Canon C300/500 Z-Finder and Accessories

C300 Z-Finder and AccessoriesThe Canon Cinema series cameras have been taking the world by storm! Steve and Jens saw the potential of these lower budget, high performance cameras early on and quickly began making baseplates and rigs for their unique size and shape.

Creating a Z-Finder for the removable, larger LCD of the Canon C300 and C500 was a new challenge for Zacuto. Always ready for a challenge, Steve and Jens set to work to create a lightweight, accessible, reasonably priced unit that could stand up to Zacuto’s high standards.

Want to see what we came up with? Check out this first look video from Steve and Jens featuring the new C300/C500 Z-Finder and accessories!

A whole new mounting system needed to be created, not only to mount the Z-Finder to the LCD but also to get the LCD in the right position for shoulder mounted shooting. Along the way, we replaced the “plasticky” Canon handle with a solid Zacuto handle and a new concept ‘helmet’ that attaches to the camera body and provides multiple accessory attachment options.

Z-Finder Options

C300/500 Z-Finder

Zacuto C300 Z-FinderThis easy to attach Z-Finder slides over the screen from your Canon C300 or C500 and is secured in place with a bar clamp. The Z-Finder includes 4 interchangeable anti-fog glass diopters, 0, +1, +2, and +3 so you can correct it to your vision right out of the box and then fine tune it with our red adjust wheel for perfect clarity. You’ll be able to purchase an additional -1, and/or +4 diopter if needed. Also included is an aluminum sun mask to protect your LCD screen from sunlight.

One problem we noticed early on was that the hinge for the LCD screen was too weak: when you press your eye against the Z-Finder it would move forward making the whole concept usable. So, we created a unique monitor lock clip (included) that slides onto the LCD hinge to stop the hinge from moving. This Z-Finder has a 1.8x magnification.

Order the C300 C500 Z-Finder

C300/500 Z-Finder with Mounting Kit

Z-Finder With Mounting KitThis kit includes a complete Z-Finder for the Canon C300 and C500 and a highly adjustable mounting kit that places the camera LCD with viewfinder in a comfortable position for shoulder mounted work. This is perfect for a Recoil style configuration with the camera directly over your shoulder.

The Z-Finder mounting kit has multiple pivot points that can place the Z-Finder just about anywhere with 360 degree movement for perfect alignment to your eye. Attach this kit to your camera with the required C300/500 Helmet Handle Kits. (See below.)

Order the C300 C500 Z-Finder with Mounting Kit

The Mounting Kit can also be purchased alone for those who already own the C300/C500 Z-Finder. Order the Mounting Kit here.

ColdShoe Handle Kits

C300/500 Helmet Coldshoe Handle Kit

C300-500 Helmet Coldshoe Handle Kit
This helmet kit includes the same Helmet and 3” Z-Rail as the Tapped Handle Kit, but the handle features two unique cold shoe mounts instead of the screw holes.

The cold shoes (one vertical & one horizontal) are secured with Zacuto’s new quick release clamp onto the shoe of your accessory.

You can mount two cold shoe items at once with a half turn of a Zacuto lever. No unnecessary winding of the annoying plastic round tie down wheel! This new system is a convenient clamp that cannot come undone. It a totally new way to create a rock solid coldshoe connection.

Order the C300 C500 Coldshoe Handle Kit


C300/500 Helmet Tapped Handle Kit

C300 Helmet Tapped Handle KitOur unique C300/500 Helmet screws directly into your camera at three different points for a rock solid connection. The helmet won’t add bulk or weight to your camera, but opens up a whole new world of accessory options! This kit includes a heavy duty wood top handle that attaches via an included 3” Z-Rail. On the front and top of this handle are ⅜ 16 screw holes (can accept a ¼ 20 using a brass collet) for accessories like screw type arms.

Order the C300 C500 Helmet Tapped Handle Kit




QR Tapped Handle and QR Coldshoe Handle

You can purchase both of our new handles a la carte with no mount if you wish. They are compatible with our 3” Z-Rail, 5” Z-Rail, Z-Rail Zotshoe, Z-Rail T, and the Zacuto Half Cage. These mounts can be purchased separately depending on your needs. The Zacuto QR Handles are also compatible with NATO, SWAT, RED, PICATINNY, and WOODEN CAMERA rails. To the left is a photo of the QR Tapped Handle.

QR Tapped Handle and QR Coldshoe Handle

Above: LEFT QR Tapped Handle, RIGHT QR Coldshoe Handle

Order the QR Tapped Handle

Order the QR ColdShoe Handle


If you have any questions about any of these new products, please call, email or live chat with one of our friendly customer service reps.

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8 Responses to “Canon C300/500 Z-Finder and Accessories”

  1. Lenny on February 19th, 2014 5:06 pm

    Will this rig work with the Eos c 100 not just the 300 / 500 ???

  2. Rachel Kenton on February 20th, 2014 10:37 am

    The new Z-Finder set up is specifically for the LCD on the C300 and C500, but we do have a Z-Finder for the C100 as well:
    The general Recoil concept that’s mentioned here a few times will absolutely work with a C100, you’ll just need to include a separate viewfinder like our Z-Finder EVF. Check out this step by step breakdown of a Recoil for a C100 from Erik Naso:

    - Rachel

  3. John Keating on February 25th, 2014 7:31 pm

    I would like to do everything but purchase the eyepiece. I intend on shooting off of the monitor.

  4. Rachel Kenton on February 26th, 2014 9:42 am

    You can absolutely do that! Follow the links on this page to pre-order or head straight to our webstore:

  5. Vincent Laforet Directing Motion Tour 2014 | Zacuto USA on May 7th, 2014 12:42 pm

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  7. badal on August 26th, 2014 2:20 pm

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  8. Rachel Kenton on August 26th, 2014 3:18 pm

    I’ll forward this to the sales team. In the future please call 312 863 3456 or email Thanks!