Redrock Micro Follow Focus V2

6
Jun
2009
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microff_v2_15mm_lg1I am a bit slow out of the block on this one, but as anyone knows who is a  regular visit to my blog I have built up a bit of a backlog of reviews.

2 years ago I bought my first follow focus, the Redrock V1. I thought it was very good, smooth. My first real experience with one. I bought it for my M2 rig and my HVX200. I used it for a couple of months, then gradually stopped as I bought more lenses and never got round to buying more gears…also the work I was doing with the M2 I could easily pull manual focus on. So it has pretty much sat on my shelf ever since.

Whilst at NAB this year I met up with Brian Valente of RR and picked up the V2 version of the FF with some more gears. The past week I have been playing with it and I have to say I find it a huge improvement over version 1. It’s so solid, it feels like a truly professional piece of gear. It’s got a lovely big wheel on it like an Arri. The action of it really is super smooth and of course it’s compatible with all the cranks, whips out there for other systems, although their own brand ones are great and again, very affordable.

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Minor quibbles, I still find the gear system means my lenses take up a lot of space in my lens bag and don’t fit in their pouches anymore, but they are rigid as hell and VERY well secured. There has to be some trade off. Unless I am mistaken I couldn’t find any adjustment for any play in it. Not that I had any, just in case I did. Please correct me if I am wrong. It’s also slightly awkward to take on and off due it’s bulk, but hey it’s a lot easier than the Arri one! One more thing, the marker pin is a bit crappy. But these are minor faults.

I use Nikon lenses for my Letus work, yes nothing wrong with using RR gear with other adaptors!! They focus anti clockwise, whereas normal lenses and Canon still lenses focus clock wise. This is very confusing if you switch lenses, which i do with my Canon 5dmk2 now the new firmware is out and I have invested in Canon glass. The RR has and add on to buy that lets you reverse the direction of the gear, but this can create a little bit more play. But a great option.

You can get an optional pitch to use this straight on a Fujinon video lens, again nice touch. The quick release is nice, but not that easy to take on and off with a lens on…it’s really designed for when the lens is off, but you can still slide it off if you want to take it off with the lens on.

So best thing about this? Well it’s Redrock so it has to be the price, you can get the follow focus, 3 gears (although I recommend buying a separate gear for each lens), a crank and THREE whips for a stupidly cheap price of $825). I  honestly don’t know how they do it for this price.

There is also an adaptor to make it work on 19mm rods, like the ones for the RED One.

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Well done Redrock, a superb quality follow focus at a really affordable price. Along with their awesome Mattebox they are making some superb cinema accessories for indie prices. Long may it go on. I am hoping to try out some more of their gear soon, especially the Encore. After all adaptors are far from dead as I have said before!! Also I hear it works great on the EX cameras. This I must try out as so fat only one manufacturer has done that!

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  1. Rick Jones says:

    I got one of the first batch of shipments when the original came out. It has a little bit of play that is annoying so it’s hard get very accurate marks. I’m assuming that this has been corrected in this version? Plus I use it with my Letus and EX3 and find that it needs a shim to reach the gear. Does the newer version have more vertical range?

    1. pbloom says:

      are you snorkel up or snorkel down with the Letus

        1. pbloom says:

          i guess it depends on your rods. I use the Zacuto rods which have a lot of adjustments with them

  2. kit says:

    I’ve been using the Redrock V2 follow for a couple of months now and found it excellent. Only downside i have found so far is the fact it can be flipped to operate “dumb”side. That and the metal marker catches on things.

    Also, I use the Zacuto focus rings with it and they work fine. For wider lens like zooms the redrock rings are fine since they don’t add a larger foot print to the lens but normal sized lens the tight fitting Zacuto rings are so much better,

    1. pbloom says:

      I didn’t even try with my Zacuto gears which was silly. Good tip if you already own the gears like me

      1. Juan Carlos Solorzano says:

        Hi Phil, Kit
        A few weeks ago I asked exactly that in the Q&A section. These seems to be the answer. But would you confirm that because I read that zacuto lens gears would not work with the RR F, at least with nikons:
        http://www.redrockmicro.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=7204

        I own NIKON MF 50mm 1.2, 35mm 1.4 and 105mm 2.5 and already bought the zacuto zipgears (I still plan to buy Zacuto FF), but if this really works I´ll save some US$500 and go RR

  3. Jeff Hockman says:

    Which is a nicer rig, the zacuto or the RR understanding the price difference?

    1. pbloom says:

      I do prefer my Zacuto, but the RR is way cheaper and very nice. But, not taking into account costs? Then the Zacuto

  4. Hi, Philip, I’ve been searching for a FF for my Letus Extreme with Nikon primes and I found different solutions with many different prices… Besides what you already said abour RR and Zacuto, have you come across any of these: http://www.indifocus.com/products_indifocuspro.htm or
    http://thecinecity.com/tcc/home.php?cat=275
    Even if you didn’t, do you have an opinion about them?
    thanks.

    1. pbloom says:

      Hi Miguel. I have not tried the indifocus but heard good things but i cannot say more than that without first hand experience with it.