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    Can you change the direction of focusing with Fotga DP500IIS or DP500III?
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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.

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01AI2AVXA...ing=UTF8&psc=1
    So, I have two of these, as well. And while I am generally happy with them, and the price is right, I will add that:

    1. The screws for the hard stops love to work themselves out
    2. There is a very small amount of play
    3. Depending on where your lens is geared and what else you have rigged, it can be a bit of a PITA to reach under your rails to slide it away from the lens. In my case, the camera baseplate is almost in the way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Josh View Post
    Can you change the direction of focusing with Fotga DP500IIS or DP500III?
    I've never tried, so I can't say definitively, but you can flip the position of the gear that makes physical contact with the lens, so I think you can. (Geometry hurts my brain.)
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    Okay, I have some for you too. I had the Shape and Lamparte follow focus and they are good FF but nothing to write home about. I also decided to get one on a skinny budget and this one has been my go to follow focus since then. Now it does not have hard stops but it doesn't have any play, I can use it on either side, even flip the arm when other things like matte boxes and lens holder make it so tight to get things on the rod or the lens is so close to the mount (like a small pancake lens). So if you're budget conscious but you want a good reliable FF, the Kamerar FF-3 is a good buy.

    Kamerar FF-3
    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...low_focus.html

    Recently I got to use the Tilta Nucleus-M. We rented it for a shoot. This kit is pretty awesome. Price wise it is over a grand. I don't have the focus puller breathing over my neck while I look at the shot on the 5" screen and he is pulling focus. When I pulled focus a few times, I was away from the camera operator. I was actually pulling focus about 10 feet away from the camera and watching it from another monitor. You can program multiple hard stops too.

    Tilta Nucleus-M
    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...low_focus.html

    I am so used to pulling focus on the Kamerar that I don't need hard stops on it. Markers will do it. But I know those can come in handy especially when you're not accustom to changing focus by feel and direction.
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    I emailed Fotga and it's not possible to change the focusing direction. But I found this Proaim FF and sent an email and they said it's possible to change the direction:

    https://www.proaim.com/proaim-hs-100...ard-stops.html

    I think thats only FF with hard stops under 200$ That can change the focusing direction.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Josh View Post
    I emailed Fotga and it's not possible to change the focusing direction. But I found this Proaim FF and sent an email and they said it's possible to change the direction:

    https://www.proaim.com/proaim-hs-100...ard-stops.html

    I think thats only FF with hard stops under 200$ That can change the focusing direction.
    There is probably a communication breakdown somewhere. I have the same, if not exact (Tilta) clone, and there is no reverse nor is there room for it in the tiny gear box.

    This guy is pretty nice and has good feedback

    https://www.shoot35.com/CINEfocus-Pr...ollowfocus.htm

    Good Luck
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    Both the Wooden Camera and Shoot 35 are excellent. I have the Shoot 35, works great, very smooth, reversible, and no backlash. Very well made, and a good bargin.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Howie Roll View Post
    There is probably a communication breakdown somewhere. I have the same, if not exact (Tilta) clone, and there is no reverse nor is there room for it in the tiny gear box.

    This guy is pretty nice and has good feedback

    https://www.shoot35.com/CINEfocus-Pr...ollowfocus.htm

    Good Luck
    Yeah might be. Shoot35 costs a bit too much. I think the best solution is to mount single rod FF like Neewer upside down and then make diy hard stops with binder clips. Tilta Pocket 4K cage has nice clamp for rod.
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    I'm not sure why you would go for a cheap manual follow focus, I have a single rod cheap FF I got with my pocket cage a few years ago (GINIRIGS make) and I have never used it. It is too clunky to use when operating alone and if I have the money for a focus puller I have the money to rent something halfway decent like a tilta system.

    Single rod follow focuses aren't the best because they are less stable than dual rod solutions. Your mileage may vary and all that, but you don't NEED a shitty follow focus, you may as well pull focus with your hand on the barrel in most cases where you would be using this.

    By shitty FF, I mean stuff like neewer. I don't know what shoot35 is like, but it actually looks nice.
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