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  • Right or Left Follow Focus?

    There is supposed to be a side for the follow focus if using a dedicated focus puller, and the opposite side if the camera operator is his own focus puller.

    What is the industry standard or traditional side for dedicated focus pullers?
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    An AC pulls focus from the dumb side of the camera, but I've had em pull from the other side when we're stuck in tight spaces.

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    • #3
      Ok. Thanks. That's what I suspected. So, if you work the camera yourself with no assistants, the follow focus should be on the left side, the smart side? That would be my preference anyway.

      BTW, why is the left side referred tro as "smart" and the right "dumb"? Is it only because of the controls, indicators and readout usually being placed on the left side?
      Last edited by Tomas Stacewicz; 04-08-2017, 08:04 AM.
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      Zenit Meteor 5-1 f/1.9 17-69mm
      LOMO 16 OKS 3-10-1 f/2.1 10 mm
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      Fancier FC-270A Tripod with FC-02H Fluid Head

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      • #4
        Exactly...although now lots of cameras have controls on the dumb side. But it's just what I learned to call it when I came up shooting S16mm in school.

        I always prefer the FF on the left side, but there really isn't anything wrong if you prefer it on the other side really. I have a follow focus where I can put a wheel on either side, and every once and awhile I'll pull from the opposite side.

        Like with anything in film you can get the job done in multiple ways.

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        • #5
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