This adapter ring lets you use your Canon 50mm F1.8 lens (AKA the Nifty-Fifty) with the HONDO Garage 50-Dollar Follow Focus (and most other follow focuses) in either belted or geared mode.
The Nifty-Fifty is a great and very affordable prime lens, but it's got this wonky focus ring that's skinny and tapered, making it impossible to use with a follow-focus for cinematic work. But we've changed that. The HONDO Garage Nifty-Fifty Adapter snaps onto the focus ring of your lens, providing an industry-standard 32-pitch (.8 mod) gear ring for use with most follow focuses. It also has an MXL-pitch timing belt groove designed specifically for use with our own Kickstarter-funded 50-Dollar Follow Focus (shown in the photo.)
A lot of work went into this model. The Adapter snaps onto the front of the lens and requires no glue or other fastening methods. If you opt for the black material, it almost looks like part of the original lens when installed. A lot of our follow focus customers have asked for this, so here it is.
Naturally, it doesn't include the camera, the lens, or the lovely follow focus.
INSTRUCTIONS: When you get your Nifty-Fifty Adapter, you'll install it by gently pressing it onto the front of your lens. Note that on the inside of the ring, there are eight drive dogs (little ridges) that must engage with the teeth on your focus ring. Slowly rotate the adapter as you press it in until the drive dogs engage the focus ring teeth. Once engaged, continue gently pressing until the snap tabs snap over the back side of the little ridge behind the focus ring. That's it! If the adapter makes the focus ring difficult to turn, just take some fine sandpaper and sand the inner ring a bit. It shouldn't take much. There are variations in the print and variations in the lens manufacture. Sometimes they add up in the wrong way and you get a tight fit. It's only a few thousandths of an inch, so some light sanding will take care of it. You want as tight a fit as possible without binding. I could open the hole up a bit but then it would be too sloppy for some people. It's easier to sand away material than it is to add it.