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Vince Sanchez
Zoom handle for DSLR
on Dec 28, 2010 at 8:39:05 pm

Hi,
I've been looking for an adapter with a handle that will go onto a zoom lens to help give smoother zooms. Anyone know of such an animal?


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Peter J. DeCrescenzo
Re: Zoom handle for DSLR
on Dec 28, 2010 at 9:36:59 pm

I haven't used it myself, but here's lens zoom ring lever sold by Panasonic:
http://panasonic.net/avc/lumix/systemcamera/gms/gh2/optional_accessories.ht...

A more expensive approach is to use a follow-focus rig to drive a lens' zoom ring instead of its focus ring.

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Vince Sanchez
Re: Zoom handle for DSLR
on Dec 28, 2010 at 10:20:19 pm

The Panasonic looks interesting, but it doesn't seem to be available. In the meantime I found that Red Rock has a lever for their line of follow focus rings, but for 35.00 for a lever I actually might look into making my own. I had originally thought to adapt a follow focus ring so looks like I'm on the right track.

Thanks,
Vince Sanchez
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Michael Sacci
Re: Zoom handle for DSLR
on Dec 29, 2010 at 1:25:35 am

a buddy of mine rigged up filter wrenches and he says they work great, I plan to order some to test it out.

http://www.amazon.com/Camera-Filter-67mm-82mm-Filters-Package/dp/B003TOWNT0

Pretty cheap thing to try and it is always good to have these things handy if you use filters.


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Vince Sanchez
Re: Zoom handle for DSLR
on Dec 29, 2010 at 2:03:44 am

That's exactly what I was looking for and the price is perfect. Funny, when I first was thinking of what I could use on the zoom, my mental picture was of an oil filter wrench that I used to have, this is it! HA HA.

Thanks,
Vince Sanchez
Intel Quad Mac 2.66
AJA LHe
HD link
OSX 10.4.11
FCP Studio 2


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Vince Sanchez
Re: Zoom handle for DSLR
on Jan 2, 2011 at 10:12:40 pm

Got the wrenches today and they'll work fine. Not overly pretty but for the price they do the job just fine. Secured with a rubber band and zooms are smoother and easier.

Thanks,
Vince Sanchez
Intel Quad Mac 2.66
AJA LHe
HD link
OSX 10.4.11
FCP Studio 2


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Malcolm Matusky
Re: Zoom handle for DSLR
on Jan 4, 2011 at 6:11:40 pm

I made 2, one for zoom one for focus. Quite simple, velcro, rubber strip, elastic & a wooden or plastic paintbrush handle (small) easy enough to cobble together. The Canon 17~55 is a rough lens to zoom, but the focus is very smooth.

Malcolm


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