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VariZoom VZ-Rock-EX PMW-EX1 Rocker Controller

B&H # VAVZROCKEX Mfr # VZ-ROCK-EX
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Product Highlights
  • Compatible w/ Sony EX1 and EX3 Cameras
  • Precise Zoom Control
  • Offers Record/Pause

The Varizoom VZ-Rock-EX is a zoom rocker controller designed specifically for the Sony PMW-EX1 camcorder. The rocker is pressure-sensitive for fine-tuned zoom adjustments and provides clean and easy operation. The unit is durable yet lightweight, making it the most compact control for the camera availible.

Pressure Sensitive Rocker Switch
Unlike many camera controllers, the VZ-Rock-EX comes equipped with a pressure sensitive rocker switch. This allows users to vary the rocker's speed, providing smooth, sustainable zoom adjustments.
Compatibility PMW-EX1
Dimensions (LxW) 2.8 x 2" (7.1 x 5.1 cm)
Weight 0.4 lb (181.4g)
VariZoom VZ-Rock-EX PMW-EX1 Rocker Controller
  • 2-Year Parts and Labor Warranty
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    VariZoomVZ-Rock-EX PMW-EX1 Rocker Controller
     
    3.6

    (based on 11 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    73%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (9)
    • Professional quality (5)
    • Improves performance (4)
    • Compact (3)
    • Highly compatible (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Complex projects (3)
      • In the studio (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Business owner (4)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (8)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      I like this remote control

      I changed cameras from a Sony with LANC control to a Sony EX3 that is more limited in that respect. The EX3 is a nice controller with good zoom speed but I miss the...Read complete review

      I changed cameras from a Sony with LANC control to a Sony EX3 that is more limited in that respect. The EX3 is a nice controller with good zoom speed but I miss the tally light that the VZRock had. Not a Varizoom issue but a capability that Sony didn't provide for.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Too much play!

      Purchased for use on the EX3, the item does what it is supposed to, but has a lot of play when pressing the button to zoom in either direction. Reminds me of when...Read complete review

      Purchased for use on the EX3, the item does what it is supposed to, but has a lot of play when pressing the button to zoom in either direction. Reminds me of when the brakes are going out on a car. You keep pushing gently, trying to get the smooth zoom, but the amount of pressure needed to get a response from the mechanism and to the zoom itself makes the item feel cheap.

      I'd recommend the Libec Zoom Controller before this, much cheaper and works better.

      Reviewed by 11 customers

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      2.0

      Too much play!

      By Chuff

      from Chicago, IL

      About Me Camera Operator, Freelancer, Videographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use

      Cons

      • Limited Compatibility
      • Poor Design
      • Poor Performance
      • Pricey / Poor Value

      Best Uses

        Comments about VariZoom VZ-Rock-EX PMW-EX1 Rocker Controller:

        Purchased for use on the EX3, the item does what it is supposed to, but has a lot of play when pressing the button to zoom in either direction. Reminds me of when the brakes are going out on a car. You keep pushing gently, trying to get the smooth zoom, but the amount of pressure needed to get a response from the mechanism and to the zoom itself makes the item feel cheap.

        I'd recommend the Libec Zoom Controller before this, much cheaper and works better.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Important piece of equipment

        By PhotographerBarry

        from Houston,Texas

        About Me Business Owner

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Complex Projects

          Comments about VariZoom VZ-Rock-EX PMW-EX1 Rocker Controller:

          I used this product with my Sony EX1. I work with a video group doing weddings and they requested I get this peice of gear. I mount this on a tripod and used it to control zoom. The zoom starts and ends smoother than it does using the zoom on the camera. It is also more convience to use having it mounted to the handle on the tripod rather than on the zoom on top of the camera. The piece of equipment is cost effective as it make a noticable different in the video quality for only [$]

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          • No

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          4.0

          "I would buy this product again !!!!!

          By K.Y

          from Hong Kong

          About Me Business Owner

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • In The Studio

            Comments about VariZoom VZ-Rock-EX PMW-EX1 Rocker Controller:

            This product is Slim & Useful !!!

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            This rocker switch ROCKS

            By Lofty

            from Minneapolis, MN

            About Me Professional Artist

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • In The Studio

              Comments about VariZoom VZ-Rock-EX PMW-EX1 Rocker Controller:

              Low profile, touch sensitive and price competitive. No down side

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              3.0

              Nice sturdy product

              By ColbyKiller

              from KY

              About Me Hobbyist

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Professional Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about VariZoom VZ-Rock-EX PMW-EX1 Rocker Controller:

                  This seems to be a beefy unit but lacks features of the Manfrotto. I like both but ended up keeping the Manfrotto and sending back the Varizoom. It seemed to fit my use a little better but both seem to work great.

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Zoom controller works smoothly

                  By Motoriley

                  from Montreal, Canada

                  About Me Cameraman, Editor

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Improves Performance
                  • Professional Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Great for tripod work

                    Comments about VariZoom VZ-Rock-EX PMW-EX1 Rocker Controller:

                    Works as promised. Allows very nice slow zooms. Can also start and stop recording.

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Works Great!

                    By KD

                    from Maryland

                    About Me Business Owner

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact Design
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Professional Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about VariZoom VZ-Rock-EX PMW-EX1 Rocker Controller:

                        Works great with the Ex-1. Fits nicely on the tripod handle. Would recommend.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        3.0

                        Better than the others

                        By Ben

                        from Silver Spring, MD

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about VariZoom VZ-Rock-EX PMW-EX1 Rocker Controller:

                              I have an EX and tried the Manfroto first and then the Libec did not even fit. This is better than the Manfroto, but it is still not great. I have decided the problem is the lens, and no matter how good the zoom control is, it still will not be good enough to do a nicely feathered slow zoom without a jerk at the beginning. I plan on returning this and finding an inexpensive 1/2" lens that I can use with the adapter ring that came with the camera.

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                              • No

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                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              4.0

                              I like this remote control

                              By Anonymous

                              from Eastern Washington State

                              About Me Business Owner, Pro videographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Highly Compatible

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Complex Projects

                                Comments about VariZoom VZ-Rock-EX PMW-EX1 Rocker Controller:

                                I changed cameras from a Sony with LANC control to a Sony EX3 that is more limited in that respect. The EX3 is a nice controller with good zoom speed but I miss the tally light that the VZRock had. Not a Varizoom issue but a capability that Sony didn't provide for.

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                                (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                2.0

                                Mounting bracket too samll!

                                By gnostic19

                                from fw, tx

                                Comments about VariZoom VZ-Rock-EX PMW-EX1 Rocker Controller:

                                I used this with the EX-1 and, while appreciate the build quality, was a bit upset to see that the mounting bracket and the screw/threads are too shallow it fit my tripod arm(vinten 3?) I am only able to get the screws around maybe 2 threads before it gets too tight on the padded handle. Because there is no rubber/pad on the underside i can't mount directly to metal arm, becasue then it would be plastic on metal and not able to be secured adequately. I am retuning it for the Libec that i was fortunate to use this past weekend. It has a different mounting mechanism that allows it to be mounted on metal part of arm because it has rubber contact points.

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                                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                4.0

                                Nice

                                By JNeff

                                from Los Angeles, CA

                                About Me Professional Artist

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Improves Performance

                                Cons

                                • Poor Design

                                Best Uses

                                • Complex Projects
                                • Independent Films
                                • In The Studio

                                Comments about VariZoom VZ-Rock-EX PMW-EX1 Rocker Controller:

                                Nice smooth zooms!!! Just be careful not to tighten to tight to your tripod arm or shoulder support arm. The back piece is made out of plastic and will break. I wound up [...] buying a metal replacement.

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