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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
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
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
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    1. Kishor on

      received mine. looks awesome! thank you.

    2. Daniel Bauen + Microfacturing 9-time creator

      @Haikal, Yes, the first adjustment may take quite a few turns, but once it's set, taking it on and off is quick. It allows for fine tuning in the tension, and adjust the desired feel of the shifter.

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      Haikal Aziz on

      waittttt a minute! it IS working! hahaha that was embarassing. the rubber grip moved so slowly i thought it wasnt moving at all.. can't wait to use it!

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      Haikal Aziz on

      i justtttttt got mine! but im quite confused right now, how do i use it? i turn the knob and nothings moving.. :/

    5. Lorenz Goebels on

      Arrived in Slovakia yesterday. Everything I hoped it would be. Great work and all the best on future projects.

    6. Jasper Leenarts on

      arrived this morning ;-)

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      Haydn Mowbray on

      Delivered this morning (UK). Easy to fit and meets all expectations. Well done guys, great job. You're the first of 4 Kickstarters that I've invested in that have delivered so you've set the bar high for the next three, I'm really pleased I invested to get what I wanted and help you develop your business. The very best of luck for the future.

    8. Adam Humphrey on

      OK well I just got an attempted delivery of my shifter, unfortunately you guys have declared the value at $45 (even though I only paid $15) which means I have to pay a customs charge of £14 ($20), so it is going to cost me as much to get it from the post office as I paid for it in the first place!

      Why did you declare it as $45 value?!

    9. Jasper Leenarts on

      I got the email notification that my shifter is on its way. Anyone in europe that got his allready? What is the estimated shipping time?

      I guess I will have to plan a test shoot soon /cheer!

    10. Jesus Beltran on

      Got my rewards today. Great job Daniel. Looks really solid. Can't wait to try them out on a real shoot!

    11. Daniel Bauen + Microfacturing 9-time creator

      Hi Bruce,
      Now that you point that out, it reminds me that it's common for autofocus lenses to allow slippage at the end of focus ring travel. This makes the use of any follow focus tricky, but you get used to it, and get a feel for the range. The stops are especially practical, because they prevent you from exceeding that range of motion.

    12. Bruce McIntosh on

      Curiouser and curiouser. There are actually two places where slippage can happen. I removed the belt and cleaned off some water or oil (don't know which) but then looked at the plastic focus ring itself. It actually can slide relative to the inner tube when it reaches the stops at both end. I suspect that this is a design choice to prevent applying too much force to the inner mechanism. I will see if I can find someone else with the same lens to see if it happens on that one. The double stick tape won't help because the slippage doesn't happen between the belt and the outer ring. I guess I will just have to be very careful not to apply too much force. I will also use the clips near the end stops. I will be using it first next week at a shoot of a play where I will need to shift focus often.

    13. Daniel Bauen + Microfacturing 9-time creator

      Crank down on that thing! The belt is fiberglass reinforced, very strong! And the body is nylon, practically unbreakable. I did not skimp on materials. The parts are actually pretty expensive. If it breaks, send me a picture, and I'll send you a new one. You better be careful though, I would be more worried about squeezing the lens too hard. Double sticky might be a good solution.


    14. Bruce McIntosh on

      I received my lens shifter and have installed it on a Canon 24-105 lens. The ribbed band on the lens apparently has a smooth inner surface so the shifter initially moved the band at the end of motion very easily. I tightened the knob and it does so less easily but I am worried that if I tighten the belt too much it may break. I am thinking about putting a strip of double stick tape under the lens band. What do you think?

    15. Daniel Bauen + Microfacturing 9-time creator

      Jake is working on an instruction video, and pictures. Place a rubber band around your lens , close to where you plan to put the marker board. Take the marker board, and place it on the lens, next to the band. Lift the rubber band away from the lens, and slip it over the foot of the marker board. You will notice that the foot of the marker board has an undercut slot that keeps the band in place. Usually, we leave the band around the lens, when we take the marker board on and off. The marker board comes off easily by tilting it. More than one rubber band is included in case you want to keep them on different lenses, or you can use 2 or more on one lens if you need to hold the marker board more solidly. The rubber bands are actually EPDM rubber, and won't degrade and lose elasticity like regular rubber bands.

    16. Perfectance on

      Got mine! Looks great! I like the new aluminum marker board but the shift knob is the standout feature. Great job everyone!

      So... Hey... Can you, um, give a quick lesson on the best way to hook the marker board to the camera? I'm not sure what to do with the two black rubber bands. Do they go in the holes?

    17. Daniel Bauen + Microfacturing 9-time creator

      Yep, we're shipping out as we speak. You will be notified when your Shifter is being shipped by a tracking email from Engineerable LLC, or Daniel Bauen. It will take us a couple of days to ship out all the Shifters.

    18. Perfectance on

      Well lookie here! I just got a random tracking number in my email from Engineerable, LLC. I wonder what this is.

    19. Adam Humphrey on

      Excellent update and very interesting to boot. Can't wait to get my hands on this puppy!

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      Raffaele Fragapane on

      For what it's worth, I found it extremely interesting.
      Thanks for the update, and very cool to hear about the upgraded part.

    21. Daniel Bauen + Microfacturing 9-time creator

      We're getting interesting info and pictures together for an update. Most of the past month has been placing orders for parts and building production equipment. Not particularly interesting stuff, but maybe it's just because that's what I do all the time, but you all would find it interesting. We'll post an update to catch you up on what's been happening over the past month.

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      Raffaele Fragapane on

      Yeah, an update would be great :)
      I know the deadline is some time in August/September, but I think many of us are really itching to know when we'll have out mittens on a new toy.

    23. Daniel Bauen + Microfacturing 9-time creator

      @John, We'll post an update early next week. We've been concentrating on in injection molding, building in house fixtures for manufacturing of machined parts, and setting up assembly stations. The Shifter will be made of Zytel, a very tough nylon. It's expensive material, and requires steel molds, but the quality and durability will be worth it.

    24. John Ungar on

      Any updates? Would love to know how it's going

    25. MatthiasG on

      Congrats :) !!

    26. Idyllic Clothing on

      COME ON, WE NEED TO REACH $30,000!!!

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      David Stabler on

      Took this transit of Venus pic, and I couldn't fine-control the focus so it's slightly blurry. I will have to live 117 more years so I can use my Focus Shifter then!

    28. Daniel Bauen + Microfacturing 9-time creator

      @ David,
      I should have taken a picture this weekend at the music video shoot. We'll get one to show you soon. It would work best if the camera is on a tripod. You can be pretty flexible with it, like have them on different sides, and control the focus with one hand, and zoom with the other. Another advantage of having 2 shifters, is that you can have it ready to go on 2 separate lenses. Although they're easy to swap between lenses, when you're in the heat of a shoot, and swapping lenses frequently, it's nice to just have one on each lens. Indy Productions commented that they're inexpensive enough to keep one on each lens.

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      David Stabler on

      I'd love to see how the two-shifter zoom/focus looks. I'm in early enough to get the $30 deal, but I am really curious about the combo.....

    30. Daniel Bauen + Microfacturing 9-time creator

      @Christian Schmeer - The standard belt will be fine. The size range, 56-98mm fits most commonly available lenses.
      Yes, you could purchase a custom belt in the future. They will probably be $10, because we don't keep them in stock, and will special order for the size range you request.

    31. Christian Schmeer on

      @Daniel - thanks for your quick reply :) I measured the diameter of focus rings of my lenses and most of them were above 56mm, so I guess the standard belt will be fine for them. My Canon 24-105mm is roughly 85mm, so I am guessing the standard belt is fine for that, too?

      Either way, how much do you think extra belts will be in case I ever need to buy one extra in the future? :)

    32. Daniel Bauen + Microfacturing 9-time creator

      @Christian Schmeer - The filter thread size is usually smaller than the focal ring diameter. Can you measure the diameter (or circumference) of the focus ring? Yes, we can supply a different belt size if you have something smaller or larger than the size range we can accommodate. The lever is thick because it's hollow in order for the size adjustment mechanism to fit inside.
      Thanks! Daniel

    33. Christian Schmeer on

      Hi, is there any way of buying it with two belts? (I have a 77mm filter thread lens and loads of 49mm filter thread lenses (old manual lenses)). Also, is there any reason the "lever" is so thick?

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      Guillerming on

      Just pledged!! i dont see the moment to enjoy my new focus shifter :P

    36. Matt Swanson on

      Congrats, gents! Eagerly awaiting delivery and proud to be a part of something this cool :)


    37. Daniel Bauen + Microfacturing 9-time creator

      @Thomas Riley - Thank you and to everyone before you - Wooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooohooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

      Daniel, Jake and Mark

    38. Thomas Riley on

      Woo! I got to be the full funding donation! I like the design for these things. Can't wait to get mine.

    39. Daniel Bauen + Microfacturing 9-time creator

      Thanks for all the support, we're looking forward to tipping over the edge too. Have a great Memorial Day weekend!

    40. Jasper Leenarts on

      90 dollars to go with 14 days left. Cant go wrong! Gratz guys.

    41. John Ungar on

      Sooo close to funding! Congrats when it ticks over 19k

    42. Daniel Bauen + Microfacturing 9-time creator

      @David Maas - Thank you! Call it what you want, it's up to you! I wonder if we should offer custom laser engraving?

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      david maas on

      Just ordered! Fantastic!
      I'll be calling mine a 'focus grip", though I guess "lense grip" works as well.
      (Whereas you don't 'shift' the lense.)

    44. Daniel Bauen + Microfacturing 9-time creator

      @Joseph - Thanks for the marketing! It's nice to get the word out. Can't wait to hit and exceed the goal. It will allow us to start manufacturing sooner, and then we can deliver more quickly.

    45. Daniel Bauen + Microfacturing 9-time creator

      @Hank Wu - Focus Shifter! Focus Shifter! Thanks!

    46. Daniel Bauen + Microfacturing 9-time creator

      @Matthew - Thanks, it feels good to be real people, doing real things! I see a lot of good projects coming out of Australia too.

    47. Joseph Robert Jobe on

      I just blasted everyone I know that is in the photogtraphy-filmmaking business on FACEBOOK to get you guys the help you need to complete funding on the "FOCUS SHIFTER" with the link to this Kickstarter page, and I'm not done yet!!!

    48. Hank Wu on

      This is a very solid idea for a follow focus replacement. It looks like the implantation is nicely done as well. I casted my vote for Focus Shifter.

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