This Follow Focus / Riser /15 mm Rod Kit from SHAPE combines into one bundle all the components needed for you to start pulling focus on your DSLR or camcorder. Included are the SHAPE follow focus, a pair of 15 mm rods, and a camera riser. The follow focus features both friction and geared lens interfaces, a removable marking disk, and a clamp-on 15 mm rod base. A single lever locks the half-moon base onto the rods, eliminating the need to slide other accessories off in order to mount the follow focus. Another lever enables you to adjust and lock the follow focus horizontally to fit different lens diameters. The versatile SHAPE follow focus can be used on either side of the lens.
The riser/rod system serves the dual purposes of elevating the camera 2″ to better accommodate the follow focus and other accessories and mounting the included pair of 8″ 15 mm rods. The rod bracket may be raised up to 1-3/8″ using a 4 mm hex key (not included). A 4″ camera-mounting slot enables you to adjust your camera’s position on the riser. Multiple 1/4″-20 and 3/8″-16 threaded holes in the riser base allow for mounting to various tripod plates and other supports.
The SHAPE Friction & Gear Follow-Focus Clic with Adjustable Marker is made of lightweight anodized CNC aluminum for strength and durability. It is designed to attach onto standard 15 mm rods of shoulder support rigs and other rigs. It attaches onto them via a clamp system, with simplicity. You would sit the Clic on top of the rods, and then slide and close a SHAPE-patented lever clamp underneath the rods, and the lever locks and holds the Clic securely on the rods.
The Clic’s focus mechanism also works with a clamp system, which when unlocked loosens the focus mechanism and allows it to be moved horizontally. It moves so to adjust itself closer to the lens. As it moves, its main feature — the focus disk — moves with it, and the focus disk is what reaches the lens. The focus disk can either be a friction wheel or a gear wheel. Both are present in this package and replacing one with the other is accomplished with the help of the included Allen wrench. The friction wheel has a rubber outer surface that would press up against the lens, keep firm contact with it, and ensure accurate and slip-free focusing. The friction wheel would serve well for most lenses and is made of high-quality rubber that in cold temperatures won’t get too cold to lose its grip. The gear wheel would accommodate those lenses that specifically have teeth on their focusing rings, and it would do so without any ring gears, by pressing its 0.8 pitch gears into the teeth.
The focus mechanism can be used on either the left or the right side of the lens, depending on the direction you place the Clic onto the rods in. And the focus disk itself can be used either in front of the focus mechanism or behind it, so to accommodate a wider variety of lens lengths. To move the disk to the rear, you would first just unscrew two screws from the gearbox. Once the screws are off, the focus disk can just be flipped over for use with longer lens constructions. The white mark disk at the right of the red knob is made of highly resistant Delrin thermoplastic. It can be written on with non-permanent markers to mark up focus measurements for various predetermined shots, and it is interchangeable and thereby many predetermined measurements can be kept ready at your side. Additionally, a slide-adjustable marker made of aluminum is included to be attached beside the mark disk and to be moved and tightened into positions along the disk.
Use the SHAPE Paparazzi Riser/15 mm Rod System as a base to attach accessories to your DSLR or small camcorder. This system displaces the weight of accessories from the camera to the rods/riser. The Paparazzi riser adds 2″ to the camera height while its mounting-screw slot allows for up to 4″ of front-to-back adjustment. The 15 mm rod system offers thumbscrew-locking 8″ rods with Allen key vertical adjustment (up to 1.375″). This riser/rod system can work with various on-camera accessories such as a lens support, matte box, lens adapter, or follow focus.
The Paparazzi Riser from SHAPE is a 2″ fixed-height camera riser offering either parallel or perpendicular camera support. The riser’s top surface includes a 4″ sliding screw slot that enables the camera to be adjusted front-to-back or side-to-side, depending on the riser’s orientation. This Paparazzi Riser features several 1/4″-20 and 3/8″-16 threaded holes. The hole located on the base is used to attach the riser to a camera support, while the front and rear holes can be used to attach various accessories such as a sliding rod block.