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VariZoom VZRock Variable-Rocker for LANC Camcorders

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VariZoom VZRock Variable-Rocker for LANC Camcorders

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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-
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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.
UPC: 877038000612
Compatibility Sony and Canon LANC Equipped Camcorders

Manual Focus Feature not Compatible with Canon XL2

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

Dimensions (LxW) 2.8 x 2" (7.1 x 5.1 cm)
Weight 0.3 lb (136 g)
Packaging Info
Package Weight 0.4 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 5.9 x 3.4 x 3.3"
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
     
    4.6

    (based on 72 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (47)

    • 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 (54)
    • Professional quality (43)
    • Compact (42)
    • Improves performance (38)
    • Highly compatible (30)

    Cons

    • Poor performance (3)

    Best Uses

    • Independent films (25)
    • In the studio (24)
    • Complex projects (20)
    • Home movies (11)
    • Shooting indoors (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Business owner (31), Professional artist (14), Enthusiast (13), Tech savvy (7), Film professional (6)
      • Primary use:
      • Business (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (45)

    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).

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Good, but not as good as expected.

    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,...Read complete review

    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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    5.0

    Great product

    By Thinker13

    from NJ

    About Me Professional Artist

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Kind of flimsy

    Best Uses

    • Complex Projects
    • Independent Films
    • In The Studio

    Comments about VariZoom VZRock Variable-Rocker for LANC Camcorders:

    I use this product for zooming in and out while broadcasting basketball games. It's a must have if you need to zoom quickly and a lot.

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    • No

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    5.0

    VZRock Variable-Rocker Rocks

    By SportsVideoeur

    from Warwick, RI

    About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Improves Performance
    • Professional Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Independent Films

      Comments about VariZoom VZRock Variable-Rocker for LANC Camcorders:

      I purchased this controller to use with my Sony NX5 Camcorder and VariZoom Media Rig for sports videography. I've used it just two times and the results are wonderful. The Media Rig took the weight of the camera and the Rocker made my transitions much, much smoother.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Try it you'll like it

      By JP

      from santa Clara, 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
        • In The Studio

        Comments about VariZoom VZRock Variable-Rocker for LANC Camcorders:

        I have purchased 3 zooms first was a Varizoom 10 years ago and it has never failed. The second zoom I bought was not a Varizoom and it does not work nearly as well the oom is not as smooth nor do I like the feel of the control itself. I regret it and now have replaced it with another VariZoom. Comparing the older varizoom to the newer one the quality and build are the same they have not made it cheaper or flimsier like so many other products of all kinds are doing today.

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        5.0

        Nice zoom control

        By HighlightDVD

        from Billerica, Ma

        About Me Business Owner

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about VariZoom VZRock Variable-Rocker for LANC Camcorders:

            Just started using this controller and it's very smooth. No problems so far, had it about 2 weeks and performing like a champ!

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            • No

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            4.0

            Works

            By CaryD

            from Boston

            About Me Business Owner

            Verified Buyer

            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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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            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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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                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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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      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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                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        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

                                  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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                                      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      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).

                                        • Was this a gift?:
                                        • 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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                                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                           
                                          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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                                            • No

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                                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                             
                                            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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                                            • No

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