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Libec ZC-9PRO Zoom Control

B&H # LIZC9P Mfr # ZC-9PRO
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You Pay: $149.90
Product Highlights
  • For Professional ENG Canon & Fujinon Lenses

The Libec ZC-9PRO Zoom Control is a variable speed remote zoom that clamps on a tripod pan handle, stabilizer or other device and controls both Canon and Fujinon ENG lenses. Includes a REC/RET button, converter switches for REC/RET and Canon/Fujinon, and an 8-pin connector cable.

Libec ZC-9PRO Zoom Control
  • 1 Year Warranty
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    LibecZC-9PRO Zoom Control
     
    4.6

    (based on 14 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (10)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (10)
    • Compact (8)
    • Professional quality (8)
    • Highly compatible (6)
    • Lightweight (5)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Independent films (7)
      • In the studio (7)
      • Complex projects (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Business owner (7), Professional artist (4)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (11)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      SWEEEEEET!!!

      I am a Steadicam Operator here in NYC and need a reliable Zoom controller for my video work. Varizoom just wasn't working for me and after going through 3 controllers and bad customer service,...Read complete review

      I am a Steadicam Operator here in NYC and need a reliable Zoom controller for my video work. Varizoom just wasn't working for me and after going through 3 controllers and bad customer service, i decided to get something, anything, different. Wow did i get it. I like them better because: - They are cheaper - They have a smaller footrpint (but are a little taller) - They do Fuji or Cannon both, selectable by a switch. Varizoom requires a separate adapter cable. Although i did have to buy an 8 to 12 pin converter for the high end Fuji lenses - The clamp has a screw on only one side, like a C-clamp, so you don't need to remove a thumbscrew to clamp it down. This is important to anyone who has ever dropped a thumb screw in a dark studio. This is just great - They have a better strain relief on the cable. Varizoom cable is garbage. - And, most important, they return to center more accurately, so they don't drift when at null.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      ZC-9PRO Zoom Control by Libec---Meh.

      This controller is better than nothing but not by much. The zoom controller requires an adapter cable that equals almost half of the zoom controller's original price in order to work with Fujinon lenses....Read complete review

      This controller is better than nothing but not by much. The zoom controller requires an adapter cable that equals almost half of the zoom controller's original price in order to work with Fujinon lenses. This adapter cable should be included in the original purchase price, rather than as an expensive add-on that users may or may not even realize they need.

      Secondly, the adapter cable and the zoom controller mate together and are held together only by the tension of the male and female connectors. There is no bayonet type or screw-on connection. While the connection seems solid, it wouldn't take much force to disconnect the two cables.

      Lastly, the zoom controller, even with the most gentle touch, zooms way too fast. I was hoping for the ability to zoom very very slowly. The best visual effects are usually not perceivable to the viewer. This zoom controller requires a very gentle touch to even get in the ballpark in terms of slow zooms.

      In summary, it's not a bad tool to have in the video production toolbox, and the effect it can produce isn't bad, just not spectacular.

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      4.0

      worth the price

      By Steaditom

      from Phila

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Libec ZC-9PRO Zoom Control:

          Admittedly, this is the second purchase replacing the one I bought about 2 years ago that suddenly died. That said, I found it versatile working on both Fuji ( with extra adapter) and Cannon. At $ it was worth trying another one. I used it on EX3 ( yes, another adapter) and ENG broadcast cameras. It size makes it easy to pack and carry around in a camera bag. Here's hoping first one was a fluke.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          A must buy

          By Hired Gun

          from NY

          About Me Business Owner, Professional Video

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • No Screw Collar

          Best Uses

          • Independent Films
          • In The Studio

          Comments about Libec ZC-9PRO Zoom Control:

          I own 12 of these and everyone of them gets used just as hard and as often as my professional Fujinon controls. For the money an exceptional value! Very solid construction, super smooth zoom, light weight, INEXPENSIVE, Canon or Fujinon switchability, works with 8 to 12 pin Fujinon adapter. Only negative is the wire just pushes onto the lens connector (or 12 pin adapter) and does not screw on like a professional control would. On a rare occasion the wire could work it's way out on it's own.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          3.0

          ZC-9PRO Zoom Control by Libec---Meh.

          By weavervideo

          from Anchorage, Alaska, USA

          About Me Business Owner

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Lacks Functionality
          • Limited Compatibility

          Best Uses

          • Complex Projects
          • Documentaries
          • Independent Films

          Comments about Libec ZC-9PRO Zoom Control:

          This controller is better than nothing but not by much. The zoom controller requires an adapter cable that equals almost half of the zoom controller's original price in order to work with Fujinon lenses. This adapter cable should be included in the original purchase price, rather than as an expensive add-on that users may or may not even realize they need.

          Secondly, the adapter cable and the zoom controller mate together and are held together only by the tension of the male and female connectors. There is no bayonet type or screw-on connection. While the connection seems solid, it wouldn't take much force to disconnect the two cables.

          Lastly, the zoom controller, even with the most gentle touch, zooms way too fast. I was hoping for the ability to zoom very very slowly. The best visual effects are usually not perceivable to the viewer. This zoom controller requires a very gentle touch to even get in the ballpark in terms of slow zooms.

          In summary, it's not a bad tool to have in the video production toolbox, and the effect it can produce isn't bad, just not spectacular.

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          4.0

          A great tool for professionals.

          By zuma the mountain

          from Los Angeles, CA

          About Me Professional Artist

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Complex Projects

            Comments about Libec ZC-9PRO Zoom Control:

            I am shooting golf tournament.I was looking for cheap and light weight zoom controler which my friend recommended for me. It's perfect products for my job what easy to operate and easy to handle it. But Only fit Canon or Fijinon profesinal lenses.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Great product at a great price

            By Richard

            from Melbourne Australia

            About Me Business Owner

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Independent Films
              • In The Studio

              Comments about Libec ZC-9PRO Zoom Control:

              As usual the parcel arrived from the US to Australia in days great service B&H!
              The zoom control is easy to use, works well with thumb operation for zoom and does exactly what it says on the box!

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              5.0

              Libec ZC-9PRO Zoom Control - great value

              By P2 guy

              from Tennessee

              About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Complex Projects
                • Independent Films
                • In The Studio

                Comments about Libec ZC-9PRO Zoom Control:

                Finally, here is zoom control that will work with Fuji and Canon lenses, and about 70% less than the camera manufacturer zooms that only work with one brand or the other.

                Great value, excellent product.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                5.0

                Works great!

                By Scott

                from Nova Scotia, Canada

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good price value
                • Lightweight
                • well made

                Cons

                • Smaller than expected

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Libec ZC-9PRO Zoom Control:

                  I bought this zoom control to use on my JVC GY-HM700 camera(Canon lens). It works perfectly and gives very fine control of zoom speed. The rocker is a little small but still easy to operate. For the price, it's a very good product.

                  Works on Canon and Fujinon lenses.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Business
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Libec Zoom Controller

                  By Tominator

                  from Honolulu

                  About Me Prof video producer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • High Quality

                  Cons

                  • None

                  Best Uses

                  • Professional camera work

                  Comments about Libec ZC-9PRO Zoom Control:

                  Amazingly good product for the price. Easy to attach and works like a charm. nice feathering - just as good as the more expensive units.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Business
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  5.0

                  5STAR

                  By Andy

                  from Singapore

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Professional Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Independent Films

                    Comments about Libec ZC-9PRO Zoom Control:

                    Great Product!

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Libec zoom control

                    By wheels

                    from Philadelphia, PA suburbs

                    About Me Business Owner

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact Design
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Professional Quality

                    Cons

                    • Short Cable

                    Best Uses

                    • In The Studio
                    • Sports shooting

                    Comments about Libec ZC-9PRO Zoom Control:

                    We investigated a number of zoom controls. We have a zoom control for our Canon lens. We needed one for our Fuji lens. Other controls we looked into ran hundreds of dollars more than the Libec.
                    We're very impressed with the Libec. It was less expensive and a lot smaller & lighter than the unit we use for our Canon. The fact that it can also be used on the Canon gives us a backup. We have yet to use it in the field, but a preliminary test shows it will do everything we expected at a very reasonable price.
                    The cable is a little short. Fortunately we had an extension. You may need to have one if the distance from the handle to the lens is too far for the short cable provided

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    4.0

                    "Great little Controller!"

                    By Payton Peterson

                    from Boulder, CO

                    About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact Design
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Improves Performance
                    • Small

                    Cons

                    • Short Cable

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Movies
                    • Independent Films
                    • In The Studio

                    Comments about Libec ZC-9PRO Zoom Control:

                    I currently use the ZC-9Pro with my JVC 700 and it works great. I saw it when I was out in LA at the Digital Video expo and was pretty amazed. It's definably cheeper than Vari-Zoom's controllers, but it works better than most of them. Its really sensitive which is great because I can achieve really smooth and slow zooms that are slower than I can do with the built in zoom controller on the JVC. It can also go pretty fast for the times you shooting a live event and your not live looking for a new shot. Overall, the ZC-9PRO is a great tool for anyone with Canon and Fuji. lenses. From field news, to looking to run a studio type config, this is the controller for you.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    5.0

                    ZC-9PRO Rocks!

                    By PDR

                    from San Francisco, CA

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Highly Compatible
                    • Improves Performance
                    • Professional Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Complex Projects
                      • In The Studio

                      Comments about Libec ZC-9PRO Zoom Control:

                      I am an old school video guy. This remote is built solid and the ZC-9PRO control matches the actual lens control perfectly - most important it is very easy to make small smooth zoom adjustments. It gets an A+ on quality and A++++ on price.

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                      5.0

                      SWEEEEEET!!!

                      By SteadiManNY

                      from Brooklyn Baby!!!

                      About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Independent Films
                        • In The Studio

                        Comments about Libec ZC-9PRO Zoom Control:

                        I am a Steadicam Operator here in NYC and need a reliable Zoom controller for my video work. Varizoom just wasn't working for me and after going through 3 controllers and bad customer service, i decided to get something, anything, different. Wow did i get it. I like them better because: - They are cheaper - They have a smaller footrpint (but are a little taller) - They do Fuji or Cannon both, selectable by a switch. Varizoom requires a separate adapter cable. Although i did have to buy an 8 to 12 pin converter for the high end Fuji lenses - The clamp has a screw on only one side, like a C-clamp, so you don't need to remove a thumbscrew to clamp it down. This is important to anyone who has ever dropped a thumb screw in a dark studio. This is just great - They have a better strain relief on the cable. Varizoom cable is garbage. - And, most important, they return to center more accurately, so they don't drift when at null.

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                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Great controller

                        By creo.director

                        from Grand Rapids, MI

                        About Me Video Professional

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Any shoot

                            Comments about Libec ZC-9PRO Zoom Control:

                            This was a recommendation from a friend and it works great. It was inexpensive and it connects directly to your lens, not through lanc. I would recommend this to anyone needing to control their lens from their tripod. Helps with all kinds of shoots, not just live events.

                            • How long have you owned it:
                            • A month or less

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