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This popular DSLR camera follow focus has been upgraded with a custom, dedicated pouch for better protection and easier access.
This popular DSLR camera follow focus has been upgraded with a custom, dedicated pouch for better protection and easier access.
177 backers pledged $7,889 to help bring this project to life.

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FocusShifter Follow Focus for DSLR Camera with Custom Pouch

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Focus pull using FocusShifter with hard stops on marker board. [Please wait for animation to load]
Focus pull using FocusShifter with hard stops on marker board. [Please wait for animation to load]

Behind the lens, your work is your art. Focus pulls executed with precision add elegance, creativity, and professionalism to your film and video projects. FocusShifter adds new dimension to your videography by creating beautiful, ultra-smooth focus pulls.

FocusShifter in action.
FocusShifter in action.

 

FocusShifter is a follow focus that fits any DSLR camera lens. No extra equipment is required. 

FocusShifter is perfect for filmmakers, photographers, students, and anyone wanting to step up their production capabilities and add professionalism without adding expense.

FocusShifter and marker board configured for a focus pull.
FocusShifter and marker board configured for a focus pull.

 

 

The original FocusShifter and the counterweight upgrade were both successfully funded on Kickstarter. Today there are thousands of FocusShifters in use all over the world.

To learn more about how FocusShifter can help you improve your videography, visit:

At Engineerable, we are always looking for ways to improve the quality and features of our products. After the first Kickstarter campaign, we added a dedicated FocusShifter pouch to better transport the FocusShifter set. Through our own use of the product, we discovered that new features would significantly improve the pouch's performance. No commercially available options met our standards of functionality, quality, and appearance. So we designed our own.

The new pouches are made from neoprene, the hi-tech fabric used in wetsuits and electrical insulation. Neoprene’s outer layer looks great, and its foam core provides an extra layer of protection for your FocusShifter set (and the gear around it).

Padded Neoprene. Aluminum Carabiner. Quality Craftsmanship. The protection your FocusShifter deserves.
Padded Neoprene. Aluminum Carabiner. Quality Craftsmanship. The protection your FocusShifter deserves.

The zippers and stitching meet our demanding specifications. The aluminum carabiner provides a strong, lightweight attachment point for securing onto equipment bags or belt loops. 

Emblazoned with the FocusShifter logo, the new dedicated pouch looks and feels as professional as the FocusShifter itself.
Emblazoned with the FocusShifter logo, the new dedicated pouch looks and feels as professional as the FocusShifter itself.

 

After receiving great feedback from the small test batch of the new pouches, we decided to launch a new Kickstarter campaign. Your pre-order funding will help us purchase a larger quantity of these custom-made pouches while maintaining our high standards of quality.

Testing the new pouches in the field.
Testing the new pouches in the field.

FocusShifter is perfect for DIY filmmakers and run-and-gun videographers. The new pouches help you keep your FocusShifter set in one place while on the go!

The Perfect Video Accessory
The Perfect Video Accessory

Let your creativity soar! Have some fun with your FocusShifter!

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Review by Curtis Judd

Review by Dustin Abbott

Review by Video DSLR Tutorial

Review in German by MOJO designs

 Demo and review by IndyProductions.net

Filmmakers who use FocusShifter

Dustin Blake from IndyProductions

Johnny Wu at MDI Film

Major Progress Studios

Rock and Egg Productions

Snowden Cinematography

Chiang Mai with Marisa

Timothy Sills

Jake Bishop Media

FocusShifter is compatible with most DSLR, Micro 4/3, and other interchangeable camera lenses with a focus ring outer diameter between 56 and 98mm.

View the instruction manual here.

FocusShifter fits most common lenses. It is adjustable to fit lens between 56mm and 98mm in diameter.
FocusShifter fits most common lenses. It is adjustable to fit lens between 56mm and 98mm in diameter.

 FocusShifter works best with prime lenses (no zoom). FocusShifter will also work with zoom lenses, but may be more difficult to use due to a lack of space between the focus and zoom rings. The marker board must be securely attached to at least 0.5in (12mm) of non-rotating space on the lens body.

FocusShifter on a prime lens.
FocusShifter on a prime lens.

View a non-exhaustive list of known compatible lenses.

An example of a compatible zoom lens. This lens has enough space between the focus and zoom rings.
An example of a compatible zoom lens. This lens has enough space between the focus and zoom rings.

 

The marker board attaches to a non-rotating part of the lens. The extra space on this zoom lens allows proper attachment.
The marker board attaches to a non-rotating part of the lens. The extra space on this zoom lens allows proper attachment.

 

Click to view full size included instruction manual
Click to view full size included instruction manual

 

$10 Upgrade Your FocusShifter

This is for FocusShifter owners who would like one of the new pouches. We'll include a few extra hard stop clips and elastic bands.

Includes ONLY:

  • Pouch
  • 2 hard stop clips
  • 4 elastic bands

We’ll even throw in a Balance Counterweight for those of you who purchased prior to that being included.

Shipping in October.

FocusShifter sets starting at $35

Every FocusShifter set at the $35 and above pledge level includes:

  • FocusShifter handle
  • Focus marker board
  • 2 hard stop clips
  • Dry erase marker
  • Balance counterweight
  • 4 elastic bands
  • Instructions
  • Custom pouch

$35 Super Early Bird  

Be the first to grab a super deal on a FocusShifter set. This is $15 off the regular price!

Shipping in October. (Pledge level says November, but that is not correct, and Kickstarter doesn't allow the pledge level to be edited after there are backers.)

$40 Early Bird

Get a great deal on a FocusShifter set with the new pouches. Save $10 off the regular price! Free shipping within the US.

Shipping in October.

$45 Kickstarter Special

A FocusShifter set at the Kickstarter special price. Free shipping within the US.

Shipping in October.

$80 Double FocusShifter

2 FocusShifter sets at the Early Bird price. More FocusShifters allow you to keep them setup on multiple lenses during a shoot, or use them on focus and zoom.

Shipping in October.

August-September: Kickstarter campaign

September: Custom pouch manufacturing

September-October: FocusShifter assembly and packaging

October: Begin shipping FocusShifter sets with new pouches

Engineerable’s team has been hard at work to make the FocusShifter the best fast-setup follow focus tool available. FocusShifter has been helping indie filmmakers and photographers enhance their projects since 2012.

Thanks to Jennifer Cannon for editing the videos. Thanks to our friend Derek King at Rock and Egg Productions for the awesome animation. Thanks to Diego Kirsch, David Amis, Jacob Snowden, Helton da Silva, Mark McJunkin, Cobra Navarre-Jones, Ezra and Tiggy for their support of FocusShifter.

Risks and challenges

FocusShifter sets are already in production and are shipping worldwide, and we are standing by to place a large order for the custom-made, dedicated FocusShifer pouches. Engineerable has already created and delivered upon 3 KickStarter projects. We have a record of delivering quality products.

The custom-made FocusShifter pouch will be the only new production part. The $5,000 goal will help cover the cost of placing a large order of the custom pouches, which is needed to make the switch to using these pouches sustainable. We want to make sure that there's enough interest in these pouches before committing to this additional cost.

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 may ship it to you well before the delivery date.

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    • Extra hard stops
    • Extra elastic bands
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    Double FocusShifter

    2 FocusShifter sets at the EB price. Save $20 off the regular price.

    More FocusShifters allow you to keep them setup on multiple lenses during a shoot, or use it on focus and zoom.

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