Z-Finder DSLR Optical Viewfinder

DSLR Viewfinders

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.

View Z-Finder Compatibility Chart (.pdf)

How does it work?

The Z-Finder Pro comes with a 2.5x magnification and either a 3″ or 3.2″ mounting frame. There is also a Panasonic GH3 specific version. 2.5x refers to the magnification built into the lens. 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. 

Z-Finder Pro 2.5xThe 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 2.5x for 3.2″ Screens
canon 7d with z-finder pro z-finder frame
This model has a 2.5x magnification and is for camera with 3″ LCD screens. This model has a 2.5x magnification and is for camera with 3.2″ LCD screens.
GH Z-Finder Pro Blackmagic Pocket Camera Z-Finder
panasonic gh3 zfinder 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.

Extra Accessories

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 Live chat is also available during Chicago business hours.

Zacuto’s Z-Finder Pro

Z-Finder Small Frame Installation

Join the conversation

650 Responses to “Z-Finder DSLR Optical Viewfinder”

  1. Tim Danyo on August 21st, 2009 4:29 pm

    Very cool! Thanks for the vid.

  2. Philip Bloom on August 21st, 2009 5:33 pm

    Use Mandy more often!

  3. Steve Cahill on August 29th, 2009 5:45 pm

    Do the the Z bands ship with the unit? I did not find them in the package. Fog wipes, good idea, where are those?

  4. Zacuto_Mandy on August 29th, 2009 9:05 pm

    Hi Steve, The Z-bands are not included with the Z-Finder. They will be available for sale next week. We still had some small kinks to work out on those. Check back middle of week. Fog wipes are available for sale here: Let me know if you have any other questions.

  5. Mandy Rogers on September 3rd, 2009 10:44 am

    Z-Finder Z-Bands are now available for purchase:

  6. Guest on August 31st, 2009 4:31 pm

    I would like to suggest making an extended, thicker, mounting plate that puts finder further out from screen .the diaopter range is not strong enough for those that use reading glasses.If you want to shoot without using glasses, the range must be expanded

  7. Mandy Rogers on September 3rd, 2009 10:43 am

    A thicker frame is in the works. Should be available in about 2 weeks. Email me if you would like to be on the list to recieve the thicker frame-

  8. Bill DePalma on September 5th, 2009 5:16 pm

    thanks, that will do it

  9. Mandy Rogers on September 3rd, 2009 10:45 am

    I will be in the very quick, short Z-bands video being released this week.

  10. Eric Chambone on September 12th, 2009 9:31 am

    Got my Zfinder today including a lanyard but nothing to attach it to
    Why was it not included? 

  11. Steve Weiss on September 13th, 2009 9:10 am

    Their wasn’t a tiny red 1/4 20 screw with a hole in it?  If not send me you address and we’ll send you one.

  12. Eric Chambone on September 13th, 2009 12:06 pm

    No the hook wasn’t in there I’ve also emailed the dutch dealer (which were very nice over the phone)
    They will send me one I guess

    Saving up for the sharp shooter now   😎

  13. Steve Weiss on September 13th, 2009 12:52 pm

    Let me know who the Dutch dealer is so I can send him another lanyard loop.
    For you inconvience, contact me about a discount for the sharp shooter when you are ready,

  14. Eric Chambone on September 13th, 2009 1:45 pm

    Thnx Steve you’re too kind 

  15. Ricardo Maldonado on September 12th, 2009 7:36 pm

    Just got my Z-Finder and it works great.  A necessity rather than an accessory… However I attached it for 24 hours to a plastic protective screen that I had previously glued onto the LCD and with the added leverage it unglued.  I;m throwing the plastic protective screen but can I now get extra glue from you guys? 

  16. Steve Weiss on September 13th, 2009 9:10 am

    Sure, we’ll send you an adhesive strip, just send me an email with your address or where you want it to go.

  17. Andy Taplin on September 14th, 2009 9:47 am

    Z-finder looks great – how about a right-angle version for low-level shooting, or even a swivel like on a shoulder mount camcorder?

  18. Raffaele on September 15th, 2009 1:18 am

    I purchased the Z Finder to replace a Hoodman loupe for this project I am currently shooting for and am I happy I went ahead with this purchase! An Essential item for any 5D shooter, great job Zacuto!

  19. Anthony on September 16th, 2009 6:31 pm

    I received the Z-Finder today and would also like to be put on the list for the thicker mounting plate with the hope that it will add the additional depth to focus necessary to use without glasses. I would also suggest that a snap-in translucent adapter be added to the line so that the Z-Finder could double as a high quality lupe for those of us that proof photographic prints. Very impressed with the quality.

  20. Peter Corbett on September 17th, 2009 6:44 am

    Mandy.  I want to place an order for  a Z-finder but I’m waiting for the thicker mount.  how far away is it?


  21. Mandy Rogers on September 17th, 2009 4:45 pm

    Hi Peter,

    I would suggest just purchasing the z-finder now and geting our temporary solution; that is an option when ordering online as well as if you call in. Once we have the other frames we will automatically send you the new one. It is probably a couple of weeks away still.

  22. Peter Corbett on September 19th, 2009 1:32 am

    Thanks Mandy.  Will do.

  23. Guest on September 21st, 2009 1:13 pm

    I received the z finder today with a lanyard but not the screw to attach it with.  Where do I get one?  thanks.

  24. Mandy Rogers on September 21st, 2009 10:43 pm

    Hi Guest,

    Can you please email with your shipping address and we can send you a lanyard hook? Thanks!

  25. Mandy Rogers on September 21st, 2009 10:36 pm

    Thanks Guest! I’m not very good on camera and it is not something I necessary like either. I’m not a model;I’m the sales director. Being on camera makes me nervous but either way I can see how you like the blonde much better. 

    Next time you comment, log in and don’t just sign in as guest!
    Take Care,

  26. Peter Corbett on September 22nd, 2009 2:34 am

    Hey you’re okay Mandy!  You look great in it.  At least you look like you…  ahem…. know what you’re doing. 😉

  27. Mandy Rogers on September 22nd, 2009 6:40 pm

    THanks Peter! That is one thing, I know what I’m doing and know the products! Thanks for watching.

  28. Mandy Rogers on September 21st, 2009 10:42 pm

    Hi George,

    Thanks for your comments. We like to be very detailed in our videos so we answer all questions that our customers may have which aren’t all experience. Some people are just starting out in the field and some may be more experienced like yourself. As I mention below, I am the sales director and not usually in the videos. I am not an actress or model, being in front of the camera makes me nervous that is why you only see me in like 3 videos! Anyway, thanks for commenting.

  29. Christian on October 8th, 2009 7:54 pm

    Very cool product and very cool vid.  Side note:  She is ridiculously hot.

  30. EP on October 9th, 2009 1:12 pm

    Arg! Sold out just as I receive my 7d! Bah.

  31. rod on October 11th, 2009 11:47 am


    does the stock version fit canon’s eos 500d? since they both have 3-inch screen.



  32. Steve Weiss on October 11th, 2009 12:21 pm


  33. rod on October 11th, 2009 12:24 pm

    thanks! i definitely need it after i spent some time shooting videos with my 70-200mm on it. got sore wrists…

  34. Steve Weiss on October 21st, 2009 12:10 pm

    Yes Rod it fits 5DMK2, 7D, GH1 and any camera with a 3″ screen

  35. Steve Weiss on October 21st, 2009 12:12 pm

    Go with the extended frame otherwise you will have the lens all the way out.  With the extended frame you can dial the lens back in a bit and get very precise focus.

  36. Bruce on October 11th, 2009 1:40 pm

    I am about to order a Z-Finder for Vidcom in Vancouver and am not sure if I need the extended version. I wear readfing glasses, currently very little corrections, +1.25, but seem to be moving toward a 1.5 diopter correction. I tried the Canadiaqn made LCD loupe and didn’t and viewing was fine.

    Should I order the extended frame?


  37. Steve Weiss on October 21st, 2009 12:12 pm

    Yes, if you dial the lens all the way out and then hover the Z-Finder 1/4″ off of the LCD screen and it is in focus for you, you need the taller focusing frame.  Just ask Mandy for one.

  38. Brian Parker on October 21st, 2009 7:17 am

    I read somewhere else that some people were attaching loupes onto the viewfinder sunshade accessory for the canon cameras. The advantage of this would be that you wouldnt need to glue a frame onto the lcd screen, you just pop out the eye piece from the viewfinder, and attach the sunshade, then clip on the loupe. Is that possible with the z-finder too?

  39. Steve Weiss on October 21st, 2009 12:20 pm

    That’s a bad idea and I’ll tell you why.  First it’s camera specific.  Second, if your loupe gets hit from the side which happens a lot, you could end up breaking a that frame or worse breaking part of your camera off.  We have designed the Z-Finder so that when it get bumped or pulled which happens a lot, the Z-Finder pops off and protects your camera.  That’s why we recommend using the included Lanyard or or Z-Bands so when it is knocked it ends up on your neck or still connect to the camera with rubber bands.

    Plus the Z-Finder frame is not glued to the LCD screen it’s stuck on with an strong double sided tape that you just peal and stick.  The frames can be removed from your camera and you will see not trace that it was ever on there.

  40. Jaime on October 21st, 2009 9:39 pm

    that does not look too good, specially if I have to stick part of it to the camera… but it’s a good begining.

  41. Gary Lake Liza on October 21st, 2009 9:54 pm

    Can this be used with 7D?

  42. Mark Lyon on October 22nd, 2009 8:37 pm

    Awesome product! I’ve shot two projects with the Hoodman loupe on my 7D–just got my Z-finder and I really wish I’d had it for the jobs!

    One question: any chance you’re considering a 2X magnification model? 3X is great for focusing, but I find I have to scan around with my eye to see the whole frame. Seems like 2X would make it easier to read the whole frame at once, and also maybe wouldn’t make the viewfinder image so pixely.

    But that’s a quibble. The product is solid, and a must-have for anyone using a DSLR.

  43. Anon. on October 23rd, 2009 3:33 pm

    Does Z-Finder v2 fit the Nikon D700 for live view?

  44. Susan Rapp on October 23rd, 2009 4:13 pm

    Yes, I spoke to our sales department and the Z-Finder V2 fits the Nikon D700. You can read all the specs and see the demo video here Thanks, ~ @zacuto_sue

  45. Sara Balazs on October 30th, 2009 3:13 pm

    Szia Gabor!
    Tudsz valakit, akinek van z-findere, mert en is vennek, de erdekelnenek a tapasztalatok.
    Udv Sara Balazs

  46. on November 2nd, 2009 10:22 pm

    I assume the finder will work on new D3s

  47. PDog on November 18th, 2009 6:50 pm

    I was wondering if the Zfinder works with the Nikon D90 – I use reading glasess, will I need something else or does it work like your typical viewfinder on a video camera. One last thing I did not see when you will have more in stock, I think I am ready.


  48. Mandy Rogers on November 19th, 2009 11:35 am

    Yes the Z-finder works on the Nikon D90 and the eyecup is large enough to use with glasses. Back in stock around December.

  49. JIm on November 21st, 2009 8:41 am

    I have a 5D mkII and 7D.  Can I switch back and forth witht he Z-Finder?  If so, what do I need for the 2nd camera for mounting?

  50. Mandy Rogers on November 23rd, 2009 10:11 am

    Yes, you can switch back and forth between the 5d and 7d. You just need to have a Z-finder mounting frame on each camera.

  51. Anonymous on November 22nd, 2009 5:21 am

    What’s on your mind…

  52. Max on November 24th, 2009 3:26 am

    Hi there, I have only used my Z-Finder once yet… It works very well and helps alot! The Frame sticks on the camera like it has allways been there…

    Just one thing on my mind… the red wheel is supposed to be like a diopter, right? 
    But I can spin it all the way to the left and right.. the distance between the lcd and the glas changes.. but everything stays in focus.. how is that?


  53. Steve Weiss on November 24th, 2009 9:18 am

    You are probably young and have perfect vision.  When you are young and have perfect vision your eyes are much more tolerant that an older guy like me.  If you need glasses or are older, thats when this wheel becomes more critical.  Be happy that it’s in focus for you anywhere on the dial, I wish that was the case for me.  One more thing, try focusing the wheel all the way in without your eye in the viewfinder, then look when all the way in.  Then dial it all the way out with out keeping you eye in the viewfinder, then look.  You may notice a difference.  That is because the thread is so fine that your eye adapts as you are dialing it.  This may help you find the sweet spot for you.

  54. Adrian Price on November 24th, 2009 6:04 am

    Hey All has anyone seen this on Vimeo


    I would love the chance to use the Z Finder or a similar product on my EX1! Any chance this might be in the pipeline Steve????????

  55. Mark Devillier on November 27th, 2009 4:57 pm

    I have a Hoodman loupe, and after doing reaserch,wish I had bought the Z-Finder instead.
    Is there any chance of a 90 degree version of the Z-Finder (for viewing the LCD from above) in the future?


  56. Anonymous on November 30th, 2009 6:20 pm

    I’m trying to find out if the Z-Finder can be used with someone like me who HAS to wear glasses or I’m a danger to both myself and others.  I’ve read that one must use some kind of extended mount that interferes with normal picture taking when the Finder is taken off.  Can anyone that wears glasses while using the Finder respond please?  Thanks! 

  57. Anonymous on December 5th, 2009 9:35 am


  58. Ron Hendriks on December 5th, 2009 3:39 pm

    Does it work on the Pentax K-7 ???

  59. Mandy Rogers on December 5th, 2009 5:09 pm

    you got it.. pretty uncomfortable as I don’t like being on camera. Any product questions I can help you with?

  60. Bill DePalma on December 6th, 2009 5:11 pm

    Interested in knowing if there is still a plan to update the stacked Zfinder mount to a single, taller unit.
    Also, is there anyway to salvage the a mount once it has been removed ( and the goo is gone)?

  61. Steve Weiss on December 6th, 2009 6:22 pm

    When our couplers come out in February and you connect one to your Z-Finder they are permanent. They use a much stronger adhesive that will never come apart.  Then you can go back to the standard from on the camera and make the Z-Finder as tall as you need.  The frame is completely salvageable.  If you need additional adhesive strips let us know and we will send you some. 

  62. Bill DePalma on December 6th, 2009 9:47 pm


  63. Angel on December 7th, 2009 7:23 pm

    Can I wash my Z-Finder with water?

  64. Jens Bogehegn on December 8th, 2009 11:01 am

    I don’t recomend dunking the Z-finder in water. First blow off the Z-finder with some canned air then you can wet a soft cloth and use soapy water or Windex to wipe down the Z-finder. If wetness is still in the grooves, use the canned air to dry the Z-finder. As always, use extra care on the lens element as you would on the cameras lenses. Use a lens clothe and lens cleaning solution.

  65. Anonymous on December 18th, 2009 10:34 am

    Does the Z-Finder work with spectacle wearers?

  66. Chris Mann on December 26th, 2009 7:07 am

    It works for me! I have the red adjustment wheel dialed all the way out but I can use it quite successfully when wearing glasses. The only problem I have with it is that sometimes I have to shift my head slightly to see the red recording marker in the extreme top right corner of the LCD on the Canon 5D Mk2.

  67. Pompo Bresciani on December 18th, 2009 8:37 pm

    I would lile to see a video of the actual FOV change before and after when using teh Z finder…Not just how it looks when used, but what I would see with my eyes looking through the Z finder!  Plz! 🙂

  68. Pompo Bresciani on December 18th, 2009 10:59 pm

    I’m interested in the Z finder since I love shooting stills (not movie) wide open with 5d m2 and 85 1.2  BUT:  

     After coming to this site a few times it is still not clear how can the 3X magnification work on the lcd without cropping the framed area. The cropping on the LCD does occur …IS this correct?   


    If that’s the case it is only  useful if you shoot on a tripod, frame and the focus with the Zfinder otherwise  

    if I take a close up portrait with a cropped LCD I do get the benefits of easier focusing but at same time I lose the framing overview of the shot.  





    Which leads to to next question and maybe even an advice/suggestion for next Zfinder M2 <img src=”webkit-fake-url://38B52F2D-A3FE-4E6A-8391-A4054CC96037/smiley-smile.gif” alt=”smiley-smile.gif”/>  


    Larger foot mark than LCD, so you can have the 3x magnification benefits BUT keeping the actual LCD ratio=  framing visible…That would be unreal don’t you think?

  69. Mark Wescott on January 4th, 2010 10:21 pm

    I have purchased the ZFInder but do not want to glue (or adhere) it to the LCD on my ~$5,000 camera. Is there any other way to mount it?


  70. Mandy Rogers on January 5th, 2010 10:11 am

    Hi Mark,

    We have another mounting solution in development. Be on the look out around March 1st.

  71. john on January 5th, 2010 4:32 pm

    Hi, Mandy,

    So I should wait for your new mounting solution before ordering the finder?  I have a Canon 7D. From what I read and as you all demonstrated, the glue used for the mounting frame isn’t permanent, it can be removed with no damage to the camera, correct?

  72. Mandy Rogers on January 6th, 2010 2:25 pm

    The current way the z-finder mounts is not permanent. The frame can come off with no damage to the camera, so no worries! There is really no need to wait for the new solution as we always have some kind of upgrade path as well.

  73. john on January 8th, 2010 1:23 pm

    B&H Photo appears to have the Z-Finder in stock.  However, the one pictured on their website lacks the notches to hold the z-bands and the lanyard attachment.  Are they selling an earlier version of your finder?

  74. Mandy Rogers on January 8th, 2010 1:31 pm

    Hi John,

    B&H sells the current version. There is no other version of the z-finder. Can you send me the link to the page you are looking at on their website so I can have them fix it?

  75. john on January 8th, 2010 1:35 pm

    Sure looks different than the one I’ve seen many places.  Also click on the finder to see other pics.  Is it some kind of prototype?

  76. Mandy Rogers on January 8th, 2010 1:51 pm


    THe image they are using is a pre-production model image before we put the 1/4 20″ hole for the lanyard and the z-bands holes. I have asked them to change the image. Thanks.

  77. tom on January 13th, 2010 2:31 am

    I recently purchased a Z Finder and am really impressed with the product – nice work!  My only slight concern is that when I turn the red adjustment wheel the focus doesn’t seem to change  – even when i turn it from one end of it’s range to the other.  Do you think I have a faulty dial?

  78. David Nielsen on January 13th, 2010 4:23 pm

    I’ve got this and one of your tactical shooters on my list of equipment. Spendy, but totally worth it for my new projects with the 7D.

  79. Jeff Gilchriest on January 14th, 2010 12:14 pm

    Is there any dust cover while it’s hanging around our necks or in storage?

  80. Jens Bogehegn on January 14th, 2010 12:38 pm

    We are working on a duts cover for the back of the Z-finder.

  81. Jens Bogehegn on January 14th, 2010 12:37 pm

    We get asked this from time to time.  If you are relatively young and have 20/20 vision your eyes have the ability to compensate many diopters into the negative.  The Z-finder has a 3 diopter range and uses very fine threads so the travel is slight for each turn and your eye quickly adapts. For your vision the Z-finder should probably be dialed all the way out. In that position your eye is not compensating and won’t fatigue.
    For far sighted and people needing reading glasses, we have a tall frame to move the Z-finder farther out.  Soon we will have our stackable frame kit system available.  I hope that helps.  Call us if you have more questions.

  82. Richard van den Boogaard on January 16th, 2010 8:49 am

    Hi Jens,

    I love the Z-Finder – have two of them, both for my 5D-II and 7D. However, what I – and I’m guessing a lot of others with me – would like to have is an angled viewfinder. This way, you can determine framing and focus in different positions, not just straight behind the camera.

    The way I see this working is that either you work with an adjustable mirror-system inside the viewfinder, or simply connect it to the HDMI out on the camera. That gives you 480p, I believe, but that should be enough to get focus. Let me know if you’re planning to produce something like that.

    Also, is there a remote possibility that Zacuto is going to develop a Servo-zoom control for DSLR cameras?

    Let me know. Keep up the great work.

  83. Mark Hall on January 26th, 2010 2:28 pm

    Z-Finder is another great product from Zacuto. Thanks for adding the lanyard hook. Great idea for my DSLR package. One question: what is the Z-Finder made of? High impact ABS or metal? My gear gets banged up – want to make sure it will last…Thanks! 😀

  84. Jens Bogehegn on January 26th, 2010 3:08 pm

    Hi Mark,

    Good question, thanks. It’s high impact ABS body and Metal lens tube and threads. I droped one yesterday from 6′ high and it just bounced a bit with no marks or damage what so ever. Very soon we will have a soft case that’s belt mountable.

  85. Jay on January 26th, 2010 8:00 pm

    Wow, this Z Finder looks really cool, but I am even more excited about some of the support systems this video shows. It would make shooting video or stills with the D90 a lot more stable and convenient! Thanks for developing such great products for us hard-working video and photo guys out here!

  86. Bill Vincent on February 1st, 2010 9:54 am

    Hello from Nashville!

    I just wanted to chime in a review of the Z-Finder after having a few days with mine. First things first – the packaging. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for not sealing the plastic package so that I would have to surgically cut the Z-Finder out!  The package was easy to open, and I loved that!

    The instructions for the Z-Finder come packaged in this little tiny ziploc-sytle baggie. Very compact, but it was a bit of a challenge to get it out of the baggie! No big deal – and the instructions themselves were very clear. 

    The unit itself is very rugged – it just feels very solid!  Attaching it to my camera was easy per the directions, and I found it hard to wait 24 hours for the glue to cure – but didn’t mess with it because I want a firm seal. Once I had a chance to try it out, I was VERY happy. The difference it made in my ability to focus was like night & day. I was able to do some rack focus stuff I’d never have attempted without the Z-Finder. And, for shooting in bright daylight there just is NO substitute for this. It’s perfect.

    The quality craftsmanship of this product alone is astounding, but its functionality is what really makes it shine. It is something every DSLR shooter needs. From the first time I saw this product I knew it was essential to my kit, and after getting it I am certain of it.

  87. Mandy Rogers on February 3rd, 2010 1:24 pm

    Thanks for the nice review, Bill. I am glad you like your Z-Finder. 🙂

  88. john on February 2nd, 2010 7:18 pm

    Just received my viewfinder and it works as advertised.  I would like to protect the large screen opening and thought simply buying another mounting frame, and glueing it to a thin sheet of plastic cut to the frame’s dimension would work fine.  

    However, I recall reading that Zacuto is coming out with a cap.  Is there a release date/price available yet?


  89. Mandy Rogers on February 3rd, 2010 1:27 pm

    Hi John,

    We are releasing a cap but not for that side. The cap will be for the small opening by the eyecup.  Your idea will work great and will be cheaper then what we can manufacture a product for. The release day for the cap is late march.

  90. on February 23rd, 2010 7:38 am

    I used a piece of mylar packing tape. Ya have ta be careful to work out the bubbles. Works fine.

  91. Michael on February 3rd, 2010 11:59 am

    Is there a DSLR Viewfinder for the Panasonic GH1?

  92. Mandy Rogers on February 3rd, 2010 1:25 pm

    Hi Michael,

    The Z-finder does work with the GH1. You just need to specifiy your camera when ordering as there is a special GH1 Frame!

  93. Zappadongo on February 8th, 2010 2:08 am

    Wow. Nice viewfinder. Perfect for Dslr-Video. I´m shooting with D5 MK II. Would like to buy it – but 400 dollars are too expensive for me, sorry.

  94. Mike on February 12th, 2010 7:58 am

    Will the Z-Finder work with the new Canon Rebel T2i?

  95. Z-Finder fan on February 16th, 2010 6:08 am

    I would also like to know, whether the Z-Finder will work with the new Canon EOS 550d/Rebel T2i? Love to read an answer! Keep up the good work!

  96. Ramses Singeling on February 16th, 2010 2:55 pm

    Now editing a documentary I shot with 7D and Z-finder. Very happy with it. While carrying my tripod with the camera on it, Z-finder got knocked of twice. My bad, but not a scratch. Sturdy stuff. Found that I could shoot pretty steady shots with just the Z-finder pressed to my eye and supporting the camera with two hands. Two observations:

    – Be sure to buy to buy the anti-fogging cloths. In my case, in the heat of the action, the viewfinder can fog up and ruin a shot.
    – After shooting hand held for a few hours, you will long for extra support. Might buy a tactical shooter soon.


  97. anton on February 16th, 2010 3:26 pm

    exuse my bad english, can i put the frame of z-finder upon a screen protector or its better to put it directly on the lcd screen? 

  98. Ryan Breedon on February 16th, 2010 5:23 pm

    Use this on my 5D2 all the time – indispensable and well worth the cost!

  99. on February 23rd, 2010 7:33 am

    OK, you’ve got the lovely young lady with her right hand on the mount handle and her left hand focusing the lens. But you don’t show the very awkward process of depressiong the “set” button to turn on the video – which she’d normaly do with her right hand. But…. OPPS…. her right hand is holding up the camera. Ya kind left out the graceful transision of how that actually takes place.  SO… my question is where’s the remote switch which we normally mount on the pan head handle? This device should have two stages: 1. turn on LIVE VIEW ; 2. start video.

  100. Chad on March 2nd, 2010 4:47 pm

    I will be most likely buy one of these z-finders if it works with the T2i/550d.

    Does anyone know if it works?

  101. Mandy Rogers on March 3rd, 2010 10:35 am

    The Z-Finder will work with the Canon 550/T2i camera. However, the frame does cover the proximity sensor on the camera and we don’t recommend adhering the frame on the sensors. Therefore, Zacuto will be marking and cutting a slit in the paper covering that would normally attach to where the proximity sensors are. So when you pull off the adhesive covering, you will have to rub off the adhesive in that area so it will not adhere to the proximity sensor. It will be about a 1” space that you will rub off the adhesive and then you follow the regular z-finder instructions for mounting.

  102. Lee on March 14th, 2010 6:48 am

    when will a version of the Z finder have a 45-90* elbow included. So we don’t have to always be directly behind the viewfinder?

  103. Thomas Barclay on March 15th, 2010 12:23 pm

    I want to make a strong suggestion. I’m embarrassed by what I’m about to say so watch your replies (lol).  I have been on the search for good storage for my z-finder.  I put it in my camera bag and the next time I went to pull it out it was covered with dust.  Where does that stuff come from!  And anyone who owns one knows, there is nothing like seeing magnified dust (gross).  Continuing on, I have been looking for awhile and yesterday I got something.  It’s a $1.08 make-up bag from Target.  Please stop laughing.  I try to tell people that it is made of ballistic nylon and I bought it at an Army surplus store in the sniper isle.  Unfortunately for me, no one believes me.  So I was hoping Zacuto would make one.  I even have a clever design element.  Basically it is a small sealed box with a mount on the bottom. This way it will snap into place reducing dust and getting knocked around. 

  104. Steve Weiss on March 16th, 2010 2:58 pm

    We are working on a solution for that as we speak Lee, trust me it’s going to be incredible and work with all existing Z-Finders.

  105. Steve Weiss on March 16th, 2010 3:19 pm

    Thanks Thomas for your suggestions, we are always looking for suggestions.  At NAB we are going to show a Z-Finder bag that will also mount to your belt loop.  To address your other issue, just after NAB we will have a back cap coming as well for you to snap your Z-Finder onto so that when you are not using it, dust won’t get in.  

    I have to admit that some of these issues you just can’t figure out from the get go, till people use it and suggest it, we are a company that loves feedback and will make these corrections.  

    We have some other suggestions (from other folks ) coming at NAB, a lens cap, a rubber boot to pervent sand and dirt to getting to the thread of the lens tube, extender frames for people who have severely bad vision and need the Z-Finder lens out farther then the diopter can take them.  The best feature is an amazing anti-fog lens that we have been working on for six months (comes in 2.5x and 3x), it’s so resistant to fog that we have taken it out of the freezer and then gone outside into heat and it doesn’t fog at all.  

    Also, we have two new mounting system that do not not use any adhesive (it works with a baseplate that comes with the Z-Finder or can be purchased separately, and your Z-Finder mounts to a frame attached to the baseplate and your tripod plate attaches to it.  It eliminates a whole set of quick-release plates.  This solution works well with our Rapid Fire and Tactical kits bypassing all of the quick-release plates we currently use.  Very elegant, less heavy and slim. All of these things will work with existing Z-Finders and be available to current Z-Finder users.  If you are at NAB stop by our booth, if not check the website.  Thanks again for being honest about how you feel.

  106. JasonT on March 16th, 2010 8:33 pm

    Hi, Z-finder looks like a great product.  I’m looking to use them as optional viewfinder loupe on my Micro Four Thirds cameras.  Currently, I have an Olympus Ep-1.  I may also get a Panasonic GH1 as some point.  My question is, I know Zacuto makes Z-Finders for the GH1.  Would that GH1 Viewfinder be able to fit the Olympus Ep-1’s LCD?  

    Plus, you guys wouldn’t happen have any pictures of the Z-finder fitted to smaller cameras, would you?  Thanks!

  107. MisaGarcia on March 23rd, 2010 5:15 pm

    This is really great, getting excited!

  108. sesa on March 23rd, 2010 7:30 pm

    Still expensive…

  109. Benny on March 23rd, 2010 7:38 pm

    THAT will be nice.

  110. figments on March 24th, 2010 1:17 am

    Yay! just ordered my new 3x pro yeeow.

  111. figments on March 24th, 2010 1:26 am

    Yay! just ordered my 3x pro finder. yeeeoww

  112. Andrew Boooth on March 24th, 2010 2:29 am

    Please post more information about forwards/backwards compatibility with the V2 finders.

    – Can the V2 finders snap onto the new back plates?
    – Can the new finders snap onto the old adhesive mounts?

  113. Whena on March 24th, 2010 2:33 am

    How heavy is the z-finder?

  114. DC on March 24th, 2010 6:17 am

    Ohhh snap!!!!

    I order ZAZFIND from b&h yesterday…  :'(

    Are you offering any sort of upgrade kit for current customers? I priced out the separate pieces (gorilla plate and Mounting Frame) and they came out to $100

  115. DC on March 24th, 2010 6:30 am

    Ohhh snap!!!! I ordered ZAZFIND from b&h yesterday and then came here to watch the instructional video only to find this smok’n deal..   :'(  
    Are you offering any sort of upgrade kit for current customers? I priced out the separate pieces (gorilla plate and Mounting Frame) and they came out to $100

  116. Phil Hoyt on March 24th, 2010 4:59 pm

    Can you put a battery grip on ur camera and still have this on it?

  117. Henry on March 24th, 2010 6:39 pm

    Yes, with this mounting frame for taller camera and cameras with battery packs:

  118. dewarner on March 25th, 2010 1:33 am

    I need to mount the Z-Finder Pro on my Canon 5D Mk II that has a battery grip and a Really Right Stuff L Plate.  Will it work to mount the L Plate under the Gorilla Plate?

  119. dewarner on March 25th, 2010 1:42 am

    Also, if you use the Z-Finder with a battery grip, do you have to remove it each time you change the batteries?

  120. Mandy on March 25th, 2010 2:15 am

    Yes you will need the small bodied dslr with battery grip z-finder mounting frame: , then you would mount the L bracket under the gorilla plate. the gorilla plate has 2 1/4 20″ thread holes and a locking pin. If you want to switch out the batteries on the grip, you will need to take off the z-finder frame by loosening the thumb screws (literally takes seconds) and then put it back on when you switch the batteries. The gorilla plate does not interfere with the battery compartment on the bottom of the camera though.

  121. Mandy on March 25th, 2010 2:16 am

    Yes, all is compatible.

  122. Mandy on March 25th, 2010 2:16 am

    about 6 oz, without the gorilla plate and frame on the camera.

  123. dewarner on March 25th, 2010 2:31 am

    If the new attachment system does not work with my setup on my 5D Mk II the way I want it to, can I use the Version 2 attachment frame instead with the Z-Finder Pro?

  124. Anonymous on March 25th, 2010 2:40 pm

    yes you can use the adhesive frame.

  125. Phil Hoyt on March 25th, 2010 4:14 am

    will you still sell/support the old version. I think that it would be more benifitial for me because im already throughing a battery grip plus a mounted follow focus. and after all that adding another base for the view finder just seems like over kill, plus a rod system maybe…. it just seems to be getting alot. Something that just pops on and off seems alot more efficent for my set up

  126. Anonymous on March 25th, 2010 2:39 pm

    we will continue to sell the adhesive frame.

  127. Gregory Storm on March 25th, 2010 8:52 am

    Just got my Z-Finder last week and already it’s old?  What the bloodclot?  I haven’t even used it yet.  It didn’t come with all these bells and whistles.  I got it from B&H.  What should I do?

  128. joe q on March 25th, 2010 6:44 pm

    Same as poster below. Recently got my Z-finder (was wating to install connector, since rumor was there was going to be new way to attach) and am awaiting my Tactical Shooter delivery – and they are “old” models now, with different basplates…oh man.  My orders were from B and H also. This is frustrating.

  129. Anonymous on March 26th, 2010 5:21 am

    Can the Z-Finder be attached to the frame without using the gorilla plate? Is there a package available without this plate?

  130. John Nall on March 26th, 2010 4:57 pm

    I only recently purchased the Z-Finder, “back in the days” when there was only the 3X.  I find the device very helpful when taking movies with my Canon 7D, but could have used the lower magnification of the 2.5 you now offer.  Darn!

    However, the trade-off is I find the new mounting system not nearly as elegant as the simple plastic frame that adheres to the camera, allowing the Finder to neatly snap off.  Did you abandon that method simply because people were twitchy about gluing something to their camera, or is it defective in a way I should know about?

  131. Mandy on March 29th, 2010 9:42 am

    The adhesive frame is not defective. Many people did not want to “glue” something to their camera.

  132. Guest on March 29th, 2010 8:25 am

    Can I ask a n00b question…

    Knowing near to nothing about video, lens, etc., but being a proud new owner of a 7D and willing to learn…  why a 2.5x mag and 3x mag… which would I choose and why? 

  133. Anonymous on March 29th, 2010 3:18 pm

    If you are a pro i’d go with the 3x, if you are just an amateur wanting to have fun then the 2.5x will suffice.

  134. Anonymous on March 30th, 2010 9:38 am

    Ehm I’ve read that the 3X shows pixels and is a bit too much of an enlargement, so the great folks at Zacuto give you a choice now =) Read up on it yourself if you like good luck! 😉

  135. BJNY on March 29th, 2010 5:26 pm

    Do the new Z-Finders still use Schneider optics?

  136. Rachel Kenton on March 31st, 2010 10:43 am

    No. In development with our own optical engineering group Zacuto is now creating and manufacturing it’s own optical designs.  Our optical specs meet that of the Schneider lenses we previously used, plus we have expanded our line to include 2.5x and our own patent pending anti-fog coating (6 months in the making).  You can take the lens from freezer to extreme heat and it won’t fog.  Creating our own optics is allowing us to bring new options to the market faster and in higher quantities.

  137. Roger on March 29th, 2010 8:51 pm

    Hi Zacuto,
    I can fit the pro model on my camera with the Z- bands without the gorilla plate, rite? Thanks.

  138. Mandy on March 31st, 2010 9:39 am

    No, you need to use some kind of frame that the z-finder snaps into. Either the gorilla plate with frame or the adhesive frame. The z-bands will not hold the z-finder onto the camera without a frame. It will slide everywhere.

  139. MisaGarcia on April 5th, 2010 2:36 pm

    How much height does the Z-Finder Baseplate add to the DSLR setup!?

  140. Roger on April 6th, 2010 10:18 am

    Will we able to oder the Pro-finder without the gorilla plate? thx

  141. Hans Meuter- OutdoorPhotography on April 6th, 2010 10:35 pm

    Which one of the Z-Finders can I use with my Olympus EP-1?

  142. spaik on April 7th, 2010 6:57 am

    Hi, I am looking into buying z-finder. I went to the store here in Tokyo and they’ve informed me that they are on waiting for the next shipment for newest z-finder.I looked into you web and learnt that new z-finder is due early May.I am in need of either z-finder asap. To have this product used on my next shooting soon, should I order this product directly from you or should I wait and buy one directly from the store here in Tokyo?Which do you think is quicker?

  143. fugenie on April 9th, 2010 5:27 am

    I was interested in getting the JR model, but need more info: I don’t like the look of the mounting bracket, but I’m assuming you can still snap the viewer on to an adhesive frame instead – is this supplied in the kit? Also I am short sighted (not long sighted), is there a potential problem on how well I would be able to see the screen with the JR version?

  144. Zacuto on April 15th, 2010 1:24 pm

    Hi Fugenie,
    You can still get the adhesive frame if you prefer that option:
    The Jr has a range going to -2.75 into the negative for nearsighted users.
    If your prescription is more extreme than that I would suggest getting the
    Pro2.5x as the magnification plus the diopter extends the range into the
    negative -4.75 range. I hope this helps. You can also use the Pro versions
    with the adhesive frame.

  145. Anonymous on April 11th, 2010 11:21 pm

    Hello Zacuto,
    Can we use a handgrip with the gorilla plate at the bottom of the camera?

  146. Michael Gribbin on April 13th, 2010 6:20 pm

    Hi there – I have a Z-Finder V2 which is great but I find the glued on mount a little uncomfortable when shooting stills. can I buy a Gorilla plate and mounting frame to go with my V2 ZFinder so I don’t need to glue the mount back on? thanks!

  147. Zacuto on April 15th, 2010 1:24 pm

    Hi Michael,
    You can get the gorilla plate and frame here:

  148. brian fu on April 15th, 2010 8:36 am

    Z-Finder Pro will work with GH1?

  149. Anonymous on April 21st, 2010 1:59 pm

    Z Finder Pro will work with GH1, however it will not work with the Jr. bracket or the pro bracket. It will only work with the GH1 adhesive frame. You can order that through

  150. Lucas Saez on April 15th, 2010 2:47 pm

    Hi can we  grip  the gorilla plate directly  in  a tripod plate??

  151. Kat Akinfolurin on April 21st, 2010 2:00 pm

    Yes, there are 1/4 20″ threads for mounting a tripod plate on the bottom of the gorilla plate.

  152. Al on April 16th, 2010 12:16 pm

    I would like to really buy one, but do either the JR or Pro Zfinder fit and compatible with the Panasonic GF1???  I hope so.  Is there a way Zacuto can list all the cameras its compatible with?

  153. Kat Akinfolurin on April 21st, 2010 2:03 pm

    The Z-Finder will work on the GH1, however, it will not work with the Jr. bracket or the Pro bracket. It will only work with the GH1 adhesive frame. You can order that through The Z-Finder is compatible with the Canon 5D, 7D, T2i, 1d Mark IV, Nikon D3S, Nikon d90, Panosonic GH1 (with a different frame), Panasonic GF1, and more.
    What camera do you have?

  154. Al on April 21st, 2010 10:34 pm

    I have a GF1…so you’re saying it IS compatible.

  155. Anonymous on April 26th, 2010 11:51 am

    That is correct.

  156. Tom Bower on April 19th, 2010 8:00 pm

    I own a Nikon D3s.

    If I purchase the Z-Finder Pro, must I also purchase the frame for the tall-bodied DSLR’s?

  157. Kat Akinfolurin on April 21st, 2010 2:01 pm

    Yes, you must.

  158. edamak on April 22nd, 2010 7:32 pm

    one question, if i have a battery grip attached to my camera 100% of time, can i order ir with the extended frame? i dont care about the normal frame nor i will spend extra 100$ having to buy separately the extended frame..

  159. Kat Akinfolurin on April 26th, 2010 11:54 am

    Yes, you will need to order the Mounting frame for small bodied camers with battery grip. Please email to place your order.

  160. Guest on April 28th, 2010 11:40 am

    I have the Canon 550d with battery grip… so what do I need for the Z-finder?
    This is really confusing and there should be a chart on this webpage.

  161. Kat Akinfolurin on April 28th, 2010 11:59 am

    The Z-Finder Pro and Jr both work on the Canon 550D. However, when you start using the battery grip into the picture…it complicates things.
    Right now, if you insist on shooting with the battery grip, the only way you can mount the pro and the Jr is by using the adhesive frame.
    In a couple of weeks,  we hope to have a Pro frame (aluminum frame) that will work with the Canon 550D and batterry grip. This camera is just really small and does not fit the footprint of the Canon 5d, 7D, Nikon d90, etc.
    If you have any further questions, contact

  162. Guest on April 28th, 2010 7:41 pm

    Thanks! Now it’s clear…

  163. on April 29th, 2010 5:42 am

    olá, tenho um z-finder e perdi a borracha que apoia o olho no equipamento.gostaria de saber se vocês venderiam somente a borracha?

    Grato desde já

    PH silva

  164. WFr on April 29th, 2010 1:42 pm

    Looks great, but what about different propotions of lcd screen of 550D?(T2i)?

  165. gadi on April 29th, 2010 5:48 pm

    i just got a new 5D mark 2 with the extra battery holder.
    i really am interested in the z finder yet i A. do not know if it still mounts on the camera with the battery add-on. And B. i do not understand the differences between the 3 z finders on the site.
    can someone help me with some info on the topic?

  166. Elma on April 30th, 2010 9:55 am

    Hi Gadi!

    It will mount on the camera with the battery grip, all you need to do is purchase this frame:

    The difference between the 2.5x and the 3x is the magnification level.
    They both come with an anti-fog coated lens, gorilla plate, small bodied dslr frame, lens cap and boot.

    The Jr. has a 2.5x magnification and comes with a snap fit adhesive mounting frame as well as a Jr. mounting bracket which must be used in conjuction with a tripod plate to secure properly. The Jr. does not have an anti-fog coated lens.

    If you are farsighted, I would recommend the 2.5x Pro because the diopter gives you more range in the negative.

  167. Juan on May 3rd, 2010 5:08 am

    I bought the Z-Finder a month an half ago, actually bought three of them. Great product, but have to say that having put it to the test on a shoot last week, the main conflict was the fogging issue. The hot weather conditions made it close to impossible to use it. 
    I see that the new model is out, the pro and I’m wondering if you have an upgrade program since I don’t want to spend another 1200us replacing my units.



  168. Zacuto on May 3rd, 2010 8:09 am

    Dear Juan,
    Please contact me via email and I will be more than happy to upgrade your viewfinders.
    Sent via BlackBerry from T-Mobile

  169. Kat Akinfolurin on May 3rd, 2010 9:14 am


    Please feel free to contact me at 312-863-3456 ext 215.

  170. Laura on May 3rd, 2010 12:11 pm

    Hi there,

    I was thinking about ordering the Z-Finder Pro 2.5x for my Canon 550D, but I was wondering if the frame would block off the auto viewfinder sensor?



  171. Kat Akinfolurin on May 3rd, 2010 2:00 pm

    The frame would indeed block off the sensor. We suggest that you disable the sensors in the menu and just manually turn on and off with the display button at the top left on the back of the camera. The proximity sensors are not active anyway in movie mode and as such aren’t an issue for that type of  shooting

  172. Laura on May 3rd, 2010 3:54 pm

    Great, thanks for that Kat!

  173. Laura on May 3rd, 2010 12:17 pm

    Sorry, another question – can a quick-release tripod plate be attached to the bottom of the Z-Finder Pro?



  174. Mandy on May 7th, 2010 11:06 am


  175. Tim Philo on May 4th, 2010 4:25 pm

    Just got the 2.5 pro. Very cool. Pulling it off the camera (off the frame) is pretty rough handling. Is that normal? The instructions say to pull it up and off. Is it just stiff because it is new? Should I just manhandle it?

  176. Kat Akinfolurin on May 13th, 2010 12:52 pm

    Are you referring to the extender frames? If so, we suggest pulling them as hard as you can…our first run batch fits pretty tightly. Should you still have issues with this, please direct your questions to

  177. Filip on May 5th, 2010 8:16 am

    Was thinking about ordering the Pro 2.5 for the 550d/T2i but read somewhere that the gorilla plate blocks the battery door. If so it would mean a lot of hassle removing it each time you have to change batteries (which is quite often considering how quickly filming drains the batteries). Is this true and if so is there any work-around for it?
    Would really like to buy this product but not if it means extra fiddling when out shooting.

  178. Mandy on May 7th, 2010 11:06 am

    The Gorilla plate does block the battery door on the T2i only. You can use our adhesive mounting frame withe the Z-Finder Pro or Z-Finder Jr to overcome this.

  179. JeremyW on May 5th, 2010 8:47 pm

    I just got my Z-Finder Pro 2.5x upgrade. 
    The aluminum frame does not fit my 5DII. The frame is about a quarter inch too low on the LCD. If I slide it up all the way to center on the LCD, the thumb screws BARELY hold it, with the base of the plate hardly half way gripped by the thumb screws. What’s up with that? 
    I am not using a battery grip. 
    Also, I find it VERY difficult to get the Z-Finder off of the frame. I don’t mind a tight fit, but this feels like I’m gonna rip, tear , or crush something.

  180. Mandy on May 7th, 2010 11:05 am

    Yes, this is designed this way so that the same frame can be used with the small short cameras like the 550D up to the relatively large 5D. If we made the frame longer then the frame used with any camera shorter than the 5D would protrude below the bottom of the base plate or Gorilla plate preventing a tripod plate from being able to mount to the bottom of it.  The red knobs do clamp slightly more than half the frame if aligned correctly to the LCD (see attached picture) and in all my tests has sufficient surface area to hold the frame securely.  It just looks scary.  I have, however, enlarged the base of the red knobs to give it even more surface area to grab. The fit is tight as we don’t want the z-finder falling off. If you find it too tight, email me at and I can troubleshoot with you. So with the combo of the larger red knobs and removing the Z-finder as described in the instructions (twisting in an up motion) this mount is perfectly fine.

  181. automotive_m-j on May 10th, 2010 6:08 pm

    i have been using the Z-finder 2.5 pro now for over a week on my 7D.  Overall i would say i’m very happy with the product.  Its a really nice bit of engineering which i can truly appreciate being a design engineer myself.  However, the snap fit used to secure the Z-finder to the mounting frame if far far to tight, i have to remove the Z-finder by unscrewing the thumb screws each time which is a pain.  I really think a quick release mechanical catch would be a better idea and less cheap in feel.

  182. Alison on May 11th, 2010 3:37 pm

    I’m interested in the Z-finder 2.5 pro for my 1D Mark IV.  Why do I have to purchase the frame for the tall bodied cameras in addition to the whole Z-finder 2.5 pro set, which comes with the frame for a short bodied camera?  Why can’t the tall bodied frame be substituted for the short bodied frame instead of requiring a separate purchase of the tall bodied frame?  I have no use for the short bodied frame so it’s a waste.

  183. Kat Akinfolurin on May 13th, 2010 12:42 pm


    At this time, there is no way to do a substitution for frames as it can get very complicated.
    I apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause..
    Please let me know if you need any additional help with anything by contacting

  184. Derek on May 17th, 2010 12:46 am

    Hello my favorite Zacuto peeps!  I’m about to purchase a Z-Finder Pro, but I’m not sure if I should get the 2.5x or the 3x.  I wear glasses 24/7, and am basically blind without them.  I guess technically I’m nearsighted, but even then without my glasses I have to put my nose up against the alarm clock just to read it lol.  So my question is, which magnification would be better in my situation since I’ll be wearing glasses anyways?  The website mentions if you’re nearsighted, then get the 2.5x, but does this really apply to me?  Thanks for any help you can provide and I’m soooo excited to order my first Z-Finder!

  185. Kat Akinfolurin on May 17th, 2010 2:52 pm


    If you will be shooting with your glasses, i still would suggest going with the 2.5x as you still have options should you need it.
    Hope this helps.

  186. Slavcho on May 19th, 2010 7:53 am

    I’m interested in the Z-finder pro, but I’m not sure if I should buy the 2,5x or 3x.    The reason is that I wear glasses +2 dpt when read, it’s because of my age. At the same time, I don’t like to shoot with my glasses.
    Can you advice me – 2,5x or 3x ?
    Best regards,

  187. Mandy on May 24th, 2010 7:55 pm

    the 2.5x and 3x just refers to the magnification level, which is a personal preference.  The 2.5x does have further range for nearsightedness as well. With your + diopter, you will be fine with either z-finder.

  188. Anonymous on May 28th, 2010 8:52 am

    Slavcho, I also have OA (old age) eyes and use ~+2 for reading, contacts for near-sitedness.  I don’t need to use the readers with the 2.5x pro that I just bought.  Works great and is a must for focus.  -cp

  189. alex martucci on May 21st, 2010 3:44 pm

    Well!…This is my revue.If your using your DSLR for video…….With out the Z-finder you might as well throw the DSLR away……Z-Finder…the best

  190. Chad Slattery on May 22nd, 2010 10:51 pm

    The 2.5 Z-Finder Pro just arrived. For $400, I expected a frame dedicated to the 5D MkII rather than the one-size-fits-none frame that barely hangs on–see JeremyW’s earlier comment–Mandy, you’re in denial when you told him “this mount is perfectly fine.”  I also expected better instructions than a single laser-printed sheet with tiny murky photos and type so small that it’s barely usable. I did NOT expect the frame’s rubber adhesive to immediately separate, or to smell like a burning tire. I expected to see the promised video tutorial on the Z-Finder Pro–nothing there. Clever design but sloppy follow through: too-loose adhesive and too-tight snap fits, no tutorial, dangerous frame design, no usable instructions anywhere. Zacuto can do a lot better. Start by having your staff graphic designer make a REAL manual.

  191. Steve Weiss on May 26th, 2010 11:33 am

    I’m terribly sorry that the rubber is separating from your mounting the frame.  Of course we will send you a new mounting frame immediately.  I’ll have one shipped out tomorrow overnight for Thursday AM delivery. As far as the rubber smell; that will go away.  New rubber naturally gasses for a while and then it doesn’t smell anymore (can’t help that).  Man, I love that smell, (that’s your new car smell)  
    As far as the instructions, I’m going to take your advice and get our designer working on designing new instructions that are larger and better easy to follow.  Customers are our best gauge of what we are doing right and what we can improve on and I appreciate everything you are saying and in this case I agree with you. 
    With regards to the universal mounting frame.  I understand that it appears to be not fully on the red  screws when using the 5D but we have tested it and it works perfectly fine.  It does not come off. Unfortunately, we cannot add even 1/32nd of an inch to this or it will not line with the monitor on the 7D.  But after talking to my colleagues, again I’m going to take your advice and create a 5D  specific frame that will have more length to comfortable go over those red screws. The only drawback of this new frame is that it will only work with the 5D and not work universally between all small cameras. This frame will be a new product in about 3-4 weeks; it will not be included with the Z-Finder, it will be extra.
    Again I appreciate the time you took to let us know how we can improve and I’m going to implement the things discussed. 
    Thanks, Steve

  192. Anonymous on May 24th, 2010 2:17 am

    i luv u..

  193. Christopher H Holt on May 24th, 2010 6:21 pm

    Just got mine for my GH1- The adhesive frame is too big. It hangs down beneath the bottom edge of the camera. Did anyone at Zacuto test this on a GH1? It looks nice when you look through the finder, but with almost an entire edge of the adhesive not making contact, it keeps coming off when I try to remove the finder.

  194. Mandy on May 24th, 2010 7:53 pm


    There is a special adhesive frame for the GH1. Did you get the Gh1 adhesive frame. If you are not sure, please contact and we can help you figure out if you have the correct frame. The frame does hang below the camera as that camera is very small.

  195. Christopher H Holt on May 24th, 2010 9:55 pm

    I thought that I did order the GH1 frame. If the GH1 frame protrudes from the bottom, then what is the difference? It still doesn’t fit.

  196. Steve Weiss on May 26th, 2010 9:26 am

    If you are using the GH1 frame it will cover up that gap at the bottom where you can see below the monitor.  I typically use the Manfrotto or Gorilla plate (without the mounting frame) to raise the camera up so the mounting frame doesn’t hit the ground when the camera is set down.  That’s the best solution for using the GH1

  197. Samantha on May 26th, 2010 4:14 am

    I’m interested in a 2.5x Z-Finder Pro for my Canon T2i, but concerned both about the gorilla plate covering the battery compartment or alternatively having the adhesive frame cover the sensor – I don’t want to permanently disable the sensor. Will you be coming out with a new mounting system for the T2i anytime soon? 

  198. Steve Weiss on May 26th, 2010 9:23 am

    The sensor can be shut off in the menu and if you don’t want the gorilla plate to cover the battery compartment use the sticky frame.  The Z-Finder Jr. maybe the best option for you because it comes with a sticky frame

  199. Samantha on May 26th, 2010 12:35 pm

    Thanks, Steve. I understood both those options from previous comments, but am still wondering if Zacuto plans to come out with a viewfinder specially fitted to the T2i. Also your saying if I want the Pro and don’t want to use the gorilla plate, I need to pay extra for a sticky frame?

  200. Kat A on June 3rd, 2010 3:54 pm


    There are 3 options for your issue…
    1) take off the Gorilla Plate every time you need to change the battery
    2) use the sticky frame
    3) Buy a battery grip frame and use a battery grip with your T2i. You can order the mounting frame with battery grip specific for the T2i. Please contact to order this directly.
    These are our available options for now. I hope this helps.

  201. Ben on May 27th, 2010 8:56 pm

    I have had my Z-finder pro for a couple of weeks now and it is defendantly worth it my only gripe is with the gorilla plate. My 5D II is dual purpose. It would have been nice if the gorilla plate had a thumb screw to remove the entire plate leaving the z-finder attached to it. I like it for shooting video but want it off to shoot photos. So now I added a screw driver to my camera case, unless I missed something.

  202. Steve Weiss on May 27th, 2010 9:33 pm

    Why don’t you just snap the Z-Finder off and leave the frame mounted permanently.  You are really only supposed to take the frame off once in a blue moon.  Nobody felt the need to take the plastic sticky frame off???  Just snap the Z-finder on and off. 

  203. Ben on May 27th, 2010 10:37 pm

    I C so the z-finder pro works with the old sticky frame, just get one of those and not use the gorilla baseplate altogether. It will still be good to keep around in case my wife approves the money for a Striker.

  204. alex martucci on June 1st, 2010 8:10 am

    ….went on a an event this weekend….with my 5d mk2…..had a monitor and a z-finder….the moniter was fine….BUT nothing pulled focus like the z-finder…….thank you Z…..

  205. Jasper Jomoc on June 1st, 2010 10:16 pm

    Sir does it fit Nikon D5000? Thanks a lot…

  206. Jasper Jomoc on June 1st, 2010 10:24 pm

    I have Nikon D5000 and a battery grip im looking for viewfinder like this coz i cant’clearly see in my LCD when shooting outside, pls help. Thanks

  207. Anonymous on June 2nd, 2010 5:33 pm

    The tall-body mounting frame completely covers the Live View button on the Nikon D3s. There appears to be no other way to activate LV on this camera. No, LV, no videos. If I’m overlooking something here please let me know.

    And I DO NOT intend to go with the stickon frame.

  208. Mandy on June 2nd, 2010 8:22 pm

    There was a small batch of frames that got released that were not correct for Nikon D3s users. This issue has been corrected. You can contact and arrange for a switch. sorry for the inconvenience.

  209. Tom Bower on June 2nd, 2010 7:22 pm

    It appears that some more thought should have been given to the design of the tall body mounting frame regarding the Nikon D3s.

    It covers the Live View activation button which is the only way I know of to turn on LV and shoot videos. It also covers the INFO button on the left side of the body but that’s a lesser issue.

    So after six weeks of waiting for this item it is now useless to me.

  210. Mandy on June 2nd, 2010 8:21 pm

    There was a small batch of frames that got released that were not correct for Nikon D3s users. This issue has been corrected. You can contact and arrange for a switch. sorry for the inconvenience.

  211. Tom Bower on June 2nd, 2010 10:33 pm


    That’s wonderful!

    I really like the Z-Finder. I’ll make the plate switch.

  212. simon T on June 3rd, 2010 5:12 am

    Hi Guys.
    I am an avid zacuto fan with a number of Zacuto items in my kit bag living in the UK.  I am desperately trying to get a Zacuto Z finder 3x for a 4 week job commencing next Tuesday. I am cycling across the US with the 5d II and have been trying for the past three weeks to get one in the UK with no avail.  I have called suppliers in the UK and also France, Holland, Spain, Belgium and Germany.  Theres no stock anywhere! I leave the UK Tuesday (5days) and arrive in Calgary, then onto Banff.
    Can anyone help me?
    I have looked at the jnr and there is some avail here, but its just not the same….

    Simon =-X

  213. Kat A on June 3rd, 2010 3:47 pm

    Have you tried Mitcorp? You can try Vistek in Canada when you arrive there. Might be a long shot, but it might work out.

  214. Henrik Erichsen on June 3rd, 2010 6:50 am

    Hi Simon
    I am dealer in Denmark and we have the Pro3x on stock.. Normally I wouldn’t sell outside DK, but in order to help out I am willing to do it for this one time…

  215. Henrik Erichsen on June 3rd, 2010 6:52 am

    By the way… of cource I need Mandy’s approval first..

    You can find our contact details on Zacuto’s web

  216. Kat A on June 3rd, 2010 3:48 pm

    We have no opposition to you selling to this individual. You are also our customer.
    Thanks for your help.

  217. Anonymous on June 4th, 2010 3:13 am

    Thank You very much im calling you today!
    I have had some very interesting conversations with various shops around the world in DSLRs in the process….its been fun!

  218. Henrik Erichsen on June 4th, 2010 8:54 am


    If you read this I really need your phone no… I need to contact you regarding the TNT delivery

  219. Nathan wong on June 9th, 2010 12:36 am

    Hey Henrik, i desperately need one for my trip to turkey? I am reporting on some internal conflicts going on there… I’ve purchased one from B&H 2 weeks ago.. but now they are telling me to wait another two…
    I need one before next wednesday shipped to Hong Kong.

    Is this possible? I can pay for express shipping etc…

    please let me know asap…


  220. Bill Wiley on June 5th, 2010 1:58 pm

    Hi. I am trying to decide between the Z finder 3x or 2.5x. I am slightly nearsighted. R: sphere -.75, cylinder -.50, axis 085. L: sphere -.25, cylinder -1, axis 075. I see you suggest the 2.5x for nearsighted but I am not THAT nearsighted. just a little bit. I don’t wear glasses at this time. Do you think I could get away with the 3x? I would like to have the extra magnification I think.

    thank you

  221. Kat A on June 10th, 2010 10:54 am


    Even though we suggest the 2.5x for individuals who are near sighted, you can go either way. You will just have to keep trying to find your sweet spot.

  222. Manuel Reiter on June 7th, 2010 9:53 am

    Hi there!

    When will the Z-finder be available again?
    I´ve orderd the Z-finder Pro 2.5x at the BPM-Media Shop ( a month ago.

    The Bpm-Shop couldn´t tell me anything aubout delivery time. 

  223. Rachel Kenton on June 7th, 2010 3:24 pm

    Hi Manuel,

    We are shipping to all our dealers in the order they placed orders with us.  I cannot tell you much about BPM’s schedule, stock, backorder lists as I have no way of checking with them!!  You should be able to get the most up to date information directly from your dealer.  We try to keep them as informed as possible.  I assure you we are shipping to all our customers, dealers included, as quickly as we can.  if you have any more questions feel free to email me at

  224. hishimaru on June 8th, 2010 1:46 am

    Im thinking of ordering a Z-finder pro2.5
    Will be using it with the T2i.
    The battery door issue doesn’t concern me but does the mounting frame affect the proximity sensor?

  225. Kat A on June 14th, 2010 11:36 am

    The mounting frame will block the proximity sensors. We suggest disabling the sensors in the menu and just manually turning on and off the LCD with the Display button at the top left on the back of the camera. The Proximity sensors are not active anyway in movie mode and as such aren’t an issue for that type of shooting. If you have additional questions, feel free to contact us at

  226. Henrik Erichsen on June 9th, 2010 3:51 am

    Nathan Wong

    Do you have a Paypal account ???

  227. Nathan wong on June 9th, 2010 9:42 am

    Hey Henrik,

    I don’t have a paypal thats wired to my credit card, but i’m going to check tomorrow to see whether i can transfer money instead. In the mean time, is it possible i pay with Creditcard like in Zacuto here or like B&H? Because it would speed things up.

    Thanks a ton,

  228. Tom Bower on June 9th, 2010 2:24 pm

    I just received the second incorrect mounting plate for the Nikon D3s.

    I emailed Katherine. I have a shoot next week and I’m not happy.

  229. Kat A on June 11th, 2010 9:32 am

    Tom…glad all worked out in the end. Again, our apologies for the inconvenience and I hope you enjoy your toy!

  230. Josh LaCunha on June 10th, 2010 11:38 pm

    Just received my Z finder.  The gorilla plate causes the camera to mount off center on my shoulder mount making the my Arri matt box useless.  Is there a solution other than the gorilla plate?  The added bulk beneath the camera is causing all kinds of problems. . .

  231. Kat A on June 11th, 2010 9:39 am


    The cheapest solution would be to use the adhesive mounting frame…this will eliminate the need for the gorilla plate and you can still use your Matte Box.
    The Gorilla plate was designed to work with our baseplate system. In the next few weeks…we plan to release a modifier piece that will help center the holes in the Gorilla Plate and will work seamlessly with other companies equipment.
    Please, contact us at if you have any additional questions.

  232. RX on June 23rd, 2010 8:46 am

    I’ve just ordered Zfinder Pro in Europe and I didn’ know that I will not be able to use Gorilla Plate with my “No Zacuto Rig”. I’ve bought this one because there’s a Gorrila Plate. I don’t want to use adhesive mounting frame on my GH1. I want to keep my screen able to be closed. And I think that with adhesive, it will not be possible anymore. So I’ve readen this info about new piece that allow to center the holes. Will it be a new Gorilla plate or just an upgrade? I mean some piece that I will could buy later? Thanks for your answer.

  233. Kat A on June 23rd, 2010 9:42 am


    The GH1 camera can be used with any of our Z-Finders but must use the GH1 specific adhesive frame. YOu cannot use either the PRO or JR moutning brackets as the camera is too small. This would be a special order item that you could get through me at
    I am sorry for the inconvenience.

  234. RX on June 23rd, 2010 4:06 pm

    Very, very bad news! I’ve chosen Zfinder pro because of this mounting system. i mean without adhesive stuff. So now, I’ve ordered the most expensive viewfinder on the market and I can’t use it as I want! And I have to buy one more item if I want to use it…That’s a joke! I’ve ordered it on Since I’ve paid them, I don’t have any news. And now I need to contact them, because I want to cancel my order. They write on their website : This frame is used on the small body cameras with no battery grips such as the Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 7D, Canon 550D, Panasonic GH1 & Nikon D90.( Please, help me!

  235. Kat A on June 23rd, 2010 4:38 pm


    I am terribly sorry that you are going through this. There is simply no way to use that particular camera with the Gorilla Plate or the new mounting system. The panasonic GH1 is just a very small camera and does not accomodate for the Gorilla plate.
    I am not really sure why Videobewerken has that on their website, but we will contact them and ask that they revise that statement.
    At this time, your only option is to use the GH1 specific frame if you want to use the viewfinder.
    I do apologize for this inconvenience.


  236. RX on June 24th, 2010 4:41 am

    Thanks for your answer. Now they’ve changed the sentence on their website. No more GH1!

  237. Toobs on July 2nd, 2010 12:41 am

    Any news on the revision piece that will allow centering of the gorilla mount????????????

    I have things on order like many others, Don’t want to pay for another shipment just to have to buy a piece of revision that you guy should have got right the first time.

    About ready to cancel my order, stop investing in (The most expensive brand) Zacuto products that are made incompatible with older Zacuto products, stop paying for shipping each time you revise an item to make it compatible and jump to another suppier who gets it right the first time.

  238. Rachel Kenton on July 2nd, 2010 10:52 am

    Hi Toobs (and anyone else whos interested!)

    Yes, the Gorilla Plate Adapter is ready and can be purchased here:; If anyone has any questions or would prefer to order over the phone you can of course get in touch with us through or by calling 312 863 3456.  I think I actually received an email from you this morning to which i just responded.  I hope we can work something out to ease the pain a little!  If i am mistaken feel free to contact me personally at and i can help you.


  239. Kat A on June 14th, 2010 11:28 am


    Please contact me via email at and I can check into the status of your order.

  240. Osvaldo Budet on June 14th, 2010 12:08 pm

    Excellent Service. 

  241. Anonymous on June 17th, 2010 8:52 am

    Is this compatible with Canon Eos 7d?

  242. another guest on June 17th, 2010 5:11 pm

    compatibilty to the bg-e6?

  243. Osvaldo Budet on June 18th, 2010 2:06 am

    After trying my new Z-finder (bought in bmp-brodcast in Berlin, Germany) I understand why people say that is a Necessity. Good work Zacuto!!!

  244. hotdog321 on June 19th, 2010 10:41 am

    Wow, six weeks for delivery?! Where are the Z-Finders being manufactured–the space station?

  245. Steve Weiss on June 21st, 2010 10:51 am

    I’m sorry about that, it’s just that we have gotten so many orders to fill, we have adjusted how many we are making but their is a lag time.  Very sorry.  I do think Jr.’s are available.

  246. hotdog321 on June 29th, 2010 10:50 am

    I ordered a Z-Finder 2.5x two weeks ago–I expect four more weeks before it arrives. Yet I notice my AMEX bill has already been charged the full amount. This is unusual in my experience; I don’t think I’ve ever been charged before shipment.

    Yes! I still want my finder.

  247. Mandy on June 29th, 2010 11:00 am

    Hi HotDog,

    Yes we do charge at the time of placing an order and that is stated on our website when you order the product: (see top of page in bold). I apologize for the inconvenience this may have caused but the good news is that we are shipping early on the 2.5x Z-Finders, so it should ship in 2-3 weeks.

  248. hotdog321 on June 29th, 2010 3:57 pm

    Thanks for your reply–can’t wait to get my hands on it!

  249. G7 on July 2nd, 2010 8:55 pm

    Are your products sold in NY by any chance? It would be great.

  250. Kat A on July 6th, 2010 8:34 am


    You can try B&H Photo and Abel Cine in NY.

  251. Rachel Kenton on July 6th, 2010 9:50 am

    Hi G7,

    We work with multiple dealers in New York.  Abel Cine and B&H are our largest but there is also:
    Foto Care
    Berger Bros
    K + M Camera
    Focus Camera
    Armatos Pro Video

    You can find a complete list of our worldwide dealers here:

  252. Anonymous on July 6th, 2010 10:01 am

    On a 7D, can i use the Z-Finder with a battery grip? And can I easily use it with a tripod plate?

  253. Anonymous on July 6th, 2010 11:31 am

    in time, where ca i find Zacuto products near Cambridge UK or, last resource, London?

  254. Rachel Kenton on July 6th, 2010 12:14 pm

    We have two dealers in the UK, though they are both in London (I’m sure at least one has a shipping service): The Flash Centre and Mitcorp.  You can find links to all our European dealers here:

  255. Rachel Kenton on July 6th, 2010 12:12 pm

    You can absolutly use the z-finder with a battery grip.  You can either use the battery grip frame: if you want to stick with the Pro mounting set up, or an adhesive frame: if you would prefer.

    There are regular standard mounting holes under the Gorilla Plate, so you can attach anything underneath it that you would usually attach directly to the bottom fo your camera.  The holes are offset for use with our handheld kits, so if you need a centered hole you can add the Gorilla Plate adapter when purchasing a Z-finder or buy it a la carte here:

  256. Anonymous on July 6th, 2010 11:54 am

    what’s the best way to clean a 2nd generation z-finder to avoid removing the anti-fog coating. what solution works best for maintenance as far as the glass goes?

  257. Rachel Kenton on July 6th, 2010 12:27 pm

    The anti-fog lenses need to be cleaned with a micro-fiber cloth or a Kim Wipe tissue soaked in water.  Do NOT use a dry cloth or try to use Windex or any other lens solution.  Just water.  Wipe and let it air dry. 

  258. Anonymous on July 6th, 2010 1:01 pm


  259. Yesudeep Mangalapilly on July 9th, 2010 9:52 am

    Are your products sold anywhere in India?  I’d so love to get my hands on them.  Thanks!

  260. Kat A on July 9th, 2010 11:19 am


    We do have a dealer in India and they are called I-trade Zone. Here is a link to them You can find links to all of our Asian dealers here:

  261. nickr on July 11th, 2010 10:51 pm

    Hi, I use the 5DM2 with battery grip, my eyesight is fine.  What is the visual, LCD pixel look and sharpness look difference between the 2.5X and 3X?  What I mean specifically is: when focusing, does the 3X make the pixels on the LCD look large and therefore distracting or difficult to focus?  Does the 2.5X look good for pixel size but less sharp than the 3X because it is less magnification?  What do most pros use who have normal eyesight?  You’ve said it’s a preference thing, but I don’t know what you mean by that, preference for what?  How the pixels look on the LCD or how the scene looks that you’re trying to focus or something else? Thanks.

  262. Rachel Kenton on July 13th, 2010 12:12 pm

    Hi Nickr

    If your eyesight is fine as you say then you really, truly can use either one you want.  Neither is better for focusing or is more ‘pro’ than the other.  Quite simply, both the image and pixels will be slightly bigger with the 3x.  It is not too big…it’s just one way of viewing that some people prefer and some don’t.  So, I guess the simplest answer I can give is that it is a preference for how large you want the image to be.

  263. Yeng on July 14th, 2010 7:20 pm

    Hi Zacuto,

    I am farsighted, What Zacuto finder shall I buy? I uses a Ep2 and Ep1 for photo and video.

  264. Kat A on July 15th, 2010 9:34 am


    If you are farsighted, I would recommend getting the Z-Finder 3x as this has more accomodation for your eyesight.

    **One of our customers has tried the Z-Finder on the Ep2, but it will only work with an adhesive mounting frame, and the frame does cover some of the writing on the side of the buttons, hence you will be unable to use the Gorilla plate and the aluminum mounting frame that come standard with the Z-Finder.
    ***Please note that Zacuto has not tested this out on the Olympus, and this is just feedback from a customer that tried this out on their EP2. To my knowledge, it is not compatible with the EP1.***
    If you have further questions, do not hesitate to contact me via email at

  265. Henrik Erichsen on July 15th, 2010 8:50 am


    If you ever come across a guy called Nathan Wong from Hong Kong, don’t trust him, he Pursuated me to send him a Z-finder and he promised to pay by PayPal, thats 2 month ago, he has made so many excuses, but still haven’t send us our money… so be aware of Nathan Wong

  266. Henrik Erichsen on August 23rd, 2010 1:49 am

    I finally received payment from Nathan

  267. Kat A on July 15th, 2010 9:36 am


    We apologize for the wait, but with the new anti-fog system we have…we hope to have the wait reduced shortly.
    Thank you for your patience and I know you will enjoy your Z-finder once you get it.
    Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

  268. Kat A on July 20th, 2010 11:25 am


    It is the hottest thing right now. Have you ordered one yet? Or are you hoping for Santa Claus?
    If you need any help ordering a z-finder or have any questions regarding rigs, do not hesitate to contact us at

  269. RFH on July 22nd, 2010 12:44 pm

    will the z-finder correct for astigmatism?  which one would you reccomend?  r there better products out there for astigmatism?  and finally, what is the expected wait for delivery?  much thanks, rodney

  270. Kat A on July 22nd, 2010 5:04 pm


    Astigmatism is not an issue at this close focus. To our knowledge, the Z-Finder does not correct for astigmatism.
    There is currently a 6-8 week wait on the Z-Finder.
    Please, let us know if you need further assistance via email at

  271. sergio on July 22nd, 2010 10:39 pm

    works on canon rebel t2i?
    ora 550d europe (for me)

  272. Kat A on July 26th, 2010 10:10 am


    The Z-Finder will work with your T2i, however, please know that the gorilla plate will block your battery door.
    If this is an issue, then I suggest one of these three options:
    1) Unscrew the plate to change the battery whenever you need to.
    2) Use an adhesive mounting frame which would eliminate the need for the gorilla plate.
    3)Buy the battery grip frame and use a battery pack with your camera.

    If you have additional questions, do not hesitate to contact me via email at
    Thank you.

  273. Tonino on July 23rd, 2010 6:01 am

    I just received my Z-Finder 2.5x. A great product no doubt. BUT, I also have the canon battery grip for my 550D T2i. Is there a snug fitting frame that will allow the use of the Z-Finder with the battery grip on the 550D? I was told by my supplier that the current frame is not quite right for the 550D and that you (the great folks at Zacuto) are working on a replacement so that the Z-Finder will work with the Canon battery grip on the 550D.

    I would really love to hear from you about this so I can either wait for the new one, or go ahead with confidence to purchase the current frame (for the 550D battery grip).


  274. Kat A on July 26th, 2010 10:14 am


    I am glad that you are enjoying your Z-Finder.
    Since you are using the added battery pack on your T2i, you will have to purchase the mounting frame for small bodied cameras with battery grip.
    Here is a link to the product.

    If you have additional questions, do not hesitate to contact me via email at
    Thank you.

  275. Anonymous on July 26th, 2010 4:52 pm

    Many thanks Kat,

    I’ll be giving him an ear-full for leading me astray and then purchasing the frame, and then I’ll have a beer or 2 on your behalf!! Keep those crazy/awesome product designs coming Zacuto.

    Tonino in NZ.

  276. hotdog321 on July 23rd, 2010 2:56 pm

    Just received my 2.5x Z-finder. Man, it was worth the five week wait–though I’m having to learn to manual focus again after 20 years of auto focus!

    Just one dumb question. It came with an anti-fog protective screen already installed, plus a second screen in a bag. Is the extra anti-fog screen just a spare, or is some sort of upgraded screen? The installed screen works great.

  277. Kat A on July 26th, 2010 10:17 am


    The extra coveris just a spare as those protective covers are expendable.
    The covers actually serve a dual purpose. It protects your actual lens from getting scratched or damaged and also provides you with the anti-fog.

    If you have additional questions, do not hesitate to contact us at

    Thank you.

  278. hotdog321 on July 26th, 2010 4:15 pm

    Thanks for your reply, Kat! It’s great that the Zacuto folks actually take the time to read the forums and answer. Love my Z-Finder 2.5x! Took five, not six, weeks for delivery. Yea!

  279. bill gill on July 23rd, 2010 6:47 pm

    Ordered my z-finder 2.5x from a uk supplier (creative video) in may – still no sign of it! Factory problems?

  280. Kat A on July 26th, 2010 10:23 am

    Bill Gill,

    I do sincerely apologize for the long wait for your Z-Finder. Creative Video is on our list to receive a shipment from us. However, we experienced a huge delay in the shipping of the 2.5x due a large shipment of 2.5x lenses that got damaged in transit.

    We hope to have it out shortly. Please bear with CVP and Zacuto.
    Thank you.

  281. sean'o on July 30th, 2010 9:31 am

    i live in indonesia, do you have a distributor here??

  282. Kat A on August 2nd, 2010 2:43 pm


    Thank you for your recent inquiry. We do have a distributor in Indonesia, here is a link to them
    We do have a vast network of dealers in Asia also if you need to contact them. Here is a link to all of our Asian dealers:

    Should you have additional questions, do not hesitate to contact us via email at

    Thank you.

  283. Brian on August 2nd, 2010 10:57 am

    Does the diopter on the Z-finder eliminate the need to wear glasses?  My prescription is:
    Which Z-finder is the better choice for my prescription?

  284. Kat A on August 2nd, 2010 2:55 pm


    Unfortunately, we do not go by your prescription. 
    We go by three determining fators; Near sighted, Far sighted and 20/20 Vision.
    Do you fall under any of these categories?
    If yes, then here is our recommendation.
    If you are Near-sighted, we suggest going with the 2.5x as it has a larger range for negative correction(goes up to -4.75)
    If you are far-sighted, we suggest going with the 3x as it reduces the number of extender frames you would need to push the image out further.
    If you have 20/20 vision or near perfect vision, then you may go either way. It would be a matter of personal preference.
    The top of this discussion forum compares all three of the Zacuto Z-Finders side by side and should help you make a very informed and detailed decision.

    Should you have additional questions, you may contact me via email at
    Thank you.

  285. lieb on August 8th, 2010 6:30 am

    do you have a supplier in South Africa

  286. Rachel Kenton on August 9th, 2010 10:41 am

    Hi Lieb,

    We have a couple of dealers in South Africa.  You can find their listings here:

  287. Billie Mintz on August 9th, 2010 5:09 pm

    i need to get the sticky mount for my new camera
    how do i order one of those?

  288. Elma on August 10th, 2010 9:16 am

    Hi Billie,

    You can order that frame here:

  289. Kraingsak L'siri on August 11th, 2010 1:16 pm

    Do you think Z-fiinder model is right for Camera Pansonic Gf1 and Panasonic G2 and resolve with few short-sighted. And can solve the fog.
    I decided not. A little help to the product package with a version where I should.

    Thank you.

  290. Mark Flick on August 11th, 2010 5:12 pm

    Will the Z-Finder Pro 2.5x Tall Camera version be needed for a Nikon D300s with the supplimental battery grip?

  291. Anonymous on August 28th, 2010 6:20 pm

    Which do you recommend (the 2.5X or the 3X) someone dealing with presbyopia (sp?)?   My “readers” are about 1.75 power, and I am wondering what combination of Z-finder (and possibly still reading glasses) will be the best for focusing?    Thanks.

  292. Susan Rapp on August 30th, 2010 12:15 pm

    Guest ~ here’s some information from Elma in our sales department: For any type of reading glasses, I would recommend the 3x because it has a range of  -2.75 and up. The 3x is the version we recommend for people who are farsighted and wear reading glasses. If you need more info, please email Hope that helps, ~sue

  293. Jiffer on August 30th, 2010 11:18 pm

    Here is the Issue that needs to be addressed with this product. I think its a great idea but give me the option to bend the viewfinder, I have the option on a  traditional camcorder to look though the viewfinder with many different degrees. This could be accomplished easily with mirrors placed inside to bend the light, You will also have the option then to put another focus in the middle of the product as well to eliminate blurriness on very micro shots

  294. Anonymous on September 2nd, 2010 9:57 am

    Hi Jiffer,

    New items will be released around December…keep an eye out!!!


  295. Leeroy on September 2nd, 2010 7:08 pm

    Can you elaborate on new z finder with mirror adjustable angle of view  ie design and release ?

  296. Rachel Kenton on September 3rd, 2010 11:42 am

    Hi Leeroy,

    It is not actually a new finder!  The z-finders will stay the same.  It is a 3.2″ super hi rez (much higher than the cameras), 16×9 (not 4:3), focus assist, iris assist and it will work with every camera.  It will mount on the hotshoe or an articualting arm.  It’s due out around February.  An official announcement will be coming soon.

    – Rachel

  297. Arjan on September 2nd, 2010 4:57 am

    I have a canon 7D with the adhesive frame and Z-finder. Great combo!
    But now I am thinking about upgrading to a 5d II camera. Can I remove the adhesive frame on the 7D without risk? I might sell the 7D and I think it sells better without the frame…

  298. Rachel Kenton on September 2nd, 2010 10:00 am

    Hi Arjan,

    You can smply squeeze the two longer sides together (top and bottom) and then slip a fingernail under a corner and pop the frame off.  Carefully wipe away any residue.  Easy!


  299. Benny on September 7th, 2010 11:19 am

    Hi there,

    Have a question about the Zacuto Anti-Fog Protective Cover Upgrade Kit: can it be applied to the Z-Finder Jr?


  300. Brock Gomez on September 13th, 2010 10:13 pm

    Any idea if the Z-Finder Pro will work with the Canon 60D? Will the entire Z-Finder plate need to be removed to move the articulating camera screen?

  301. Elma on September 14th, 2010 2:13 pm

    Hi Brock,

    We had a chance to try the camera out at IBC in Amsterdam.  The gorilla plate and metal frame will work perfectly.  The frame will need to be removed with the red thumb screws to articulate the screen.  The stick-on frame also works, but the top and bottom end up adhering onto the painted area above and below the screen.  We haven’t had a chance to test this out with a proper curing time to see if this will make a difference in the way it adheres.  BUT, the frame when articulated out is NOT strong enough to hold the weight of the finder.  Even with the adheisve frame we do not reccomend leaving the z-finder on the screen when articulated.

  302. Brock Gomez on September 14th, 2010 9:58 pm

    Thanks for the reply, you guys are the best!

  303. Corban on September 19th, 2010 5:03 pm

    Not having a 60D or z-finder yet, I do have a question.  Using this described set up – can one easily utilize the 60D’s flip out screen for low and high shots w/o the finder getting in the way.  i.e. Can the z-finder be quickly and easily removed to utilize the fiip out feature?  (I shoot weddings and events)  I forsee Canon starting to use the flip out screen more and more so hopefull there is a good solution.  Thank you!!

  304. Steve Ralston on September 15th, 2010 8:30 am


    After I’ve put my z-finder pro onto my canon 5d how do i then attach it to a tripod as the base plate has used the screw hole? And there doesn’t seem to be anywhere else on the plate.



  305. Rachel Kenton on September 15th, 2010 11:19 am

    Hi Steve,

    Underneath the gorilla plate that came with your finder, there are standard tripod mounting holes.  These holes are the same size at the screw hole under your camera, they are just offset.  If you need a central hole to alighn your lens with a mattebox or follow focus etc, you can use our Gorilla Plate Adapter: Feel free to contact if you have any more questions.

  306. SynapticLight on September 20th, 2010 3:55 am

    I assume that there are no restrictions on what finders are useable on the different Canon HDSLR models?
    Would that be true for other rig components?

  307. Rachel Kenton on September 21st, 2010 12:29 pm

    All our DSLR equipment is made to industry standards.  Our new DSLR baseplate can move up and down and side to side to accommodate any size DSLR camera.  With the multiple mounting systems in our z-finder line there is a solution for most DSLR’s out on the market.  Is there a specific camera you wanted to know about?

  308. Mark Philipp on October 25th, 2010 2:19 pm

    What exactly are the benefits of using a viewfinder? I’m highly considering getting one of these to accurately monitor my film while I am outside where the sun would otherwise make the LCD screen and any monitors I have useless.

    Does it actually magnify the image by 3x so that you can see even more detail from the LCD screen? It says that it helps get perfect focus; is this how the Z-finder accomplishes this?

  309. Rachel Kenton on October 25th, 2010 2:42 pm

    Hi Mark,

    The viewfinder does multiple things.

    First of all, it provides a point of contact to help with stabilization.
    Secondly, it will cut out all extraneous light.
    Thirdly, it magnifies the screen by 3x (or 2.5x if you have that verion) to help achieve critical focus.  The diopter and extender frames will adjust for your individual eyesight.

    Feel free to contact me at if you have any more questions about your individual situation.

    – Rachel

  310. Joe on October 25th, 2010 2:49 pm

    Nothing I have read suggests that the Zacuto Z-finder pro 3x would NOT mount on a Canon T1i, however, I have also not read any source confirming that it indeed is able to.

  311. Rachel Kenton on October 26th, 2010 12:42 pm

    Hi Joe,

    Yes, all our Z-finders will mount on a Canon T1i.  The special instructions for mounting the adhesive frame on a t2i will apply here as well.

    – Rachel

  312. Anonymous on October 29th, 2010 4:37 pm

    Hi I just bought a 2.5 pro and I have a 5DMk2 with a battery grip. Have I got the wrong kit because it only seems to fit the camera without the battery grip.

  313. Rachel Kenton on November 1st, 2010 9:44 am


    The pro z-finder packages will only work out of the box if you do not use a battery grip.  For regular battery grip users we have a couple of options you can purchase separately to accomodate the grip.

    1.  A battery grip frame: This is simply a taller version of the frame that came with your finder.  It attaches to your gorilla plate.

    2.  An adhesive frame: Our older V2 model and the Jr model come with this frame.  It requires no plate and is compatible with any and all of our finders.

    I hope this helps.

  314. Nathan Crosby on November 3rd, 2010 8:16 am

    I have just received the  Zaguto Pro. It works fine until I clip on an extender and then I cannot remove it from from
    the frame and have to remove the frame from the Goriila Plate  and prise it off with a screwdriver.

  315. John Dikmen on November 5th, 2010 9:17 pm

    I just purchased a new Canon 7D. I have been looking at the Z-Finder Pro 2.5 for Video, but the vast majority of my jobs are Still Shots Only. Will this product be an improvement for Still shooting or just get in the way?


  316. Steve Weiss on November 5th, 2010 9:46 pm

    I think so.  I use mine all the time if I’m going between photos and video.  Sometimes I like to shoot photos in Liveview for speed between photo and video.  Sometimes I shoot photos and then pop on the Z-Finder to see how they look CU.  My vision is getting kind of crappy these days and I need every bit of mag. I can get.

  317. Anonymous on November 8th, 2010 1:28 am

    Thanks for the response… guess I will need to put this on my list!

  318. Gæst on November 11th, 2010 2:38 am

    Anyone having trouble with the coating on the old Z-finders, it’s cracking on my old v2

  319. Rachel Kenton on November 11th, 2010 11:54 am


    Did you get an anti-fog upgrade on your V2 model?  Is that what is cracking?  

    We stoped applying anti-fog directly to the glass a few months ago and switched over to anti-fog protective covers.  These are anti-fog coated plastic discs that lay over your z-finder lens.  They do double duty, as lens protectors and anti-fog.  If your coating is peeling you could email me a photo of the lens and your shipping address to and i can ship you our new anit-fog upgrade kit to use instead:
    If you are having a different problem, feel free to contact me with more details and we can figure out a solution.  I hope to hear from you soon.  
    – Rachel

  320. Kristyanna Virgona on November 11th, 2010 9:11 pm

            my name is Kristyanna Virgona and I was wondering that I see that everybody  in your videos using Canon cameras. I have a Nikon D90 and a D300S have invested in some good class so I’d hope one to change camera lines. I am looking for a set up that will work for these cameras. I viewed your various videos on the different systems and I am impressed especially with the Z finder. I am disabled and I have a problem viewing with the camera screen on the back of the camera and would like to shoot more video but holding the camera steady for long periods is a bear for me physically. I like the multiple contact points on your system plus the Z finder itself. If you can give me any information on a system bearing mind cost because I am on Social Security disability. But I have gone back to college after 30 years and getting a degree in art and I’m almost finished I have one more installment of grant money coming in the spring. It so I would like to get a small system going if you can help me I would greatly appreciate it. Also, I have an iPhone 4G and what I have to just buy the bracket where the IPhone Sits If  I Have Brought a  Small System for My DSL Are And Just Use the Handle To Mount the Bracket on It.
     I Hope to Hear from You Soon, And I Think You Have a Excellent System.

     Yours Truly,
     Kristyanna Virgona
     Screaming Tut Productions

  321. Elma on November 18th, 2010 11:13 am

    Hi Kristyanna,

    I have emailed you a response.

  322. Gary Breece on November 25th, 2010 5:17 am

    Would a Z Finder Jr. with the adhesive mount work on the Canon 60D with the screen articulated, or would it also be too heavy?  — Gary

  323. Steve Weiss on November 27th, 2010 10:24 pm

    Got to try it, that may work but really these flipout screen are flimsy and not meant for this.

  324. Mandy Rogers on December 2nd, 2010 3:49 pm

    This does work, however we recommend taking off the z-finder when you are not using it.

  325. ocean on December 2nd, 2010 3:26 pm

    If I buy the Pro, does the Gorilla Plate come with it or do I have to buy it separately?

  326. Mandy Rogers on December 2nd, 2010 3:50 pm

    Yes the Gorilla plate does come with the Pro models.

  327. ocean on December 3rd, 2010 2:08 am

    but I am using the T2i, and it says I should use the sticky frame. Does that come with the Pro too?

  328. Mandy Rogers on December 3rd, 2010 9:53 am
  329. Rosco on December 3rd, 2010 5:42 pm

    I have the Z-Finder Pro with gorilla plate and absolutely love it. I just could not shoot video on my 7D before it came along, at least not with any kind of manual focusing or confidence. It’s also great for reviewing either still or video shots outdoors.

    I’ve noticed a couple of minor things that I think would just make it perfect:
    – the corners of the LCD view are just clipped by the circular shape of the finder so that I have to “peer around the corner” to verify that red record dot is on (it’s right in the top right corner).
    – could the inside surface of the metal mounting frame be coated in a non-reflective paint or material? I will do mine myself, but out of the box would be a really nice touch. Fortunately I only seem to be distracted by it while reviewing.

    Other than this, it’s an excellent design and very well made. My only other complaint is the resolution of the cameras own LCD and the lack of an angled finder, which is why I’ve signed up for the Z-finder EVM. I think the EVM will be the perfect solution to those problems.

  330. Guest on December 3rd, 2010 10:12 pm

    Will “mounting frame for battery grip” work with canon 60d?

  331. Rachel Kenton on December 7th, 2010 5:00 pm

    We don’t have one on hand to try out so we can’t be 100% positive.  The 60D is very similarly sized to the T2i model (which is compatible) and from what we can tell from looking at Canon specs and photos it will work just fine. 

    Feel free to contact us at if you have any more questions.

    – Rachel

  332. Chris on December 4th, 2010 2:37 pm

    I just got my Z-Finder. It works great. Any thoughts on the best way to dial in the Diopter focus to make sure I start with a properly focused ZF? I’ve been using the small white focus rectangle on the camera. Any additional trick/tips?

    Also, I agree with the lower post. I put one of the extenders on and it was hell to get off. I thought I was going to break my ZF.


  333. Steve Weiss on December 5th, 2010 12:14 am

    Yes, don’t look in the ZF turn the diopter all the way to one end.  Look in the ZF, then dial it all the way to the other end without looking in the ZF.  Estimate where you need it to be and then fine tune it.  The problem is the ZF has very fine threads and your eye adapts as you change it.  If you are young and have perfect eyes you might not see much difference.  That’s cool, be happy.

    The extender frames are made to be semi permanent.  So when you snap off they stay with the ZF.  There is a video on vimeo that shows how to get them off, their is a trick.

  334. Bob on December 4th, 2010 6:32 pm

    A couple of questions:

    First, how can I use the Z-finder, and particularly the Gorilla plate, in combination with the Really Right Stuff L-backets I have on my 5D MkII with battery grip, 1D Mk III, and iD Mk IV?  Obviously the Gorilla plate will have to go BETWEEN the camera and the L-bracket, and it appears that I have about 1/8″ of clearance at most, so how thick is the Gorilla plate?

    Second, it appears that it would be necessary to disassemble the entire Gorilla plate and frame in order to change the batteries on the 5D Mk II.  Is this true, and how much of a pain is that?

    Third, assuming I can solve the mounting problem, is it possible to purchase additional Gorilla plates, one for each camera?

  335. Mandy Rogers on December 7th, 2010 10:13 am


    If you want to use a really right stuff bracket, you will need to mount that underneath the gorilla plate. What is the 1/8″ clearance you are referring to?

    The battery compartment is not blocked by the gorilla plate on the 5d so you can easily switch out batteries.

    Yes you can purchase additional gorilla plates if you wnat to use the Z-Finder on multiple cameras. I hope this helps, email if you have any further questions.

  336. Bob on December 18th, 2010 2:18 pm

    Thanks, Mandy,

    The problem is that the Really Right Stuff L-bracket for the 5D MkII SURROUNDS the accessory ports (HDMI, USB, external shutter trip, etc.)

    As a result, if I mount the Gorilla plate between the camera and the L-bracket, I won’t be able to access some of those ports.  This doesn’t happen with the RRS L-bracket for the 1D Mk IV, which is off to the side of the ports.  

    However, there is a lip on the front of these brackets, which snuggles up against the camera or the battery pack and might interfere with the Gorilla plate.

    Perhaps the most expedient solution is to leave the L-bracket where it is, and add another Arca-Swiss style mounting plate below the Gorilla.

    This assumes that there is a sufficient amount of vertical adjustment in the Z-Finder Mounting Frame for both the small DSLR with battery grip (for the 5D Mk II) and the Mounting Frame for large DSLRs (for the 1D Mk IV) to be able to accommodate the 1/4″ thickness of the L-bracket.  Is that true?

  337. George Hsia on December 22nd, 2010 11:41 am

    I have the same problem.  I have a 5D Mark II and need to have the gorilla plate mounted underneath the L-Bracket.  The mounting frame is already extended to maximum on the 5D Mark II so I’m not sure how we can mount this.  

    How can we make this work?  Thanks.

  338. Mandy Rogers on December 26th, 2010 6:06 pm

    Hi Bob,
    Here is the position of the frames in relation to the red locking knobs raised ¼”.  They are on the frame about 70% and will hold fine so you can mount it beneath your L-bracket.

  339. Eric on December 6th, 2010 5:58 pm

    So it appears to me that the majority of the cost difference between the Jr and the Pro is simply the mounting options. To buy a Jr plus a gorilla plate and mounting frame it would cost $384, only $11 less than the pro. 
    I feel like something is askew here because the actual z-finder is obviously a better build than $11 worth.
    I think you should offer an option to get the Jr viewfinder with the pro mounting options at a comparable price. 

  340. Mandy Rogers on December 7th, 2010 10:16 am

    Hi Eric,

    I think you are missing a couple things; The Pro is a better value then the Jr. The Pro includes a diopter and anti-fog and the Jr does not include these things. Therefore you are better off just getting the Pro over the Jr. If you prefer the Jr, you can purchase the Jr with the gorilla plate and mounting frame, as we offer these items individually, but as you figured out you are almost to the price of the PRO although without the diopter and anti-fog. Hope this helps.

  341. Eric on December 11th, 2010 9:12 pm

    I think you are missing the point I am making, I believe the Jr should be far cheaper when I add these totals. It doesn’t make sense that the pro viewfinder is essentially only $11 more than the Jr. 

  342. Donald Drake on December 20th, 2010 10:57 am

    Would I use the 2.5 or 3.0 Pro with glasses or without?  I’m nearsighted but I would like to get the higher magnification if I could get a clear screen….Also on the 7D do you need to shoot video in Manual focus only??

  343. Rachel Kenton on December 20th, 2010 1:29 pm

    Hi Donald,

    In general, we recommend the 2.5x model for users who are nearsighted.  Depending on how extreme your nearsightedness is, you could shoot with the larger 3x magnification without your glasses.  The 3x model goes to -2.75 and the 2.5x model goes to -4.75.  If necessary, and you prefer it, you could use the 3x model and wear your glasses.  The eyecup is large enough to use comfortably while wearing your glasses.

    Oh, and yes, you need to shoot in manual focus.

    – Rachel

  344. Joost Wierenga on December 30th, 2010 9:17 am

    Yeah, I bought the 2,5x zFinder but the guy who sold this to me lost the screw.. now it’s really hard for me to find a fitting screw, can anybody help me here?

  345. Rachel Kenton on December 30th, 2010 11:28 am

    Hi Joost,

    Send me an email and I can help you out.  Are you missing a red thumb screw for the frame or the 1/4 20 screw in the baseplate?  I’ll keep an eye out for your email.

    – Rachel

  346. SG on January 1st, 2011 11:31 am

    Does the Z-Finder Pro work with the Nikon D7000?

  347. Rachel Kenton on January 3rd, 2011 1:26 pm

    Hi SG,

    Yes, all our z-finder products are compatible with the Nikon D7000.

    – Rachel

  348. Craig Wright on January 1st, 2011 8:34 pm

    I have recently bought a Z Finder Pro 2.5.
    I connected all the extenders frames together, and now finding it hard to remove them from each other.
    Have you got any suggestions? Tried to do what the instructions suggests when pulling extenders off viewfinder, but have had no luck.
    Scared I might break them.
    Your feedback would be most appreciated.

  349. Steve Weiss on January 2nd, 2011 4:49 pm

    you need to squeeze together in the middle of the extender frame really hard, it won’t break, and it should come off.  These are supposed to be more permanent once you figure out how many you need you shouldn’t have to remove them.

  350. Pascal Depuhl on January 11th, 2011 5:55 pm

    I just purchased a ZF V2. Does the Anti-Fog Protective Cover Upgrade Kit include the protective boot that covers the threads? 

  351. Rachel Kenton on January 12th, 2011 10:08 am

    Hi Pascal,

    No,  it does not.  But, you could get the V2 upgrade kit and a set of antifog covers and would have everything you need.
    V2 upgrade kit:
    Anti Fog Covers:

    Feel free to contact me at if you have any more questions.

    – Rachel

  352. senor_kasper on January 12th, 2011 2:18 am

    Hi, how/where do I order a tall camera frame? how much does it cost?
    Thank you

  353. Rachel Kenton on January 12th, 2011 10:09 am

    Hi Senor,

    You can purchase it here: or through any of our worldwide dealers. It is $95.

    – Rachel

  354. webgoers on February 8th, 2011 12:07 am

    I’ve had a Z-Finder V2 for a couple years now and have put it through its paces, but it passed the ultimate test a few weeks ago.  While I was at Starved Rock State Park, I pulled my camera up to take a picture of a frozen waterfall when I knocked the Z-Finder off its lanyard.  It fell about 100 feet from the lookout and landed on bare ice below.  My heart sunk as the Z-Finder plummeted and split into a couple pieces upon impact.  When I finally hiked down to the bottom to collect the remains, I found that it was still intact and only the rubber eyecup had flown off.  The case was slightly cracked, which I easily fixed by removing and replacing a screw, but the lens and everything else were still in perfect condition.  I took it with me to Puerto Rico the next weekend and it performed like nothing had happened. Thanks for making such good products.

  355. Steve Weiss on February 8th, 2011 10:33 am

    I want you to send your Z-Finder in because it is warrantied even for accidental damage.  We will replace your cracked skirt and give you a new eyecup and completely refurbish it for no charge.

  356. webgoers on February 8th, 2011 10:46 pm

    Wow, thanks!  There really is nothing wrong with it, but I won’t pass up an offer like that.  Can I just stop by next week and drop it off or do you want me to mail it in?

  357. Steve Weiss on February 8th, 2011 11:07 pm

    Which ever you prefer, if you come in the afternoon, I’d like to say hi.

  358. Manuel Hernandez-Stumpfhauser on February 12th, 2011 3:41 pm

    Hello, very cool products and webisodes, my question is if I can still attach my manfrotto quick release MA394 to the Z finder pro baseplate?  


  359. Steve Weiss on February 12th, 2011 5:42 pm

    of course.

  360. jeff on February 13th, 2011 6:49 am

    Is there anywhere on your site where I can see a screenshot of what it looks like through the viewfinder of the Z-finder 2.5 and 3.0?

    Auto-Focus is a problem in low light situations(I’m a still shooter) and I’m looking for assistance when I go to manual focus. Is this the real purpose of the Z-Finder? Why did Rachel say to forum post Donald that he needs to shoot in manual focus? Why would I not be able to use autofocus on my camera.

    Thank you!

  361. Steve Weiss on February 14th, 2011 10:59 am

    I’m going to see if we can get a photo showing the difference between the 2.5 and 3x, that’s will be interesting is we can capture that.

    Not sure about the whole auto focus thing.  Most of the folks using our Z-Finder are video guys and are going manual focus.

  362. Anonymous on February 17th, 2011 12:59 am

    I bought one of this “Zacuto knock off” to use on my gf1 and i found out that The mounting frame doesnt fit on my LCD screen(product specifications says that will)so i already returned it. I decided to buy a “real zacuto”. The question is: i know that gorilla plate doesn’t work on gf1…mounting frame will?( I meaning perfect) And do I need to buy z finder pro + mounting frame?

  363. Mandy Rogers on February 18th, 2011 2:33 pm


    You can not use the gorilla plate and frame for this camera. You must use the adhesive frame made for the GH1, GH2, and GF1. This camera has such a small body so the frame that comes with the z-finder will not line up. When you order the z-finder mounting frame: you can select for GF1. Email and we can help you further with purchasing. 

  364. Tom on February 17th, 2011 11:36 am


    If I buy a Z-finder Pro 3X can you ship it with the 5D Mark ii mounting plate instead of the generic one for the same price?


  365. Mandy Rogers on February 18th, 2011 2:34 pm

    Hi Tom,

    Email and we can help you with your purchase.

  366. Ligia on March 1st, 2011 4:03 pm

    Can someone tell me what the red wheel on the zacuto viewfinder 3x pro is for?
    I thought it would help control the dioptric adjustments but it does not change anything when I turn it.


  367. Rachel Kenton on March 1st, 2011 4:27 pm

    Hi Ligia,

    You’re correct.  That is a diopter.  The threads on the diopter are very fine so if you have 20/20 vision, or very close to it, your eye will actually adjust as you turn the wheel.  The best way to find your sweet spot is to take your eye away from the finder when you turn the weel.  Turn the diopter all the way out and look through, then take your eye away and turn the wheel all the way back in.  Look again – you should see a small difference and you can go from there.  Feel free to shoot me an email at if you have any more questions.

    – Rachel

  368. Ligia on March 1st, 2011 4:45 pm

    Thanks Rachel. I’ll give it a try

  369. Jon Wood on March 11th, 2011 8:01 am

    I’ve been using one of these bad boys with my 7D for video for over a year and won’t go out without it!  Love it!  I’m thinking of buying a T3i and am wondering if this will fit on that camera with the articulating LCD screen.  Any special considerations?  I imagine it will resemble the 60D.

  370. ACTX on March 25th, 2011 6:21 pm

    Will the “short body frame” fit my Nikon D7000?  If not, which frame?

  371. Mandy on March 27th, 2011 2:54 pm

    Yes the short body frame will fit the D7000.

  372. JC on March 30th, 2011 6:45 pm

    which Z-Finder is recommended for the Olympus E-5?

  373. Rachel Kenton on March 31st, 2011 11:05 am

    Hi JC,

    I’m sorry but you cannot use our Z-finder with an Olympus E-5.  The LCD is too small for the frame.  The camera does have HDMI so it can be used with one of our new electronic viewfinders.  You can read about those here:; Two of our models come with z-finders included in the package.

    – Rachel

  374. Jeorg on April 11th, 2011 12:57 pm

    Hi i’m from Roamina! Do you have som dealer in Bucharest? thanks!

  375. Anonymous on April 12th, 2011 12:51 pm

    Hello Jeorg,

    Here is a link to our reseller in Romania:

  376. Jeorg on April 11th, 2011 1:00 pm

    Ah, can i use view finder with my mark ii?

  377. Anonymous on April 12th, 2011 12:52 pm

    All our z-finders are compatible with the Canon 5D Mark ii.  If you are referencing a different camera please let me know.

    – Rachel

  378. Guest on April 24th, 2011 3:11 am

    Is this compatable with te Canon 550d Kiss x4?

  379. Anonymous on April 30th, 2011 4:06 pm

    Where is the list of cameras this fits and DOES NOT fit?

  380. Steve Weiss on April 30th, 2011 11:33 pm

    Any camera that has an HDMI.
    5DMK2, 7D, 1DMK4, any DSLR plus the new Sony F3, NXcam, Panasonic AF100, even the RED epic

  381. Daniel on May 6th, 2011 10:10 am

    El Pro 2.5x es compatible con la Canon 60D ?

  382. Daniel on May 6th, 2011 10:20 am

    Z Finder Pro 2.5X is compatible with the Canon 60D ?

  383. Rachel Kenton on May 6th, 2011 11:17 am

    Hi Daniel,

    Yes, it is.  All our Z-finders are compatible with the Canon 60D.

    – Rachel

  384. charles alain rongier on May 12th, 2011 3:22 am

    😛 Hello from FRANCE near ma city LYON The Zfinder 2.5 or 3 is compatible with D 300s NIKON a see you Charles -Alain

  385. Elisabeth First on May 13th, 2011 10:23 am

    How do you mount the camera (7d) to the tripod if you attached the viewfinder 2.5? Use one of the screwholes? But which one then? The four screwholes are in a different positioned than the screwhole on the camera. 

    I’m new to this stuff, couldn’t find the answer through Google…

  386. Steve Weiss on May 21st, 2011 8:07 am

    Download the Z-Finder instructions and it will show you how to do it, it’s meant to do what you are asking for:

  387. JayCee on May 15th, 2011 2:27 pm

    Do any of these fit the GH1?

  388. Steve Weiss on May 21st, 2011 8:05 am

    Yes, but you need an optional mounting frame which is in the options section when you buy

  389. guest on May 20th, 2011 10:57 am

    Does this fit on a Canon T2i ????

  390. Steve Weiss on May 21st, 2011 8:04 am


  391. Steve Weiss on May 21st, 2011 8:05 am

    Good luck

  392. John Novotny on May 22nd, 2011 4:12 am

    Just got my new Z-Finder 2.5x Pro this week. Very happy to have it again after  loosing the first one in the wilderness. 😀 Great product! 

  393. Dus on June 1st, 2011 8:23 pm

    Hey there, it isn’t possible to connect to a tripod once the baseplate has been attached to the camera right ? (since the main screw is used ?) Do I need to get another plate or am I missing something here ?

    thanks (canon 7D/5D Mk II)

  394. Mandy Rogers on June 3rd, 2011 1:41 am

    The plate screws into the bottom of your camera. However, on the bottom of the plate, there are multiple 1/4 20″ screw holes to attach your tripod plate. No other plate necessary.

  395. Ryan S on June 4th, 2011 7:08 pm

    Does it fit the NEX 5?

  396. Mandy Rogers on June 13th, 2011 9:30 am

    We have not tested it on the NEX5 yet. I will add this to our list of cameras to test. It is compatible with 3″ screens. You can always go into a local dealer and try it out. Hopefully I will have a confirmed answer soon.

  397. Anonymous on June 14th, 2011 1:19 pm

    Does the 2.5x and 3x viewfinders INCLUDE the baseplate in the image?

  398. Mandy Rogers on June 14th, 2011 1:26 pm

    yes it includes the gorilla plate in the image. 

  399. Maurice Spees on June 18th, 2011 6:39 pm

    HI Steve, a great addition to the z-finder is adding a piece of velcro to the side of the viewfinder and on the top of the viewfindercap so that the cap can stick to the side of the z-finder and doesn’t bangle around. Very handy…

  400. Jolen on June 22nd, 2011 9:15 pm

    what packing for your Z- Finder Jr.?

  401. Warrej on June 27th, 2011 2:13 am

    If I buy for my 60D will it also fit my 5D?

  402. Steve Weiss on June 27th, 2011 10:27 am


  403. Marcus Carlsen on July 12th, 2011 11:23 am

    I’ve ordered a Z-finder 2,5. When will it be shipped? I need i asap..

  404. Zacuto on July 12th, 2011 12:11 pm

    Marcus – We dont want to put order details here, but you should have an email on the way from our sales staff that has the answer to your question.  Thanks for ordering!

  405. Gan Eden on July 20th, 2011 9:20 am

    Why are you so damn expensive???

  406. Mandy Rogers on July 20th, 2011 9:45 am

    These are high quality products made in the USA. They also come with a lifetime warranty and not to mention we have great customer support. I recommend checking out some reviews on the Z-Finder Pro:

  407. Abhishek Sinha on July 31st, 2011 6:07 pm

    Hi, will the Z-Finder Pro 2.5x #Z-FIND-PRO2 be compatible with my Canon T2i/550D or do I need to purchase an accessory (gorilla plate) separately?

  408. Rachel Kenton on August 1st, 2011 9:39 am

    Hello Abhishek, 

    The Z-finder Pro 2.5x comes with everything you need to put your Z-finder on your T2i without a battery grip.

    – Rachel

  409. Meg on August 5th, 2011 3:26 pm

    I have a Canon Eos 1D Mark III, can you point me to the finder I need?

  410. Mandy Rogers on August 5th, 2011 3:49 pm

    Hi Meg,
    I would suggest the Z-Finder PRO 2.5x or 3x.(Z-Find-pro2 or z-find-pro3) With that being said, it is a tall bodied camera so in addition you will need the tall body frame: or you can choose to use the adhesive frame: 

  411. chris on August 12th, 2011 10:12 pm

    Does the Z-Finder Pro 2.5X fit the Sony SLT A55?

  412. chris on August 12th, 2011 10:13 pm

    Does the Z-Finder Pro 2.5X fit the Sony SLT A55?

  413. Mandy Rogers on August 24th, 2011 1:23 pm

    Hi Chris,

    We have not tested that camera but based on the dimensions it should work. If it doesn’t, you can always return it for a full refund. 

  414. KoolE on August 21st, 2011 7:09 am

    I have body armor on my 5d…i’m just wondering if i can use this product on top of it.
    I prefer to shoot w/my camera body armor as not to bring attention to the camera…any suggestions?

  415. Mandy Rogers on August 24th, 2011 1:21 pm

    Hi KoolE, 
    Email me we have a modification for body armor-

  416. Armin Bauer on August 29th, 2011 4:21 pm

    If I purchase a Viewfinder 2.5 or 3 including the Gorilla base plate, does it work with my Cannon 600D? Can I still use my plate for my Manfrotto Tripod? And last but not least, how do I decide wether I should take the 3.0 or 2.5 version?
    Thanks for your response!!!

  417. Rachel Kenton on August 29th, 2011 4:36 pm

    Hi Armin,
    Yes, you can use the Z-Finder Pro 3x or 2.5x with your 600D.  You will have to remove the mounting frame when you want to articulate the screen.  If you know you will be using the articulating feature quite often, I would definitely recommend getting the adhesive frame:  This frame would stay on your LCD. You cannot use the Z-Finder while your screen is out in the swivel position because the camera hinge is not designed to hold weight, but the frame can stay on so you can swivel with no problem.
    Yes, even if you use a Gorilla Plate you can still put it on your tripod.
    If you wear reading glasses I would recommend the 3x model.  If you are nearsighted I would suggest the 2.5x version.  If you are neither you can pick whichever one you want, it all depends how big you want the image to be.  Feel free to email me with any more questions at

    <!–[if !supportLists]–>        <!–[endif]–>Rachel

  418. on September 27th, 2011 7:28 am

    This is sutable for NIKON D3S Camera??

  419. Armin Bauer on August 29th, 2011 4:33 pm

    Just another question: are you shipping to Germany and what would it cost?

  420. Rachel Kenton on August 29th, 2011 4:37 pm


    Yes, we can ship to Germany.  It would be about $80 depending on shipping method and exact location.  That does not include customs fees.  We also have many dealers in Germany you can purchase from: 

    – Rachel 

  421. Jon on September 3rd, 2011 6:50 am

    Is there an Z-finder for the sony F3s LCD? that would be very useful. If the Z-finder could slide on and off  the F3 lcd-screen, it would be easy to use.

  422. Steve Weiss on September 3rd, 2011 11:09 am

    I hear you Jon, we tried but the ergonomics is just all wrong when go handheld, you end up having to look up.  Sorry the the right way to do it is the EVF:

  423. Keith on September 4th, 2011 6:03 am

    New cameras from Canon and Nikon are not too far away. If those cameras have larger LCD screens, will existing Z-Finders not work with them?

  424. Steve Weiss on September 4th, 2011 11:41 pm

    Let’s see what happens.  I doubt they will change the screen size, it would make the camera bigger.  Might be time to get an EVF and really make that Z-Finder and any DSLR sing  😉

  425. Anonymous on September 17th, 2011 12:09 am

    Hello Zacuto stuff,
    I use my Zacuto Z-Finder pro 2.5X on my 7D body, it is perfect, really well done.
    Now i need a second Z-Finder Pro 3X but for Panasonic GH2 body, it is possible?
    It must be really stable becouse i use this camera in difficult place and positions.
    Thx in advance 😀

  426. Rachel Kenton on September 26th, 2011 10:42 am

    The GH1, GF1 and GH2 screens are about a half an inch shorter so the gorilla plate and metal frame won’t align correctly.  We do make a modified adhesive frame for these cameras that blocks out the last 1/2 in or so of the frame.  This means a standard z-finder will still fit and you won’t have any light leakage with the camera.  You can get that frame here:  (just be sure to select YES when asked about those cameras) or usually by request from a dealer.  We also recommend using our z-bands with this camera, since it’s much smaller, to keep everything in place:

    – Rachel

  427. Nick Barber on September 26th, 2011 6:54 am

    Will this product ever be able to adapt to the 60D’s articulating screen? That would be sweeeeet!

  428. Rachel Kenton on September 26th, 2011 10:40 am

    Hi Nick,

    Our metal mounting frames all work perfectly with the 60D when the screen is closed.  You can just undo the red thumbscrews if you want to articulate the screen.   You can also use the adhesive frame with the 60D if you prefer, though you cannot close the screen with the adhesive frame attached.  However, the articulating screen is not strong enough to hold the weight of a z-finder.  We do not recommended putting your z-finder on the screen when it is articulated even with the adhesive frame.  Our EVF is also compatible with this camera so you can get the boon of a z-finder and ‘articulation’ and all the other great advantages of our EVF.

    – Rachel

  429. Greg Nosaty on September 26th, 2011 1:45 pm

    I have a Z-Finder Pro 2.5x and the diopter looks dusty. When I try to clean it with a lens tissue the surface feels sticky. Is this normal? What do I use to clean the lens? I bought this after NAB 2010 and I had to wait for a few weeks because of an issue with the anti-fog coating. Could this be a coating issue?

  430. Greg Nosaty on September 26th, 2011 1:56 pm

    Nevermind, I just found the cleaning instructions on the downloads page.

  431. Brian on September 28th, 2011 8:07 am

    Does anyone know if these work with the Nikon D3100?

  432. Peter Smith on October 6th, 2011 2:06 am
  433. Mandy on October 24th, 2011 9:21 am

    No, we only guarantee that it works with Canon brand battery grips. However, you can use the adhesive frame and it will not interfere with the grip.

  434. P on December 31st, 2011 3:09 pm

    It would be great if you could make it work with other battery grips. If I use the adhesive frame would the t3i screen close properly?

  435. Odd Geir Saether on October 23rd, 2011 4:13 pm

    Are you planning an electronic viewfinder that hooks on to the HDMI contact (Canon 5DMkII)

  436. Mandy on October 24th, 2011 9:19 am

    We have that! 😉

  437. Ian Jones on November 3rd, 2011 4:12 am

    Hi, Is it possible to buy a replacement for the rubber flange which sits between the Mounting Frame and the Camera?  Mine has slipped a little and become distorted.

  438. Zacuto on November 3rd, 2011 9:14 am

    Hi ,
    I can send you a new one. What is your address? You can email it to
    Thank You,
    Elma Bukva
    Sales Associate
    Custom Camera Packages & Manufactured Products
    401 W. Ontario, Suite 100 Chicago, IL 60654
    P: 312-863-3456 x210 F: 312-863-3455

  439. susan hundy on November 4th, 2011 6:34 pm

    hey I have a heap of video and still cameras I am a artist and photographer   but I am taking on a big project soon I am making a doco on the orangutans I am booked to go on a fact finding tour next april tp borneo I have been painting them for 3 years in rkit with a tripod  i dont I will get two cameras to set one on timer keep it down in price but the best quoality   thanks susan 0414514377

  440. susan hundy on November 4th, 2011 6:36 pm

    sorry about miss spelt i was so excited to find your site susan

  441. ezio lo sbombo on November 7th, 2011 6:43 am

    hi guys 
    i’m searching for a wievfinder for my sony nex 5 flip display.

  442. on November 23rd, 2011 4:47 pm

    I bought the original Zacuto finder two years ago, and need another adhesive frame.  I don’t see them listed on the website, are they available?

    Dave Findley

  443. Rachel Kenton on November 23rd, 2011 4:55 pm

    Absolutely.  You can get them here: 

  444. Francisco Gozon on December 8th, 2011 6:43 am

    Hi, Is the zfinder pro compatible with the t3i?

  445. moshe refel on December 18th, 2011 2:04 am

    i am interest in extend the dioiper 
    i need a eysfinde – viewfinde of a diopter eye =  +1.75

  446. Anonymous on December 30th, 2011 3:52 pm

    I’m interested in one of the pro models for a Nikon D7000 with no battery grip.  Which model is recommended?

  447. Anonymous on December 30th, 2011 4:33 pm


    All our Z-finder are compatible with that set up straight out of the box!

    If you wear reading glasses I would reccomend the 3x model.  If you are near sighted I would go with the 2.5x.  If you have 20/20 vision or very close to it you can pick whichever you want.  It just depends how big you want the image to be.


  448. Daniel on January 3rd, 2012 11:38 am

    I heard there is an insert that helps prevent screen damage? Where can I get one.. I bought a z-finder pro last year and would love to protect it.

  449. Anonymous on January 3rd, 2012 11:58 am

    HI Daniel, 

    Are you looking for a sun mask?  You can get this here: 

    – Rachel

  450. Anonymous on January 3rd, 2012 11:57 am

    Hi Daniel, 

    Are you looking for the sun mask?  You can get that here: 

    – Rachel

  451. Anonymous on January 6th, 2012 10:59 am

    Would the anti fog Protective cover upgrage kit with with the Z-Finder Jr?
    Are the pro lenses coated with anti-fog or is it just installed with these anti-fog protective covers (


  452. Mandy on January 9th, 2012 4:57 pm

    Yes you can use the anti-fog covers on the JR. The pro lenses are not coated, we use the anti-fog covers. 

  453. Jason on January 8th, 2012 1:22 am

    There’re 2 issues I need to consider before make purchasement.

    1. I’m near sighted AND wear glasses shooting video currently. Which model shoud I choose? Is okay for me to wear glasses using z-finder? Will the eyecup be an obstacle?

    2. I already have a rig which occupied the screw hole at the bottom of my 5D Mark II. If I attach z-finder with the gorilla plate included, is it possible to attach the rig as well?

    Thank you.

  454. Mandy on January 9th, 2012 5:03 pm

    Hi Jason, 
    I would recommend the Z-Finder Pro 2.5x for you. You can still use your glasses while using the z-finder. The eyecup is nice and big to accomodate eyeglasses. Regarding your rig question, yes the gorilla plate has the ability to attach a rig via 1/4 20″ screws underneath. However, they are off center so if you are trying to align a matte box or follow focus, you might want to look into our gorilla plate adapter: If you don’t want to add another plate to your rig, you can always use the adhesive frame to mount the Z-finder: I hope that helps, please email us at if you have any additional questions!

  455. Greg on January 9th, 2012 3:21 am

    Have an older z-finder with an adhesive frame now on my 7D. Just lost it where it poped off and into 30′ of water. Want to get a replacement and would like to get one that will go right on the plastic glued on frame. Do the new finders still pop onto this old frame. I purchased before the gorilla frame was introduced. Because of weight and less gear, I would rather not buy the 2.5 and have to pull off the frame off the LCD. Can I buy one without the gorilla plate?

  456. Mandy on January 9th, 2012 4:59 pm

    Hi Greg,
    All Z-Finders come with the gorilla plate and frame now for the same price as the original z-finder without it. Email me at and we can work something out. Thanks

  457. telecam on January 14th, 2012 4:20 pm

    So, I clean my 5D LCD with alcool, dry it, apply the Z-Finder stick-on mounting frame, lay the camera nose down on my workbench, put two 10lbs gym weight on top of it, wait 24hrs (or almost).  Next day, snap in the Z-Finder, try to snap it off and here goes the frame with the Z-Finder.  What am I doing wrong?

  458. Rachel Kenton on January 16th, 2012 10:18 am


    It sounds like you just have a bum frame.  Please email me at with your address and I can send you a new one.

    Just out of curiosity…why are you using the adhesive frame over the metal Gorilla mounting system?

    – Rachel

  459. Anonymous on January 20th, 2012 8:17 am

    Hi Rachel,

    I am already using the Gorilla plate with LCD frame on one of my two 5Ds but wanted to try the stick-on frame as a leaner, simpler alternative.



  460. Anonymous on January 20th, 2012 8:26 am

    Just emailed you…

  461. Anonymous on January 22nd, 2012 1:07 pm

    Will the current Z-Finder Pro fit the Nikon D4 camera? I believe it’s live view screen is 3.2″.

  462. Steve Weiss on January 22nd, 2012 2:13 pm

    We are trying to get our hands on one to check.

  463. JEAN-DAVID on February 9th, 2012 6:21 pm

    I just try Z-Finder pro and it worked out.
    Then I add 2 frames and that’s it : they’re stucked together now.
    I tried to press the middle of the frames : nothing move.
    Could someone get me out of it ?

    Thank you,

  464. Zacuto on February 13th, 2012 2:48 pm

    Hello JD, 

    Those extender frames can be tricky!  Press down as hard as you can in the middle with one hand and hold that finder firm in the other – then mimic the action of breaking a piece of bread in half to separate the two.  This is demonstrated in this video

    They are semi-permanent and are supposed to be tight – which doesn’t help when you’re trying to take them apart!  If for whatever reason you do break one please send me your address and I can mail you another.

    Feel free to contact me at
    – Rachel

  465. Anonymous on February 18th, 2012 3:56 pm

    I have a Hasselblad HD4 medium format camera and looking for a LCD viewfinder. Can the Z-finder Pro be handheld against the LCD screen? The fitting that holds the z-finder pro against most cameras will not fit the Hasselblad.
    Thank you for your help.

  466. Steve Weiss on February 18th, 2012 7:47 pm

    If you get the plastic sticky frame that goes with the Z-Finder it should work with the Hasselblad.  Funny, we designed our Z-Finder a lot based on the Hasselblad magnifying hood.  If I were you I would look on eBay for a Hasselblad hood, you can usually find them cheap there.

  467. Anonymous on February 20th, 2012 7:11 pm

    Thank you, Steve! 

  468. Jon on February 23rd, 2012 9:00 am

    Hi is your product compatible with a Canon 600d?

  469. Jon on February 23rd, 2012 9:00 am

    Hi is your product compatible with a Canon 600d?

  470. Zacuto on February 23rd, 2012 10:36 am

    Hello Jon, 

    Yes.  All our Z-finders, EVFs, and DSLR equipment is compatible with the 600D.  

    – Rachel 

  471. George on February 27th, 2012 7:56 am

    Hi, I just bought the Z Finder Pro with the Gorilla plate but I can not focus correctly because I sually wear reading glasses for such a short distance. Would the special extra frames (if I ordered them ) solve my problem? Thanks, George.

  472. laura on February 28th, 2012 12:10 am

    I use a 5D Mark II with a pistol grip. is there a way I can use the zacuto without having the bracket below the camera?

  473. on March 2nd, 2012 11:03 am

    Any idea if the Z-finder 2.5 will fit on the new Canon 5DIII?

  474. JM on March 2nd, 2012 11:59 am

    I actually came to find out about the same thing. I’m the owner of a Z-Finder Pro Optical View Finder and use it on my 5D II. I am just about to preorder the newly released MKIII and was questioning the same. will it fit on the 5DIII?


  475. Gautam Kaji on March 2nd, 2012 1:02 pm

    I am ready to order Z-Finder Pro but need to know whether it will work with Canon 5D Marklll which has a larger sreen????

  476. Patrick on March 2nd, 2012 1:15 pm

    We are working on a new frame for the Z-Finder so it will work on cameras with a 3.2″ LCD. 

  477. Bill Plunkett on March 7th, 2012 10:28 am

    I have a Canon 1D Mk IV.  Will the 3X Pro Finder with extention frame still show 100% of the LCD Screen? 

  478. Patrick on March 7th, 2012 11:17 am


  479. FJG on March 8th, 2012 8:03 am

    Will it be possible to upgrade the Z-Finder to the upcoming 3.2″ LCD frame (for a small cost) rather than having to buy a new model?

  480. Patrick on March 8th, 2012 11:27 am

    Yes.  We will have a new frame that will work with the 3.2 inch screens.

  481. PASM Workshop on March 11th, 2012 8:20 am

    One question, which version of Z-finder works best with the Sony A77, given that the Sony LCD do swivel back, please advice, thanks.

  482. JM on March 15th, 2012 12:07 am

    I’m glad you guys are working on making the Zfinder compatible with the new 3.2″ display. now let’s hope you don’t charge an eye for it. 

  483. James E. on March 18th, 2012 10:42 am

    In regards to the impending release of the Nikon D800, is the only variable I need to concern myself with is the mounting frame?  If I rent a z-finder Pro 3x and Gorilla Plate, and own the D800 mounting frame (which hasn’t released yet) should I be good to go?

  484. Tom Kelly on March 26th, 2012 5:52 pm

    Is the Z-finder Pro 2.5 x compatable with a 5d mk ii with a battery pack?

  485. Zacuto on March 27th, 2012 9:39 am

    Hello Tom, 

    Yes, it is.  You’ll just need to add a battery grip frame to accomodate the extra size.

    If you want to stick with the Gorilla system and use the Gorilla plate that comes with a Z-finder you can use this frame:

    If you tend to switch back and forth between using the grip or not you may prefer our standard adheisve frame.  This attaches directly to the LCD screen not underneath so it doesn’t matter if you’re using a grip or not:

    Please let me know if you have any more questions.

    – Rachel 

  486. Mauricio Rivera on March 27th, 2012 2:46 pm

    so i ordered a Zacuto Z-finder Pro 2.5x and it is shipping.
    but my t3i consists of a battery grip.
    are these two items even compatable with my t3i?
    and will i also have to get the Z- Finder mounting frame for tall dslr bodies?

  487. Mandy on March 29th, 2012 2:44 pm

    If you are using the Canon T3i Battery Grip you will need the z-finder frame for cameras with a battery grip. Or you can get the Z-Finder Adhesive Frame. 

  488. Erik Stenbakken on March 28th, 2012 10:44 pm

    I see that you all are making a new frame for the 5DmkIII. Great. BUT… will the viewfinder itself vignette the edges of the LCD? That is, will a user with a 2.5x loupe see the entire LCD edge-to-edge?

  489. Mandy on March 29th, 2012 2:43 pm

    Yes, you will see the entire image edge-to-edge. 

  490. Steve Weiss on April 10th, 2012 10:09 pm

    meaning it will not vignette.  We will have the new frame and NAB and Patrick M. can see it there and then comment back about it.

  491. Bo Reidler on April 10th, 2012 6:42 pm

    Just a quick question. I have a Z-Finder Pro and am looking to upgrade my camera to the Canon 5D Mk3. I have read in a review of this camera (Stillmotion’s take) that the current configuration of the Z-Finder Pro does not fit the Mk3 screen optimally. Is Zacuto looking to remedy this in the near future OR indeed is there a solution available to the current Z-Finder Pro iteration?

  492. Bo Reidler on April 11th, 2012 5:59 am

    When I posted this there were no messages on this page. In anycase, I see now, as I would have thought would be the case, that Zacuto will remedy the Mk3 issue with the Z-Finder. That’s great to know. May I ask what the solution will look like?

  493. Steve Weiss on April 11th, 2012 12:55 pm

    The aluminum frame is the shape of the new screen, but the interior of the frame is pyrimid shaped and about an 1/8″ longer then the current frame.  that lets the current Z-Finder see a wider angle.

  494. Anonymous on April 12th, 2012 7:38 am

    Oh I have 2 mk3 bodies cryin’ in the box because I can’t get Z finders new frame…what a shame and I have 14 days shoot the I am going to do on my 2 older mk2 bodies. 

  495. Steve Weiss on April 12th, 2012 9:21 am

    It’s coming, I’ll get an ETA on mass delivery.  We do have a prototype at NAB so I know that it’s working.  Once working getting this part through production is easy.  It’s a relatively simple part.

  496. kannan r. thangavel on April 23rd, 2012 9:05 am

    When is the frame coming up for Canon 5D Mark III?

  497. Mandy on May 21st, 2012 9:40 am
  498. Jesse Bradstreet on April 24th, 2012 7:16 am

    Out of curiosity if one were to use the stick-on frame that was standard with the original Z-Finder on a 5D mk3, how much of the screen would you crop?

    Have a shoot this weekend and need a bandaid solution until the fixed plate is available…

  499. Darren Lunny on April 28th, 2012 12:09 am

    I’ve got a bit of a lag issue I’m hoping someone can help with. I plugged my EVF into my D800 today and there is a distinctive lag between the movement of the camera and the image out of the EVF. Has anyone had this issue before and if so can you suggest a fix?

  500. Steve Weiss on April 28th, 2012 10:30 pm

    Certain cameras produce more lag then others but a certain about of that is going to happen at this price point.  We are working on a lagless, higher resolution EVF but it’s going to be about $2500 -$3000.  It’s unfortunate but it has to do with the screens, processors and these higher end, faster ones are very expensive.

  501. Darren Lunny on April 29th, 2012 3:04 am

    Thanks Steve, interesting that it didn’t happen on the Canon 5d mkll I shot with a few weeks back. 

  502. Darren Lunny on April 29th, 2012 6:41 am

    Oh, one more thing – when will you guys have a firmware update for the Nikon D800?

  503. Daniel Hager on May 1st, 2012 7:21 am

    I’ve the Nikon D4 and the same issue.
    I changed in the camera SETUP MENU/HDMI/Output resolution to 1080i.
    I changed in the camera SETUP MENU/HDMI/Advanced Live view on-screen display to off.
    The lag is gone during filming (even the output shown on the EVF is 720p). During preview (EVF shows 1080i50) the lag is very little. It’s not logical to me, but it works.
    Maybe it help you with the D800 too.

  504. Darren Lunny on May 1st, 2012 7:57 am

    I don’t understand it either but it does work! Thanks for the suggestion. Just hope it’s not affecting the type of file I’m recording to the card. I notice in the thumbnail that it doesn’t show the 1920×1080 dimensions like other (Canon 5d mkll) files do. Still it certainly showed up as 1920×1080 in FCP.

  505. Stephen Kabaker on May 2nd, 2012 12:36 am


    The problem you are having is specific to the D800.  When you have a CF or SD Card in your camera and are recording to local storage, the HDMI out is only capable of 720p during recording.  So, when the HDMI output is set to 1080p or 1080i and not 720p, there will be a delay due to the Camera/EVF having to process the resolution change (there is what is called the “Handshake” between HDMI devices/connections and when the resolution changes, that process happens all over again between the EVF and the Camera).  That is why you did not have the issue with the Canon but are now with the Nikon.  This is because, when D800 outputs over HDMI is is 100% Uncompressed, unlike the Canon 5D (Mark II and/or MArk III).  So, the amount of bandwidth/power needed to output is more than the D800 can handle while also recording internally.  Firmware updates might be able to speed up the “Handshake” Process but thre will always be a delay (most likely) due to the D800 switching from 1080p (or 1080i) when not recording to 720p when it is and then back to 1080p (or 1080i) when done recording.  Here is a link to a good article comparing the Canon 5D Mark III and Nikon D800 which includes the information about this:

    I hope this helps.


  506. Anonymous on May 3rd, 2012 11:37 pm

    Thanks Stephen. I changed the output to 1080i and it seems to have fixed the issue. There’s still a slight amount of lag but certainly nowhere near as much as before. The thing I now have to work out is how to get the information on the camera’s LCD onto the Zacuto. At the moment when I hit the record button and put my eye to the Zacuto I have only a Zacuto battery icon and an audio meter, nothing else. If you or anyone from Zacuto knows how to get a bit more information onto the EVF such as record button icon/shutter speed/aperture/length of recording yell out. I’ve obviously hit the info button on the back of the camera but it does nothing to the EVF screen. 

  507. Gilles on May 2nd, 2012 3:05 pm

    Ibought the Z Finder Pro and Iam very disapointed.
    The dealer said me that it fit for the GH2. It is not true ! I have the specific frame for the GH2. OK It fits on the screen, but the gorilla plate is not usable. And If I put the frame on the screen with the adhesive, the Z finder is too Heavy to stay in place. I can use the Z bands, but on this web site you said that these are not for fixation, just for more security…And when the Z finder is put on the frame it becomes impossible to put it off easily.Do you have a really good solution ?
    Sorry for my english, Iam in France.

  508. Mandy on May 3rd, 2012 1:30 pm

    Gilles – The GH2 has a special adhesive frame. IT does not work with the gorilla plate and frame. I would suggest using the special GH2 adhesive frame with Z-bands. When you are not using the z-finder it should be taken off the frame. I hope this make sense. If not, email me- 

  509. Anonymous on May 3rd, 2012 5:29 pm

    Hi folks.
    You have been saying this: “This frame is not compatible with the D800, D4, 1DX, or 5D Mark III. We will have frames for these cameras in about 3-5 weeks.” 
    for more than 3-4 weeks now. Could you be more specific about expecteded delivery any time soom?

  510. Mandy on May 4th, 2012 9:20 am

    I just updated our website. We are shooting for Mid-May. 

  511. Mandy on May 21st, 2012 9:41 am
  512. Cody on May 3rd, 2012 6:02 pm

    Is the Z-Finder compatible with shoulder rigs that are not made by Zacuto? I already have a shoulder rig with follow focus, but I’m looking to pick up a good DSLR viewfinder and would like to purchase the Z-Finder. But, before doing so, I’d like to know if it will work with my shoulder rig and follow focus.

  513. Mandy on May 4th, 2012 9:22 am

    Hi Cody,

    Yes the Z-Finder will work with other shoulder rigs. If you don’t want to use the gorilla plate to mount the z-finder you can use the Z-FRM which is an adhesive mount. This will not mess with your rig at all. If you do want to use the gorilla plate method to mount the z-finder, i recommend getting the gorilla plate adapter so that your gorilla plate will line up straight on your rig. If this isn’t clear, feel free to call or email us. ~ Thanks, Mandy 

  514. Elaine on May 8th, 2012 5:25 pm

    I use my left eye when shooting – your tutorial only shows using the right eye.   Is the eye cup adjustable to be used with the left eye as well?

  515. Mandy on May 9th, 2012 7:39 am


    Yes the eye cup can be rotated for left eye or right eye shooters. 

  516. flydrumma on May 18th, 2012 4:57 pm

    When will you have one for the Canon 5D Mark III?

  517. Mandy on May 21st, 2012 9:40 am
  518. Robin on May 19th, 2012 7:25 am

    Hi, I just bought a Zinfoder pro3, but there are two labels on the box it came in, one saying pro3X and the other saying pro2.5X. Is there a way of telling the two apart on the product itself so i can decide if i need to send it back or not. Many thanks

  519. Mandy on May 21st, 2012 9:41 am

    Hi Robin,

    I believe I just responded to your email as well. The Z-Finder 3x will have black labels on the actual product. Let me know if you have any other questions.

  520. Anonymous on May 19th, 2012 5:20 pm

    Will the ZFinder Pro for 5dIII be a new model or just a new frame?

  521. Mandy on May 21st, 2012 9:41 am

    It is just a new frame. We are offering packages though with the z-finder and new 3.2″ frame-

  522. Brant Walker on May 27th, 2012 2:16 pm

    When will the Z-Finder for the 5D MKiii with battery grip be available?

  523. Enrico Penco on May 29th, 2012 2:02 am

    Please consider the following set: Canon 5D MK III permanently installed with a Kirk L-bracket BL-5D3, to be attached to an Arca-Swiss C1 head.
    Can the Z-finder Pro 3x be used somehow (by means of belts or something) in a safe way BUT without compromising the continuity of the aforesaid head-L bracket-camera set? Thank you

  524. Simon on June 5th, 2012 12:20 am

    If I shoot with both a 5Dmk2 and mk3, is there a viewfinder that will work for both..? Will the 3.2 go onto the 3.0 screen with a little extra overlap?

    cheers and thanks,

  525. Zacuto on June 5th, 2012 10:50 am

    Hi Simon, 

    You can get one Z-finder and then brackets to fit each LCD and move the one Z-finder between the two cameras.  I would reccomend this Z-finder to outfit the MIII: and then either our adhesive frame for the MII or the metal Gorilla system if you prefer which would be these two items:

    I hope this helps.  Feel free to email us as if you have any more questions.

    – Rachel 

  526. Jeroen on June 9th, 2012 7:19 am

    Do you know when the mounting frame for the 5dMKIII is ready?

  527. Zacuto on June 11th, 2012 10:33 am

    Hello Jeroen, 

    The adhseive frame should be ready about the first week of July.  You can sign up here: for notification once it’s released.

  528. IgorSmith on June 11th, 2012 4:55 pm

    I’m trying to connect my EVF to the GoPro Hero 2, but the EVF does not see the signal. What is the problem?

  529. #LexQ™ on June 15th, 2012 11:32 am

    I’m in love <3 :-[

  530. Anonymous on June 28th, 2012 12:46 am

    Hey zacuto….I now have 2 stick on mounting frames for my z finder jr….(canon doesn’t want to fix my camera properly 🙁 I bought the second one, amd then had to pull it off for canon, again. Can you just tell me what kind of double stick tape I need to buy? Please?

  531. on July 8th, 2012 8:10 am

    Hello, I have just bought a Mark III, I was using a Mark II with a zacuto jr, it was working great. How can I adapt my zacuto jr to the mark III? Can I use a gorilla plate ?
    Thanks for your help, Sophie

  532. Zacuto on August 13th, 2012 11:48 am
  533. Dinesh Deokota on July 20th, 2012 11:47 am

    I have the Pro 3x and it is great but the only problem is that it falls off the frame. I have dropped it quite a few times while filming in a hurry. Are you going to solve this problem?

  534. Zacuto on August 13th, 2012 11:41 am

    Hello Dinesh, 

    It sounds like you may need a new skirt for your Z-finder so it has a tighter fit.  Please email us at and we can get it sorted.

  535. guest on July 23rd, 2012 8:06 pm

    Z-finder for Nikon D4 says coming in July. The month is almost over and the camera has been out for 4 months. please get it to the retail stores. Thank you

  536. Zacuto on August 13th, 2012 11:45 am

    Sorry for the wait.  We’re working on it!  We hope to have it ready by the end of the month.  The adhesive frame was released a few weeks ago.  That will fit on any 3.2in screen tall or short, grip or not because it does not attached underneath.  You can see that here:

    You can sign up here for notification once the tall frame is released:

    Thank you for your patience!

  537. Anonymous on August 4th, 2012 11:38 am

    I want to buy a Pro 2.5X, I am still confuse what plate i need it to fix with my Mark II.


  538. Zacuto on August 13th, 2012 11:46 am


    If you are using a Canon 5D M2 you’ll want this model:

    If you are using a Canon 5D M3 this is the one to get:

    I hope this helps.  Feel free to email us at with any more questions.

  539. Murdo Laird on August 11th, 2012 4:54 pm

    I bought a ZFINDPRO332 back in June from Amazon and I could swear they said it would fit a NEX-5.  I opened the box today… you know the rest.  Is there a gorilla plate and frame that will fit a Sony NEX-5?

  540. Scott R on August 17th, 2012 10:57 am

    I would like to use your viewfinder on the Sony NEX FS-700 video camera.  Will it work(2x4inch screen)…and no place to install a 1/4-20 mounting plate.  Almost needs a work around or a new design…But you would sell a million of them if you put it together!!!

  541. Rich on August 18th, 2012 11:40 pm

    Will Z finder Pro 3X or 2.5X work on Sigma DP2Mirrill type cameras.

  542. Rich on August 18th, 2012 11:58 pm

    sorry for the typo DP2Merrill

  543. Chris on September 22nd, 2012 4:17 pm

    what viewfinder will i need to fit my canon t2i?

  544. justin williams on September 29th, 2012 4:26 pm

    hi – i just purchased a sony a77 hdslr primarily for video. sony of course is not as popular as canon or nikon for this work, but it currently has the advantage of full time autofocus in video mode. there does not seem to be a chart to aid in choosing which zfinder model to fit this camera…have you done any compatibility tests? how about with the battery grip? also, i have invested in a complete lanparte dslr rig (which i love!) – any info on compatibility with your cheese plate and lanparte’s latest (adjustable) tripod/rail mount? thanks jjw

  545. skytag on April 7th, 2013 2:39 am

    Why not use allen screws everywhere? Slotted screws are just a bad idea because, as the fellow in the video demonstrated twice, slotted screwdrivers are prone to slipping out, and that often results in a scratched finish on some part.

  546. JC Cocker on April 10th, 2013 2:35 am

    Will you be making and Z-Finder for the “Blackmagic PocketCinema Camera”?

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  548. Andy Chelini on May 31st, 2013 11:33 am

    What can I use for my Nikon D7100?

  549. David Slingerland on May 31st, 2013 1:33 pm

    I have the z FINDER , but recently I bought a vertical battery grip from Travor, and now it does not fit. Is there an large frame for battery grips? (canon 5DIII)

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  551. Rhino on July 15th, 2013 10:43 pm

    EVF Flip needs which size Z-Finder? 3 inch or 3.2inch?

  552. Sara DePasquale on July 16th, 2013 10:01 am
    Rachel Mahrle

    Can be used with any Z-Finder model.

  553. Ryan on August 2nd, 2013 2:50 am

    Is there a way to purchase the z-finder without the baseplate? I have an evf flip and only need the actual viewfinder.

  554. Sara DePasquale on August 5th, 2013 1:52 pm
    Rachel Mahrle


    Email and someone will help you with that!

  555. Nikon D7100 on September 11th, 2013 3:00 pm

    The newer DSLR Optical Viewfinder are much sturdier then their predecessor

  556. Pierre O. on December 26th, 2013 11:46 am

    the ZACUTO 1/4 20″ DSLR Screw is missing. I bought the Z finder pro at B&H New York (ordered online).
    Can you help me?

  557. Rachel Kenton on December 26th, 2013 3:23 pm
    Rachel Mahrle

    Hello Pierre,
    Sorry for the error. Please email with a copy of your receipt and let them know about the missing screw. We’ll get one to you ASAP.
    – Zacuto

  558. Trevor on January 21st, 2014 12:11 pm

    I’d love to purchase the Z-Finder and an adhesive frame, but I have zero use for the mounting kit. I’m actually thinking of the Z-Finder, murauder, and the adhesive plate together. The reason I don’t want the mounting kit is because I have a Really Right Stuff L-Bracket already. I also don’t mind sticking the frame on, so I see no reason to opt in for the mounting kit even if it did work with my current bracket. Where can I find the Z-Finder sold by itself, or with the adhesive plate?

  559. Rachel Kenton on January 21st, 2014 1:01 pm
    Rachel Mahrle

    HI Trevor,

    Unfortunately, we don’t sell the Z-Finder without the mounting kit. It’s a package deal. But right now we’re having a $100 off special on all Z-Finder Pros so you can save on the model you want. (And, maybe you’ll find a use for the mount somewhere down the line!) Check out the $100 off sale here:

  560. Azis on January 22nd, 2014 10:19 am

    Product very good but high cost thank you

  561. annaryan56 on March 2nd, 2014 5:17 pm

    Have you anything for canon eos m?

  562. Rachel Kenton on March 3rd, 2014 9:08 am
    Rachel Mahrle

    Hello – the shape and size of the EOS M seems to match best with our 3″ adhesive frame. You can get that here: and use it with any of our DSLR Z-Finder Pro models. This is from customer feedback as we haven’t had a chance to try it ourselves.

  563. Denis on April 12th, 2014 3:03 pm

    Could i find some information about the quality/definition images we can see throw the Z-Finder 2,5. I guess the image quality less better than what i can see direct on my canon 5D LCD screen, i notice some small squares all in the Z-finder and nothing changes when i turn the red ring… As i buy one on Ebay i oud be sure all is ok….
    Thank’s for your experience in.

  564. Eric Zacuto on April 14th, 2014 11:53 am

    Denis – This video may help you

    If you have additional questions, please email

  565. Alessandro on May 2nd, 2014 5:20 pm

    Can I mount the Z-Finder Pro 3x for 3.2″ screens on my Nikon D610?

  566. Rachel Kenton on May 5th, 2014 9:20 am
    Rachel Mahrle

    Yes, according to their specs online the Z-Finder Pro 3x for 3.2″ screens should be compatible with the Nikon D610.

  567. Varr on May 6th, 2014 2:14 pm

    FYI, the link to the Compatibility Chart is broken.

  568. Ian Lumsden on August 28th, 2014 4:04 pm

    It does not fit the 1D-C. What can you recommend

  569. Rachel Kenton on September 2nd, 2014 10:00 am
    Rachel Mahrle

    To fit this tall camera you’ll need to purchase a separate frame. Either or I hope this helps. Please email or call 312 863 3452 with any more questions.

  570. Manny on August 30th, 2014 9:09 pm

    i noticed that throughout the video you were using a 5D and at the end in the end frames there is a different camera, was that a 5D with a battery pack or was it the 7D with the battery pack?

  571. Rachel Kenton on September 2nd, 2014 10:03 am
    Rachel Mahrle

    That looks like a 7D with battery grip, but it’s actually the same frame for either camera.

  572. Leclerc on September 20th, 2014 8:24 am

    Could the Zacuto Pro 2.5 finder be used on the Leica M240 camera?
    And in which camera store could I get it in Paris, France.?

    Thanks and regards. J.Leclerc

  573. Rachel Kenton on September 22nd, 2014 9:17 am
    Rachel Mahrle

    The soon to be release Leica M (type 240) “Leica 60” does not have a rear view LCD so will not be compatible with our Z-Finders. Could you be referencing a different model? If so, please email and we can look into this further for you.

    For reference, here is our dealer in France:

  574. Craig Moore on September 20th, 2014 9:52 pm

    Will your finders fit a Canon 70D?

  575. Rachel Kenton on September 22nd, 2014 9:05 am
    Rachel Mahrle

    Our standard Z-Finders packaged with a 3″ frame will fit the 70D without a battery grip. That’s the first two on this page:

  576. Ruud de bruin on September 25th, 2014 2:36 am


    Is there a solution for a D800 with battery grip?

  577. Rachel Kenton on September 29th, 2014 9:58 am
    Rachel Mahrle

    Hello Ruud,

    You can use our 3.2″ adhesive frame which connects to the screen not underneath: Or, this frame will attach to the small plate that comes with the Z-Finder and can accommodate the battery grip: Both options can be purchased separate from the Z-Finder.

  578. Tiago Cardoso on November 18th, 2014 12:44 pm

    Hi! I got four of those ( Zacuto Z-finders that I use weekly on weddings on my Canon 6D. I’m planning to exchange those 6D for the new sony a7s. I’d like to know if I’ll be able to use the mentioned Z-Finder on my new camera. Do I need any adapter? Thank you!

  579. Rachel Kenton on November 18th, 2014 12:57 pm
    Rachel Mahrle

    Hi Tiago,

    You’ll need a new frame to fit the camera: and the Z-Finders you already own will fit that frame. Please contact our customer service department for more details. 312 863 3452

  580. Jayne Leach on November 24th, 2014 6:10 pm

    Please can you tell me which model I would need to fit a Canon 60D
    Thank you

  581. Rachel Kenton on December 1st, 2014 10:37 am
    Rachel Mahrle

    HI Jayne,

    Our standard 3″ Z-Finders are compatible, both the 3x and 2.5x model Please contact our sales department if you have any more questions. 312 863 3452

  582. Janez on November 27th, 2014 1:51 pm

    Which adhesive frame would be suitable for 7D Mark II?

  583. Rachel Kenton on December 1st, 2014 10:38 am
    Rachel Mahrle

    Hi Janez,

    Our 3″ frame is compatible. Please contact our sales department if you have any more questions. 312 863 3452

  584. steve peake on December 13th, 2014 7:07 am

    I have been using the Z finder EVF for a couple of years with the 5d’s and its fantastic !
    However I have just bought a sony a7s ,using ef metabones adaptor. I unable to get a visual on the evf as a warning says “Unsupported video format 1080p60-YUV422”
    I have tried setting camera to different settings but to no avail.
    Any suggestions ?

    Many thanks,

    Steve Peake

  585. Rachel Kenton on December 15th, 2014 9:13 am
    Rachel Mahrle

    Hi Steve – Please make sure you have the current firmware, released just this month, that has an A7s preset. If you’re still having issues please email or call our customer service department and we can throubleshoot with you. (312) 863 3452

    Thanks, Rachel

  586. Marcel on January 19th, 2015 8:02 pm

    I have lost the Z-Finder Pro 2.5x viewfinder piece (model for 3.2″ LCD). I still have the gorilla plate, the mounting frame and the eyecup.

    Is it possible to buy only the viewfinder ?

  587. Rachel Kenton on January 22nd, 2015 12:14 pm
    Rachel Mahrle

    Hello Marcel,

    We do not sell it separately but we do have some reduced demo models. Then you’ll have the extra mount for a second camera! Please contact or call 312 8633 3452 if you have any more questions.

    – Rachel

  588. Diongu on January 23rd, 2015 11:38 pm

    I have a 5D Mark II and would wish to mount Z finder Pro on it with the battery pack. I know that there is an attachment for this.
    But can I mount the Pro on the attachment securely without it falling off?

  589. Rachel Kenton on January 26th, 2015 9:09 am
    Rachel Mahrle

    Absolutely. It’s just as secure as all our other mounts. The Z-Finder clips on and off the frame. Please contact or call 312 8633 3452 if you have any more questions.

    – Rachel

  590. frank on February 2nd, 2015 9:53 pm

    will the plastic protective cover on my Nikon D610 need to be removed to install the pro 3x for 3.2″ screens

  591. Rachel Kenton on February 3rd, 2015 9:38 am
    Rachel Mahrle

    HI Frank,

    If you are using an adhesive frame then yes, it will need to be removed. If you are using the metal frame with Gorilla Plate that comes with the Z-Finder, you do not need to remove the cover. Please call 312 863 3452 or email with any more questions. Thanks!

    – Rachel

  592. Dheeraj on February 15th, 2015 11:53 am

    Can i get this z finder for canon powershot sx520??

  593. Rachel Kenton on February 16th, 2015 4:16 pm
    Rachel Mahrle

    Hello Dheeraj,

    The Powershot SX520 has a 3″ screen so our standard Z-Finder should be compatible. Please call 312 863 3452 or email with any more questions. Thanks!

    – Rachel

  594. Ed Okie on March 2nd, 2015 10:44 am

    Wildlife shooting, Canon 5D MkIII, strictly stills, always tripod mounted, 50% of the time forced to use the viewfinder for quick-changing action, the other 50% of time “Live View” is applied (for critical focus with 500mm lens, plus elimination of mirror flip-flop vibration.
    Zacuto’s z-finder discussions all seem to center entirely around Video work.
    Question: is it actually and practically useable for Still Work, wildlife or Macro shooting?
    Thank you

  595. Rachel Kenton on March 4th, 2015 10:32 am
    Rachel Mahrle

    Hi Ed,

    Our gear is designed for video, but some still photographers find the viewfinder fits into their work flow to check critical focus. I’d recommend asking on some photography forums to see how other photographers use it.

    – Rachel

  596. Rob Smith on April 21st, 2015 4:53 pm

    I can’t focus at all using a jr on a BlackMagic pocket. The unit has to be at least an inch and a half off the screen to focus. My eyes are good and I don’t need glasses. I have used the cheap chinese ones and they were fine. the lens is there and I tried flipping it over still no good. What’s wrong?

  597. Rachel Kenton on April 22nd, 2015 9:16 am
    Rachel Mahrle

    Hi Rob,

    It sounds like you need to add one or two of the included extender frames to get it in the right range for you. They are the empty plastic frames that should have been included in the package. Also, the Z-Finder Jr is not ideal for the BMPCC. We have a Z-Finder deigned specifically for the size and shape of the screen which helps with useability. Please contact our sales and customer service team at (312) 863 3456 or They can troubleshoot and help with some more options.

    Thanks – Zacuto Team

  598. Rob Petch on June 17th, 2015 4:02 pm


    I am assembling the 2.5 and the instructions for inserting the fog filter are not specific about the removal of the eye piece. It does swivel for left / right use.

    Does it unscrew or simply pull off directly with a friction fit?

    I am reluctant to experiment with force on a precision instrument.


  599. Rachel Kenton on June 22nd, 2015 10:52 am
    Rachel Mahrle

    Hi Rob,

    The rubber eyecup can simply be pulled off to swap out the fog filter. Here’s a quick video showing how to get the eyecup back on securely, which is the trickier part:

    Hope this helps! If you have more questions please contact our tech/sale team at or 312 863 3456

    – Zacuto

  600. Tim on July 20th, 2015 4:58 am

    Question, can i use the Z finder from a Canon 5Dm2 on a C100 if i use the other frame, and can i buy it separately?

  601. Rachel Kenton on July 20th, 2015 10:57 am
    Rachel Mahrle

    Hi Tim,

    Unfortunately you cannot use our Z-Finder Pro on the C100. The C100 Z-Finder magnification is much smaller than the DSLR Pros at 1.8x. Any bigger and the screen is cropped exponentially. If you have more questions please contact our tech/sale team at or 312 863 3456

    – Zacuto

  602. Henry Dorn on July 20th, 2015 4:17 pm

    How do you get the adhesive frame to stay on? I mounted mine according to instructions and it only stayed on about 2 weeks.

  603. Rachel Kenton on July 21st, 2015 9:06 am
    Rachel Mahrle

    HI Henry,

    It is possible you just had some bad adhesive. But, it is important not to leave your Z-Finder mounted to the frame when not in use and to pull the Finder off and away at an angle instead of straight off, especially when the frame is new, and it can last for years! Contact our sales team and they can get you a new frame or new adhesive. April can help you out and I’ll let her know you’ll be in touch.

    – Zacuto

  604. Steve Worthman on October 13th, 2015 4:31 pm

    I find that the image in the viewfinder is two stops darker than what it shows.

  605. Rachel Kenton on October 14th, 2015 9:22 am
    Rachel Mahrle

    Hi Steve – Sorry to hear you’re having trouble. That’s not something I’ve ever heard before. Can you please contact tech support at or 312 863 3452 and let them know about the issue and we’ll see what might be going on. Thanks – Z-Team, Rachel

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  608. Fanny on January 26th, 2016 9:08 am

    Hi, I just bought the Z-finder pro for GH3/GH4. I am not apple to attach the Z-finde to the frame. Only if I put in-between a plastic extender frame, which I wouldn’t use for eyesight/focus reason. I wonder if there is something wrong with the frame, or if the whole thing is not made for the GH4R? It seems like the space between the gorilla plate red screws and the integrated view finder is a little narrow, on maybe it it therefore that I can’t put it there?


  609. Rachel Kenton on January 26th, 2016 9:11 am
    Rachel Mahrle

    Hi Fanny, Please send a few photos of the set up to with a short explanation and we can try to figure out the issue. Sorry for the trouble. Hopefully we can sort it out quickly! – Rachel, Z-Team

  610. Daniel Pfeffer on March 8th, 2016 11:09 pm

    ZACUTO’S CUSTOMER SERVICE IS TOP NOTCH! I ordered the Z-Finder Jr.(Which is Now Discontinued), and unfortunately I was expecting a part that was no longer included with the clearanced item. I wrote Zacuto’s Customer Service, and although they didn’t habe the part, I was offered a new piece that I couldn’t get to work correctly the first time. Mathew was extremely helpful, and I will be a loyal customer from now on.

  611. Rachel Kenton on March 9th, 2016 10:20 am
    Rachel Mahrle

    We’re so happy to hear you had a good experience! Thank you for the feedback and the kind words about Matthew. I’ll pass this along to him. Enjoy working with your gear and Happy Shooting!

    – Rachel, Z-Team

  612. Geoff Drew on March 29th, 2016 4:56 am

    how can I tell the difference between a 3 inch gorilla plate and a 3.2 inch gorilla plate

  613. Rachel Kenton on March 29th, 2016 9:08 am
    Rachel Mahrle

    Hello Geoff, The only difference between our 3″ and 3.2″ Z-Finder models is in the frames that sit up against the LCD screen. In the 3″ version, the Z-Finder snaps ONTO the frame, encasing the lip. In the 3.2″ version, it clips INTO the frame with the lip fitting snugly around the Z-Finder body. You can see the difference in the frames:
    The Gorilla Plate and Z-Finder body are exactly the same. I hope this helps! If you have any more questions please email and we can help. Thanks! – Rachel, Z-Team

  614. myron montague on May 7th, 2016 3:27 am

    Remarkable quality video (and products) for potential buyers. Well done!

  615. Nico Rijsman on November 27th, 2016 7:02 am

    Hi, is there an option for the Olympus E-M1
    Thanks Nico Rijsman

  616. Rachel Kenton on November 28th, 2016 11:25 am
    Rachel Mahrle

    Hi Nico,

    You should be able to use an adhesive frame. I sent your email address to tech support and someone will be reaching out to help you. – Rachel, Z-Team

  617. Tony on January 21st, 2017 10:49 pm

    How do I find out why my USB on my Z-Finder EVF does not recognize any usb stick I insert, I have formatted the stick as per the instructions in the support page. The USB sick flashes when insterted.
    thanks Tony

  618. Rachel Kenton on January 24th, 2017 12:53 pm
    Rachel Mahrle

    HI Tony, Sorry for the delay. I just saw this post. Please email or call us at 312 863 3456 and we can troubleshoot. – Rachel

  619. EVERSURFER on March 14th, 2017 10:55 pm

    Not sure why don’t allow full window frame viewing of your video. I need a “viewfinder” to watch your video 🙂

  620. Rachel Kenton on March 16th, 2017 8:54 pm
    Rachel Mahrle

    Thanks for bringing it up! We had the incorrect settings on these videos. All fixed now 🙂 – Rachel, Z-Team

  621. Miguel on June 7th, 2017 5:51 am

    Hi there!
    Is the Z-Finder Pro 2.5x for 3.2″ Screens compatible with Panasonic Lumix GH5?

  622. Rachel Mahrle on June 7th, 2017 10:24 am
    Rachel Mahrle

    HI Miguel, You can use our standard Z-Finder Pro 3.2” with the GH5, but we recommend adding on an extender frame (3 are included) for clearance. – Rachel, Z-Team

  623. Miguel on June 7th, 2017 11:14 am

    Thanks a lot for your quck answer Rachel.
    Best regards, Miguel.

  624. Miguel on June 7th, 2017 11:22 am

    Hi Rachel,
    Just to clarify your answer, your standard Z-Finder Pro 3.2” is the same product as Z-Finder Pro 2.5x for 3.2″ Screens, or it is a different product?
    Regards, Miguel.

  625. Rachel Mahrle on June 7th, 2017 11:26 am
  626. Miguel on June 7th, 2017 11:29 am

    Thank you very much again Rachel.
    Best regards, Miguel.

  627. Rachel Mahrle on June 7th, 2017 11:52 am
    Rachel Mahrle

    My pleasure!

  628. Terry Sing on October 21st, 2017 1:28 pm

    Has the Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 3x been discontinued?


  629. Rachel Mahrle on October 23rd, 2017 9:10 am
    Rachel Mahrle

    Hi Terry,

    Yes, it was discontinued a couple of years ago. We only offer the 2.5x model for DSLRs.

    – Rachel, Z-Team

  630. Sergio Recchia on October 22nd, 2017 4:50 am

    Is there any model/frame compatible with Panasonic fz2000/2500 ? Thanks

  631. Rachel Mahrle on October 23rd, 2017 10:04 am
    Rachel Mahrle

    Hello Sergio,

    Based on the specs of the camera it is most likely compatible with our 3″ screen model but we have not had a chance to test it. Some Panasonic cameras use a smaller frame and we cannot tell 100% from the photos online. If you have the camera and can send us photos and the specific size of the screen we can be more sure. If you’d like to do that, please email them to our tech/customer service/sales team at

    – Rachel, Z-Team

  632. Bjoern on October 23rd, 2017 7:37 am

    Is the Z-finder compatible with the new Nikon D 850? Have you tested that combination?

  633. Rachel Mahrle on October 23rd, 2017 9:12 am
    Rachel Mahrle

    Hello Bjoern,

    Based on the specs of the camera it should be compatible with our 3.2″ screen model

    – Rachel. Z-Team

  634. Matthew on February 8th, 2018 8:31 am

    Hi, the ‘F1’ up button on my Z finder EVF has become stuck down and spins constantly through the menu. I’d like to open it to try and unstick it. Do I need special tools? And / or is there a workshop in Sweden I could send it to for repair?

  635. Rachel Mahrle on February 8th, 2018 9:21 am
    Rachel Mahrle

    Hello Matthew, Sorry for the trouble. Please take a couple of photos or take a quick video of the issue and email it to tech support at They will be able to help you. – Rachel, Z-Team

  636. Chris St.Croix on February 22nd, 2018 9:57 am

    I’m at the point with my OG Z finder Pro 3x (that I love/need), where I’m about to stack another 2 or three extenders on it to be able to focus –I have become a reading glasses guy over the last year. Are there any other focusing options that have been created for my Z since I purchased it back in the day versus stacking more? I’m use a 5DM3. 3 extenders on it now and can’t turn the wheel any further and focus is just out of reach. Thought/recommendations? Thanks.

  637. Rachel Mahrle on February 22nd, 2018 10:26 am
    Rachel Mahrle

    Hi Chris, We do have a newer drop in diopter lens system. Depending on how old your Z-Finder is you can use it or we should be able to retrofit it to accept them. Contact the folks at and let them know your issue and how old (best guess) the Z-Finder is and we can go from there. – Rachel, Z-Team

  638. christian lagerek on February 23rd, 2018 1:14 am

    Hi! agreeing focusing is extremely hard if not impossible actually. I have given up but will calculate distances and then shoot, I get it right most of the times, haha!”…to my knowledge these type of viewfinders are all the same almost impossible to focus on the LCD!

  639. Gary on March 3rd, 2018 1:48 am

    Hello. For easier, more accurate focusing, especially on outdoor shoots on sunny days, I’d really like to be able to use a Z-Finder with my Nikon d850. And I read from an Oct. 2017 comment below that you believe it’s compatible with your 2.5x for 3.2″ screen model. But I also like the option of using the tilting screen on the d850 (and my older d750). Don’t all Z-finders render such movable screens unusable? I like the screen’s flexibility, especially for very low angle or high angle shots. But it seems like a Z-finder is only usable if you have it sticking straight out from the back on a flush mounted screen. Even if you took the eyepiece off to view the screen directly, you’d still have to remove all of the apparatus to free the screen to tilt. Please let me know if I’m missing something or if, in fact, a Z-Finder cannot be used in the manner I’m discussing.Thank you! Gary

  640. Rachel Mahrle on March 5th, 2018 9:20 am
    Rachel Mahrle

    Hi Gary,

    Yes, our Gorilla mounting method (where the plate and frame create an L bracket around the camera) means you’ll lose quick access to the screens tilting feature. You’d have to release the frame via the two red thumb screws and tilt the frame – but the Z-Finder is not usable in this configuration. You can hold the z-finder up to the screen but there’s no frame for it to clip on to. We do make adhesive frames that do not require a Gorilla Plate. It attaches directly to the LCD and does not require the Gorilla Plate under the camera. With this frame, you can tilt and articulate the screen BUT we do not recommend having the Z-Finder attached when it is articulated out. The camera hinge is not designed to hold weight and it can damage your camera. We do know people do this anyway (and just take care to support it) but it’s not recommended. Here’s the 3.2″ version of our adhesive frame

    I hope this helps a bit! – Rachel, Z-Team

  641. Daniel on March 6th, 2018 11:04 am

    Hi there,
    maybe this question has been already been answered…
    I have some problems focusing on nearby objects (+2,5 dioptren) and experienced problems with some viewfinders which could not balance this properly.
    Is the Z-Finder suitable for me?
    Best regards,

  642. Rachel Mahrle on March 6th, 2018 11:13 am
    Rachel Mahrle

    Yes, the Z-Finder will help you focus. You will have to work with the diopter wheel and included extender frames to find the right combination for you. – Rachel, Z-Team

  643. Tom Clare on May 10th, 2018 8:45 am

    Awesome bit of kit – does it work with the FS5 screen?

  644. Rachel Mahrle on May 10th, 2018 9:05 am
    Rachel Mahrle

    Hi Tom, The FS5 screen is bigger and mounts differently so we have a specific model for the FS5 – check it out here – Rachel, Z-Team

  645. S H Bean on November 10th, 2018 3:29 pm

    Hi, Which version will fit the Nikon D4?

  646. Rachel Mahrle on November 12th, 2018 10:24 am
    Rachel Mahrle

    Hiya, You can start with this model and then to accommodate the taller camera body, you’ll need this taller mounting frame Or, you can choose to mount with our adhesive system for a simpler option If you have more questions, please contact customer service at 312 863 3456 or and we can help you out! – Rachel, Z-Team

  647. on July 5th, 2019 9:40 pm

    I would love a Z-finder for the Atomos Shinobi

  648. Ingo on July 13th, 2019 11:54 am

    Can I use this with the Lumix GH5?

  649. Rachel Mahrle on July 16th, 2019 4:07 pm
    Rachel Mahrle

    Yes! This is the model compatible with the GH5

  650. Rod Sinaune on December 13th, 2020 11:41 pm

    Can Zacuto’s Z-Finder Pro be adaptable to Canon EOS 90D DSLR camera

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