I’ve been looking for a follow focus for some but with everything else I needed I just couldn’t afford to get the one I wanted. Follow focuses are a tricky little device. They have to work well or your better off not using one. The ones that do work well cost a bunch. Like order a grand! So finding a good follow focus that won’t break the bank is not that easy. Well I found this company that’s out of China that makes a pretty good and affordable unit. They only sell on Ebay and the product comes direct from China.
The kit comes with four lens gears. .61mm, .72mm, .81mm, and a .90mm. They work well. A little on the bulky side but not bad. The white marking disk is removable and is held on by a magnet. It’s solid and doesn’t wobble or move because of a notch on the disk that sets into a pin on the base. Trusmt makes three models NF1, NF2, NF4. I purchased the NF4. This model has the articulating arm similar to the Arri model. I didn’t have much success with it. Couldn’t keep the arm in place. No matter how tight I got it the arm would loosen and lose contact with the lens. I tried to modify it with lock washers and nylon washers but nothing worked.
I had another bigger issue as well. The follow focus from the first day I received it was very stiff. In fact It got stiffer the more I used it, and then It started to grind. I realized that I had a defective unit and contacted Trusmt. They sent a replacement out pretty quickly free of all charges. I should’ve mentioned to Trusmt that I was having issues with the articulating arm as well but the language barrier was little tough. I then asked for a replacement for the articulating arm telling them I didn’t like it and if I could get the NF1 version instead. He was reluctant at first because they just sent me a new follow focus to replace the defective one. I asked if we could split the shipping and they agreed. So basically I have a new NF1 follow focus now.
The NF4 has a drop in style rail mount. I didn’t like it very much. It was loose on my rails and I had to use a strip of gaffers tape inside the slot to make it fit without wobble. Lots of issues for me with the NF1. I was glad to get rid of that one.
The NF1 is pretty darn good. I like it a lot. Its smooth and fits nice and tight on the rails. Not fancy like the NF4 but I don’t need fancy. I need a solid working follow focus and that’s exactly what I have now. Sure it took some time to get it right but thats ok. I saved a chunk of change and have what I need now.
To see all the models Trusmt sells visit their store on ebay.