Jag35 EFF vs Okii USB Follow Focus controller

Since the announcement/release of the USB Follow Focus, a few people asked me my opinion on how it would compare to the Jag35 Electronic Follow Focus.

Unfortunately, I have not played with the USD FF yet so all my comments are based on what I saw in the published material and their website.

The Okii USB controller

Usability

Easy to use and setup (once you learn how to use it). No need to setup the camera on rails and put gears on the lenses. This is a big plus!

Flexibility

The controller does not just control the focus, it can be used to control many other camera settings without having to touch the camera which is a must when doing remote shooting. This is so useful!

Range

Since this is an USB product, range is limited to a few feet. It is unclear if it would work with USB extenders/chained hubs.

Focus control

While marks on a focus disk are good, having the controller store the exact position of the various focus point is even better.

What about the Jag35 EFF then?

Range

It can send its signal over a much longer range than what is possible with an USB cable.

Flexibility

The Jag35 EFF can change the zoom range of the lens, not only the focus. This is not something I see myself doing often, unless the camera is set in a remote location and I have two motors: one of the zoom wheel and another for the focus. Still, it is possible.

Rack Focus speed control

The Jag35 EFF gives you total control over the speed at which the focus should change. This is a blessing and a curse since it means someone has to be in charge for rotating the focus wheel at a constant speed.

Conclusion

To me, it is clear the USB FF Controller has the upper hand. The only people who should go with the Jag35 EFF are those who need range, zoom control or don’t like having a controller telling them at which speed the focus should move.

If anyone is interested, I would gladly trade my Jag35 EFF for one of these!

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  • http://linkyfocus.linkyway.com Fulvio

    I have made a USB follow focus that work better than the ones mentioned above, as you know the possible focus speed for canon dslrs are three, my system is driven by and encoder and can move lenses with fine adjustements and also sppeding up things – if you turn slowly just fine adjustments, turning faster thru 2nd and 3rs speed

    I will publish soon some videos of thw system, I think I will have ready the first production unit (now I am using the bigger prototype) in about a month

    The product name will be LinkyFocus

    stay tuned

    Fulvio

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