German manufacturer Intuitfocus has released what it calls the first hands-free follow-focus system for DSLRs.
The Intuitfocus HF-IF1 is built a motorized belt-drive system that attaches around the lens and is remotely controlled by scroll wheel. Aimed at videographers who shoot movies with HD enabled DSLRs, this system is designed to offer smooth and shake-free focus or zooming. The system can be used to control focus, zoom or aperture.
The difficulty in achieving a sharp, accurate image, without the need for an assistant or “focus puller” is the reason for the development of the Intuitfocus system. The aim of the IF is to assist the camera operator to focus or zoom the objective in manual mode, in on a tripod, dolly, crane, rig or a Steadicam without touching the camera’s lens! A close collaboration between the IF team and highly skilled professional cameramen, each with many years of experience in the film and television industry, developed the IF system to work to the exacting requirements needed when shooting film/videos with a DSLR camera.
According to the US distributor HP Marketing, the HF-IF1 will be available from September 2010 at a retail of $3,900 for the complete kit. Check out new prices and buy it from Amazon.