OConnor Debuts New Cine-Style Follow-Focus System

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Wed, 01/27/2010 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

OConnor has introduced a completely modular cine-style follow-focus system. “For 60 years OConnor fluid heads and tripods have been valued tools for the art of movie making ” says Bob Carr president of Camera Dynamics a Vitec Group business unit “and we’re grateful for the industry’s ongoing support. The new accessory line continues the OConnor tradition of supporting the cinematographer’s art with industry-leading engineering and craftsmanship tailored to the rapidly-changing landscape of new cameras.”   To ensure these new precision tools meet OConnor’s high standards the company has chosen Jim Elias based in Europe to head the design team. A recognized name in professional camera accessory design Elias brings extensive experience as a camera assistant to the engineering process. Another film industry veteran Eric J. Johnston has been appointed product specialist. The first OConnor camera accessory is the modular cine-style follow-focus system. The compact and low profile unit enables quick tool-free mounting on standard rod systems. This new OConnor cine-style follow focus is compatible with all standard follow-focus accessories and driver gears. OConnor’s new follow focus integrates with all camera and lens systems in use.  The further products in the range will be announced as they are released. Carr says “Because the new follow focus is designed for modular versatility and compatibility with other systems the smartly priced system should be extremely popular with rental houses and users who own a number of different camera and lens combinations.” The OConnor cine-style follow focus will be available for preorder in March. Delivery is scheduled to begin in April.