I recently received two packages to test out from Senna a video equipment company based out of Croatia (website found here). One case includes their 'All Recall Focus' which is a Wireless Follow Focus system, and the second case carries their 'Five Second Head' which is a Motorized Pan / Tilt Head. Take a look at the demo video below showcasing these products at work.
The All Recall Wireless Follow Focus System has programmable functions to store and return to specific focus points very quickly. You can control the ramp speed in which it changes from one focus point to the next if you want a slower more dramatic focus pull. I've tried a few different Wireless Follow Focus systems, and in the past i've had mixed results to the point where I don't use them. So far, this system has been pretty reliable right out of the box. I've been able to test the recall function repeatedly and the servos have so far been extremely accurate switching back to the stored focus points with a simple touch a button.
Senna All Recall Wireless Follow Focus on BlackMagic Design Cinema Camera
During initial setup, you can calibrate the focus range of your lens. The single hand held controller has the ability to operate two servos (zoom and focus) if you're operating a zoom lens remotely. The Transmitter and Receiver operate with built in rechargeable Lithium ion batteries or can be powered through an external battery pack or AC wall adapter. One neat feature is the ability to enable Night Mode which allows you to see an illuminated marking disc when your focus puller is working in dim lighting - not to mention it also looks pretty cool.
The Five Second Head (i'm guessing carries it's name from it's fast installation time) is a motorized Pan Tilt head that can be controlled through a tethered remote, or optional wireless remote. I'm a big fan of the unique movements you can create with Motorized Pan / Tilt heads. The Five Second Head also has the ability to store repeatable positions. Apparently this head can also be used for TimeLapse which I still have not figured out yet, but i'm assuming it will require some additional equipment.
The instructions were very clear to get each of these products setup, and so far i've had to hiccups. I'm hoping to put these products through more testing with some of our future projects. Hopefully I will also work on an introduction to setting up each of the equipment and what's included in the box. Senna has a number of products available from various website retailers, but more information about their products can also be found at https:/www.senna.hr
@dan - Why say what it costs when prices change every few months? Here you are trying to read this article 3 Years Later! You think the price would still be relevant? Get wise..
Why cant you say what it cost? maybe because you got it free to promote it? review is a wast of time!
nice one with the 5 sec head - I LOLed 🙂
and I think you caused a lot of traffic on their site, it exceeded the bandwidth.
The Five Second Head looks exactly the same as the Merlin Head that I used in this video: https://vimeo.com/56578585
The Merlin comes with a tethered remote whereas the Senna has added wireless controls to their system plus joystick operation.
@Andy: the Merlin is one of the most inexpensive capable pan & tilt head around for video or timelapse (paired with the MX2). Got mine at https://www.elysiavisuals.com/catalog/pan-and-tilt
With those prices you might as well go with Kessler.
@Andy - Here is one for smaller cams httpss://cheesycam.com/motorized-pan-tilt-head-on-jib-crane/
wish I could afford that Five Second Head. Really needed one but this is too expensive.
any other affordable pan tilt head recommendation please?
Try to use google - prices are for example here:
i emailed them a while ago, this is the pricing i got.
also there is the all recall duo which controls both zoom and focus
the 12 hr monitor has a built in battery but is very small screen
i opted for the kessler system tho as it can handle a lot of weight and their oracle controller can also be used for the slider etc
Senna equipment - Price List
Item no. Item Name Price in € Price in USD
1 One Minute Crane 1380,00 1863,00
2 One Minute Crane XL 1680,00 2268,00
3 Five Second Head 1760,00 2376,00
4 All Recall Focus 1180,00 1593,00
5 All Recall Focus Duo 1580,00 2133,00
5 12-Hours Monitor 130,00 175,50
6 Dolly Frame 280,00 378,00
7 Flight Bag 180,00 243,00
i'll send an email. and perhaps i'll go to Croatia to try these equipments, cause we live in Hungary:)
@killero - There are some retailers (not USA) who sell these products or you will have to contact them about pricing. Here's a contact email address from the company. Let them know you saw this on my website, thanks.: [email protected]
Where can i find the prices of these equipments? cause their homepage doesn't contain this information...