First Look iDC System Zero Follow Focus. No Gearbox!


Here is the new iDC Photo Video System Zero Geared Follow Focus. The system can work with or without rods. This is one of the most innovative follow focus systems I have seen in a while. There is no lag because there is no gear box. The system works with standard cine pitch lens gears. This could be a great lightweight solution for handheld shooting. The basic system will set you back around $399. The killer 5DMKII plate will add another fifty smackers but is well worth it. They also have a full blown studio system with a 15mm rod mount, a camera mount and tripod adapter.

Check out all the options at iDC Photo Video. 

Here is a rip from the iDC website.


The SYSTEM ZERO Geared Follow Focus Standard for the Canon 5D Mark III is an innovative geared direct drive follow focus and support system. Although iDC is the reigning Champion of gearless direct drive focusing systems, some lenses are equipped with focusing helicoids that are simply too stiff for our gearless direct drive technology. For these lenses, a direct gear-on-gear mechanical connection is highly desirable. Problem solved: iDC’s unique direct drive Geared Focusing Wheel is machined from self-lubricating bearing material, and features our proven and ergonomically superior 45° focusing wheel angle. Our unique and minimalist bevel drive design (patent pending) completely eliminates the traditional follow focus gearbox to allow lenses with super stiff helicoid designs (Zeiss ZE/ZF and Leica R Lenses, for example) to focus smoothly and repeatedly with no backlash.”

Jared Abrams is a cinematographer based in Hollywood, California. After many years as a professional camera assistant he switched over to still photography. About two years ago a new Canon camera changed the way the world sees both motion and still photography. He just happened to be in the right place at the right time.
  • GrantD

    Your description says MKII where theirs says MKIII.