for less money.

scntfc
09-17-2012, 04:14 PM
i have the cheesycam designed(?)/endorsed cage for dslr's and it was a steal ($79). they have a rod attachment for $50 and claim to be working on a bmc version of the cage. there are a few ultra-cheap follow focus set ups available on ebay, but i have no experience with them...could be pretty dodgy for something that needs a good deal of precision.

Steve4505
09-17-2012, 04:40 PM
I have limited experience with follow focus, but I don't like the universal gear bands that go around the lens like a zip tie and tighten with a screw. The end flops around and can get stuck. Maybe as a back-up in a pinch

Rob187
09-17-2012, 05:00 PM
Buy the shoot35... it's a primo quality and worth every penny!!!

robmneilson
09-17-2012, 05:27 PM
I've got one of those TrusMT follow focuses. It's good for the price...I was cursing at it a bit today, but I find I curse at all follow focuses that are not named Arri or O'Connor for the most part.

soupkitchen
09-17-2012, 06:39 PM
look up gini rigs on ebay. Absolutely the best bang for the buck.

mhood
09-17-2012, 06:47 PM
look up gini rigs on ebay. Absolutely the best bang for the buck.

Yes...mine has served me well with my 7D for over two years now. It has traveled the world in a Pelican case and only requires occasional tightening up with the right sized allen wrench. Fine affordable 15mm kit.

morgan_moore
09-18-2012, 12:25 AM
I have limited experience with follow focus, but I don't like the universal gear bands that go around the lens like a zip tie and tighten with a screw. The end flops around and can get stuck. Maybe as a back-up in a pinch

For stills lenses .. no floppy bit :) http://www.halfinchrails.com/rigs-and-kits/zip-tie-focus-gears

dustylense
09-18-2012, 02:25 AM
Tilta or Gini rigs...

Scanners286
09-21-2012, 05:27 AM
+1 for what Hamiltion11 just said.

In other news, has anyone used the Cinematics matte box? Any thoughts?

Stuart Hooper
09-21-2012, 09:23 AM
I'm very happy with my Gini.

nyvz
09-21-2012, 09:57 AM
I'm pretty happy with the Cavision Basic Mini follow focus. It has a relatively small knob but the gear can be mounted on either side or switched out for a different ratio gear, and it can drop right onto rods and has an adjustable indicator. For $260 its quite good, nice solid build. And they have them at B&H so you don't have to order them from other countries.

Frank Glencairn
09-21-2012, 11:19 AM
I like that Bebob pretty much - lightwight but rock solid.

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Cornelius
09-21-2012, 12:07 PM
"Now we see. . . The rare and elusive Black Magic Cinema Camera. . . Not many people have had the chance to see such a magnificent wild beast like this in it's natural inhabitance." - David Attenborough

RockhopperVFX
09-21-2012, 06:23 PM
whats that funny square thing in the middle of your rig frank?

Pete Marlboro
09-21-2012, 07:31 PM
ohh... mushroom ;-)

Tim Hole
09-21-2012, 09:30 PM
I'll add a thumbs up to one of the various incarnations of the GINI rig. For the price of the rig, its pretty much worth getting for the Follow Focus alone...

http://ginirigs.com/

Pete Marlboro
09-21-2012, 10:48 PM
it can be cheap like this


viewfactor.net - bmc cage - $314

from ebay:
chinese Matte Box 2-stage - $215
CatClaw. Cheese Plate for v-mount plate - $33
Front Hand Grip Handle - $55
Single Handle Grip - $20
Extender Rod Clamp Rod Support Rail for zoom H4n - $14
Monitor magic arm - $17
cheapest 130Wh Li-ion Lithium Battery V-mount 130S + charger $219

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nickjbedford
09-21-2012, 11:19 PM
I had a look at the Manfrotto Sympla rig in a store and its actually quite a bit more solid and larger than what the photos portray. I'm probably going to get that as it has a mount that can be used on a tripod then removed to use the rig as a shoulder rig.

dustylense
09-21-2012, 11:38 PM
I had a look at the Manfrotto Sympla rig in a store and its actually quite a bit more solid and larger than what the photos portray. I'm probably going to get that as it has a mount that can be used on a tripod then removed to use the rig as a shoulder rig.

I'm gonna warn you NOT to buy that rig. It's beastly heavy and for NO reason beastly heavy. I bought the rig kit because I wanted the baseplate for a special rigging and all I could get that day I needed it was the full kit. The base plate is cool for adjustments, but as a total package the weight is too much before you start adding monitors, batteries and so on. Look at the Tilta rigs before you think about the Sympla.

Jglucks
09-21-2012, 11:43 PM
I just bought the Tilta Runner Rig earlier today. It's on sale until Sunday for $649 with code: TiltaRunner649

Frank Glencairn
09-22-2012, 02:26 AM
whats that funny square thing in the middle of your rig frank?

The monitor you mean or the JuicedLink pre-amp?

Here is a shot from a different angle

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jambredz
09-22-2012, 11:25 AM
he may have been joking about the Camera being in the middle of the rig :). Being that its such a rare site

ianim8
09-23-2012, 02:37 AM
he may have been joking about the Camera being in the middle of the rig :). Being that its such a rare site

On the nose ;)

scntfc
09-23-2012, 02:22 PM
anyone know what the deal is with the multiple gini sites, and if one is more official than the others? googling comes up with about five variations. it's like the "famous ray's" of the internet.

Frank Glencairn
09-23-2012, 02:44 PM
he may have been joking about the Camera being in the middle of the rig :). Being that its such a rare site

Doooh!

markmwilliams
09-23-2012, 04:47 PM
I just bought the Tilta Runner Rig earlier today. It's on sale until Sunday for $649 with code: TiltaRunner649

Tried to order this rig but it appears Tilta is US delivery only from their site. Unfortunately buying it here in the UK works out at roughly double the price from our resellers.

Kosmokrator
09-24-2012, 01:29 AM
I'm gonna warn you NOT to buy that rig. It's beastly heavy and for NO reason beastly heavy. I bought the rig kit because I wanted the baseplate for a special rigging and all I could get that day I needed it was the full kit. The base plate is cool for adjustments, but as a total package the weight is too much before you start adding monitors, batteries and so on. Look at the Tilta rigs before you think about the Sympla.

I'll go for the Sympla rig components too.
They look a bit bulky and they are heavy allright, but (like Boris, The Blade used to say): Heavy is good - Heavy is Reliable! ;-)

jukooo007
09-24-2012, 01:28 PM
Anybody went for Laparte with BMC??? Their rigs look better then Tilta for the same price.

Sri
09-24-2012, 01:31 PM
Anybody went for Laparte with BMC??? Their rigs look better then Tilta for the same price.

I thought so as well. I also heard they've developed a cage that will go well with the BMC. Haven't confirmed it though.

markmwilliams
09-25-2012, 12:34 PM
Possibly a question for Frank...

Anyone had experience using the Tilta Follow Focus? Thinking of picking up the Runner Rig from Tilta but would like to know if the FF is decent?

Thanks!

Frank Glencairn
09-25-2012, 01:39 PM
It's a quite nice FF and I really like it, but my focus puller said the Lanparte is better.

I was on the Cinec Exhibition in Munich yesterday. Arri and Crosziel had some fine rigs.
Also the Bebob I use in the moment is quite good.

I stay away from everything Manfrotto makes (not the Avanger stuff) but that's a personal thing I guess, had some bad experiences with their sticks and heads.


Frank

Kholi
09-25-2012, 01:54 PM
Would like to mention this:

Part of investing is considering resale value as well. The cheaper the item you purchase or the less popular it is (for whatever reason) the less you're gonna get for it, if you'll even be able to sell it at all.

Likely, you'll have to package that item with something else to get rid of it, versus other gear that retains value on its own. Piece meals tend to get you more return when you go to sell.

I'd personally look for the item that would retain value if you sold it separately from the camera, or really fits the camera as flawlessly as possible and offers the most options, best aesthetic. That way if it's a situation where you're going to get rid of the camera as well, you're selling a very complete package.

Just blurbing.

markmwilliams
09-25-2012, 02:08 PM
Thanks for the advice Frank and Kholi. Found out from Tilta that the shipping from US to UK is very expensive (around $250) so I may hold out a while and see what else comes up.

ade towell
09-25-2012, 02:42 PM
there are uk companies reselling titla stuff but yeah you pay for the pleasure - would make returning faulty parts less of a hassle & you wont get stung by customs duty though.....on the other hand Lanparte make solid kit & have just brought out a new shoulder pad baseplate combo very similar to Tilta - cant vouch for this particular item but have bought many Lanparte items from Coollcd & they are all well made - Coollcd also seem to get round the customs duty part which is a decent 20% saving (no guarantees that this will always be the case but so far so good for me)

Eli Hershko
09-25-2012, 04:21 PM
I bought both view factor and GINI RIG EXTREME 17 and combined both... it's not light but I am pleased with it.

Sri
09-26-2012, 03:56 AM
I bought both view factor and GINI RIG EXTREME 17 and combined both... it's not light but I am pleased with it.
Would you please be able to post a pic of the combo ? Thanks in advance :-)

Sri Kallidai

jambredz
09-26-2012, 09:12 AM
Thanks for the advice Frank and Kholi. Found out from Tilta that the shipping from US to UK is very expensive (around $250) so I may hold out a while and see what else comes up.

Shoot35 is a UK company and has very good gear. you should look into that.

Soeren Mueller
09-26-2012, 04:03 PM
I received my Cinebox from Shoot35 (UK) last friday and so far I'm quite happy with it, nice built quality and really fair pricing.

I liked it a little better than Lanparte and Tilta - especially the swing away on these two wasn't as smooth as with the Cinebox.. and the front inside of the matte box itself I found a little "too shiny" on the Lanparte & Tilta..
Plus the Cinebox comes with a magnet snap in matte plate and its rotating filter holders were a little smoother too and it directly came with rubber belows ;)

Eli Hershko
09-27-2012, 01:17 PM
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here you go...
a little bit of VF, GINI and redrock...

kicap
02-12-2013, 04:53 AM
My new "Becko" (BMCC) rig pimped up:

kevin baggott
02-12-2013, 09:32 AM
picked up the tilta runner rig - for the price you simply can't go wrong. Almost tempted to buy another one and string a chain thru it and wear it around my neck - mad respect i'd get in my hood - or rocks thrown at me - never sure....

rawCAM35
02-12-2013, 02:20 PM
I am currently looking for a good rig and follow focus for a BMC. I've looked at Shape, Red Rock and Zacuto. Zacuto's follow focus is 1,300 dollars. Is there any Follow Focus for Less and what is the Best Rig?

I ordered this and ships from the US

DP500II Dampen Follow Focus A/B Hard Stop $ 131.10

http://www.ebay.com/itm/DP500II-Dampen-Follow-Focus-A-B-Hard-Stop-for-DSLR-5D-II-III-7D-D90-15mm-Rod-/310511465686?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item484becf4d6

FOTGA DP500 DSLR 15mm Rail Rod Support System For Matte Box $ 61.60

http://www.ebay.com/itm/FOTGA-DP500-DSLR-15mm-Rail-Rod-Support-System-For-Matte-Box-Canon-5D-Mark-II-/130729108529?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item1e700fe431

zachariahlewis
02-13-2013, 12:15 AM
I just ordered this. We'll see how it goes!

http://www.ebay.com/itm/DSLR-Camera-Rig-Package-Follow-Focus-3-5lbs-counter-weight-matte-box-/271154825107?item=271154825107&ViewItem=&ssPageName=ADME%3AL%3AOC%3AUS%3A3160&nma=true&si=Vp%252BZXsxVpqNvnKfEOHzs5qVycBw%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557

C.VERMAN
02-14-2013, 02:10 AM
iFocus version 2 ,it is build like a tank,I got one and I am very happy with .... on ebay the price runs about $200 ,and for the quality that you get... it is a very good buy.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/150992919903?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649