Achieving critical focus is one of the most difficult filmmaking skills to master and for professional camera assistants, a good follow focus is a must have tool. Manfrotto, a leading manufacturer of photo and video tools, just introduced its first follow focus, the MVA511FF. Created with precision and flexibility in mind, Manfrotto’s new follow focus offers a mechanism engineered to remove backlash and any play between follow focus and lens movement. The MVA511FF features a doubled-sided drive which will allow the user to rotate the gearbox so that they can pull focus in either direction, depending on the lenses they use.
“We’re excited to introduce our follow focus as we continue to build out our range of video accessories,” said Paul Zakrzewski, Director of Marketing for Manfrotto Distribution, Inc. “From our line of protective bags and cases, to our renowned tripods and heads, and now the follow focus, we’re giving videographers the ability to build a complete system around their gear, no matter if it’s an HDSLR or higher-end cinema camera.”
The follow focus contains a 35mm friction wheel and a 50 tooth drive gear to accommodate lenses with and without gear rings. A marking disc is also included, which easily clicks into place when properly aligned on the handwheel. This lets the operator mark focal reference points. Manfrotto’s follow focus also has a slide switch, allowing the operator to create hard stops.
The follow focus slides onto standard 15mm rods so that it can be paired with rigs such as the Manfrotto Sympla 2.0 and can be mounted on either side of the lens for left- or right-handed use.
The MVA511FF is available now for $599.99.