About this project
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.
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 :
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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