The controller is pretty well made, it feels solid and strong but it’s lightweight at the same time. Enclosure and knob are made of black anodized aluminum, giving it a very nice look.
It has a round shape design, easy to handle and a 1/4″-20 standard mounting hole on the back face, so you can easily mount it on any kind of support.
It obviously works via USB cable connected to the camera, so basically you can remotely control your camera, but with the HUGE advantage that it does not turn off the rear LCD screen! So think about the possibilities…
The controller can work in 3 different modes:
Focus Zone selection
As you can see on the picture it has 9 multifunctional buttons, 1 knob, a power switch and a very nice and helpful multicolor LED.
The controller usually comes with white buttons (except the Start/Stop button which is red), but the user can also replace them with other colors.
It’s amazing how well the manufacturer has implemented such a bunch of features in this device with a LED that changes its color to indicate almost all actions, helping the user to exactly know what he/she is doing.
There is a HUGE work behind this device, and a HUGE potential inside it (available to the user!).
Some of the features include:
Turn Live View mode On/Off
Start/Stop Video recording
Change/Pull focus using the knob or 2 dedicated buttons (Near/Far smooth focus buttons) even whilst recording video
Capability to save 4 focus points (2 “hard stop” points + 2 focus points) and do a Rack Focus by just pressing any of those buttons
Toggle Zoom level x1, x5 and x10
Change camera settings
and much more… (full details will be available after the official release)
Using the USB Follow Focus Controller
This very short video (without sound, sorry) is only intended to show some operations that can be done, and some of the controller’s features. Sorry for not being able to provide a HD video this time (see at bottom). Also, since the LED is very bright, in this video it is not easy to see how good it actually is and how much it tells once you learn the controller’s operation.
Basically, on this video we did the following operations:
Turn Live View mode ON (ISO, aperture, shutter speed and exposure compensation can also be changed in LV mode)
Check focus of subject “David” using zoom level function, and save focus point #1 for later use
Move the focus zone to the subject “chair”, adjust focus using the knob with the help of zoom level and save focus point #2
Start recording video
Rack focus from focus point #2 to focus point #1 by simply pressing focus point #1
Stop recording video
Move the focus zone to subject “David” to show that the rack focus was done properly.
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