Photo credit: Okii Systems
If you follow the HDSLR scene, you’ll know that new 3rd party gear for the HD still cameras turns up regularly. Company’s like LA-based Hot Rod Camerasfor example, have responded to the interest for such gear and grown quickly, turning out custom camera mods that greatly improve them for more traditional video shooting styles.
Among manufacturers, Canon has attracted the most such mods; the company has been aggressive in turn in opening up their technology to enable such creative tweaks such as the EOS’ USB and HDMI ports, which are natural links between the camera’s innards and the outside world.
New on the block is the Okii Follow Focus from North Carolina based Okii Systems. This attachment fits in a variety of places on or off the camera while transmitting digital data via Canon’s miniUSB port. This hand-held manual remote control crucially enables real-time focus control. You might pair this with a small external monitor that could connect to the Canon via its HDMI out port. Now you’ve got a compact, efficient method to focus and to monitor the depth-of-field during video shoots.
There are some ways in which this doesn’t work exactly as you might expect, though, so be sure to read the full details on the site. In any case, you can find more info here.