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Follow Focus for DSLR has a new counterweight that Balances the FocusShifter, keeping your shot in focus when the lever is released.
Follow Focus for DSLR has a new counterweight that Balances the FocusShifter, keeping your shot in focus when the lever is released.
Follow Focus for DSLR has a new counterweight that Balances the FocusShifter, keeping your shot in focus when the lever is released.
311 backers pledged $13,933 to help bring this project to life.

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Balance Counterweight for the FocusShifter DSLR Follow Focus

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It's the LAST DAY of the Kickstarter. If you missed out, you can still Order HERE to be one of the first to get the FocusShifter with Balance counterweight before they become available on our webstore.

FocusShifter™ is a DSLR Follow Focus that can be used on any camera lens.  No extra equipment is required.  It's perfect for filmmakers, photographers, and anyone wanting to step-up their production capabilities with an inexpensive focus puller. It gives you professionalism without breaking your budget.

FocusShifter was previously successfully funded on Kickstarter, thanks to our amazing backers, and we've shipped 1000's of them worldwide since. They're being sold at places like Adorama CameraShowcase Camera, Microfacturing, AmazonKaffebrus in Sweden, and Camera Service in Italy. To learn more about FocusShifter and how it works as a Follow Focus for DSLR, visit the FocusShifter website.

Some lenses have a very loose focus ring, and gravity will pull the FocusShifter lever down when you let go of it. Balance is a counterweight we've designed which snaps onto the FocusShifter belt and perfectly balances the system. Now you can release the lever, move the camera around, shake it up and down, and the focus will remain the same.

The Balance snaps onto the FocusShifter belt. It will remain attached to the belt even when FocusShifter is not on the camera, but can easily be snapped off the belt when desired. Balance greatly enhances the use of the FocusShifter and does not interfere with installation on the lens.

The Balance prototype will be die cast zinc and powder coated matte black to match the rest of the FocusShifter Set.

FocusShifter on Canon EF 70-200mm f2.8L IS II USM Telephoto Zoom Lens with Marker Board
FocusShifter on Canon EF 70-200mm f2.8L IS II USM Telephoto Zoom Lens with Marker Board
FocusShifter on Canon 50mm f1.8 lens with Marker Board and Hard Stop Clips
FocusShifter on Canon 50mm f1.8 lens with Marker Board and Hard Stop Clips

The Balance for FocusShifter pledge level:

Is for current owners of a FocusShifter Set, who would like the added functionality of the Balance counterweight.

A picture is worth 1000 pouches. Don't worry, we'll only send you one.
A picture is worth 1000 pouches. Don't worry, we'll only send you one.
You will receive:
  • Balance counterweight
  • Cool storage pouch if you did not receive one with your original FocusShifter Set purchase (the pouches are a recent addition). There will be a question on the survey asking if you need a pouch for the set you already own.

The FocusShifter Set pledge level includes:

  • FocusShifter Lever
  • Balance Counterweight
  • Marker Board
  • Dry Erase Pen
  • Hard Stop Clips
  • Elastic Bands for marker board
  • Storage/carry Pouch

Note: If you already own a FocusShifter Set, and would like to pledge for a full set and also receive a counterweight and pouch for your current set, you could add on $7 for the extra counterweight and pouch.

How will your pledge help bring Balance to life?

The die cast tooling and initial order of Balance counterweights is a big investment. We've received many requests for this feature, and a lot of positive feedback from testing, so with your help we can pull the trigger on the manufacturing. 

Customer Submitted Videos (Pre-Balance)

Showcase Photo and Video Camera Store demonstrates the FocusShifter:

Dustin Blake of Indy Productions used the FocusShifters to adjust and rack focus during the shoot of this music video:

Behind the scenes of the above music video, and FocusShifter DSLR follow focus review:

Studio Charbourg in France sent in a FocusShifter follow focus demo:

Michel GB sent us this video which "was entirely filmed with the focus shifter" follow focus. You'll see it in use at min 1'35:

C3 Media sent us this video shot with FocusShifter:

THANKS!

Thanks to all our supporters, friends and family for making this possible!
Daniel Bauen, Rock and Egg Productions, Jake Snowden, Mark McJunkin

Risks and challenges

FocusShifter is already in production and currently shipping worldwide (without the counterweight). The "Lens/Focus Shifter - Lens Mounted Follow Focus" project has proven that we can deliver on a Kickstarter promise on time. We have FocusShifter sets in stock and shipping.

The Balance counterweight will be the only new production part. The $5,000 goal will cover the cost of the tool, and the initial order of Balances. We just want to make sure that there's enough interest in the Balance before committing to the tooling and production costs.

Production delays that are out of our control happen, which is why we've given plenty of time to deliver the product. If the goal is met earlier than the deadline, we'll start production of the Balance early, and may ship it to you well before the delivery date.

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    Balance for FocusShifter - One counterweight for your previously purchased FocusShifter set. Also includes a storage pouch if you purchased prior to it being included. If you need more than one, add $7 ($3 off regular price) for each additional Balance. Includes shipping in the USA.

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    Early Backer Special. FocusShifter Set with Balance counterweight. Includes shipping in the USA. SKU: ENG-FS02-SET

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    2 FocusShifter Sets with Balance counterweight. Kickstarter Special Price. Includes shipping in the USA. SKU: ENG-FS02-SET

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