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  1. #1 Which follow focus is hardest decision I ever had to make 
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    Ok, I have read the comments on this board and elsewhere, watched the on-line videos, and been to every imaginable manufacturer's site. It is amazing how many follow focuses are available, from $5 DIY contraptions on YouTube, to $100 cheapos on Amazon, to respectable mid-range devices like Lanparte, Tilta and Shoot35, and finally to upper-crust machinery like Arri and Oconnor.

    What's a girl (or boy) to do?

    All I want is a solidly built, precise follow focus with hard stops for my URSA Mini Pro that will work with a variety of lenses.

    I think I have narrowed it down to Lanparte or Shoot35, maybe Tilta, or possibly a used Arri MFF-1.

    But I have never even seen much less tried any of these. Since I don't plan on using my camera every day, I think a mid-range solution is good enough - $400-600. But is a used Arri MMF-1 worth it for a little less than $800?

    Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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    I have a pair of FOTGA DP500 2S follow focuses that I've been using for a couple years. They're perfect. Never gave me a single weird moment. Solid. Precise. 2 hardstops and a good wide marking ring.

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    I've owned and used most of the FFs out there, Shoot35 or Lanparte are decent solutions for their price, personally I'd go with the Shoot35.

    The most expensive FFs are great, and I've owned some -of the lower budget- Arris that needed servicing after a year of mild use, and they weren't really that much better to justify the cost. After a certain price point I'd probably prefer to spend that money towards a remote wireless solution anyway.
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    A used Arri MMF-1 in good condition at around your bugpdgetbwoukd be great, but not at $800 ( may still need servicing. I looked at the Arri, but got the Shoot35 single/dual FF, has two excellent stops that are easy to use, ad this i a solid, well built piece of kit. I havebitbsetup as single side, and got it during one of Shoot35's sales. Best camera accessory decision I have made. I went through two IR three other FF first, thus one I am keeping.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DPStewart View Post
    I have a pair of FOTGA DP500 2S follow focuses that I've been using for a couple years. They're perfect. Never gave me a single weird moment. Solid. Precise. 2 hardstops and a good wide marking ring.

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    Seems like a lot for the $ !

    Can this FF change direction of rotation as well?
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    I can make a mean FF from legos and a rubber band. shouldnt cost more than $500 in materials.
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    I got a Tilta clone/rebrand on eBay for less than 100 bucks, works fine an I only use pl glass. The only downside is the lack of an articulated arm. You tend to run out of rail estate pretty quickly with bulkier gearboxes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SCasarella View Post
    All I want is a solidly built, precise follow focus with hard stops for my URSA Mini Pro that will work with a variety of lenses.
    How important are hard stops on the follow focus for you? Do you want to use lenses with not hard stops on their focus rings, i.e. autofocus lenes?
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    I found the Tilta clone/rebrand on eBay to have a little play. It may have gotten worse from using it on a lens that was hard to turn. I wonder if the Fotga would develop "play" later on. Also I would say though the FF was solid, it was quite heavy.
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    I just recently picked up the Shoot35 Follow Focus and have to say it's been excellent so far. Super easy to use and probably the best mechanically over any of the cheaper options I've tried in the past.
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