By contributor Clinton Harn:
Follow focus units haven’t really seen too much change until recently. All of a sudden several manufacturers are attempting to improve the basic design (Zacuto and Vocas both have ingenious solutions to aid handholding while focussing) and now Bright Tangerine are trying to re-invent the high-end follow focus.
Their new Revolvr follow focus has a new soft end stop system that allows for a more tactile control of a set focus pull. Another nice touch is that the follow focus is designed to be used when wearing gloves. Like other high end designs it has zero backlash and can adapt to a range of gear sizes. The Revolvr comes in two versions – the regular one is due to ship in November and a lightweight version which is due to ship in January. Pricing was unannounced when we spoke to the company but don’t expect this to be a cheap device.
Also on show was their new Black Hole. This is a variable diameter matte box donut ring which is essentially a clever rubber gator that fits over most popular lenses and does away with the need for multiple fixed size rings. This makes a lot of sense if you are constantly changing lenses on a shoot.
Bright Tangerine also introduced an add-on module for their range of matte boxes that allows it to be tilted 15 degrees down or up. Why would you want to do this? Anyone who has worked with filters on large sensor video cameras will know that in certain conditions unwanted flares and reflections can be an issue. By tilting the filter slightly these can usually be eliminated. The Bright Tangerine solution to this problem is simple yet elegant.
You can find out more about Bright Tangerine products on their website.