Seamless follow focus gears.

Film

A while back I decided to look for followfocus gear rings for my vintage Kiev 16-U lenses. I bought the complete trio of these lenses for my BMPCC and they look great. But the lenses are quite small and since I’m using them for film I need to be able to pull focus in a handy way.

The cheap “universal” gearbelts aren’t seamless and the Kiev-lens turn at least 360° so they wouldn’t work. Also, these tend to slip a bit so I’ve never been fond of them. There are some cheap rings you can tighten with a screw, but they don’t go below 50mm and my lenses are 44/45 mm in diameter.

So I started to look for specialists. There are some options when it comes to getting custom-made rings which are made to fit the diameter of whatever lens you may have, but most of them start at about $50 a pop. Getting one wouldn’t work because of the different diameters on the Kiev’s, and I wasn’t keen on spending the same amount of money on custom gears as I did on the entire lens set.

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The Tair-41 and Vega 7-1 turned into cinelenses.

Luckily I found the FLEX gears on eBay and asked if they could create some fitting my lenses. It wasn’t a problem. Each gear is about $8 and the quality is good.

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The dealer is very welcoming and polite and it didn’t take very long before I received my package. They even added an extra ring for free. Couldn’t be happier.

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The gears have industry standard 32 pitch (mod 0.8) and work fine with most follow focus systems. All in all a great find which makes my life a bit easier.

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