Recently, I was shooting a brand video for a production house in town, and we were gearing up our Ronin and follow-focus so that we could nail this rack, while moving the camera.
Anyways, as we’re gearing up this Canon 24 L, we realized that the focus lens gear that we had wasn’t tight enough—and we couldn’t find the allen wrench to tighten it. The question then arises: “Why hasn’t someone fixed this problem?”
It’s not that I don’t think I should’ve kept better track of the allen wrench. It’s that it’s such an annoying thing to have to keep track of on set. Why hasn’t someone just made a focus lens gear that fits on any lens, without a tool? Now I can finally say, “Well, someone has.”
Josh Turner at Broken Anchor Design has created what he is calling the perfect focus lens gear- The ZERO. A focus lens gear that fits on virtually any lens, works without a tool, installs in seconds and actually improves the focus throw of your photography lenses.
It might sound a little too good to be true, but after watching the video for his kickstarter campaign, I can’t say I’m not convinced. It looks really really cool. I have a couple questions about the product but neither are dealbreakers by any means.
planetMitch note: Josh has answered Bret's questions down in the comments! Have a look.
One: How heavy is it? That is, will it throw off the balance of a system and can I use it on a Ronin? Its metal design is beautiful and durable, but it does pose some technical questions.
Two: Will its size prohibit me from using any specific rail systems?
The ZERO Kickstarter campaign just started and is already over $2,000, but they’re working to make it past $45,000 for the first run. Contribute early! Share now! I’d love to see this product succeed.
ZERO – Follow Focus Lens Gear by Broken Anchor Design
ZERO is the world's first truly universal, seamless follow focus lens gear. The lens gear is designed to fit nearly any lens in your kit and boasts a blistering 3-second install time, making lens changes a breeze.
The seamless outer gear is completely free of any obstructions, meaning you can spend less time setting up your gear and focus on the shot. Featuring an oversized, fixed diameter, Zero gives you the highest degree of accuracy when pulling focus and offers you the most repeatable and consistent action, every time.
But function isn't the only thing we care about at Broken Anchor Design. We believe a product should be beautiful, inside and out!
The amazing technical capabilities are completely framed within a stunning physical appearance. We believe design should be so much more than just features and benefits; it should have that inspired human touch.
Kickstarter Campaign Details
Funding Goal: $33,300 USD ($45,000 CAD)
Pricing: Starting at $275USD ($370 CAD)
Estimated Delivery: Early March 2017
Dates: Nov 15, – Dec 15, 2016
The highlight feature of Zero is our patent-pending universal sizing mechanism. Our clever design utilizes a scissor-like action that extends the grip pads toward the center of the ring. With a simple quarter-turn of the front half, the gripping arms reach inward to fit any lens diameter. The system features an intuitive, patent-pending tension system that allows for the front ring to continue rotating once the grip pads make contact with the lens. This preloads the system to ensure a secure fit. Zero truly is the greatest lens gear in the world!!
Unlike other “universal” follow focus lens gears, Zero has finally rid the world of various sizing spokes, the need for multiple sized rings, or excessively long rubber gear strips. Evolution has arrived!
One of our key objectives while developing Zero was to make a truly seamless lens gear. It had to be free of any zip-ties, excess rubber strips, mounting clamps or any other obstruction that interferes with the gear's operation.
Learn more about Zero Follow Focus at their Kickstarter Campaign page.
(cover photo credit: snap from Kickstarter)