For the past few weeks I have been using the new Zacuto follow focus.
It’s a lovely unit, very smooth like the Redrock one (albeit more expensive) and it uses a lovely gear system. Instead of the somewhat chunky Redrock gear system you fix on almost flush gears to each lens which become part of the lens, they are cut to size, attached and screwed on tight. The idea being that once they are on they stay on. They don’t add bulk like the redrock ones. They are pricey though in comparison.
I have now attached gears to all my lenses, including the ones that spin and dont lock like the 17-35mm zoom f2.8 nikon.
Because every lens is a different size the way Redrock get round the problem of getting the FF to connect it is the gears are all different sizes. With the Zacuto ones you undo the lock at the bottom slide the follow focus back and forth until you make contact and lock her in to the gear. It is a GREAT system and is flawless.
As an owner of both Zacuto and RedRock I believe Redrock has the edge on price, Zacuto has the better system I believe with the gears. They are both super smooth, the Zacuto a smidge more but that gear system is quite perfect. I wasn’t using a whip of anything just the wheel and it is a treat. It has eveything you expect in a top of the range follow focus. Lockable markers, smooth as a baby’s bottom motion and no spin back.
I can’t wait to use it on a narrative piece soon with the white marker circle, omitted from today’s shoot as it is a wee bit loose. The whip is rock solid and I do own a nice crank or two. Redrock also make lovely whips. All of these are standard fits for follow focus units. We really are spoilt for choice these days. If you have a Redrock one, you are lucky because it is brilliant. If you don’t have one at all, look at them both, they both do same job for different money. One has a better in my opinion system but they both work as well as each other.
Redrock you buy direct from them, Mitcorp.com sell Zacuto in the UK and you can also buy direct.
Sorry for lack of in depth review, been quite ill past couple of weeks so struggling through work and have promised to get more reviews up as quickly as I can! i will keep you up to date fully when I myself get up to speed. Oh and thanks for all the Siberia offers, I have been deluged with them. Again, as soon as I can I will reply to as many as I can!!