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A stand-alone follow focus and focus marker board that can be used on any DSLR camera lens. No extra equipment is required. Made in USA

STRETCH GOAL $30,000 - Custom Carrying Case

This was mentioned in the first update, but I wanted to remind everyone who has pledged since then that if we reach $30,000, we'll be sending out the Lens/Focus Shifter in a cool custom carrying case with a clip.  Conveniently store the Shifter and accessories in the case when not in use, and tuck it in your bag, or clip it on the outside with the attached clip.  The case is about the same size as a sunglasses case.

FOCUS ON PERFECTION

The Lens/Focus Shifteris a stand-alone follow focus and focus marker board 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. It gives you professionalism without breaking your budget.  




FEATURING OUR BACKERS

We would like to feature some of the Cinematographers and Photographers that are backing this project. Send us a link to your work that we can post here.

Video
Dustin Blake  "voted top 25 wedding filmmakers on the planet"
Jamie Anderson  "This job needed this item bad!"
Zhou Yeran  "having a follow focus for this project would have been nice" 
Kt Espada  "Would have used this for........everything "
Rich Yodsukar  "Can't wait for the Shifter!"
Jason Butts  "Could of used the focus shifter for my Doritos commercial"
Jakevdvf  "photographer that has just started branching out into Videography"
Red Spectrum Pictures : Nils Hoover :
 Perfectance : DntBoome Adeboje : Joseph Demme :

Photography
Reed Mangino  "mainly still work at this point but "Focus Shifter" will change that" 
Thom Milkovic  "Lead Photographer, Master Retoucher, Visionary"
John Barrett  "Snake Tips - anonymously critique user submitted photos"
Jasper Leenarts  "photographer interested in going videography"
VHF : Sebastian Allan : Adam Humphrey : Todd Ward : Haikal Aziz : 

Demo and review from backer Dustin Blake (Indy Productions):


NAIL YOUR FOCUS

The re-useable Focus Marker Board allows you to create marks for your focus points using a dry-erase marker. The arrow on the Shifter facilitates quick and easy transition between focus points. 


HARD STOPS

Using simple clips that attach to the focus marker board, you can set hard stops which allow you to shift between 2 focus points by feel without ever looking at the marker board. 

Using the focus marker board with hard stop clips.
Using the focus marker board with hard stop clips.
Indy Productions music video shoot of the Kurt Thomas Band
Indy Productions music video shoot of the Kurt Thomas Band

Short video using the hard stop clips by Jacob Snowden.



FITS ANY LENS

The Shifter and Focus Marker Board attach quickly and easily to any  lens ranging in diameter from 56mm (2.20in) up to 98mm (3.86in). If you're measuring circumference, distance around the lens, it fits from 176mm (6.93in) to 308mm (12.12in).  Note: The "mm" markings on the lens are not the outer diameter of the lens.  You must measure the outer diameter.  In the rare case that you need something larger or smaller than that, pledge at the CUSTOM SHIFTER level and specify the diameter.  

Adjusts from 56mm to 98mm in diameter.
Adjusts from 56mm to 98mm in diameter.



SIMPLE TO INSTALL

To attach the Shifter, simply slip it over the lens, onto the focus ring and tighten it down with the ball end. The Focus Marker attaches to the lens with an elastic band, and has over-molded rubber feet to hold it in place.

EASY AND SMOOTH

The Shifter operates on the full dynamic range of the lens. Its design allows you to smoothly pull focus without any jarring starts or stops. The ball design is easy to grasp so you can avoid twisting your hand into uncomfortable positions when pulling focus. For a lens with a narrow focus rings, you can prevent your fingers from falling into the frame, by keeping them at a safe distance.

FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS TOO

Using the Shifter improves manual focus speed and accuracy when taking photographs. It's especially helpful with lenses that have a shallow depth of field, and need fine adjustments. Get another one to use for zoom. 

Using Shifter without the focus marker board for photography.
Using Shifter without the focus marker board for photography.

SHIFTER SETS INCLUDE:

  • "Voters Choice Name" Shifter
  • Focus Marker Board
  • Bag of black elastic bands to hold the Focus Marker Board to the lens.
  • Fine tip dry erase marker (not shown)
  • Hard Stop Clips (not shown)

At the $45 and above pledge level, you will receive an extra Focus Marker Board with each Shifter Set. This is good for keeping on more than one lens, or as an extension for the lesser common lenses that have a super long focus throw.

MADE IN USA

Many Shifters and Focus Markers have already been made on our 3-D rapid prototype and precision CNC equipment, and tested by local film makers. We have a fully functioning manufacturing facility for small to medium scale production. Our products are all manufactured in the US in part of our grass-roots effort to bring the builders back, support the local economy, and avoid lost time and cost on long flights to another continent just to kick the vendors in gear. It's a lot more efficient to drive down the road, or fly a few states over to get what you need. The Shifters are made from durable and strong nylon in order to keep them lightweight, so that they don't shift the focus when the camera moves around.  Kick-starting funds will go towards expensive injection molds, molding, CNC machining, and assembly line, for the Focus/Lens Shifters that will be delivered to you.

CAST YOUR VOTE!

What's up with Lens/Focus? We can't decide on the best name, Lens Shifter, or Focus Shifter, so we're leaving it up to you. Choose the reward level with the name you prefer, and use your pledge to vote. We will tally the votes and announce the voters choice when funding is met.

INTERNATIONAL BACKERS

We appreciate the support, and hope you enjoy the Shifter. Shipping is unfortunately expensive outside the US, so please add $10 to your pledge to cover International Shipping.

WHO'SaBLOGIN

PCWorld -"The 'Lens or Focus Shifter' will help save your awkwardly shot movies and turn them into cinema quality films." 
Next Wave DV -
"Control your HDSLR lens without breaking the bank"
Red Spectrum Pictures - "This product will definitely improve focusing skills for photography and cinematography."
Fstoppers - "The Incredibly Smart, 100% Crowdsourced, 'One Size Fits All' Follow Focus Adapter"

THANKS!

Thanks to all our supporters, friends and family for making this possible!
Daniel Bauen, (the Engineer), Jake Snowden (the Cinematographer), and Mark McJunkin (the Industrial Designer) 

FAQ

  • The belt grips tightly to the focus or zoom ring, and there is no chance of slip. The tension can be adjusted to your liking. The belt has grooves in it that match the pattern of grooves on the focus/zoom ring. This provides a non-slip connection.

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  • The belt is made from industrial strength fiberglass reinforced neoprene, with a pattern of grooves on the inside. The only way it will break is if you intentionally cut it with a knife. It is very strong.

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  • It can fit on any lens with a diameter between 56mm (2.20in) up to 98mm (3.86in). All the images were actually taken with a Nikon using the Focus Shifter.

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  • Please visit http://www.focusshifter.com/follow/index.php/buy/ and fill out the form. You will be first in line when they become available for sale.

    Also, follow us on Twitter @Microfacturing and our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/FocusShifter for the latest updates.

    Thanks!

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  • The Shifter and Focus Marker Board will both be made from high quality, durable, injection molded plastic. Not the cheap stuff that toys are made of. There are also some metal parts inside that are CNC machined. The video shows it being made on a 3D printer, but that was just showing the process that was used for the prototypes.

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  • LIFETIME WARRANTY - We don't anticipate that you'll have any problems, but to increase your confidence in our product, should anything go wrong with the Lens/Focus Shifter, we'll replace it.

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    PEDAL TO THE METAL - Be one of the first 10 backers, and receive a Shifter set for an incredibly low price. You'll receive a Shifter, Focus Marker Board, and fine tip dry erase marker. All we ask in return is please tell your friends about the awesome deal you got! Free Shipping! Made in USA. (Only 1 per customer please!)

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    FOCUS SHIFTER - Same thing, better name. You'll receive a Shifter, Focus Marker Board, fine tip dry erase marker, and this is your vote for Focus Shifter as the official name. Also, get an extra Focus Marker Board for free. Free Shipping! (Please add $10 for International Shipping) Made in USA.

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    LENS SHIFTER - Lens Shifter just rolls off the tongue better, right? You'll receive a Shifter, Focus Marker Board, fine tip dry erase marker, and you'll be voting for Lens Shifter as the official name. Also, get an extra Focus Marker Board for free. Free Shipping! (Please add $10 for International Shipping) Made in USA.

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    CUSTOM SHIFTER - Do you have an unusually large or small lens? Do you need to fit a focus ring that is larger than 98mm in diameter, or smaller than 56mm? Specify the diameter you need, and we'll supply a belt to match. Also, get an extra Focus Marker Board for free. Free Shipping! (Please add $10 for International Shipping) Made in USA.

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    THREE ON THE TREE - One Shifter for focus, one for zoom, and one to give to a friend. Includes 3 Marker Boards, and 3 fine tip dry erase markers. Also, get 3 extra Focus Marker Boards for free. Free Shipping! (Please add $15 for International Shipping) Made in USA.

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