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Bebob Engineering Bebob Zoe-dvxl Universal Zoom Controller

B&H # BEZOEDVXL Mfr # BE-ZOE-DVXL
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The Bebob ZOE-DVXL is a zoom controller designed for the Panasonic, Sony, and Canon LANC camcorders. The ZOE-DVXL provides all the features that have been found in previous models, including a quick release clamp and click functions for switching quickly between manual and auto-focus

Some added improvements include a toggle switch that allows operation of both camera protocols as well as a new elbow-plug. The elbow design provides additional durability by eliminating any bending that can occur when straight plugs are yanked at an acute angle.

MSR Technology
Maximum Speed Reduction (MSR) is a function that allows users to specify the maximum speed of the controller. This can be done without losing any pressure sensitivity, resulting in much smoother slow zoomdrives.
Bebob Engineering Bebob Zoe-dvxl Universal Zoom Controller
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    4.4

    (based on 12 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    90%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (9)
    • Easy to use (8)
    • Improves performance (8)
    • Interfaces well with camcorder (8)
    • Well built / quality (8)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Shooting indoors (3)
      • Shooting outdoors (3)
      • Upgrade (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Film professional (6), Tech savvy (4)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (10)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Zoom in!

      Do a lot of community cable TV and indie film work. I purchased both the zoom and focus controls. Both are very solid feeling. I don't like the 1/8" connectors, but...Read complete review

      Do a lot of community cable TV and indie film work. I purchased both the zoom and focus controls. Both are very solid feeling. I don't like the 1/8" connectors, but considering that's the only way for this kind of camera, they seem to work so far, especially when plugged in all the way.
      The zoom control I feel could engage a little sooner and slower. I'm using this with an HVX-200, so I shouldn't expect big camera performance. The Focus control is the winner, no complaints on it whatsoever. I also like the iris control on it.
      The feature I'm pleasantly surprised by is the start-stop button. Very convenient, good location, and I use it more than I expected.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Buttons too close together

      Sports videos demand quick, accurate control of zoom and play/pause functions. This controller is fine if you can shoot without gloves and without looking to make sure that you are pressing the right...Read complete review

      Sports videos demand quick, accurate control of zoom and play/pause functions. This controller is fine if you can shoot without gloves and without looking to make sure that you are pressing the right button. This controller misses the mark. The buttons controling on/off, record/pause, and focus are only about 1/2" apart and are in a straight line across. The on/off button is dimpled. but it is hard to tell from the record/pause button. the same is true of the focus button. In fast paced action it is easy to press the wrong button. If you press the on/off button, by the time you realize what you have done, and turn the camera back on, you have lost the next play.

      The quality and smooth control are first rate, but the button placement makes using this controller risky. I will go back to my old Canon contrler.

      Also, there is no documentation provided with the unit. The card that comes with the unit states that you can download the users manual from the company website. I haven't been able to fine it after several attemps.

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      5.0

      Best Controller for the Price

      By DJ

      from Los Angeles, 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

        • Professional Small Venues

        Comments about Bebob Engineering Bebob Zoe-dvxl Universal Zoom Controller:

        This zoom controller is the greatest. On applicable cameras it will control power, record on and off and focus all at your thumb tip; Not to mention nice, smooth zoom pushes and pulls. With just a little practice you can get very professional looking controlled shots. I have 4 of them and use them to assist in recording Magic performances. I have to be very precise about how a zoom works so as not to distract from the illusion on the stage. This controller does that very well.

        I will tell you that you should look to see if your camera has remote access and what the remote will ultimately control. For instance a Sony NX 5 will only allow for record control and zoom. Where as a Sony HVR 7 and the Sony EX series will allow for full function control. This is a issue with the camera and not the controller.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Does the job

        By JimOK

        from Woodbridge NJ

        About Me Film Professional

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • none

        Best Uses

        • Shooting Indoors
        • Shooting Outdoors

        Comments about Bebob Engineering Bebob Zoe-dvxl Universal Zoom Controller:

        I really like it. The zoom is very smooth and I like that it handles both my sony and panasonic cameras

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        5.0

        Fantastic piece of equiptment

        By JAG

        from Kahtmandu, Nepal

        About Me Aspiring Film Maker, Film Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Good Interface With Camcorder
        • Improves Performance
        • Lightweight
        • Not cheap but worth it
        • Quality Construction

        Cons

        • none

        Best Uses

        • Upgrade

        Comments about Bebob Engineering Bebob Zoe-dvxl Universal Zoom Controller:

        There is not doubt about it for me, using this device allows you to make smooth professional zooms and zoom/pans which before were difficult on even the best of video cameras. One hand on the tripod for support and steadyness and the other on the pan/tilt handle controling, on/off, rec, focus and variable dial for zoom speed controls. And all these functions are easily operated with just using your thumb, you will not miss a beat!

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        • No

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        5.0

        simple, solid, easy on/off

        By commune

        from what day is it

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Bebob Engineering Bebob Zoe-dvxl Universal Zoom Controller:

            had a varizoom, + returned it, as it takes far too long to get it on or off of the pan arm. also, switchable panasonic or lanc control is nice.

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            • No

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            3.0

            Buttons too close together

            By Bob

            from Rhode Island

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Interface With Camcorder
            • Lightweight
            • Quality Construction

            Cons

            • Buttons to close together

            Best Uses

            • Shooting Indoors
            • Shooting Outdoors

            Comments about Bebob Engineering Bebob Zoe-dvxl Universal Zoom Controller:

            Sports videos demand quick, accurate control of zoom and play/pause functions. This controller is fine if you can shoot without gloves and without looking to make sure that you are pressing the right button. This controller misses the mark. The buttons controling on/off, record/pause, and focus are only about 1/2" apart and are in a straight line across. The on/off button is dimpled. but it is hard to tell from the record/pause button. the same is true of the focus button. In fast paced action it is easy to press the wrong button. If you press the on/off button, by the time you realize what you have done, and turn the camera back on, you have lost the next play.

            The quality and smooth control are first rate, but the button placement makes using this controller risky. I will go back to my old Canon contrler.

            Also, there is no documentation provided with the unit. The card that comes with the unit states that you can download the users manual from the company website. I haven't been able to fine it after several attemps.

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            • No

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            doesn't work great with Sony HXR-NX5U

            By eastbay media

            from columbia, md

            About Me Film Professional

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Improves Performance
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Poor Interface

            Best Uses

            • Shooting Indoors
            • Travel

            Comments about Bebob Engineering Bebob Zoe-dvxl Universal Zoom Controller:

            I returned a Varizoom VZ-Rock (which doesn't work great with the NX5U either..) for the BeBob Zoe

            The momentary auto focus feature doesn't work with the NX5U. Also the power on-off doesn't work. FInally, as with the Varizoom, you can't get the slowest zoom speeds that the camera is capable of out of the controller.

            On the plus side, the variable "Max Zoom Reduction" wheel is really nice to have. Plus, the zoom seems a little more consistent than the VZ Rock. I'll keep it.

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            5.0

            AWESOME!!!!!!!

            By Huntson

            from Rockville Centre, NY

            About Me Professional Broadcaster, Tech Savvy

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Improves Performance

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jib
              • Professional
              • Tripod

              Comments about Bebob Engineering Bebob Zoe-dvxl Universal Zoom Controller:

              This unit is just great. It helps with the slack in the DVX/HVX gears a lot. It doesn't eliminate it but it really does help. Other than that it is a zoom controller - it helps me zoom. Of course one of the better parts is that I can use this on a LANC camera as well if I am not using my DVX/HVX.

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              5.0

              Great Controller for the money

              By Live Car Shows

              from Burbank CA

              About Me DigitalVideo Professional

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Shooting Outdoors
                • Upgrade

                Comments about Bebob Engineering Bebob Zoe-dvxl Universal Zoom Controller:

                We at Live Car Shows are on location with our fly cam jib every weekend. We needed a back up for our Varizoom and found the ZOE. Best parts are the ability to change the zoom direction and it has a variable zoom control that comes is real handy for those real slow zooms. Only down side is we lost the ability to turn the display off and on from the remote. Check out our website[@] to see it in action on our latest show.

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                • No

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                4.0

                This thing really works well

                By Emo

                from Toronto Canada

                About Me Aspiring Film Maker

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Could run slower

                Best Uses

                • All tripod applications

                Comments about Bebob Engineering Bebob Zoe-dvxl Universal Zoom Controller:

                The ZOE-DVXL is a solidly built unit. It is a must have for shooters who want smooth remote zoom and focus controls for their Digital HD Cameras. It would be slightly better if the zoom control ran even slower than it does, but it is smooth, accurate and very functional. Best accessory for our Sony Z5-U yet.

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                • No

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                4.0

                Zoom in!

                By Rocky

                from San Carlos, CA

                About Me Film Professional, Tech Savvy

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Could engage zoom slower

                Best Uses

                • Upgrade

                Comments about Bebob Engineering Bebob Zoe-dvxl Universal Zoom Controller:

                Do a lot of community cable TV and indie film work. I purchased both the zoom and focus controls. Both are very solid feeling. I don't like the 1/8" connectors, but considering that's the only way for this kind of camera, they seem to work so far, especially when plugged in all the way.
                The zoom control I feel could engage a little sooner and slower. I'm using this with an HVX-200, so I shouldn't expect big camera performance. The Focus control is the winner, no complaints on it whatsoever. I also like the iris control on it.
                The feature I'm pleasantly surprised by is the start-stop button. Very convenient, good location, and I use it more than I expected.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Necessary addition to all camera kits

                By Take One Productions

                from Orange County, CA

                About Me Video Professional

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Durable
                • Makes cameras work better

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Tripod camera work

                  Comments about Bebob Engineering Bebob Zoe-dvxl Universal Zoom Controller:

                  This is our second Zoe zoom control. We have one for full-size Canon lenses, too. These are great, because they are small, light, and can be packed with each camera, not as a separate zoom/focus kit. We don't need to lug around a handle because the tripod pan handle will do. Pricing on this is awesome, too, as it is cheaper than most other products of its kind. It makes the ergonomics of a small camera on a tripod better by positioning zoom back with your pan hand rather than having to reach over the camera lens.

                  • How long have you owned it:
                  • More than six months

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                  4.0

                  Nice addition to a package.

                  By Bobbo

                  from Dallas,TX

                  About Me Film Professional, Tech Savvy

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • German Made -High Quality
                  • Good Stability
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                  • Bracket too lightweight

                  Best Uses

                  • Alternate zoom control

                  Comments about Bebob Engineering Bebob Zoe-dvxl Universal Zoom Controller:

                  I shoot with all kinds of cameras. I'm glad to have a zoom control that works with both Sony and Panasonic's smaller cameras. It's nice to be able to feather stops and starts when zooming. As well as having focus control on Sony cameras.

                  Wish the potentiometer worked on the Panasonic cameras though.

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

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