The 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. When the C100 was released the need for a Z-Finder was obvious, and so our popular C100 Z-Finder was born. And then the requests for a C300 Z-Finder started coming in! 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.
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. Want to see what else we came up with? Check out this first look video from Steve and Jens featuring the new C300/C500 Z-Finder and accessories!
Here are the items featured in the video. All items are expected to ship mid to late March 2014.
This 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.
C300/500 Z-Finder with Mounting Kit
This 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.)
The Mounting Kit can also be purchased alone for those who already own the C300/C500 Z-Finder. Pre-order the Mounting Kit here.
ColdShoe Handle Kits
C300/500 Helmet Coldshoe Handle Kit
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.
C300/500 Helmet Tapped Handle Kit
Our 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.
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.
Above: LEFT QR Tapped Handle, RIGHT QR Coldshoe Handle
If you have any questions about any of these new products or about the preorder process, please call, email or live chat with one of our friendly customer service reps.