Robert Rodriguez + Canon 7D + Zacuto!

P1000053 The game changing HD DSLR movement is creating quite the stir with Hollywood DPs and Directors. Yesterday, DP Philip Bloom posted the story of Danny Dale of who recently caught site of Robert Rodriquez filming in Zilker Park in Austin, Texas.“DSLR cameras have hit the big time,” says Steve Weiss, Director of FilmFellas/critics.

On set shooting a new music video for Bob Schneider, Robert Rodriguez (Desperado, Grindhouse, & Once Upon a Time in Mexico) and his DP Jimmy Lindsey are seen shooting on 2 Canon 7Ds with the Zacuto Z-finder DSLR Viewfinder and a totally pimped out Zacuto DSLR Sniper rig. Yes, the age of convergence is here!




From DP & Director Philip Bloom’s blog post at Here is some info from the DP of this shoot, Jimmy Lindsay.

Jimmy Lindsey here. The man in the brown hat with the Z finder. I was Robert’s DoP on the ‘Bob Schneider’ music video (as well as his last feature ‘Machete’) and those are my 7D rigs at work. After seeing all the questions, I thought I might shed a little light on the subject. The rig Robert is using was set up to allow him to see an HDSDI image on a 7″ Panasonic onboard monitor while his AC (the insanely talented Sebastian Vega) pulls focus with a Preston FIZ from a 17″ Panasonic monitor. Very necessary as you know when shooting on a 200mm at a 2.8. The signal was split from HDMI to 2 HDSDIs using the Aja Black Magic powered by a Nebtek adapter and Sony M batteries. Both the Preston and the onboard were powered with a D tap cable and a Sony onboard battery. We also got some beautiful shots with my 50mm 1.4 and a lensbaby composer with single glass and plastic optics. ~ Jimmy Lindsey






“This is great to see such a great filmmaker like Robert shooting on these cameras,” says Philip Bloom, “and more proof that more and more professionals are really taking these cameras and using them for all sorts of productions.

[ all photos: courtesy of Danny Dale of ]. Big thanks to Philip Bloom!

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12 Responses to “Robert Rodriguez + Canon 7D + Zacuto!”

  1. Jonathan Ziegler on March 9th, 2010 4:40 pm

    Yowza, a little tidbit from Robert Rodriguez on using the Canon 7D.

  2. Travis Petty on March 10th, 2010 7:20 pm

    So, was that the AJA or the BlackMagic box?

  3. Anonymous on March 13th, 2010 4:46 am


  4. Anonymous on March 15th, 2010 7:40 pm

    By the time you factor in all the costs of these builds you might as well buy a real camera that is at least operator friendly. I love the 5d markII and the 7D but only as B-roll cameras.

  5. Gary Nadeau on March 16th, 2010 7:52 pm

    Awesome. So great to see z finder in his hands. Seems made for him!

  6. matt opel on March 19th, 2010 3:29 am

    isnt that a gini rig? only a zucuto z-finder…

  7. Anonymous on April 9th, 2010 4:14 pm

    its like so totally awesome dudes………….yawn

  8. Anonymous on May 20th, 2010 4:34 pm

    you’re a waste…

  9. Davis Smith on June 15th, 2010 5:09 pm

    Whats the best Camera on the market for shoot a music video?

    5D Mark II or The 7D?

  10. Massoud Nabizada on November 9th, 2011 8:19 am

    i have Canon EOS 7D

  11. Massoud Nabizada on November 9th, 2011 8:20 am

    i have Canon EOS 7D

  12. Steve Weiss on November 9th, 2011 10:13 am

    Just saw like crazy in a theater and it was shot on a 7D

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Rachel has been with Zacuto since 2009. She began working in the sales department and moved to marketing in 2013. In her role as Digital Marketing Director she oversees the gear loan and review program, social media, blog content,, and works with the team on overall marketing strategy. Rachel has a BA in Theatre with a focus on Directing from Arizona State University. Those who have spoken with her on the phone know she occasionally reveals her homeland by slipping into a British accent. Rachel likes tear-jerker sports movies, reading cookbooks for pleasure, and crossword puzzles. Contact her at


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