New iPhone or iPad follow focus for your Canon HDSLR

by planetmitch13 Comments

With this new product from PLC Electronic Solutions, you can have wireless control of your lenses with your iPhone or iPad. As it turns out, this isn't just for your Canon EOS 5D Mark II (reviews) or Canon EOS 7D (reviews), you can use it on just about any video camera. Their product is called the fSTOP wireless controller and is set to retail for $1,389 (US).

UPDATE: I thought I'd also remind everyone of the other entry in this remote follow focus arena – Redrock Micro's mRemote that was announced at NAB (disclaimer – yes, Redrock Micro is a planet5D advertiser but that's not why I'm putting it in – I thought it important that if you're reading about the fSTOP wireless that you might want to know of the others in the field that you may have missed).


Redrock Micro


This is a good overview of what the device is capable of doing and how you set it up:

the fSTOP wireless device


Training guide


Here's the device doing follow focus on the 5D2:

Here's a sample showing the iPad:

For more information, please visit the PLC site – and you can see the iPhone app called Wireless iRis on iTunes.

(Photo credit: snap from the video)


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Comments

  1. Ted Vandell

    if it controlled the internal motors in Canon lenses instead of requiring a rail mounted motor it would be of more interest to me.

    1. Jim Culp

      Supposedly the dp for “House” is working on that exact project with Canon no?

  2. Suite Edit

    Planet5D – I like your site, but your (brief) intro to this product is a bit misleading. This product alone will not wirelessly pull focus on an HDSLR.

    So, just to clarify, the $1389 price is for the remote control component only. This would require having a separate motor (Hedens run approx. $2000).

    I just called PLC up, and they confirmed this. They were very helpful and friendly, I’m sure they’d be happy to field any other questions…

    It’s still a good price for a wireless control unit with this feature set.

    From their site:

    “Motors tested (purchased separately from respective manufacturers)
    Preston DM1, DM2, DM1X
    Heden Digital Motors
    Scorpio Digital Motors”

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      planetMitch

      Thank you for digging into that further. I did see on their video that they said it would do focus as well as fstops, but I didn’t dive deep enough to understand all of the implications and requirements.

      I appreciate your input!

  3. mrsteadi

    All I can say is, get real. Why are people so hung up on “very, very, COOL” gadgets. Work gear should be about more reliability, functionality than looking COOL!
    I personally wouldn’t trust anything that depends on WI-FI, Blue Tooth or IR to make it work.

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  8. Pye

    Cool gadget, but I don’t really understand how it is useful or practical. When would you ever need to spend $3500 for this functionality?

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  10. Jan Parma

    I think this is very useful if you want to put your HDSLR on a jib and the only mean for follow focus is through a remote device.

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