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VariZoom VZRock-PZFI Rocker Controller

B&H # VAVZROCKPZFI Mfr # VZ-ROCK-PZFI
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Product Highlights
  • Controls Zoom, Focus, Iris and Record
  • Wide-Sweep Variable Rocker
  • Compatible w/ HVX200 Series
  • Compatible w/ HPX170 and the DVX100B
  • Compatible w/ HMC40 and the HMC150

The Varizoom VZ-Rock-PZFI is a zoom/focus/iris rocker controller designed specifically for the Panasonic AG-HVX200 and AG-DVX100B camcorders. The rocker is pressure-sensitive for fine-tuned zoom adjustments, while the focus and iris knobs, located on the sides, provide clean and easy operation. Most notably is the ability to operate each function simultaneously. Multiple users can control individual aspects of the rocker, which can be very useful during crane or moving shots.

Pressure Sensitive Rocker Switch
Unlike many camera controllers, the VZ-Rock-PZFI comes equipped with a pressure sensitive rocker switch. This allows users to vary the rocker's speed, providing smooth, sustainable zoom adjustments.
Compatibility Panasonic AG-DVX100 and AG-DVX100B
Dimensions (LxW) 2.8 x 2" (7.1 x 5.1 cm)
Weight 0.3 lb (136 g)
VariZoom VZRock-PZFI Rocker Controller
  • 2-Year Parts and Labor Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    VariZoomVZRock-PZFI Rocker Controller
     
    4.5

    (based on 66 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (39)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (20)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    97%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (56)
    • Interfaces well with camcorder (47)
    • Improves performance (43)
    • Lightweight (37)
    • Well built / quality (36)

    Cons

    • Poor interface (3)

    Best Uses

    • Shooting indoors (31)
    • Shooting outdoors (29)
    • Upgrade (16)
    • Travel (12)
    • Home movies (11)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Film professional (24), Tech savvy (22), Aspiring film maker (16), Technically challenged (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (37)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    It should just come with the camera.

    This controller has been a very helpful, performance-improving addition to my AG-DVX100B.It addresses one design flaw of the camera; namely, the fact that the zoom rocker and focus ring are so far apart. ...Read complete review

    This controller has been a very helpful, performance-improving addition to my AG-DVX100B.It addresses one design flaw of the camera; namely, the fact that the zoom rocker and focus ring are so far apart. Tripod operation with the camera itself is difficult. If you operate the zoom lever with your index and middle fingers, you are forced to operate the focus ring with your[*] Then, you have to move your hands around to press the record button. The designers of the HVX200 and DVX100B haven't make tripod operation the easiest thing. This controller solves virtually all of those problems.This device gives you multiple options, and they work well.-You can leave auto-iris and auto-focus, and smoothly operate the zoom and tripod with one hand.-You can switch to manual iris/focus, and operate everything with two hands on this controller.-You can operate the zoom with this controller, and operate the camera's focus ring with your other hand.This controller's zoom control is sensitive. It's also large, which means you can operate it in cold weather with big gloves on; that's a plus for sports shooters out there, or any other outdoor shooter.The focus control's white ring and reference line allow you to make markings for custom focus moves.Overall, this is a great unit for the price.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Might have a lemon

    I bought one of these devices and have had problems with it ever since. The zoom and iris works great and is very smooth, but the focus freaks out on my camera. It...Read complete review

    I bought one of these devices and have had problems with it ever since. The zoom and iris works great and is very smooth, but the focus freaks out on my camera. It seems to have a life of its' own and does not focus correctly. I basically had to disable it.I filled out the support form on the varizoom website and called them and no response to either. The price is right and it does everything I want it to, just that focus issue is buggy.

    Problems Encountered: Focus is unstable. Makes the camera freak out.

    Previous Equivalent Items Owned: Other varizoom for GL2

    Reviewed by 66 customers

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    5.0

    Great controller

    By 2drumstix

    from Berryville Va

    About Me Film Professional

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Good Interface With Camcorder
    • Improves Performance
    • Quality Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Focus Control
      • Smooth Zooming
      • Tripod Handle Mounting

      Comments about VariZoom VZRock-PZFI Rocker Controller:

      Use this on a Panasonic AC90A, its works fantastic! Love the flexibility for zooming, focus, and iris control from my tripod handle. Works perfectly.The Iris knob would have been so much better if it was on the other side of this little unit, the opposite side of the focus knob instead of up on top would have been a much better placement for the Iris knob imho. However, if you want easy and smooth control of zoom and focus while panning, get this VZRock.

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      4.0

      overall great, but....

      By Mabou2

      from Easton, CT

      About Me Video Professional

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Improves Performance

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Pro Shooting

        Comments about VariZoom VZRock-PZFI Rocker Controller:

        Overall I love this thing with my Panasonic AJ-PX270 (and with my HVX-200). I agree with others that it seems there is no way to comfortably connect both LANC cables since one is slightly longer than the other and both cables are fairly rigid. Feels like I am putting some torque on the jacks.

        Setting that aside, my main gripe is that with the 270, the remote only allows the iris to open to f3.9. It won't go the remaining stops to full open.

        Setting THAT aside, this thing is nearly perfect.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Well Built Zoom, Foxus & Iris Controller

        By Doug

        from Lemon Grove, CA

        About Me Aspiring Film Maker

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Good Interface With Camcorder
        • Improves Performance
        • Quality Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about VariZoom VZRock-PZFI Rocker Controller:

            Sometimes getting to the on-camera focus or iris control isn't convenient. This device works great with Panasonic cameras that have two cable jacks. There is a Automatic/Manual switch for both the focus and Iris, but that caveat is that when you go to manual, the focus/iris will instantly change to whatever position the encoder wheel is set to. It does not hold the auto setting.

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            5.0

            Remotely Simple

            By Simplykiwi

            from New Zealand

            About Me Technically Challenged

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Good Interface With Camcorder
            • Improves Performance
            • Lightweight
            • Quality Construction

            Cons

            • More Velcro Fasteners

            Best Uses

            • Home Movies
            • Shooting Indoors
            • Shooting Outdoors
            • Travel
            • Upgrade

            Comments about VariZoom VZRock-PZFI Rocker Controller:

            I purchased this remote for the Panasonic AG-hmc41, the New Zealand equivalent of the US hmc40e as I also purchased a Proamusa 8ft jib and monitor. You cant have one without all three. Unfortunately, being the pearl at the bottom of the world means you pay pearl prices, so had to look offshore to fit my price range. I received my VZRock-PZFI Rocker Controller by Varizoom within 5 days from B&H Photo and had fingers cossed it would work with my camera. Hooked up and presto, awesome. The simplicity that focus, iris, zoom and record functions are at ones fingertip and thumb is going to make life easy. The zoom on the camera itself is a touch fiddly when mounted on a tripod (obviously unreachable at the end of the jib) so, as I am right handed, with the zoom controls on the right side of the camera, it means I have to use my left hand (non master) over the top of the camera if I'm panning/tilting etc using the trpiod. The rocker controller allows me to mount the device using the attached arm clamp thus one hand control. The rocker is smooth in its operation with a steady zoom in and out. Im a hobbyist and buy what I can afford, this product is a good piece of equipment and reasonably priced.

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            5.0

            Good control, all at the tip of your thu

            By Owen Crowley

            from New York, NY

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Good Interface With Camcorder
            • Quality Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about VariZoom VZRock-PZFI Rocker Controller:

                I sue this with the VariZoom VZMEDIARIG DV Media Rig, so that I don't need to reach for various regions of the camera for focus, iris and zoom. Basically this controller does as designed and advertised.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes

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                5.0

                VZRock-PZFI Rocker Controller by VariZoo

                By tech9

                from Trinidad and Tobago

                About Me Aspiring Film Maker

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Good Interface With Camcorder
                • Improves Performance
                • Lightweight
                • Quality Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Shooting Indoors
                  • Shooting Outdoors
                  • Upgrade

                  Comments about VariZoom VZRock-PZFI Rocker Controller:

                  Used with my Panasonic 160A....got used to the rocker within 30mins...very smooth ..my only gripe is the mini connectors...the iris/focus part of the cord should be longer than the zoom.

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                  5.0

                  this rocker rocks

                  By FlashFrame

                  from Phila

                  About Me Aspiring Film Maker

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Good Interface With Camcorder
                  • Improves Performance
                  • Lightweight
                  • Quality Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about VariZoom VZRock-PZFI Rocker Controller:

                      I use this controller attached to the handle on my mono pod. It allows me to focus an zoom with my left hand while holding the mono pod with my right. Its simple and effective. I like the on and off switch for auto-focus. I have a Panasonic hpx 250 camera.

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                      5.0

                      Awesome add on

                      By General Mango

                      from Jasper, IN

                      About Me Media Teacher

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Good Interface With Camcorder
                      • Improves Performance
                      • Quality Construction

                      Cons

                      • A Little Pricey

                      Best Uses

                      • Shooting Indoors
                      • Upgrade

                      Comments about VariZoom VZRock-PZFI Rocker Controller:

                      Great add on for our Panasonic! It actually is much smoother with more control than what the on camera adjustments offer. It'll be hard to go back to using that camera WITHOUT the remote!
                      Price is pretty high, but it is a great build and great product.

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                      • No

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                      3.0

                      OK

                      By JJ

                      from NJ

                      About Me Aspiring Film Maker

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Good Interface With Camcorder
                      • Improves Performance
                      • Lightweight
                      • Quality Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home Movies
                        • Shooting Indoors
                        • Shooting Outdoors
                        • Travel

                        Comments about VariZoom VZRock-PZFI Rocker Controller:

                        I purchased this to use with a Canon XHA1S and found it to have limited functionality. You can only control record and zoom. I talked to the folks at VariZoom and they said, it's the manufacturer that rights the protocols that will allow for LANC control. SONY and Canon have limited functions, unlike Panasonic and JVC.

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                        • No

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                        4.0

                        Great product

                        By Drew of Oak Heart Studio

                        from Columbus, GA

                        About Me Aspiring Film Maker, Film Professional, Parent

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Good Interface With Camcorder
                        • Improves Performance
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                        • Build Quality

                        Best Uses

                        • Corporate Videos
                        • Shooting Indoors
                        • Shooting Outdoors
                        • Shooting Skits

                        Comments about VariZoom VZRock-PZFI Rocker Controller:

                        I got this product because I needed to be able to control my Panasonic AG-AC90 manually while on a tripod. The rocker works great, is easy to use, and doesn't take up hardly any space in my bag. I would have given it 5 stars, but the knob that controls the iris fell off as soon as I took it out of the box. I put it back on with a bit of superglue and the iris works just fine now. I would have requested a replacement, but that would have taken days, and the superglue took seconds.

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                        5.0

                        Fingertip control right out of the box!

                        By Woody

                        from Washington DC

                        About Me Aspiring Film Maker, Event Videographer, Tech Savvy, Videographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Good Interface With Camcorder
                        • Improves Performance
                        • Lightweight
                        • Quality Construction
                        • Smooth Zooming

                        Cons

                        • Lanc Connector Don't Lock

                        Best Uses

                        • Event Videograper
                        • Event Videograpy
                        • Shooting Indoors
                        • Shooting Outdoors
                        • Sporting events
                        • Upgrade
                        • Weddings

                        Comments about VariZoom VZRock-PZFI Rocker Controller:

                        Used with Panasonic AG-160A at an outdoor wedding shoot. The remote allowed me total control of the lens with little practice. The zooming, iris and focus controls are smooth and easy to use. The LANC connectors do not lock into place.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Gotta love VariZoom

                        By Rich

                        from Kent, WA, USA

                        About Me Film Professional

                        See all my reviews

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Good Interface With Camcorder
                        • Improves Performance
                        • Lightweight
                        • Quality Construction

                        Cons

                        • Have Not Found Any Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Shooting Indoors

                        Comments about VariZoom VZRock-PZFI Rocker Controller:

                        This is my second VariZoom remote. Loved the 1st so much had to have another for my newest Panasonic AG-AC160A. This is mainly used shooting in the studio, at concerts and other non-run-and-gun events. Long cord allows for secondary operator to perform actions if necessary. But mostly used as a single person operation.

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                        3.0

                        50/50

                        By StageIt

                        from Sylvania, OH

                        About Me Video Production Event

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                        • Poor Interface

                        Best Uses

                        • Shooting Indoors
                        • Travel

                        Comments about VariZoom VZRock-PZFI Rocker Controller:

                        Last minute we purchased 2 of these. Out of box one does not function correctly.
                        The second unit works. The focus wheel was "sticky". It covered our needs, however probably not the best piece for extended use. The focus cable wants to pull out, not a very secure fit.

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                        5.0

                        This Rocker Rocks!

                        By PH

                        from KC, MO.

                        About Me Film Professional, Parent, Tech Savvy

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Good Interface With Camcorder
                        • Improves Performance
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                        • Clamp Should Be Alluminum

                        Best Uses

                        • Live Event Video
                        • Shooting Indoors
                        • Shooting Outdoors

                        Comments about VariZoom VZRock-PZFI Rocker Controller:

                        Live event video production use

                        It gives you control of the three most used parts of the camera and it does it well.

                        One improvement that would be great would be the ability to switch the iris and focus controlls. I often times leave the focus on auto and would rather have the larger control for the iris. not really a con, just a thought in case they read here.

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                        5.0

                        A must for HPX250 remote functionality!

                        By wavereflections

                        from Nashua, NH

                        About Me Tech Savvy

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Good Interface With Camcorder
                        • Improves Performance
                        • Quality Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Shooting Indoors
                          • Shooting Outdoors

                          Comments about VariZoom VZRock-PZFI Rocker Controller:

                          Nice job VariZoom on this product. And for keeping it affordable.

                          I use this exclusively with my camera jib/crane. It's the only way to reliably control the HPX250 remotely.

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                          5.0

                          VariZoom works great

                          By William

                          from Texas

                          Verified Buyer

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                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about VariZoom VZRock-PZFI Rocker Controller:

                                We are using this with our Panasonic AC-160a. It works great and has no compatibility issues.

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                                5.0

                                Works very well

                                By Chickenthief

                                from Mount Forest, ON, CA

                                About Me Film Professional, Tech Savvy

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Good Interface With Camcorder
                                • Improves Performance
                                • Lightweight
                                • Quality Construction

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Event Videography
                                  • Shooting Outdoors

                                  Comments about VariZoom VZRock-PZFI Rocker Controller:

                                  I purchased the product in order to control my Panasonic AG-AV90P with one hand. This leaves my other good hand free to run my field mixer/jib/whatever. The controls operate smoothly and are well placed for my needs. When switching iris or focus from auto to manual there will be an abrupt transition (it's in the manuals).
                                  When mounted on the pan bar of my tripod, the mounting screws project below the bar. Gafe tape keeps me from catching the screws.
                                  I would highly recommend this product.

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                                  3.0

                                  good with HMC 150

                                  By mellha

                                  from NY

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Improves Performance

                                  Cons

                                  • Poor Interface

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about VariZoom VZRock-PZFI Rocker Controller:

                                    except Iris manual. all is working good. very comfortable in remote . requested exchange. hope no problem this time

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                                    5.0

                                    A must have

                                    By ralphps2000

                                    from New Jersey

                                    About Me Aspiring Film Maker

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Good Interface With Camcorder
                                    • Improves Performance
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Quality Construction

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Home Movies
                                      • Shooting Indoors
                                      • Shooting Outdoors

                                      Comments about VariZoom VZRock-PZFI Rocker Controller:

                                      This is definetly a must have for the Panasonic HPX250 camcorder. Makes tripod use a breeze. Enables total off camera control of zoom, focus, iris, start button. Allows for smooth camcorder operation by eliminating having to touch the camcorder controls directly.

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                                      5.0

                                      Love it !

                                      By Bob

                                      from Rockport Texas

                                      About Me Aspiring Film Maker

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Use
                                      • Good Interface With Camcorder

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about VariZoom VZRock-PZFI Rocker Controller:

                                          It installed very easily on the tripod handle and plugged into the back of my HMC150. The plug has two micro jacks for plugging into the back of the camera. One micro jack is slightly larger than the other one, so that you cannot plug them into the
                                          wrong hole.

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