Make a Simple DIY Follow Focus for $6

Want more precision in your focus adjustments when shooting video with your DSLR, but don’t want to shell out money for a pricey follow focus? Flickr user Adam Lisagor shot this photo showing how he created his own DIY follow focus for $6. All you need is a steel hose clamp, drawer handle, nut, and bolt. Drill a hole through the clamp, and put it together as shown above.

Lisagor writes,

I put a rubber band around my focus ring before I put the clamp on it (to protect it). You can also put another rubber band on the ring, draw your witness marks for focus, and wedge a paper clip in the focus pull ring to show you where your focus is.

There you have it, an easy way to get a handle on your focusing (pun intended).

(via Photojojo)

Image credit: DIY follow-focus by lonelysandwich

  • Tero Ahlfors

    One of the main things of a real follow focus system is to get your hands off the lens to remove any movements that could cause. I really don’t see what’s the deal with this thing.

  • xlerate

    This is cool, and I have seen this before, but it does not work on lenses with the small focal ring up front such as the 50mm 1.8 or 18mm-55mm kit lens.

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  • Anonymous

    That is a very poor idea, the TRUDEAU SILICONE JAR OPENER is a much better option.