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VariZoom VZPFI Focus/Iris Controller

B&H # VAVZPFI Mfr # VZ-PFI
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Product Highlights
  • Compatible with Panasonic HVX200 Series, HPX170, DVX100B, HMC40 and the HMC150

The Varizoom VZ-PFI is a precision focus and iris control specifically designed for the Panasonic AG-HVX200 P2 and AG-DVX100B MiniDV camcorders. Features include the ability to switch between manual and auto, along with the ability to connect to virtually any tripod handle.

Note! AG-DVX100B only; AG-DVX100 and AG-DVX100A not compatible.

Dimensions (LxW) 2 x 1.8" (5.1 x 4.6 cm)
Weight 0.2 lb (90 grams)
VariZoom VZPFI Focus/Iris Controller
  • 2-Year Parts and Labor Warranty
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    VariZoomVZPFI Focus/Iris Controller
     
    4.6

    (based on 8 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (7)
    • Improves performance (7)
    • Professional quality (6)
    • Compact (5)
    • Lightweight (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Independent films (4)
      • In the studio (4)
      • Complex projects (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Business owner (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
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      5.0

      Two for the price of one.

      By Dave

      from Lynchburg, Virginia

      About Me Business Owner

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about VariZoom VZPFI Focus/Iris Controller:

          First let me say I am a long time satisfied user of Varizoom products. Bought this device for use with a new Panasonic AC130. Before purchising I never could get a definite answer from B&H or Varizoom if it would work on this camera, but it does. I really like the unit. I was expecting to purchase just a focus remote and was pleased to discover the it allows iris adjustment as well. This is my first time ever in 27 years of video production work adjusting the iris from a tripod handle. Focus adjusts very quickly and accurately. Highly recommend.

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          4.0

          Love this!

          By Banner Man

          from Boston, MA

          About Me Professional Cameraman

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jib Work

            Comments about VariZoom VZPFI Focus/Iris Controller:

            It's a bit touchy-sensitive, so don't move it too much to rack focus or iris, but it worked wonderfully for me on my last jib gig. Used it with my HPX-250. Wish the grip on it worked on a swing-out type assembly rather than having to completely unscrew two screws, but that's pretty minor.

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            4.0

            Great For Glidecam Shots!

            By Derek Hallquist

            from Burlington, VT

            About Me Business Owner, Documentary Filmmaker

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Too sensitive

            Best Uses

            • Complex Projects
            • Independent Films

            Comments about VariZoom VZPFI Focus/Iris Controller:

            Purchased this for a glidecam. Works well and keeps my hands off of the camera. I also used it yesterday to control the camera remotely in the back of a small two prop plane for some sea ice footage in AK. Could be a little less sensitive, have to feather it!

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            5.0

            I don't have to touch the camera

            By dion samsoondar

            from Gulf View, Trinidad & Tobago

            About Me 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 VariZoom VZPFI Focus/Iris Controller:

              With this unit attached to the trpod handle there is no need to touch the camera.Finger tip control means better framing & compsition. No more fumbling with cotrolls on the camera body.

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              5.0

              Panasonic HMC40

              By dion samsoondar

              from Gulf View, Trinidad & Tobago

              About Me Professional Artist

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Independent Films
                • In The Studio

                Comments about VariZoom VZPFI Focus/Iris Controller:

                Worth every penny. In concert with a zoon controller you dont have to touch he camera ever again

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                5.0

                Very useful!

                By Unknownhero

                from Texas

                About Me Hobbyist

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • In The Studio

                    Comments about VariZoom VZPFI Focus/Iris Controller:

                    If there was one thing I was never crazy about on my HMC-40, it was the locations and functionality of the iris and focus controls. When using a tripod in particular, it is fairly difficult to use either. Not only that, but the iris becomes even harder to control if you use the view screen on the side. This controller made my life so much easier! The focus has a shorter throw to it, so I don't have to turn the giant ring on the front so many times, and can do it without reaching all the way to the front of the camera. Both controls on the remote do take a bit of practice, however, to know approximately how far to turn so you don't go too far. I may even try to figure out a way to use this when I shoot handheld, I like the feel so much! A must have for any tripod shooting though, I don't know how I ever lived without it before!

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                    4.0

                    Handy tool for most shoots

                    By Video Masters

                    from Houston, Texas

                    About Me Business Owner

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Limited Compatibility

                    Best Uses

                    • Complex Projects

                    Comments about VariZoom VZPFI Focus/Iris Controller:

                    Video Masters has 6 crews all using this iris control on the left tripod handle along with a zoom rocker on the right handle. We love the fact that we can stand or sit behind the camera instead of beside it to control iris/focus. A big plus is that we can now scroll our cameras up high eliminating the need for platforms or step stools in many places. We don't use the focus ring as it is too close to the iris ring and too easily changed by accident. Putting the focus button on "A" instead of "M" does not make it autofocus as you would guess. You still can control the focus normally on the lens ring. For most shoots we can set focus once and leave it alone. We have no real use for it on the iris controller. We have one combo iris, focus, zoom controller but find the controls too close together to work smoothly; hence, the separate Varizooms on each handle. The only real problem with the iris controller that can't be solved is that once it is plugged into the camera, "high gain" is invalid. The controller cannot be used in very low light venues as it will only gain to 24db instead of 34db. For the most part, we don't shoot without it! Purchasing these has made all my crews extremely happy with this executive producer.

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                    5.0

                    Valuable accessory

                    By Greg Smith

                    from Champaign, IL, USA

                    About Me Video producer educator

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Complex Projects
                      • Independent Films
                      • In The Studio

                      Comments about VariZoom VZPFI Focus/Iris Controller:

                      Does what it is supposed to do, and appears sturdy, well made and reliable. I use this with a Panasonic HMC80 to control focus and iris when the camera is on a tripod. It makes it easier to concentrate on framing the shot without having to reach around the whole rig to operate the lens controls directly. It is especially useful in conjunction with the VariZoom remote zoom controller (which I have mounted on the other tripod handle). It is not quite as easy to operate ergonomically as the old-style flexible-shaft focus remotes on studio cameras, but there's no mechanical backlash, and this electronic approach is much cheaper and more compact.

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