I'm looking at buying a wireless follow focus unit for my kit and wanted to know your thoughts, suggestions, experiences on quality and price of what's out there. Here's what I've found so far (info, links and pricing).
View Factor - One Motor Kit - $2700:
I haven't heard too much about their unit since NAB 2009 (I missed 2010's NAB). The pricing is great but they also seem to be indefinitely backordered. I e-mailed them a few days ago to see how long it will be out of stock and haven't received a reply.
Bartech Focus Device - $4600-$4700:
I've never heard a bad thing about Bartech's quality or reliability. Obviously more expensive than the View Factor but you're probably getting what you pay for. In stock and available from various vendors.
Chrosziel DigiFox - Price?:
I know nothing about this but saw that someone from 16x9 mentioned it in another thread. Chrosziel is traditionally good for quality. Has anyone used this unit? Have any thoughts? I really kind of hate that 16x9 doesn't list the price and makes you call or e-mail to find out how much it is...
Arri WCU-3 - $5300 without motor:
Arri makes awesome gear but $5K+ without the motor is simply out of my price range. I have no doubt that this unit is great.
Varizoom VZ-WFF - $4549:
No information other than what's on the page... Looks a lot like the Bartech unit with about $100 savings.
C Motion c1 Focus Standard - Approx $14,000:
As stated by Tobias below, it's really expensive. The website doesn't even list the item for sale - only where you can rent it. That usually means it's definitely super pricey.
Redrock Micro Wireless Follow Focus - In development:
Some of the features like the digital distance read-out and on-board measuring sensor look interesting. So far, I haven't really been thrilled with any of the Redrock quality for pro gear uses - but we'll see what they come up with; maybe it will be gold...
Hocus Focus Professional - Approx $5500:
The Hocus Focus Pro wireless focus unit, meant for use with cine lenses, will be coming in 2011. The lower priced unit on their website is the Hocus Focus Standard wireless follow focus which is a servo based system meant for SLR and broadcast lenses.
RT Motion Pro 1-Motor Kit - Approx $2000:
I received a message from Kris at RT Motion with the information that they are shipping a lot of MK2 units now and we might be hearing some feedback soon. Also, they will have proper US distribution shortly so servicing and other needs for US users will be easier. I'm interested in seeing how this unit performs.
Preston Cinema Systems - Focus/Iris Unit - $11,360:
"the industry standard for a reason. Granted you'll spend more but it's really the best investment as far as usability and resale value. nothing beats Preston for pure knock about durability and rock solid signal." - from Evin Grant's post below
Scorpio/Service Vision SB92 Focus - Pricing?:
Couldn't find any pricing information on their website but there's some interesting looking features and specs with the unit. I'm interested to know more.
Cineroid Wireless Follow Focus - Pricing?:
Couldn't find any pricing information on their website. There's some interesting looking buttons and LCD readout on the unit that could be helpful.