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Damian Dodd: At the beginning when I said "Whatever that is" I didn't mean the Mattebox, I was referring to "Arca PU60". I now realize it means Arca-Swiss PU60 compatible. 

JONvincible: Thanks for posting this. I stumbled across this follow focus while searching YouTube, and I almost can't believe the features you get with this one for the price. The hard stops look awesome, and the build quality (at least from videos) looks top notch as well.

Paul Collins: Terrible don't seem to understand what you are talking about. Sorry

JJ Sadler: Is that QR plate and base compatible with the manfrotto systems

Jon Hillenbrand Photography: Looks like a nice FF. I have the one from Kamerar and this one looks better.

Lucas Farrow: Hey, looking to hook this up to a magic arm such as this video This seems like a solid follow focus but would a 3/4" thread work?

Alexi Liotti: Hey what focus ring/ gear are you using ( before you switch to the fotga one)? thanks

UV films: BLUE MOON.. Beer nerd alert

Damian Dodd: The DP500-2 is the newer versions of these rails and FF. Looks like online they have the FF at $158. The rails, QR riser, and lens support I show is also the DP500-2 but it seems to be out at A'zon. The DP500 is there for $70 but that's what I initially bought and found the replacement Quick Release piece for $30. Looks like they sell a combo of both FF and Rail System for $250. I like these they are priced well for what you get.

tornadocapoeira: can it work with nikon

Damian Dodd: I got it on Amazon, you can do a search for FOTGA DP500 II Quick release base plate, but it's $47. (More than I paid.) Looks like Amazon has the DP500ii rails with that quick release back in stock, and it's $67. (Less than I paid.) Just search Amazon for DP500ii

Damian Dodd: Yeah that's what happened to me. Amazon/The Seller had it mislabeled as the quick release version. It's $65 for the DP500 without QR and $130 for the DP500II with QR. But search Amazon for Fotga DP500II Quick Release and it's sold for $47. So you actually save $13 by adding the QR plate to the DP500, if shipping's free.

halffulltome: Yeah, he didn't use the most correct terms, but neither did you... First of all, he said "focal points" not "focal length". You said, "prevent it from losing your camera" Losing your camera? So you're asking if the QR lock will keep track of your camera so it doesn't wonder off and get lost? *have *they're Basically you're making a comment in English without the faintest idea of how to use the language.

Andrei Fasola: Hey Damian, A few questions: 1) Is there any play? 2) Does it hold well over time? Thanks for the review. Andrei

Damian Dodd: @Kwenaethata Lepang - Assume you meant they "can't" ship to you. That sucks man. These are well built for the money. Maybe you can get a friend to mail you one.

Scott Hayes: thanks for the review

RSBSTEADICAM: Dude, it's not a "lens holder" it's a lens "support." Does the QR has a lock to prevent it from losing your camera? Can the placement of the QR plate affects the CG? These "guys" are rail locks. It's not the "focal length" it's a "stop" or the end of focal travel. There not "tightening rods" they are "hard stops" or the chief reason for a follow focus. Basically you're doing a review without the faintest idea of what you're talking about or the reason for having the device in the first place

Philip Ypon: How much did you pay for this Fotga rig? Does the follow focus comes with it? Thank s for sharing this review. Cheers!

Damian Dodd: @Greg Allen Well I don't own the Kamerar so I can't truly compare the feel of the two. The Quick release of the Kamerar is nice. The Fotga has the movable hard stops. I guess the Kamerar's white ring removes so you can load several with different scenes marked focus? They both seem about the same quality otherwise.

Damian Dodd: @DjDrop1 No the Fotga is smaller.

Jeremiah England: *"Does the QR HAVE a lock..." not "Does the QR has a lock..."

Damian Dodd: @agus telo I'm not going to buy that for a proper review, but it seems decent for the price. Quick release is useful. The Fotga has settable hard stops which is nice when filming solo though they do make an audible clink sound when it hits. That eBay one you mark with a marker and have to watch when to stop.

Vitaliy Karpenko: Nerd

Damian Dodd: @cubul32 No I didn't get the Fotga Matte Box. I kinda want a Matte Box but since I don't use the square mattes I don't think I'll buy an expensive one, just one that shades the lens.

Andrei Fasola: You didn't try by any chance their DP500 matte box, did you? Talking about the aluminum two fixed stages one. I've been looking for reviews - almost non existent. The product is scarce too - the matte.

Kwenaethata Lepang: damm! they can shipp to my country Botswana Africa

RSBSTEADICAM: What you are doing in the common vernacular is called "rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic." Good luck with that... "has" for "have" come on!

Greg Allen: Thanks for the review... How would you compare this follow focus to the Kamerar FF-3?

Hillsidesanctuary: Hey Do you know if Forga do a rig where you can have a follow focus system, light, monitor and mic?

Damian Dodd: @philipalexand3r You can get the rings on Amazon or Ebay.

Damian Dodd: @tornadocapoeira Yes this can work with any DSLR.

Vitaliy Karpenko: Nice focus setup, good job Nerd lol

The Limb Reaper: Can't be too much of a nerd if you're drinking a Blue Moon while doing a review.

Damian Dodd: @Hillsidesanctuary I haven't seen full rigs that Fotga makes, but you can add to this rail system front handles, some kind of cage or C shaped piece with 1/4 20 mounts on it. A 4 hole bar, to that a shoulder pad and weight. That's the fun of this stuff.

The Limb Reaper: Here's the big question of the day. Now that I watch this again, I noticed the rubber ring fits "closer". Doesn't the difference in diameter [between the 2 different style of rings] affect rotation speed, as the difference in diameter, of sprockets on a bike? The first, larger diameter ring, would be a slower focus wouldn't it? I have a Sony NEX-VG20 and want to make some type of FF rig for it, so I'm shopping options here.

Damian Dodd: @TheLimbReaper Haha Yeah


maranfilms: raise the baseplate so you fully rotate the lens, you know so it doesn't hit the rails. simple fix.

Damian Dodd: @Vitality Karpenko Thanks for watching and takes one to know one :)

philipalexand3r: Where can you buy the extended ring for the follow focus?

muddyknees: Where did you buy the quick release piece?

Damian Dodd: @TheLimbReaper Well if the gear is larger it will turn slower, but in this case probably not by much. I poked around google. Some said the larger ring introduced some slip and chatter. But sounds like they didn't have it on well. Someone else said the "zip tie" gears made it harder for the FF to reach the gears when a battery grip was on. But the zip ties, once cut to fit the lens, do fit more snug and offer easier lens storage with them on. And they're quicker to put on. I like them both.

Damian Dodd: Thanks for the term corrections, the QR plate does not have a lock. So glad you clarified why I have this device, I've had no luck at all opening tuna cans with it.

Andrei Fasola: Check Fotga and Kamerar. Fotga has 2 fixed stages and you could add a bottom flag. On personal-view community I found out about affordable good mattes with two rotating stages: Cinematics, TrusMT and Wondlan. Read around there for more on that. Thanks and good luck.

Damian Dodd: @cubul32 Hello! No play, very solid FF and rails. I have used it only about a dozen times, so I can't attest to daily use over a long period. But everything feels well constructed... I believe this is a solid combo for the money.

Andrei Fasola: PS: I have my DP500IIS FF with the rig on its way ;)

agus telo: can you review this cheap one ? ebay[dot]com/itm/190811881999

halffulltome: The seller offered a refund of $10 to keep it (making it $59 inc shipping), so I took the $10 and bought the QR on eBay for just under $40, so I came in less than $100 total. Not bad, but not as good as the $69 QR rail system they purported to sell. BTW I'm happy with the system and the DP500II follow focus is better than I expected. Works great.

Damian Dodd: @cubul32 Great! Enjoy. I really like this product. And a fair price.

halffulltome: I ordered that one with the quick release plate on Amazon. It came today and it was NOT the quick release version. I have a message in with the seller and they better respond that they're sending the correct one, or I'd be ok if they just sent the QR attachment.
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