A Quick FX viewer (and fellow ‘maker of things’) Dana Ray, mailed me a prototype of his latest Kickstarter project called the Focus Buddy.
The Focus Buddy is a “friction drive focus device” that simply attaches to the camera’s 1/4-20 mount and quickly adjusts into position.
The focus ‘wheel’ is an inline skate, and though these types of designs have been created before in the DIY community, I haven’t seen this specific simple – yet (super) effective design!
This is Dana’s second Kickstarter project and he did his best to show all of the different camera and lens setups that will work with this system.
I was surprised how fast the setup is and how well the focus system worked!
The focus is smooth and easy to dial in with the ergonomic position of the focus wheel. Though, this is a ‘friction drive’ setup so there is some “slippage” with the wheel on the lens band and the setup won’t currently work with a battery grip, so it does have it’s limitations.
But this setup is a great, low cost way to help with your DSLR focusing.
As I was testing out the focus drive with different setups and rigs I decided to attach it to my new ‘camera house’ pvc stabilizer rig and the Focus Buddy fit on it perfectly! So well in fact, that I might incorporate the Focus Buddy into my final design.
Music by Dan-O at DanoSongs.com – “Now is Now”
Focus Buddy setup on:
Canon T2i (w/ Magic Lantern Firmware)
Lens: Tamron AF 17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di-II LD SP Aspherical (IF)