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Libec Zoom Control for DV Cameras

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Product Highlights
  • Universal Controller
  • For LANC-Enabled Cameras (Sony, Canon)
  • For Panasonic Cameras with Cam Remote In
  • Converter Switch
  • Zoom Lever
  • Variable-Zoom Speed
  • Outlet Cable

The Libec Zoom Control for DV Cameras is a universal controller for LANC and Panasonic MiniDV or HDV cameras, with a converter switch for LANC (most Sony and Canon cameras) and Panasonic. A sensitive thumb switch allows for variable-zoom speed from slow to fast. The zoom lever allows you to zoom out to wide-angle or zoom in to telephoto. Lightweight and compact, this unit has an outlet cable and can be clamped on tripod pan handles, monopods, stabilizers, and other such devices.

Note! Works only with Sony & Canon cameras with a 2.5mm mini-jack LANC input and Panasonic models with a 2.5mm mini-jack Cam Remote input.

Zoom speed varies from slowest to fastest with the touch of a thumb
Mounts on most pan arms with ease
Control Exchange switch: LANC / P

(LANC - Most Sony and Canon cameras with LANC jack / P - Panasonic cameras with Cam Remote jack)

REC: Record start / stop
ZOOM: Zoom lever can be variable for zoom speed
Physical Clamp distance (diameter): 0.4 - 1.2" (10 - 30mm)
Connector cable: 2.5mm Stereo mini jack
Cable Length: 20" (510mm)
Operating Temperature 32 - 104°F (0 - 40°C)
Weight 6.7 oz (190g)
Libec Zoom Control for DV Cameras
  • 20" 2.5mm Stereo Mini Jack Cable
  • 1-Year Warranty
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    LibecZoom Control for DV Cameras
     
    4.7

    (based on 169 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (124)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (41)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    99%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (150)
    • Fits well (112)
    • Solid/sturdy (112)
    • Improves tripod function (111)
    • Improves performance (7)

    Cons

    • Heavy / bulky (4)

    Best Uses

    • Video (98)
    • Weddings (79)
    • Sports/action (56)
    • Wildlife (23)
    • Landscape/scenery (22)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (85), Semi-pro photographer (33), Photo enthusiast (10), Film professional (6), Casual photographer (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (129)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    SO FAR SO GOOD!

    I got this lanc control to use on my Sony HVR-HD100U because it was just to much of struggle to zoom from the cam and trying to make pro looking zooms were just plain impossible...Read complete review

    I got this lanc control to use on my Sony HVR-HD100U because it was just to much of struggle to zoom from the cam and trying to make pro looking zooms were just plain impossible while moving the tripod. I played with several other lanc controllers at the BH super store and with me having a cash flow problem at the moment. The others were just too much out of my league. They didn't have this one on display (or I didn't see it) but after reading and sifting through the reviews, for the price I figure I'd give it a try, so far I've been plugging it in and it works, I would recommend getting the 522sca Remote Control Coiled Cable by Manfrotto to give you that extra line from cam to the lanc. I haven't come across the issue others spoke about with it not responding, it is a simple record/pause, and zoom. It may not have that little creep that others have when you release the zoom. But with a little practice and sensitivity you can make very good pro looking zooms. It is a throttle design and works well. It's pretty well built and I'm not one that bangs my equipment around because if you don't treat your equipment with some care it won't matter how much you spend you will break it. So far when I'm recording I get a lot of compliments about the quality zooms this lanc makes. It does give you a more professional look as appose to reaching all the way in front of your cam to zoom. So as I always say until I can be in a better financial state to upgrade, I will use this lanc and make the best of what I got. So if your budget is low like mine give this a try and apply some professional practice, I hear pros talking about everybody's cutting into their business well if all equipment was made so easy that everyone can use it, then guess what "everyone will be using it"

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Not bad, but...

    Description in the advertisement was slightly confusing. I was looking for something w a programmable, variable speed. This does not have that. It has the normal pressure sensitive style. It's convenient that...Read complete review

    Description in the advertisement was slightly confusing. I was looking for something w a programmable, variable speed. This does not have that. It has the normal pressure sensitive style. It's convenient that I don't have to reach to the top of my camera for the zoom when shooting from a tripod.

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    5.0

    Neat simple Zoom Control

    By Television Engineer

    from Charlotte Area

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fits Well
    • Solid/Sturdy

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Sports/Action
      • Video
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Libec Zoom Control for DV Cameras:

      Got this little guy for a Blackmagic Design Studio Camera. Works great. Perfect.....

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      • No

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      5.0

      Improves your zoom control.

      By Art Vandelay

      from Virginia

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fits Well
      • Improves Tripod Function
      • Solid/Sturdy

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Sports/Action
        • Video

        Comments about Libec Zoom Control for DV Cameras:

        Best $$$ I ever spent. Makes camcorder on monopod much easier to control.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Perfect

        By Scarybare

        from Baltimore

        Comments about Libec Zoom Control for DV Cameras:

        Use on my canon ca-10 when shooting weddings. Great tool when camera is high on tripod.

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        5.0

        So much better than what I expected!!

        By Chris The Wedding Boss

        from St. Petersburg, FL

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fits Well
        • Improves Tripod Function
        • Incredibly Smooth Zoom
        • Solid/Sturdy

        Cons

        • Not A Single Thing So Far

        Best Uses

        • Sports/Action
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife

        Comments about Libec Zoom Control for DV Cameras:

        I run 3 Canon G20 camcorders for my wedding videography business and I'm kicking myself repeatedly for not buying these controllers 3 years ago when I started the business. I finally broke down last week and bought one to test it out. Once it arrived I tested it out, ran back to my computer, and immediately ordered 2 more. I wasn't sure how much better they would perform than the toggle at the top of the camera, but it's unbelievably more forgiving and smooth. I really thought I would only be saving my arms from having to reach up all the time, but the level of control impressed me way beyond that.

        If you're thinking about buying a controller and you're not overly concerned with extras like focus control, this is absolutely a must buy. I may eventually upgrade to one that has more bells & whistles, but for now I'm officially a raving fan.

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        5.0

        camera controller

        By Richard

        from UT

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fits Well
        • Improves Tripod Function
        • Solid/Sturdy

        Cons

        • Bulky

        Best Uses

        • Video

        Comments about Libec Zoom Control for DV Cameras:

        Great product I'm using on canon XA20

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Works well for the money

        By sangiolino

        from New York, NY

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fits Well
        • Improves Tripod Function
        • Solid/Sturdy

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Video
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Libec Zoom Control for DV Cameras:

          I bought this to save money when needed remote for a small job. Was pleasantly surprised that is was very comfortable to use and had a nice feel and touch. Very please with this and would buy again if needed.

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          5.0

          Great product

          By Arsen

          from Toronto, Canada

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fits Well
          • Improves Tripod Function
          • Solid/Sturdy

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Video
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Libec Zoom Control for DV Cameras:

            Great remote that works for LANC (Sony, Canon) as well as Panasonic cameras remote protocol. Flexible cable makes it perfect for steadicam use. I Start/Stop/Zoom my GH4 on steadicam Pilot with it,
            also works great on the tripod handle, effective inexpensive solution.

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            5.0

            Works great

            By Video Mike

            from Ohio

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Improves Tripod Function
            • Solid/Sturdy

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Sports/Action
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Libec Zoom Control for DV Cameras:

              I bought 2 Zoom Controls for our Church for our Panasonic HG40 and they work great. So good that I got 2 more for our Cannon G30 cameras. Now I won't do a show without it. Works great for Drama to sports. We been using them for over a year with no problems.

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              5.0

              Works great

              By Mike

              from NY

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fits Well
              • Nice Price
              • Solid/Sturdy

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Libec Zoom Control for DV Cameras:

                  Works great on my Canon XF300 and XF100. I've had other brands over the years, this one seems much more durable.

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                  5.0

                  Works for Me

                  By 8x10proofs

                  from Glendale, CA

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fits Well
                  • Improves Tripod Function
                  • Solid/Sturdy

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Libec Zoom Control for DV Cameras:

                      This controller does what it is supposed to do. The rocker switch is smooth, responsive, and convenient for basic control of my Panasonic AC130a when it is up on a tripod.

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                      5.0

                      Does exactly what I need

                      By Don

                      from Boston, MA

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Fits Well
                      • Improves Tripod Function
                      • Solid/Sturdy

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Video

                        Comments about Libec Zoom Control for DV Cameras:

                        Easy to set up, operate, and pack. Great Zoom Control!

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Very Useful

                        By cnyguy

                        from central new york

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Improves Tripod Function

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Sports/Action
                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about Libec Zoom Control for DV Cameras:

                          I am using this controller with a Canon XA-20 typically on a Benro tripod. When used in this set-up, it greatly improves rear control of the zoom. The feel is positive and it's easy to control the zoom speed.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Works perfecty with my new Canon HF G30

                          By Benzman

                          from Dedham, MA

                          Comments about Libec Zoom Control for DV Cameras:

                          I bought this for use with my Canon HF G30. I found the Canon's zoom control switches to be touchy and difficult to operate smoothly when mounted on a tripod. I have now done 4 tripod shoots with this Libec zoom control, and am delighted with its ability to smoothly control the zoom. It mounted easily on my Bogen (Manfrotto) tripod arm, and the cord is just the right length to reach the camcorder plug, with no excess cord to drag around and get into he way. This is a very good value.

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                          4.0

                          Dandy basic LANC controller!

                          By Benzman

                          from Dedham, MA

                          Comments about Libec Zoom Control for DV Cameras:

                          I bought this for use with my Canon HF G30 camcorder, and am quite pleased with it. I used it for the first time today and found the zoom control to be precise and smooth, just as I had hoped. The device mounted quite nicely on the handle of my Bogen (Manfrotto) tripod, giving me the ability to pan and zoom simultaneously with one hand. Very nice! The record start/stop worked flawlessly as well.
                          As it happened, I had some moments when the camcorder's automatic focus lost focus and blurred the screen when I was zooming, something I had not seen in my other shooting with this camcorder. So at that moment it would have been nice to have an easy push-button way to switch from auto to manual focus. Some more elaborate controllers can do that. So that might be a factor for some users.
                          Otherwise, I am quite happy with this.
                          Something to note: The cord is somewhat short. In my case, it was almost exactly what I needed, with very little slack. But some other users may want a longer cord. It uses what appears to be standard stereo mini headphone plays, so longer cords are available.

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                          5.0

                          Easy to use on HF G30

                          By Big Doad

                          from Jacksonville, FL

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Fits Well
                          • Improves Tripod Function
                          • Solid/Sturdy

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Video

                            Comments about Libec Zoom Control for DV Cameras:

                            Simple to use and easy to install.

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                            • No

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                            4.0

                            Great for the money

                            By eurokmetal

                            from Winter Park, FL

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Fits Well
                            • Improves Tripod Function
                            • Solid/Sturdy

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Libec Zoom Control for DV Cameras:

                                I have a company with 5 videographers and these remotes have become the type of item that makes you think about how you lived without them in the past. They are cheap and make your life much easeier. My only complaint is that a couple of ours went bad after 2-3 years of regular use. Sometimes its just the cable which can be replaced easily some times its the actual device. Still for the money and for what it does its worth every penny.

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                                5.0

                                Sesuai dengan kebutuhan saya

                                By Hendra CH

                                from Salatiga Indonesia

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Fits Well
                                • Improves Tripod Function
                                • Solid/Sturdy

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Travel
                                  • Weddings/Events

                                  Comments about Libec Zoom Control for DV Cameras:

                                  Alat ini sangat sesuai dengan kebutuhan saya dalam mengoperasikan Camera Crane, and I really want to buy this Item again in near future.

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                                  4.0

                                  Really Good Piece of Equipement

                                  By Riffo

                                  from NY

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Fits Well
                                  • Good Value
                                  • Improves Tripod Function
                                  • Well Made

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Sports/Action
                                    • Video

                                    Comments about Libec Zoom Control for DV Cameras:

                                    I use this on the field. Very nice intuitive zoom control. I am really liking this control. A bargain compared to the Sony controller. I can't imagine the Sony controller being that much, if any better.

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                                    5.0

                                    Great Product

                                    By James

                                    from Portland, OR

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about Libec Zoom Control for DV Cameras:

                                          Does what it needs to at a decent price.

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                                          5.0

                                          Exactly what I needed and expected

                                          By BKVideoMan

                                          from Uniontown, PA

                                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Easy To Use
                                          • Fits Well
                                          • Improves Tripod Function
                                          • Solid/Sturdy

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                              Comments about Libec Zoom Control for DV Cameras:

                                              No extra bells and whistles like the beBob product I own, but works perfectly! Great low-cost solution with a nice rocker switch for variable speed zooms. Plus it works with both of my Sony and Panasonic video cameras so that saves me more $$$$Not much more to say about this unit. Glad I bought 2 of them!

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