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Hey,

 

Just needed some advice really. Doing a few shoots upcoming and using a wireless follow focus. I just wanted to have some tips regarding how to use them efficiently, how to do steaadicam moves.

 

Also when pulling focus whilst a tracking shot going into a subject, how to you keep constant focus more so at t2.8 or shallower? As i have seen some many done professional and looks great. Any tips, or just measure things by the subject i.e tree and go off that regarding your marks or

 

measure your lens distances for example if your lens shows 10-5-2ft and labell these on a disc.

 

Thanks

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For a move like a simple push in, I'll take marks and measure as normal,

even set a stretch of tape up on the ground from the beginning and end

of the move and mark out each foot.

 

Obviously, alot of steadicam shots tend to be more involved and require

just going by eye, which is when i'll usually be perpendicular to the line

of action constantly judging the distance between the gate/sensor and

the actor/subject. I usually like to just mark out the whole focus wheel

on the remote. Something that also helps me, is to calibrate the lens to

a longer minimum focus distance as some lenses have a lot of barrel for

those shorter focus distances, I'll usually set it to 3 ft. or something

as long as I'm sure the subject would safely never get that close to the

camera.

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"Something that also helps me, is to calibrate the lens to

a longer minimum focus distance as some lenses have a lot of barrel for

those shorter focus distances, I'll usually set it to 3 ft. or something

as long as I'm sure the subject would safely never get that close to the

camera."

 

Doug could you explain this. Yeah i had to do some steadicam work and wireless follow focus. Do you mark the disc with every foot on the lens shown?/

 

I find it difficult to nail focus sometimes.

 

Thanks

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You can calibrate the remote focus so that it only operates between two certain points on the lens, so you can set it so that it will only focus between 5ft and 15ft for example, meaning that you're small adjusts will be easier as the pulls on the remote focus ring will be bigger than if the wheel had to accommodate min focus - infinity.

 

Hope I've explained that well…

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