First Look: LCW Helmsman USB Follow Focus For Canon DSLR Cameras.


Here is a BTS Quick Take on the new Helmsman USB Follow Focus from Light Craft Workshop. It worked with our Tokina 28-80mm f2.8 Zoom and should work with most Canon EF mount AF lenses. It is not the smoothest operator on the block but I suspect that it will react differently for each lens depending on the lenses AF capability, focus throw, etc. It has a remote start/stop button and lets you use the digital zoom function on the Canon cameras. This will be a great addition to anyone with a jib arm or in need of a wired remote focus and trigger. We are now selling them here on Wide Open Camera. The Helmsman retails for $460 US.

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.
  • Gary

    Based on this video and another vimeo video ( it really looks like the “helmsman” is a chinese copy of the Okii controller. The feature list is identical, as are the LED colors, method of operation, number of switches, etc.

  • Goforjared

    I think you are correct. it looks to be a re branded OKII. Do you know if OKII offers a warranty? Thanks!

  • Jpmf1001

    I am 100% sure Okii would only warranty their product. You are better off sticking with the USA brand Okii than a more expensive Chinese knockoff. I know I would rather deal with someone in the USA for customer service.

  • Gary

    Being that the Okii is open source, it looks like they just took the software, copied the hardware, and made their own. I highly doubt Okii would warranty it, since they didn’t manufacture it, and probably aren’t making money off it. It might be worthwhile to get an official statement from Okii on this.