Attaching a remote follow focus on my Flyer
Posted 21 January 2010 - 03:45 AM
I'm very frustrated of closing down my lens to get the maximum depth of field so my picture does not look like the other shot handheld or on tripod at f2.8 .
Because of the kind of shot, without any possible marking, it's almost impossible to get a remote follow focus working in a puller's hand different from the steadicam operator himself : it needs a very accurate sync impossible to get on live events.
So I'm looking to attach the remote on the gimbal and I can Fly and Focus at the same time but the emitter is too big to stay there in a correct manner and it's pretty uncomfortable.
May be with some wired follow focus ?
Any advice ?
Posted 21 January 2010 - 10:16 AM
I use a 5DMKII on my Masters sled so can speak from some sort of experience. I think the camera's DOF with Canon L series (or other wide aperture lenses) is too narrow that unless you're running at probably F8 or f11 and going for the "wide & glide look" or you have an experienced focus puller with you, the chance of getting the focus correct "on the fly" like for weddings is very slim even with a gimbal mounted remote.
For weddings, I use my 5DMKII handheld only for certain parts of the day and then only to create very special images for bumpers, title BGs, etc. I think your best bet is to avoid the frustration of soft images and unhappy clients by using a conventional video camera on the Flyer, you'll sleep better at night as well with no quality or performance worries.
That's just my two cents for what it's worth. Best of luck!
Posted 21 January 2010 - 01:40 PM
On top of that, the 5D only outputs SD while recording, so even an HD monitor on the Flyer won't deliver a critical enough image to be able to accurately judge sharps.
Of course, the way things are going, this could all change at the drop of a hat, so who knows. Touchscreen focus is on the way, we'll just have to see how well that all works. Still won't help with a one-man band Steadicam setup though.
Posted 21 January 2010 - 08:27 PM
I'll only use it, as Charles said, on a controlled set with a skilled focus puller.
Posted 22 January 2010 - 06:53 AM
I'm using Zeiss lens usually at 2 or 2.8 and rarely past f4.
it's challenging but really looks great.
I've already filmed with a Redrock kit with my jvc hd200 shoulder mounted and always done the focusing myself with the rig below.
After few wedding with the Canon 5D i really can't go back to HDV !
Posted 23 February 2010 - 06:21 PM