I found a perfect inexpensive DSLR follow focus system (15mm rods)

edited May 2016 in Filmmaking


I just wanted to share a good find on a follow focus for DSLR lenses. It's called Fotga DP500IIS.

It comes with a focus system with no play, and it also comes with A/B hard stops. I'm personally researching different types of follow focus systems, to make my life a whole lot easier.

I just wanted to share it with you guys, perhaps you find it useful, and you happen to find a different brand, of similar or the same quality. It's a win-win situation for us all, if you choose to share it of course! :)

Link to product: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fotga-upgrade-DP500IIS-Rlease-dampen/dp/B00EAJK2CS/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1464562705&sr=1-1&keywords=fotga+dp5002

Link to product review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-WQakdWdCU


  • Pretty impressive. I think it's best feature is you can adjust the control to your liking. At U.S. $165 it's not a bad price either.

    edited May 2016

    I overlooked that feature. I've never used a follow focus, but I'll be using whichever I get with a Canon 18-135 IS lens, so I guess that feature is more towards the high end crowd. Which is kind of strange, do those people really buy inexpensive gear?

  • edited May 2016

    They do if they're cheapskates. lol I've never used a follow focus either. I've thought about it but it's not extremely high on my list of must haves at the moment.

  • The Fotga follow focus system looks very impressive.

    Obviously, bear in mind that when shooting HD video it can be quite difficult, when using the small built-in monitor on the camera, to discern whether or not the required item is in pin-sharp focus. You will probably need an external monitor.

    There is an app for Android phones or tablets called 'DSLR controller' that allows you to use your Android device as a monitor for your Canon DSLR.


    Among this app's many useful features is one that it calls 'A-B pull focus' - you set up 2 points of focus, then when you touch the relevant button in the app's interface, it performs a rack focus between the 2 points - you can also set up the speed of the focus transition. The app also has a feature called 'Peaking' that overlays onto the monitor image on the phone a very useful graphic indication of whether an item in the image is in sharp focus.

    I use this app with an Android tablet and I definitely recommend it if you have a compatible Android device.

    edited May 2016

    @efolve Thanks!

    I don't have a Android device at all,  but I use Magic Lantern, so I get a bunch of features. Focus peaking is one of those features, available in different colors. 

    Ignore that last comment, because I figured out how to rack focus without touching the camera. :D

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