A DIY Feature with a Crew of One: Jamie Stuart Trailers A Motion Selfie

By Scott Macaulay

Filmmaker readers have long known the work of Jamie Stuart, whose inventive, deadpan dissections of film festival customs and rituals as well as elegantly lensed interviews graced our (web) pages for years. If you haven’t seen his byline around here much recently, there’s a good reason for that: he’s been making a feature. And now you can see some of it. A Motion Selfie is Stuart’s long-form debut, and he wrote, directed, starred, shot, scored, edited, color corrected…. well, you get the idea. Yes, A Motion Selfie is as DIY as you can get, with Stuart literally being his own […] → continue…

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Watch: How to Turn a Keychain into a Perfect DIY Follow Focus

By V Renée

Here’s a super cheap and easy follow focus solution.

Follow focus systems can be pretty expensive, between $100 to $1500 depending on features and quality of the build, but you don’t even need to spend more than a few bucks to get yourself a decent tool. In this video, filmmaker Dave Knop (aka: knoptop) shows us how he turned a random $4 dollar keychain he got from a hardware store into a pretty effective follow focus that fits large and small lenses. Check it out below:

The keychain Knop uses in the video is called the Key Band-It, a flexible band made out of waterproof, latex-free material. Though these things are designed to keep your keys safe, particularly while you’re at the gym, we can clearly see that it works well as a follow focus thanks to its accordion design and “ThermoPlastic Rubber” band, which provides plenty of grip. (You can get it for $4 at Lowes.)

Is it the greatest DIY follow focus ever? I don’t know, but it definitely looks like it works. So it might be worth a shot, especially if you’re not using anything right now to help you focus.

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FUJINON MK Lenses Can Now Be Adapted to M4/3 and FZ Mount

By Adam Plowden

Fujinon MK

The popular FUJINON MK lenses can now be adapted to Micro Four-Thirds and FZ mount thanks to Duclos Lenses and MTF Services.

Since their release earlier in the year, the FUJINON MK 18-55mm T2.9 and 50-135mm T2.9 have been a very popular choice for E-mount camera users on the FS5 and FS7. Their versatility in focal length and aperture makes them ideal for anything from independent filmmaking to documentary-style shooting.

This versatility is now coming to Micro Four-Thirds, Sony FZ mount and FUJINON X-mount cameras, opening up a new range of possibilities for owners of the Panasonic GH5 up to high-end production cameras like the Sony F5/F55/F65.

In the UK, MTF Services can adapt both FUJINON MK lenses to Micro Four-Thirds and FZ mount systems. There is no pricing currently listed, and you would need to ship your lenses to MTF Serives. For more information visit the MTF Services website here.

Duclos Lenses are also offering the conversion service from E-mount to Sony FZ mount in the form of a DIY kit, which can be purchased for $500.00 through their web store here. Both FUJINON and Duclos Lenses have stated that this is a like-for-like mount replacement with the same screw configuration.

FUJINON will also be supporting the X mount for cameras like the X-T2 in the future, increasing the compatibility of the lenses with its own brand cameras.

Unfortunately there is no possibility for these lenses to be adapted to EF mount, as FUJINON has stated this is physically impossible.

Are you a Micro Four-Thirds or FZ-mount camera user interested in using the FUJINON MK lenses for your filming? Let us know in the comments.

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