The FocusShifter is a stand-alone follow focus, focus puller, and focus marker board that can be used on any DSLR and video camera lens. No extra equipment is required. It’s perfect for filmmakers, photographers, and anyone wanting to step-up their production capabilities. It gives you professionalism without breaking your budget.
The re-useable Focus Marker Board allows you to create marks for your focus points using a dry-erase marker. The arrow on the Shifter facilitates quick and easy transition between focus points.
Using simple clips that attach to the focus marker board, you can set hard stops which allow you to shift between 2 focus points by feel without ever looking at the marker board.
The Shifter and Focus Marker Board attach quickly and easily to any lens ranging in diameter from 56mm (2.20in) up to 98mm (3.86in). If you’re measuring circumference, distance around the lens, it fits from 176mm (6.93in) to 308mm (12.12in). Note: The “mm” markings on the lens are not the outer diameter of the lens. You must measure the outer diameter. In the rare case that you need something larger or smaller than that, pledge at the CUSTOM SHIFTER level and specify the diameter.
To attach the Shifter, simply slip it over the lens, onto the focus ring and tighten it down with the ball end. The Focus Marker attaches to the lens with an elastic band, and has over-molded rubber feet to hold it in place.
The Shifter operates on the full dynamic range of the lens. Its design allows you to smoothly pull focus without any jarring starts or stops. The ball design is easy to grasp so you can avoid twisting your hand into uncomfortable positions when pulling focus. For a lens with a narrow focus rings, you can prevent your fingers from falling into the frame, by keeping them at a safe distance.
Using the Shifter improves manual focus speed and accuracy when taking photographs. It’s especially helpful with lenses that have a shallow depth of field, and need fine adjustments. Get another one to use for zoom.