Z-Finder DSLR Optical Viewfinder
With the convergence of DSLR filmmaking, there are many essential tools that are needed to get the correct form factor for video. When shooting video on a DSLR camera, you must use the LCD screen and you must use manual focus. The combination of a very small screen, manual focus, and razor thin shallow depth-of-field makes it very challenging to focus. When shooting in both outdoor and indoor settings, the sunlight and glares make it nearly impossible to see the LCD screen. Lastly, holding the camera out in front of you so that you can focus on the screen makes the camera unstable and shaky. With any camera, you want to bring it close to the body for stability.
The first essential item to help with these challenges is a DSLR Optical Viewfinder. Zacuto has multiple models for you to choose from. Let’s take a look at each model so you can decide which Z-Finder right for you.
How does it work?
The Z-Finder Pro comes with either a 3x or 2.5x magnification and either a 3″ or 3.2″ mounting frame. There is also a Panasonic GH3 specific version. 3x and 2.5x refers to the magnification built into the lens. If you wear particularly strong reading glasses we recommend a 3x model. Otherwise a 2.5x model is usually best. The 3″ or 3.2″ refers to the size of your camera LCD screen. If you are unsure which model best fits your camera, please download our Z-Finder compatibility chart.
The Z-Finder Pro viewfinders offer a 40mm diameter Zacuto optical design lens, two anti-fog coating protective lens covers, a large eyecup preventing extraneous light leakage and a sturdy metal two piece mounting system.
The Pro models mount to your camera using our Gorilla Plate V2 and Z-Finder aluminum mounting frame. The Z-Finders will come with frames to fit short body camera like the Canon 5D M2 or 3 and Nikon D3000. We also offer mounting frames for tall camera like the Canon 1Dc and battery grip frames for small body camera with grips attached. These frames are all purchased in addition to a Z-Finder. The Gorilla Plate attaches to the bottom of your camera using the standard tripod screw hole. The Gorilla plate has (2) ¼ 20” threads on the bottom and a locking pin for mounting a tripod plate to quickly go between handheld and tripod. The Z-Finder Mounting Frame attaches to the Gorilla Plate using two thumb screws and gently presses on your LCD with rubber preventing any light leakage, as well as scratching. The mounting frame does not adhere to your camera. The Z-Finder Pro then snaps on and off the mounting frame for the ability to quickly move between photos and videos. The frame does not interfere with the cameras photo viewfinder.
The Z-Finder Pro focuses with a diopter; therefore you can dial in the exact focus for your eyes. If you need extra focal point, you can also use the Zacuto Extender Frames to extend the Z-Finder glass further away from the LCD screen. This is important for people who are farsighted and/or people who wear reading glasses. All Z-Finder Pro models have a list price is $395.00 and like all Zacuto products includes a lifetime warranty.
Which one is right for you?
|Z-Finder Pro 2.5x||Z-Finder Pro 3x|
|This model has a 2.5x magnification and is for camera with 3″ LCD screens.||This model has a 3x magnification. Select this model if you wear strong reading glasses. It is for cameras with 3″ LCD screens.||BUY ME NOW||BUY ME NOW|
|Z-Finder Pro 2.5x for 3.2″ Screens||Z-Finder Pro 3x for 3.2″ Screens|
|This model has a 2.5x magnification and is for camera with 3.2″ LCD screens.||This model has a 3x magnification. Select this model if you wear strong reading glasses. It is for cameras with 3.2″ LCD screens.||BUY ME NOW||BUY ME NOW|
|GH Z-Finder Pro||Blackmagic Pocket Camera Z-Finder|
|This model is compatible with the Panasonic GH3 and GH4. It has a 2.5x magnification.||This model is compatible with the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera. It has a 2.5x magnification.||BUY ME NOW||BUY ME NOW|
We offer lots of extra frame options for tall body cameras like the Nikon D4, Canon 1DX, Nikon D3s or Canon 1D M4 and more. A Sony A7s specific frame. Frames for small camera with battery grips. Adhesive frames for mirrorless cameras and as an alternative to our metal system. We also offer extra anti-fog discs, Z-Bands to clip on to your camera body, glass diopters and more. Shop Z-Finders and accessories here.
Thank you for your interest in Zacuto’s Z-Finder Pro viewfinder. Have questions? Please contact our sales and customer service team at (312) 863 3452 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Live chat is also available during Chicago business hours.