New LCW USB Follow Focus Controller For Canon Cameras. $460 US.


Light Craft Workshop has released a new USB controller for Canon cameras. There is no info on their site that I can find just yet. This is from the press release. It has a ton of features. I should have one in my hands to test by the end of this week. It looks very similar to the OKII USB follow focus. Let’s hope the build quality is better. The “Helmsman” will set you back around $460 US. Here is a list of features. Available for pre-order here.

“This is a USB controller that you can plug in to your Canon camera (e.g. Canon EOS 1D MK IV, 5D MK II, 7D, 60D, 600D (T3i/ Kiss X5), 550D (T2i/ Kiss X3), 1100D (T3/Kiss X50) and other Canon cameras with same USB protocol).”

1. Lens follow focus
2. Adjust follow focusing speed
3. Enable recording
4. Enable live view on LCD monitor
5. Enable live view magnification
6. Enable auto focusing and light metering
7. Customize auto focus zone
8. Customize and memory focusing point
9. Customize ISO, Shutter speed, Aperture, EV+/-
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.
  • Damir Karan

    Looks like nice solution for focusing on a Jib.. is it can work properly with an extension cable… 

  • jared abrams

    Should be able to work with any length of USB cable. We will test it out asap.

  • Sebastian TR

    Sounds amazing in theory! can’t wait to hear how it goes in practice!!

    live view magnification sounds awesome.

  • Gary

    Interesting that it has the exact same number of buttons as the Okii, plus a similar power switch. Also, the feature set is identical. Honestly, it looks like they used Okii’s open source software and simply redesigned the casing and button placement.

    Hopefully it’s not just an overseas copy that costs more than the original!

  • alex Gu.

    Yeah it looks nice, we are the distributors of Light Craft Workshop products in México, we are eager to test it out too!!

    We will also like to see some of the nice reviews you do Jared. 😉



  • Hilarious

    Did you honestly say “Let’s hope the build quality is better.”?? Than the Okii??
    At least the Okii follow focus is made in the US… this is another China eBay rip…
    Look familiar?

  • Lawrence Standifer Stevens

    I can’t remember where I saw a review of the Okii unit, but the author said that there were some significant problems, particularly with the smoothness of focus. And I believe that it acted differently for different lenses.

    I agree that this looks too much like the Okii controller not to be a knockoff. And at $460 it’s about $310 more than I’d be willing to pay for it. Prove me wrong but I don’t think this is going to be the follow focus device that I buy.

  • Fulvio