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SnapFocus – New way of Follow Focus

By fotosiamo on June 1st 2012

Traditional follow focus system on DSLR rigs usually consists of gears attached to the lens and a rotary knob that you would turn to focus. There hasn’t been really any other innovations in the follow focus other than a motorized remote.

Midas Mount SnapFocus

Midas Mount has a KickStarter project for the SnapFocus follow focus that is a different way of adjusting focus. So how does it work? Pretty simple, actually. You pull the lever on one side to focus towards infinity and pull the other lever to focus towards close up. It’s a purely mechanical system.

Check out the video on how it works:

If you want to fund their Kickstarter project, you can click here for the Midas Mount SnapFocus. There are different tiers of pledging that will get you various setups. The special introductory price ends this Monday, June 4th, in case you want to jump on that.

SnapFocus 01

So what do you think about it? Useful or gimmicky?

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Joe is a fashion and commercial photographer based in Los Angeles, CA. He blends creativity and edge with a strong style of lighting and emotion in his photographs.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Ed Rhodes

    it’s just like falling off a bike

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  2. Brandon

    This is a totally different animal than a traditional follow focus – it’s a way to turn your DSLR into the filmmaking dream you hoped it would be. We will have hard stops and a whip attachment on the version that ships. Shoot with it once though and you’ll realize you won’t need all of that. Filmmakers who use the prototype kind of get pissed off they can’t use it on their next shoot. 

    And if you can build a retail worthy version for $30-$50 you’ve got a job with us if you want it. Contact me through


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  3. Ken Yee

    How do you stop at the right spot?  That’s the point of a FF…you put little markings in and go from one mark to the other :-P

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  4. Krisztián Storm Kocsis

    Two bicycle breaks, two
    sliding potentiometers attached to the cables and a precision motor…
    this is not only brilliant, but I can build it from $30-50!!!

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