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Will this $50 gadget make shooting video with a DSLR easier?

These days DSLRs aren’t just for still photography. Newer models have the ability to capture video at a very high quality. So why doesn’t everyone use a DSLR for their recording? Well there is one feature that makes using one a little more difficult than your average camcorder. Namely, the lack of an autofocus. The good thing is that if you can master using the manual focus while recording, you can get some really good shots. The best way to do this is to use some sort of accessory that gives you greater control over the focus ring, which does tend to cost a good bit. However, one Kickstarter project plans to offer one that looks good for just $50.

Dubbed the 50-Dollar Follow Focus, this contraption looks like exactly what you would need for filming. Made mostly from metal, the construction looks solid, and the ability to swap out belts and gears ensures that you can accommodate most lenses out there. Adjustable tension lets you get the smoothest focus possible. The fund has already surpassed its goal, so if you pledge your $60 (that includes $10 for shipping) you’ll be guaranteed to get one of the first batches.

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