Zacuto Releases New Z-Finder Lineup.

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Zacuto has released the new line of Z-Finders. The new system includes a bottom plate that mounts to the camera. The Z-Finder Junior looks flimsy, however the Pro 2.5X and 3X look to be quite solid. The bottom mount is essential for cinema work. The new “Gorilla Plate” could be the final piece to the eyepiece puzzle. The new line of Z-Finders is available for pre-order now on Zacuto’s website.

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Peter
Peter
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March 30th, 2010

Why is Zacuto allowed to advertise here while anyone else mentioning their products gets reprimanded immediate? Seems that cinema5D has a double standard.

yoclay
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March 25th, 2010

Originally Posted by yoclay on DVXuser:
“… in my the opinion this mounting point and the mounting screw hole on the underside of the camera are the only possible means to create a support for the new video finder which is entirely independent and truly stable.

Imagine being able to slide the viewfinder on and off of this eyefinder mounting point….

An underside plate either as a secondary or primary source of support would also provide the opportunity to create anti-twist device, which the camera sorely needs in combination with a follow focus.”

So all those months ago, when I said that I thought the only way to go really was a baseplate and a lot of others agreed. Basically Steve Weiss nixed it as impractical:

http://www.dvxuser.com/V6/showthread.php?t=170779&highlight=z-finder&page

He also said:

RESPONSE Originally Posted by zacuto on DVXuser:
“I though you guys knew me & Zacuto’s customer service better than that, generous at Zacuto is code for free.
You will send me back you Z-Finder, I’ll remove the optics and place it in the version 2 housing and send it back to you….
….I haven’t figured out what mounting option we will give for free with the V2 unit yet. Maybe some sort rubber band system, which you seem to like. It should probably work with or without rods. Any ideas here?
Many of the mounting options I’ve been talking about will be separate kits, just to let you know.
Steve”

Now I see that a baseplate is being offered for free with the Z-Finder and on top of that with an anti-fog optic for the same price I paid. If I want the baseplate and to have an Z-finder that doesn’t fog up it will now cost me more than $100 more (+ shipping) for something I and several others wanted originally and which Steve felt wasn’t practical. Guess it wasn’t so farfetched afterall. Now I know that Mandy is nice and everyone is doing their best, and that it is a business like any other, but I sincerely wish they would reconsider this.

What happened to that generous upgrade policy that Steve spoke about which is a Zacuto tradition?

Is there anyone out there that feels as I do?

Kirk
Kirk
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March 24th, 2010

Zacuto is over priced but they were first to the market with something really useable. There are new models coming from virtually every competitor in the new few weeks. It’s a good time to work with what you have or plan to take a loss on that Zacuto when you try to resell it.

Giulio Sciorio
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March 24th, 2010

If you’re making your living shooting you had better be damn sure that what you shoot is sharp if thats the goal. When I need a finder the Z finder is it. I tried a hoodman and its ok if you’re messing around but its not suitable for professional use. I really don’t think the price is too high considering the Z finder is the only one of its kind at this level of quality.

agent55
agent55
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March 24th, 2010
Reply to  Giulio Sciorio

I personally find the price excessive after using the LCDVF on many occasions with nothing but success. I’ve also heard from other cinematographers in my area that the Zacuto crops the image somewhat, causing the operator to have to “search” the corners of the viewing area to verify what’s in frame and what’s not.

Stefan
Stefan
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March 24th, 2010

I like the build quality of these viewfinders and would love to pick one up, but the absolute best thing about my LCDVF is the way it attaches via magnets. I can pop it on and off the camera in a fraction of a second (literally), which allows us to seamlessly swap between shooting stills and usable video on a job. The Zacuto would make life much more difficult on these gigs.

hunterkerhart
hunterkerhart
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March 24th, 2010

The Zacuto gear holds itself to a different standard. If you dont see the justification in spending all that extra money no problem – but dont be surprised that they charge that much. If they weren’t selling them at that price it’d be cheaper. It’s definitely not cheap, but in terms of quality (speaking as a Z-finder owner) it’s unparalleled for HDDSLR accessories. Even so – I own a RedRock EyeSpy. :)

Nick de Bruijn
Nick de Bruijn
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March 24th, 2010

I fiend the Zacuto Gear to be priced really expensive but there is a good reason for it. It’s the best out there (at least in my opinion). It’s rock solid, robust, will last you a life time, light and very versatile.

I own the Sniper, Rapid fire and Z-finder V2 and couldn’t shoot without them!

The new line up looks good! i do prefer the V2 viewfinder wit the snap on function over the new one tough…

alex
alex
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March 24th, 2010

I find zacuto to be such a rip off. there are so many much cheaper alternatives.

agent55
agent55
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March 24th, 2010

Wow, the “JR” is still a $100 more than the LCDVF and the 2.5x magnification is excessive imo. I find the 2x magnification of the LCDVF to be borderline as the screen resolution really starts showing it’s limits that close-up.

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