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VariZoom VZRock Variable-Rocker for LANC Camcorders

B&H # VAVZROCK Mfr # VZ-ROCK
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You Pay: $189.09
Product Highlights
  • Compatible w/ LANC Sony & Canon Cameras
  • Controls Zoom, Focus and Record
  • Wide-Sweep Variable Rocker
  • Data Button Provides OnScreen Info
  • Review Taped Footage w/ F+ & F-

The Varizoom VZ-Rock is a LANC camera controller featuring all the same functions as Varizoom's ever-popular Stealth-LX series controller, with some enhancements such as a pressure-sensitive side-to-side rocker switch. Broadcast level adjustment capability makes the Rock perfect for event coverage such as sporting events, concerts, and weddings. Additional features include a power on/off toggle for "standby" mode, LED indicator, and edit-search.

Pressure Sensitive Rocker Switch
Unlike many camera controllers, the VZ-Rock comes equipped with a pressure sensitive rocker switch. This allows users to vary the rocker's speed, providing smooth, sustainable zoom adjustments.
Compatibility Sony and Canon LANC Equipped Camcorders 1
Please Note:

Manual Focus Feature not Compatible with Canon XL2

Autofocus feature not compatible with Canon XL1, XL1-s, XL2

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Dimensions (LxW) 2.8 x 2" (7.1 x 5.1 cm)
Weight 0.3 lb (136 g)
VariZoom VZRock Variable-Rocker for LANC Camcorders
  • 2-Year Parts and Labor Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    VariZoomVZRock Variable-Rocker for LANC Camcorders
     
    4.5

    (based on 68 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (43)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (19)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    97%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (50)
    • Compact (40)
    • Professional quality (39)
    • Improves performance (35)
    • Highly compatible (27)

    Cons

    • Poor performance (3)

    Best Uses

    • Independent films (23)
    • In the studio (22)
    • Complex projects (18)
    • Home movies (11)
    • Shooting indoors (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Business owner (28), Enthusiast (12), Professional artist (11), Tech savvy (7), Film professional (6)
      • Primary use:
      • Business (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (42)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Much better than the builtin G10 zoom

    I'm using this with a Canon Vixia G10 and a Manfrotto tripod and fluid head.

    The G10's zoom is so touchy I really needed something else. This was well worth...Read complete review

    I'm using this with a Canon Vixia G10 and a Manfrotto tripod and fluid head.

    The G10's zoom is so touchy I really needed something else. This was well worth the money to me and works very smoothly. This has eliminated the "runaway zoom" problems I was having with the G10.

    Note that the "data" button does not turn off the onscreen display on the LCD but, according to rumor, the Canon zr-2000 is no better in this regard (sounds like it is intended to control an external monitor rather than the LCD). Although the zr-2000 does provide for exposure control. Personally, I chose this over the zr-2000 because the zoom control appeared to be better and not due to it being less expensive (although I had to make this judgment without trying either out since none were available locally).

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    doesn't work great with Sony HXR-NX5U

    I've used the VZRock for Panasonic for many years and it's been flawless. However, this one doesn't work well with the NX5U. Not sure about other new Sony cameras...

    Zoom...Read complete review

    I've used the VZRock for Panasonic for many years and it's been flawless. However, this one doesn't work well with the NX5U. Not sure about other new Sony cameras...

    Zoom control is very flaky and tends to "surge" even with a really steady hand. The "A" button that is supposed to switch from manual to auto focus doesn't work.

    I returned this for the BeBob Zoe which also has problems but does work better with the NX5U..

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    4.0

    Works

    By CaryD

    from Boston

    About Me Business Owner

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about VariZoom VZRock Variable-Rocker for LANC Camcorders:

          Works resonably well. Variable speed is an issue.
          Fairly reliable.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Great piece of equipment

          By Florida Video Guy

          from Miami Beach, Florida

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Easy To Use
          • Improves Performance
          • Lightweight
          • Professional Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about VariZoom VZRock Variable-Rocker for LANC Camcorders:

              Did my first shoot with this & found it very important for zoom & record. Focus function a little too quick. Will Easley go by focus point with my Canon XH A1S. Over all I am pleased.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Varizoom's last forever

              By Cool breeze

              from Torrance, CA

              About Me Business Owner, Hobbyist, Professional Artist

              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Easy To Use
              • Highly Compatible
              • Improves Performance
              • Lightweight
              • Professional Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Complex Projects
                • Home Movies
                • Independent Films
                • In The Studio

                Comments about VariZoom VZRock Variable-Rocker for LANC Camcorders:

                I use this unit with one of my Sony camcorders
                I have acquired several VariZoom's over the years and have never had a problem. As the cameras changed my Varizoom's stayed the same and have never failed.

                I have the all aluminum body units the PG style and the Rock ABS unit for lanc and one for a Panasonic camera .

                I have different VariZoom's and they all have performed well.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Great LANC controller for Sony cameras

                By V1U

                from Austin, TX

                About Me Business Owner

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Highly Compatible
                • Improves Performance
                • Professional Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about VariZoom VZRock Variable-Rocker for LANC Camcorders:

                    I bought a used camera and one of these came with it. I found this to be better then the ones I currently own and when one went bad, I bought this as a replacement. Personally I prefer the rocker arm action over the twist action.

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    It's a nice change

                    By RJ

                    from Los Angeles

                    About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist, Professional Videographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact Design
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Highly Compatible
                    • Improves Performance
                    • Lightweight
                    • Professional Quality
                    • Smooth Zoom Control

                    Cons

                    • Mounting Screws Funky

                    Best Uses

                    • Complex Projects
                    • Independent Films
                    • In The Studio

                    Comments about VariZoom VZRock Variable-Rocker for LANC Camcorders:

                    I had an older Varizoom unit that I used with my XL-1s. That unit would not work with my new XF300. So I purchased the Varizoom LANC Variable-Rocker unit.

                    I love the smoothness of the zoom control with this. It works really well with my XF300. The only draw back is the mounting screws. They are a little funky. Its not just an easy on easy off with my tripod. Overall I like the unit. The price was right and it works well with the camera.

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Great value, wish I had it long ago.

                    By Housailorr

                    from Houston,TX

                    About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Highly Compatible
                    • Improves Performance
                    • Lightweight
                    • Professional Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Independent Films
                      • In The Studio

                      Comments about VariZoom VZRock Variable-Rocker for LANC Camcorders:

                      I use this to shoot athletic events, interviews, and business promos with a Sony NX5U. The zoom rate is extremely smooth, easing in and out. Slow zooms are easy. However, the "off" button (turns the camera off) is so close to the "record" button that I sometimes press both - and the off button indeed works. Missing a game shot is aggravating. The record button should be on the bottom of the panel.

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                      5.0

                      Great Camera control on a Tripod.

                      By micfive

                      from Florida

                      About Me Business Owner

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact Design
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Highly Compatible
                      • Improves Performance
                      • Lightweight
                      • Professional Quality

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Complex Projects
                        • Home Movies
                        • Independent Films
                        • In The Studio

                        Comments about VariZoom VZRock Variable-Rocker for LANC Camcorders:

                        I have four of these VariZoom VZ-Rock's we use with our HD cameras on tripods. We mainly use it to start and stop recording on the cameras, as well as zooming in and out while filming. They last forever unless you drop one, which is what happened to us. I do not shoot a camera on a tripod without one. You need a camera with a Lanc connection.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        nice product

                        By JJ

                        from NJ

                        About Me Hobbyist

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact Design
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Highly Compatible
                        • Improves Performance
                        • Lightweight
                        • Professional Quality

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Complex Projects
                          • Home Movies
                          • Independent Films
                          • In The Studio

                          Comments about VariZoom VZRock Variable-Rocker for LANC Camcorders:

                          I find this product a must have for video work. I'm able to control zoom, focus, iris and record from this unit. I highly recommend this with the HPX250.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          great remote

                          By TP

                          from Raleigh, NC

                          About Me Business Owner

                          See all my reviews

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Highly Compatible

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Independent Films

                            Comments about VariZoom VZRock Variable-Rocker for LANC Camcorders:

                            very convenient and handy

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Excellent

                            By BBO Presentation

                            from CArolina, PR

                            About Me Business Owner

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact Design
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Lightweight
                            • Professional Quality

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about VariZoom VZRock Variable-Rocker for LANC Camcorders:

                                EXCELLENT PRODUCT

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                                3.0

                                IT works

                                By Will Gutnik

                                from Lighthouse Point, FL

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about VariZoom VZRock Variable-Rocker for LANC Camcorders:

                                      Seems a little fragile, but it does the JOB

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                                      • No

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                                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      5.0

                                      Works with my Sony FS 700

                                      By RAlph

                                      from Hollywood,CA

                                      About Me Professional Artist

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Lightweight

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about VariZoom VZRock Variable-Rocker for LANC Camcorders:

                                          this works with the new sony powered 18mm to 200 mm lens and my Sony FS 700 that's all need be said! Same as all other varizoom stuff.

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                                          • No

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                                          5.0

                                          Much better than the builtin G10 zoom

                                          By eberge

                                          from Apple Valley, Minnesota

                                          About Me Hobbyist

                                          See all my reviews

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Compact Design
                                          • Easy To Use
                                          • Highly Compatible
                                          • Improves Performance
                                          • Lightweight
                                          • Professional Quality

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Complex Projects
                                            • Home Movies
                                            • Independent Films
                                            • In The Studio

                                            Comments about VariZoom VZRock Variable-Rocker for LANC Camcorders:

                                            I'm using this with a Canon Vixia G10 and a Manfrotto tripod and fluid head.

                                            The G10's zoom is so touchy I really needed something else. This was well worth the money to me and works very smoothly. This has eliminated the "runaway zoom" problems I was having with the G10.

                                            Note that the "data" button does not turn off the onscreen display on the LCD but, according to rumor, the Canon zr-2000 is no better in this regard (sounds like it is intended to control an external monitor rather than the LCD). Although the zr-2000 does provide for exposure control. Personally, I chose this over the zr-2000 because the zoom control appeared to be better and not due to it being less expensive (although I had to make this judgment without trying either out since none were available locally).

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                                            • No

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                                            5.0

                                            Great tool

                                            By J Dupree

                                            from Memphis, Tn

                                            About Me Business Owner, Video Hobbyist

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Easy To Use
                                            • Highly Compatible
                                            • Improves Performance
                                            • Professional Quality
                                            • Smooth And Easy Plug And

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Complex Projects
                                              • Home Movies

                                              Comments about VariZoom VZRock Variable-Rocker for LANC Camcorders:

                                              What a wonderful product. An example of a quality product where you get what you pay for. I have purchased several things for my camera that where cheap and only to buy the right product later. This one I got right the first time. Real smooth and easy to use

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                                              • No

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                                              4.0

                                              Like it well enough

                                              By Fairwinds

                                              from Boyds, MD

                                              About Me Pro Video

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Compact Design
                                              • Easy To Use
                                              • Highly Compatible
                                              • Improves Performance
                                              • Lightweight
                                              • Professional Quality

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                • Action Event
                                                • In The Studio

                                                Comments about VariZoom VZRock Variable-Rocker for LANC Camcorders:

                                                Desperately needed a remote zoom for my NXCAM-NX5U and BHPhoto suggested this one. Definitely makes my long days videoing equine events much easier. Good control - still missing quick access to the subtle slow zoom I'd like to have, but getting better with practice. It seems these manufacturers design around the hands of a man.... :-) Build seems ok -- however, it is apparent that I need to be careful storing this, as the underside of the rocker zoom seems infinitely breakable...otherwise happy with this purchase.

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                                                3.0

                                                Good, but not as good as expected.

                                                By Vixter

                                                from Newfoundland, Canada

                                                About Me Business Owner

                                                Verified Buyer

                                                Pros

                                                • Easy To Use
                                                • Improves Performance
                                                • Lightweight
                                                • Professional Quality

                                                Cons

                                                • Abrupt Stops

                                                Best Uses

                                                • Complex Projects
                                                • Independent Films
                                                • In The Studio

                                                Comments about VariZoom VZRock Variable-Rocker for LANC Camcorders:

                                                Thought about giving this 4 stars because it's well-constructed, and it does what it says. I held back because the reviews I'd read before purchasing suggested smoother zooms than I am experiencing. Specifically, I liked the idea that this controller would give almost imperceptible stopping and starting of zooms (one reviewer had said something to this effect). While the start of zooms is really good, and virtually imperceptible, I find the end of zooms to be just a little abrupt. FYI, I'm using it with Canon HF M400/40/41 camcorders. Perhaps I'm being just a bit hard on this product, but for the price, and based on the reviews I'd read, I'm underwhelmed. In any case, if you need this type of device, it is good; just not as good as I'd hoped. And, I do like the convenience of being able to control the camcorder from the tripod arm. Oh, and, as others have said, it certainly does offer greater control (eg. slower, more controlled zooms). Compatibility: With my camcorders, I can turn the power on/off, stop/start recording, switch between manual and auto focus, focus (when in manual), and zoom. Note: to use this with most Vixia camcorders, you need the Canon RA-V1 adapter, which is no longer available in North America. It is available from Europe/Asia (for now, at least).

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                                                4.0

                                                2nd VZRock

                                                By Harshil Pandya Photography

                                                from Woodbridge, NJ

                                                About Me Professional Photovideo

                                                Verified Buyer

                                                Pros

                                                • Improves Performance
                                                • Professional Quality

                                                Cons

                                                  Best Uses

                                                    Comments about VariZoom VZRock Variable-Rocker for LANC Camcorders:

                                                    This is my 2nd rocker, 1st one had trouble functioning after little over 6 months. It would have issue connecting with Camera and would work or not work at it's will. I bought the 2nd one to replace the 1st one because I love the way it work and add professional zoom funcation to the video. I am using these rockers with Sony cameras, I have one Sony 1000u and two Sony NX5 video cameras.

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                                                    5.0

                                                    Vz rock rocks!!!

                                                    By Huntinlady

                                                    from Little Swamp, SC

                                                    About Me Business Owner, Film Student, Hobbyist

                                                    Verified Buyer

                                                    Pros

                                                    • Compact Design
                                                    • Easy To Use
                                                    • Improves Performance
                                                    • Lightweight
                                                    • Professional Quality

                                                    Cons

                                                      Best Uses

                                                        Comments about VariZoom VZRock Variable-Rocker for LANC Camcorders:

                                                        I use the vzrock videoing deer hunts and wow!! It's amazing at how much stiller I can be!! I'm just learning how to use my video camera but have been an avid hunter and I really like the vzrock! It makes everything right at your fingertips!!

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                                                        3.0

                                                        50% of the buttons work with Canon XF100

                                                        By oortmanp

                                                        from Denver

                                                        About Me Hobbyist

                                                        Verified Buyer

                                                        Pros

                                                        • Compact Design
                                                        • Easy To Use
                                                        • Operate silently
                                                        • Professional Quality

                                                        Cons

                                                        • Lacks Functionality
                                                        • Limited Compatibility
                                                        • Poor Performance

                                                        Best Uses

                                                          Comments about VariZoom VZRock Variable-Rocker for LANC Camcorders:

                                                          I just received the product and it exchanges a cheap LANC controller which I bought just prior.

                                                          I expected more from the varizoom.
                                                          The focus buttons work extremely slow with my Canon XF100. The switch is hard to operate, you'll have to press firmly. The cheap controller does here better job.

                                                          The A switch (autofocus/manual focus) doesnt' work with the XF100

                                                          With modern cameras there is no use for the "skip frame" buttons

                                                          So basically the only 3 buttons that work well are:
                                                          *record
                                                          *variable zoom
                                                          *display on/off

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                                                          5.0

                                                          Buttery Smooth!

                                                          By Rhino

                                                          from Calgary

                                                          About Me Business Owner

                                                          Verified Buyer

                                                          Pros

                                                          • Compact Design
                                                          • Easy To Use
                                                          • Highly Compatible
                                                          • Improves Performance
                                                          • Professional Quality

                                                          Cons

                                                            Best Uses

                                                            • Complex Projects
                                                            • Home Movies
                                                            • Independent Films
                                                            • In The Studio

                                                            Comments about VariZoom VZRock Variable-Rocker for LANC Camcorders:

                                                            Was a little nervous about if this was any real upgrade from my ZR-1000. ah, yea... incredible zoom control and feel. Love VariZoom!

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