Zacuto Rolls Out Its "Z-Focus" Follow Focus Accessory for HD Video Cameras
Zacuto, a leading provider of HD video cameras and accessories has released their own follow focus unit – the Z-Focus. Zacuto chose an important event - the 2008 NAB show - to introduce this important new addition to their full line of products. The Zacuto line is allowing cinematographers to use low cost, lightweight HD camcorders for their filmmaking.
The Zacuto design team has thought through all the important issues - allowing their follow focus to be used with any camera and integrating easily with other Zacuto support accessories.
The Z-Focus mechanism employs a set of gears that connect to and spin the focus ring or Zacuto zip gear on the camera lens, thus producing an extremely accurate follow focus that allows the operator or assistant to pull accurate focus. The integrated magnetic white disk allows the focus puller to create distance marked for repeatable focus pulls.
Notable Features of the Z-Focus
- Completely gear-driven design for slip free, accurate movement.
- Worm gear adjustment screw to allow user to tighten gear play
- Interchangeable drive gears
- Magnetic dry erase marking disk
- Standard accessory port for Zacuto or Chrosziel follow focus whip or speed crank
- Lightweight design
The Z-Focus is supplied with Industry-standard 15mm lightweight rod mount. An available accessory, the FF-Adapter (Z-Focus Studio Adapter $255) – converts your Z-Focus to 19mm/15mm Studio rods (perfect for RED camera packages.) This accessory makes the Zacuto Z-focus work exclusively for studio rod spacing and for the use of other studio rod equipment.
Also standard is .8 pitch drive gear. However, Fuji .6, Canon .5 and a 1 inch wide .8 pitch drive gears for photo lenses can be specified when ordering.
Z-Focus (Z-FF-1) is priced at $1,110. Click here for more information regarding Z-Focus.
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