I have to admit. I was a little worried about getting a follow focus that cost $140.00 when other brands sell them for $500 and up… way up. Jag35 makes some really great stuff for very affordable prices and I really enjoy ordering with them. So I went ahead and placed a pre order. After using it one day I only have one regret; I should have bought this sooner.
Before I go into the follow focus I want to talk about Jag35. I feel like their low prices make them underrated. Don’t be fooled by this. They make great products that can be used everyday under extreme circumstances. And they don’t go skimpy on bubble wrap! Sounds silly but I don’t want to wait for a product only to get broken in the mail. Along with their great products they have great customer service. No, they don’t have someone answering the phone 24 hours 7 days a week or respond to emails within seconds. But I always get a response to my questions and Misa has been more than helpful when it comes to this. Along with their handles, DFocus, and focus gears, I have placed an order for the new battery and rail mount. I am sure these will hold up to the high standards I have come to expect from Jag35. Ok, so now on to the follow focus…
Packaged in a box with a “Made in the USA” sticker, I was already a fan. The DFocus is very well built. Solid construction and smooth. The DFocus gears seem well built also and are very easy to put on a lens. I do recommend buying one for each lens you use because it does take time to take off and put on. Not to mention if you need to put on different screw sizes. Seeing as these gears were meant for this follow focus, I think it is the best option although I’m sure other gears will work with the DFocus (and vis versa).
I really like how easy it is to tighten and loosen to align with the gear on the lens. I have used the Zacuto follow focus and it was hard to slide the unit left and right (on and off the lens gear). This makes for quicker lens changes. The marking disc works as it should. I prefer overhead markers which easily wipe off with my finger; or a paper towel if you have one handy. I got a pack of 10 from Office Depot for $10. The 3D marking disc makes it easy to view marks from an angle which is a nice feature when working as a one man band. It does have the option to attach a whip for a focus puller. I’m pretty sure every follow focus has this and they should. The follow focus comes with two allen wrenches, one which is attached and works as the marking point. There looks to be a lot of screws for adjustments. I have not messed with these yet due to recent shots but I am satisfied with how it works out of the box. The Zacuto follow focus seems to be better at soft landings when racking focus but, after practicing, the DFocus did just fine.
Conclusion: I have no idea why this is only $140 and I’m not complaining. I recommend this product to all HDSLR shooters. If you have the chance to try others I say do it just to have something to compare to. I have used it with the Sigma 17-50mm, Nikon 85mm and Sigma 30mm. It got the job done and is quick to set up. A real winner in my opinion and a great tool that can be used on almost any shoot.