This won't eliminate any positions. If your idea were to be a possibility, the 1st AC would likely be pulling focus on the tablet. I don't see a big difference.
Your device is far and away from being ready. First off, you'll need a really quick and intuitive way to change factors such as feathering starts and stops, and speed... change them at a moments notice as the scene may change or be different from the time before. Also, I think the risk of error is higher. I accidentally touch the wrong app icon all the time on my smart phone. I can't imagine trying to touch a specific moving object in frame, if it isn't big and prominent.
Your idea is nice if you're doing simpler work, say an interview or a really obvious pre-set rack focus between objects. But in an active scene with actors, where improvisations, and changes occur, having your hand on an actual follow focus is a great way to make sure you can react and adapt as fast as the action changes.
I can, however, see how people who do not have access to a talented focus puller or cannot pull focus very well themselves would be tempted down this road. But once you have a good focus puller, you'll just decide it's easier to let him sit next to the damn camera and do his job.
It might be useful for macroshots, when DoF is very very shallow, and the shot is likely more set with less need for being able to adapt to changes.
I really don't think DP's are going to be pulling focus in the future. They have 1,000,000 other things to be thinking about and looking for. If a DP does do another job, it will more likely be operating.
Plastic has it's uses and the Zeiss ZE/F are not in the same leauge as the current G Nikkors, and yes, I've tested them side by side.
Well 21mm Zeiss and macro 100 are just perfect....should do more tests....
Nikon really should make new 50mm.
As much as I love this technology, there is this really awful layer that can get between you, the artist, and the image you are making. You can spend 20 minutes getting the focus programmed just right, or you can spend 3 minutes setting marks and get the performance just right. It's your choice. have at it!
And yes, Nikon should make a new 50, now that they've shown what they can do with the 85, 35, and 24. And they should make a new 18 as well. and a new 105 that updates the Gauss 2.5. (I could keep them busy for a while if they let me. :-)
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