The Broken Anchor Zero is a universal lens gear that offers a quick release system that can greatly speed up swapping between non-geared lenses. We talked to Josh from Broken Anchor at Cine Gear Expo 2017 to find out more.
The Broken Anchor Zero is a lens gear that allows you to use photo lenses with follow focus systems. However, its unique feature is its ability to be mounted and removed quickly via its click wheel, rather than messing around with flimsy thumb wheels or cable ties. Three little feet along the inside of the ring can be extended to match any lens, as long as its outer diameter is between 60 and 92mm – a size range that encompasses most photo lenses out there. Once you reach the desired size, you can clamp it down, and you’re good to go, making a lens change possible in seconds.
Another advantage of the Broken Anchor Zero is its large outside diameter. Although this may seem a bit overkill when used on smaller photo lenses, this is actually a diameter size reminiscent of larger cinema glass, and will translate the small focus throw characteristic of photography lenses into a larger turn of the wheel. This means you can be a lot more precise with your focus – just what you want for filmmaking use.
The Broken Anchor Zero is available for $299, and you can order it from their website.
Does the Broken Anchor Zero look like a good alternative to all those plasticky lens gears you have lying around? Let us know in the comments!