We've told you about several inexpensive focus assist devices (also called follow focus) and here's one that I think I've mentioned before but can't remember.
The FocusMaker has a much larger ‘body' than many of the others, but it is designed that way specifically to give you more visual information than the traditional smaller units.
We'll be getting a sample unit shortly and as soon as we can, we'll get a new review out for you to give you our impressions.
Testing the FocusMaker with Canon 5D MkIII
Focus shift with a crisp full frame camera like the Canon 5D mk III is a true joy.
Even at low light – sharp and clean results can easily be achieved.
FocusMaker™ is an invaluable focusing tool for any DSLR filmmaker.
It serves both as a simple and easy to use follow focus system, as well as a device for making long travel rack focusing consistent, smooth and fast at very high accuracy. It fits on virtually any DSLR lens and provides an unmatched accurate overview of your focus points. Its flexible ergonomics allow smooth operation with less fatique and camera jitter.
It is compact (less than 15mm thick) and lightweight (less than 100 gram) and fits easily in any camera bag.
It mounts in seconds and can be removed even faster and requires no heavy rigs or extra gear.
FocusMaker™ is ideal for small the camera crew – especially for photographers working alone.
(cover photo credit: snap from the video)