I've been thinking a lot lately about follow focus systems. All but 3 jobs I've been on since last October have carried their own follow focus systems. Sometimes they belong to the assistants, but I've been seeing more and more that the standard camera package nowadays comes with a Preston, at least on the jobs I am working. So my Preston FIZ-1 package has sat dutifully in its case, gathering dust.
It's made me wonder - in this age of focus pullers using monitors more and more, and remote head and moving camera work being the norm, are wireless focus packages now just a standard part of the camera package? Should I be carrying my own? I wonder if it would be different were I on longer term jobs, versus day playing as I am now.
More than advice on how to deal with my situation, however, I'd like to get the feedback of you all on whether or not you are finding your own focus systems working on set, or whether you're leaving it in the case more. Is this a general industry trend, or are wireless focus systems still something that is demanded of any Steadicam operator?
Looking forward to your thoughts!