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Steel vs Carbon Fibre vs Aluminum rods


Saul Oliveira
 

Hi everyone, just wanted to check your preferences:

which material do you prefer for the rods on which you mount your follow focus motors?

Steel, Carbon Fibre, Aluminum?

Cheers everyone

Saul Oliveira
First AC
Spain


Marque DeWinter
 

I have short and Medium CF and go to steel when they get 18”+ maybe its in my head but I just feel like the steel is stronger.

Marque
ATL, NYC


Philip Holland
 

I don't use aluminum oddly.  I do use Steel, Carbon Fiber, and more recently Titanium from Bright Tangerine.

Carbon fiber I wouldn't recommend for real long lenses. Steel and Titanium however can be used with anything.

Phil

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Subject: [cml-ac] Steel vs Carbon Fibre vs Aluminum rods
 
Hi everyone, just wanted to check your preferences:

which material do you prefer for the rods on which you mount your follow focus motors?

Steel, Carbon Fibre, Aluminum?

Cheers everyone

Saul Oliveira
First AC
Spain


Eoin
 

I tend to prefer aluminum.  Light but no flex 


On Jun 8, 2019 at 7:17 PM, <Saul Oliveira> wrote:

Hi everyone, just wanted to check your preferences:

which material do you prefer for the rods on which you mount your follow focus motors?

Steel, Carbon Fibre, Aluminum?

Cheers everyone

Saul Oliveira
First AC
Spain


Jonathan Bowerbank
 

Carbon fiber slips, bends & flexes, so marks can be inconsistent and takes get blown from motor slippage.  Brackets tend to slip on some brushed aluminum rods, but not as much on black anodized rods.  Steel never fails, they’re just heavier if you’re doing a lot of handheld.
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Trevor T
 

I use aluminum whenever I can because they're lightweight (and cheap). But I've experienced aluminum rods being a little more flexible than steel, so if for instance I have to mount 3x Preston motors under my lens for a zoom that doesn't have a lens support… I would prefer steel. (Ideally though, I'd rather use aluminum rods, use a lens support, and separately mount my motors above the lens so gravity works in my favor.)

@Phil's idea of Titanium is great, I hadn't heard of those and I'm excited to try them out.

Trevor T
trevorkt.film@...
Local 600
LA, CA