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Home at Last

@ Hoodman Booth 3

I am finally home after three exciting days of NAB. Over the next weeks I will share quite a few video interviews with some of the booths that I visited. Here I am at the Hoodman Booth. For those I met at the show, It was wonderful to meet you and I hope you enjoy the blog about our experiences.

I am holding the rig I used to interview people at their booths. (My rig consisted of a Cam Caddie Scorpion, a Hoodloupe 3.0 with a Hoodstrap and an Audio-technica ATR55 Telemike plugged directly in to my Canon 60D.)

USB Follow Focus – Take control of your Canon EOS Digital SLR

This is a great idea. May get one.


The new Okii Systems USB Follow Focus gives the photo and video enthusiast a compact yet powerful device that enhances the capabilities of HD video enabled Canon EOS Digital SLR cameras, including:
EOS 5D Mark II
EOS 1D Mark IV
EOS 550D/Rebel T2i/Kiss X4
EOS 500D/Rebel T1i/Kiss X3
Like Canon's EOS Utility, the USB Follow Focus uses Canon's USB protocol to allow control of a wide range of functions, but without the limitations and bulk of being tethered to a computer. The device is handheld, weighing under 5 oz. including batteries, and less than 3″ in diameter.

The USB Follow Focus uses the autofocus motor in Canon USM lenses to control focus, even while recording video. This focus control also works in any Live View modes, which can be useful for photography. The nine other switches located around the central focus knob can be used to access important camera functions, such as recording start/stop, digital zoom, engaging autofocus, saving focus points, and adjusting certain camera settings.

A hard coat anodized aluminum enclosure protects the electronics while a 1/4″-20 mount on the back of the unit provides a way to attach the USB Follow Focus to rigs or other equipment. The buttons can also be swapped out, providing the user with a way to specify certain functions.

It is important that potential users understand how Canon's USB implementation has shaped and enabled the development of the Okii Systems USB Follow Focus. Certain characteristics of Canon's design make it perform quite differently than a mechanical follow focus, so it is recommended that you read the User Guide and the Canon USB Protocol article in the Technical section of the Okii website.

Included is a 30 day money back guarantee, which ensures that you can fully test out the USB Follow Focus with the type of film or photography work you do, along with all of your cameras and lenses.


An example of focus point use is shown in the following video, which displays the ability of the USB Follow Focus to return to four different focus points. Filmed with a 5D Mark II and EF 50mm f/1.4 USM lens.

[vimeo http://www.vimeo.com/16550131 w=400&h=300]

USB follow focus – focus point test with 5D Mark II from Slippers on Vimeo.

This video shows the responsiveness and potential speed (keep an eye on the focus distance window). Filmed with a 60D and EFS 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM lens.

[vimeo http://www.vimeo.com/19200970 w=400&h=300]

Okii USB follow focus – responsiveness and speed test from Slippers on Vimeo.

Go over to Okii Systems for full details.

Off to a 60D trip

I Will be using my Canon 60D as I go on a Mexican Cruise with my family. I am trying out a Tamrac Velocity 10 large sling backpack that my girlfriend gave me for Christmas. If I can get Internet access I will upload some snaps.

Update: I did not have Internet access.

The L-Finder

This is for you 60Der's. This one of the main reasons I sold my 7D. It is a lot cheaper than the new Electronic Z-Finder or Redrock.

What other HDSLR can do this.


L-Finder with Canon 60D


L-Finder with Canon 60D

The L-Finder. It consists of a Hoodman Hoodloupe 3.0
Here it is on Amazon:
Hoodman H-LPP3 HoodLoupe 3.0 Professional 3-Inch Screen Loupe

and the Hoodman HCAMM Neoprene Camorder Mount Strap
Here it is:
Hoodman HCAMM Neoprene Camorder Mount Strap

This works well. Other loupes would be too heavy for the 60D LCD in that it would swivel on its own.

It is also being offered one unit.

L-Finder Hoodman HoodLoupe Glare Free LCD Viewing Loupe (up to 3 inch Screen) & Mount Strap + Accessory Kit