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Zacuto EVF Flip-Up Electronic View Finder

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Product Highlights

  • External Monitor for DLSR Video Shoots
  • 3.2" (8cm) High Res Monitor:384,000 Dots
  • Enhances Stability for Shooting Video
  • Scaling Function
  • 2 HDMI Standard Ports
  • 3 Assignable Function Buttons
  • Brightness / Contrast Adjustments
  • Audio Meter Indicator
  • Black Sun Protection Disk Included
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Price: $775.00

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The Zacuto EVF Flip-Up Electronic View Finder is a 3.2” (8cm) high resolution (384,000 dots) monitor that is compatible with all the Z-Finder models.

Using the EVF Flip-Up, you can operate any camera that has an HDMI port, with the correct form factor for video with the camera "in-line" to the rod system and your eye in the Z-Finder offset. In addition to enhancing stability for better resolution, the EVF Flip-Up allows for a comfortable eye position that enables low-mode shooting. You can shorten your camera package, detach your EVF from the rig, and store it in a dolly or crane for car shots.

Its built-in Z-finder frame flips up 180°. Flipping up the monitor allows you to share your shot with others. The EVF Flip-Up is compatible with virtually all cameras with an HDMI output, including the Canon C100/C300/C500, Sony FS100, Sony F3, Scarlet, Red One & Epic, Panasonic AG-AF100.

Equipped with a scaling function, the EVF Flip-UP adjusts the aspect ratio, thus ensuring that the image fits the screen when using certain DSLR cameras. It features an HDMI type 'A' in, and an HDMI type 'A' loop out. In addition to enabling image view on the EVF's 800 x 480 screen, the feature also allows signal looping out to devices such as an external monitor or the Teradek Cube. Powered by an LP-E6 style battery, the EVF Flip-Up can run for 5.2 hours.

Other features include Monochrome, Image Flip, Brightness and Contrast Adjustments, an Audio Meter Indicator, and upgradeable USB firmware. In addition to Pixel to Pixel zoom, it also offers Chroma settings for color saturation and Peaking Focus Assist that aids critical focusing by sharpening the edges and making in-focus objects stand out. Blue Only, which allows you to view the blue channel only, is a professional feature used while viewing SMPTE color bars for monitor calibration. Anamorphic setting helps in viewing an anamorphic image in the EVF Flip-Up Electronic View Finder by stretching out the image.

The EVF Flip-Up also has Frame Line Generators with aspect ratio frame lines such as 1.33:1 (4x3), 1.66:1 (15x9), 1.78:1 (16x9), 1.85:1 (35mm theatrical), 2.35:1 (Cinemascope), and a “rule of thirds” grid. Exposure Assist- Zebra Stripes allow setting of 2 separate IRE levels. For example, you can set one for 55 IRE to get a properly exposed skin tone, while the other can be set at 100 to indicate pure white and the point before over exposed signal clipping. The Scaling Function corrects aspect ratios by expanding the image and utilizing the entire width and resolution of the display screen. The battery level indicator can be set to show or not to show on the screen. When set not to show, the indicator will automatically appear when the battery level is down to 10%. Additionally, the Live Menu Preview allows you to see the changes taking place as you select the menu items.

3.2" (8cm) high resolution monitor that is used in combination with all the Z-Finder models
Operates cameras through an HDMI port, with the correct form factor for video with the camera "in-line" to the rod system and your eye in the Z-Finder offset
Enhances stability to offer better resolution and allows a comfortable eye position that enables low mode shooting
Helps shorten camera package and allows the EVF to be detached from the rig, keep it in a dolly or crane for car shots
Built-in Z-finder frame flips up 180° taking the Z-finder with it, thus allowing you to also use the EVF as an external monitor
Allows you to share your shots with others by flipping up the monitor
Compatible with all cameras that have an HDMI output including the Panasonic AF-100, Sony F3, RED ONE, RED Scarlet, and RED Epic
Powered by the LP-E6 style battery, can run for 5.2 hours
HDMI type 'A' in, and an HDMI type 'A' loop out
Allows looping the signal out to devices such as an external monitor or the Teradek Cube
Scaling function - adjusts the aspect ratio so that the image fits the screen when using certain DSLR cameras
Features include Monochrome, Image Flip, Pixel to Pixel zoom, Brightness and Contrast Adjustments, an Audio Meter Indicator, and upgradeable USB firmware
Chroma settings - for color saturation
Peaking Focus Assist - aids critical focusing by sharpening the edges and making in-focus objects stand out
Blue Only is a professional feature used while viewing SMPTE color bars for monitor calibration allows you to view the blue channel only
Anamorphic setting - helps in viewing an anamorphic image in the EVF by stretching out the image
Frame Line Generators offer aspect ratio frame lines such as 1.33:1 (4x3), 1.66:1 (15x9), 1.78:1 (16x9), 1.85:1 (35mm theatrical), 2.35:1 (Cinemascope), and also a "rule of thirds" grid
Exposure Assist- Zebra Stripes - allow setting of 2 separate IRE levels, you can set one for 55 IRE to obtain a properly exposed skin tone, while the other can be set at 100 to indicate pure white and the point before an over exposed signal clipping
Scaling function - corrects aspect ratios by expanding the image and utilizing the entire width and resolution of the display screen
The battery level indicator can be set to show or not to show on the screen. When set not to show, the indicator will automatically appear when the battery level is down to 10%.
Live Menu Preview - allows you to see the changes taking place as you select the menu items
CAUTION
Direct sunlight can burn spots onto the EVF screen. A black disk with a 16x9 mask cut out that will reduce the amount of light entering your EVF is supplied that helps to avoid this. It does not eliminate the sun 100% and there is still the potential to burn your screen, but it will help a great deal. Precaution must be taken, and the Z-finder lens cap must be used at all times when the EVF is not in use. For current owners, please contact the manufacturer for a free protective disk
UPC: 654367784716
LCD Display
Size 3.2" (8cm) TFT LCD IPS LED
Resolution 800 x 480
Color 16M
Viewing Angle H: 170° V: 170°
Screen Viewing Area 70.6mm (H) x 42.76mm (V)
Power
Battery 7.2v Canon LP-E6 or Equivalent
External Power Supply 12v Power Adapter Optional
Video Input/Output HDMI: 480i/480p/576p/720p/1080i
Operating Temperature -4 to 158°F (-20C to 70°C)
Storage Temperature -22F to 176°F (-30C to 80°C)
Power Consumption 2.5w (5.20 Hours w/ 1800mAH Battery)
Weight 6 oz (170 g) - 8.5 oz (241 g) with battery
Packaging Info
Package Weight 2.05 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 10.0 x 7.0 x 3.6"
Zacuto EVF Flip-Up Electronic View Finder
  • 3.2" (8cm) Monitor
  • HDMI Cable
  • Rechargeable Battery
  • Battery Charger
  • Hotshoe EVF Mount
  • 1/4 20" (51cm) Mounting Thread
  • Black Sun Protection Disk
  • 1-year Warranty
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    ZacutoEVF Flip-Up Electronic View Finder
     
    4.6

    (based on 22 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (15)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    95%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (16)
    • Easy to use (14)
    • Improves performance (11)
    • Interfaces well with camcorder (11)
    • Well built / quality (11)

    Cons

    • Pricey / poor value (4)

    Best Uses

    • Shooting outdoors (8)
    • Shooting indoors (6)
    • Upgrade (6)
    • Travel (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Film professional (9), Quality oriented (7)
      • Primary use:
      • Business (5)
      • Computer Platform:
      • Mac (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (14)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Very Worthwhile Accessory

    I use this with my 5DMKII. I've been avoiding a lot of the add-on accessories for my DSLR as I believe it goes against the small form factor. However, especially for tripod work,...Read complete review

    I use this with my 5DMKII. I've been avoiding a lot of the add-on accessories for my DSLR as I believe it goes against the small form factor. However, especially for tripod work, I find the Zacuto EVF to be a must-have accessory. For handheld work, I find the EVF to be really effective as I can now tilt the viewfinder up a little, cradle the camera slightly below eye level and tuck my elbows in for a steadier shot.
    On the sticks, one can achieve the previously unachievable with ease and comfort.
    The firmware offers a wealth of options most importantly functions that help with focus and exposure. With peaking and zebra turned off, I find the resolution of the EVF to be very close to that provided by the 5D's LCD screen. There are presets for various single chip large sensor cameras including the 5D. I don't use the preset because when you press the record button, the image upscales a bit and fills the screen to the point where I can't see my aperture, shutter and ISO value displays. So I leave it in Auto mode meaning the image size does not alter once in record. If you don't need the aperture etc displayed then you're in for a big treat. The image displayed appears so much bigger than the Z-Finder attached to the camera's LCD screen. It's a wonderful immersive experience where your whole world is filled with the image. It's a bit like sitting in the third row at the cinema. I've been shooting with broadcast ENG cameras for over 20 years and find this viewfinder to be as good as or better than anything I've ever used. This is quantifiably better than any "professional" viewfinder on the market. It's only when one uses "broadcast standard" equipment that one realises how the world should be viewed through a video camera. The Zacuto EVF gives me a broadcast standard viewfinder. It really is that good.
    Now for the not so good. Any EVF of its kind is an add-on with a cable a battery and some form of attachment. Zacuto have engineered the cable with great care, however HDMI was not designed to be repeatedly plugged and unplugged. My low-key camera is now bigger and heavier.
    The battery has a good life and is interchangeable with the 5D, 60D and 7D camera battery. There is a compatibility issue with the charger though. Standard Canon batteries won't charge with the Zacuto charger. No big deal. The attachment provided with the EVF is the weakest link. The hot-shoe ball device is not a Zacuto product. It's a cheap and nasty attachment that isn't up to the task. I binned it and figured out something else. Zacuto offer other solutions but they're all have compromises and at an extra cost. If I was Zacuto, I would upgrade the hot-shoe attachment even if it meant charging more. They need to figure out a mounting solution that provides movement on one axis only - up and down without having to adjust a wing-nut on a ball. I'm going to be harsh and deduct one star for this terrible attachment solution.

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    Good but not great

    It´s more of a use for viewing but you still have problems focusing correctly. I suggest getting always an external monitor anyways

    It´s more of a use for viewing but you still have problems focusing correctly. I suggest getting always an external monitor anyways

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    5.0

    A must have for any DSLR video shooting

    By Edify Story Foundry

    from New York

    About Me Quality Oriented

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Adjustable
    • Compactness
    • Focus Peaking
    • Lightweight
    • Sharp Image
    • Vivid Colors

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Dslr video

      Comments about Zacuto EVF Flip-Up Electronic View Finder:

      I wanted something smaller and more compact than my 7" monitor. This works beautifully as a focus assist EVF which was my main reason for getting it. Great picture, great redline focus peaking function but its size is the reason I really like it. I can hot shoe mount it to my 5DM3 and have the smallest rig set up ready for any handheld work. The redline focus assistance feature is great. Very easy to see and incredibly helpful in nailing focus. It's got tons of other features and functions, most of which I'll probably never use but I'm glad I finally purchased this as I had been eyeing it for a while. I thought I could use my monitor in the same way but the compactness, weight and ability to be even more ninja is a tremendous plus.

      • Primary use:
      • Business

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      3.0

      Good but not great

      By Sebasatthedisco

      from Cali, Colombia, Valle del Cauca

      About Me Business Owner, Film Student, Professional Artist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Lacks Functionality
      • Limited Compatibility
      • Poor Performance
      • Pricey / Poor Value

      Best Uses

        Comments about Zacuto EVF Flip-Up Electronic View Finder:

        It´s more of a use for viewing but you still have problems focusing correctly. I suggest getting always an external monitor anyways

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        • No

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        5.0

        Great Product, Great Service

        By Kellar42

        from Panama

        About Me Professional Artist

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Pricey / Poor Value

        Best Uses

        • Independent Films

        Comments about Zacuto EVF Flip-Up Electronic View Finder:

        Perfect for integrating into my handheld rig and getting my camera back over my shoulder. Loving the Anamorphic un-squeeze option. Surprisingly useful on jibs or glidecams as a little monitor as well. Built like a tank. I'm finally understanding why one pays for Zacuto products.

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        5.0

        a piece you don't want to miss

        By Bubs

        from Santa Cruz, CA

        About Me Quality Oriented

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Adjustable
        • Easy To Set Up
        • Lightweight
        • Sharp Image
        • Vivid Colors

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Zacuto EVF Flip-Up Electronic View Finder:

            I use this piece of equipment with a Nikon D800 and as soon as I plugged it in it worked immediately as supposed. I bought the EVP Flip-up a week ago. It arrived just on time for a documentary I am working on. It changed the quality of my shots. The Exposure Assist- Zebra Stripes allowed me to get properly exposed movies and the Peaking Focus Assist was critical to get a sharpened footage. My consideration is that due the size of the monitor there is no point to own one without the Z-Finder.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal
            • Computer Platform:
            • Mac

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            4.0

            Completes the package

            By Max

            from Chicago, IL

            About Me Quality Oriented

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Adjustable
            • Easy To Set Up
            • Lightweight
            • Sharp Image
            • Vivid Colors

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Multimedia

              Comments about Zacuto EVF Flip-Up Electronic View Finder:

              I had the Z Pro finder, but it was cumbersome to use. With the EVF, I'm able to tilt rather than just looking into the viewfinder straight on. But the real value of EVF is all of the other features it offers, like zebra, monochrome viewing and focus assist to name a few. The flip is really worth the extra dollars, allowing you to flip the Z Pro out of the way and just using the EVF as a monitor. This may seem small, but the HMI connection on the EVF is on the right side and the HDMI on the Canon is on the left side, when mounting the EVF on the hot shoe, the cable is somewhat in the way, but not a big deal.

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              • Business

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              5.0

              Great Product

              By JYFortes

              from Sacramento, CA

              About Me Quality Oriented

              Pros

              • Adjustable
              • Easy To Set Up
              • Sharp Image
              • Vivid Colors

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Zacuto EVF Flip-Up Electronic View Finder:

                  I purchased a Canon 60D so I could have an articulating screen, but with the shallow DOF it's a bit difficult to maintain focus when your on the run. The EVF allows me to shoot in many positions and with a Z-Finder I always get good focus. My only issue is not with the EVF, but the HDMI output of the camera being 480p. Check your camera output so you aren't disappointed. It doesn't bother me and I plan to upgrade at some point using the same EVF. The EVF construction is top notch. Firmware updates are simple thru the USB input. I used the hotshoe mount when I first got the EVF and it worked fine, but I now have the Zacuto Sling Shot which puts the EVF to the left side. Battery life is awesome and takes standard Canon batteries that you would use in a 60D, 7D and 5D. The clarity of the screen is amazing!

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                  • Business
                  • Computer Platform:
                  • Mac

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                  5.0

                  Great bargain

                  By tstout1

                  from Olathe, KS

                  About Me Quality Oriented

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Sharp Image
                  • Vivid Colors

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Zacuto EVF Flip-Up Electronic View Finder:

                      This is not the cheapest of monitors but in this case you get what you pay for. I expected only a monitor but I was plesantly surprised to find a battery, charger, swivel mount, and an HDMI cable. I used it on a weekend shoot and it looks very durable and gave me no problems. Highly recommended for anyone wanting to bump dslr video up a notch.

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                      • Business
                      • Computer Platform:
                      • PC

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                      5.0

                      Does not work with Pentax

                      By SJC

                      from UFT, NJ

                      About Me Quality Oriented

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Zacuto EVF Flip-Up Electronic View Finder:

                            I bought a pretty elaborate setup of Zacuto products to work with my camera and EVF. I thought all the items were quality products but the EVF would not recognize the Pentax K5. The folks at Zacuto were great in trying to get it to work for me but it was to be a one time deal. Any upgrades would not be Pentax friendly. I didn't lose a dime because they refunded me in full. Just a heads up for Pentax users.

                            • Primary use:
                            • Personal
                            • Computer Platform:
                            • PC

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                            5.0

                            Amazing!

                            By mozingopj

                            from Canton, OH

                            About Me Quality Oriented

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Adjustable
                            • Easy To Set Up
                            • Lightweight
                            • Sharp Image
                            • Vivid Colors

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • DSLR

                              Comments about Zacuto EVF Flip-Up Electronic View Finder:

                              Bought this EVF based on several reviews and having the chance to play with it on set before. Its features are extensive and color space is dead on. For the price...you definitely get what you want here. I use this with my 5DMKII and the EVF has a preset to use the entire screen when recording or not! I missed the Zebra function from my HVX200 and having it back helps with lighting in those tricky situations.

                              Watch the video reviews of this EVF and you'll see why it's #1. Must have for your gear collection.

                              • Primary use:
                              • Business
                              • Computer Platform:
                              • Mac

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                              4.0

                              very nice

                              By maomafaria

                              from Brazil

                              About Me Film Professional

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Shooting Outdoors

                                Comments about Zacuto EVF Flip-Up Electronic View Finder:

                                very good

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                                • No

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                                5.0

                                the best EVF at this moment

                                By Pixel Ivan

                                from Hong Kong

                                About Me Student

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                • Expensive

                                Best Uses

                                • Shooting Indoors
                                • Shooting Outdoors
                                • Travel
                                • Upgrade

                                Comments about Zacuto EVF Flip-Up Electronic View Finder:

                                It's a very impressive demonstration of what can be pulled of if you listen to the customers as a company, and Zacuto is obviously very good at that. There is not much that I would change, if anything at all. Of course, there is always more you can add, but for the DSLR shooter, this really is the ultimate viewfinder.
                                It not only makes shooting more flexible, but also tranforms DSLRs into more professional movie machines in so many ways, alleviating many of the cameras' downsides. The Zacuto EVF feels like a natural extension to any DSLR, as if it has always been there … and I truly don't want to miss it from any of my DSLR shooting in the future. Great work!

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                                5.0

                                Great product

                                By Lance

                                from Nashville TN

                                About Me Film Professional

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Zacuto EVF Flip-Up Electronic View Finder:

                                    One of the best HD image quality on Camera monitor by-far. I wish they'll make some bigger size like 7" with the same quality.

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                                    5.0

                                    It is like a 2nd intellectual processor.

                                    By michaelauknz

                                    from Auckland New Zealand

                                    About Me Film Professional

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                                    Verified Reviewer

                                    Pros

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

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Shooting Indoors
                                      • Shooting Outdoors
                                      • Upgrade

                                      Comments about Zacuto EVF Flip-Up Electronic View Finder:

                                      I have only had a Zacuto EVF Flipper now for just a few days and I think the best description is that it is like having a 2nd INTEL intellectual processor.

                                      Once you get the hang of the fine detail it truly provides both in picture quality and information plus the fact that your eye is enclosed and can just focus on the situation and you can see the actual fine detail and effect of your own adjustments on your work quality which quickly improves and that saves you real money and time in editing...
                                      You do not need to call yourself any more the news video reporter or an eng videographer but you can start looking at developing the finer art and craftsmanship of studying cinematography hopefully.

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                                      5.0

                                      Best EVF, worth every penny!

                                      By Theo Ribeiro

                                      from São Paulo, Brazil

                                      About Me Film Professional

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

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

                                      Cons

                                      • Few mounting points

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about Zacuto EVF Flip-Up Electronic View Finder:

                                        The Zacuto EVF is worth every penny.

                                        LCD quality is stelar, the ease of use and features are also priceless.

                                        The ability to choose and store multiple camera profiles is invaluable and really works.

                                        Focusing and composing with a DSLR has just become easy and trouble free with the Zacuto EVF even with the 5D MKII which switches to 480p when recording.

                                        Many useful features like zebras, peaking and the great frame line generator. The included HDMI cable is really nice and the right size.

                                        Only drawback I see is the lack of multiple mounting points so I think you really need to buy the Zacuto EVF Cheese Stick.

                                        It's also made to work with a Z-finder so make sure you get one.

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                                        4.0

                                        Very Worthwhile Accessory

                                        By Tim

                                        from Germany

                                        About Me ENG Cameraman

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Easy To Use
                                        • Improves Performance

                                        Cons

                                        • Poor hot-shoe attachment

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Handheld and Tripod Work

                                        Comments about Zacuto EVF Flip-Up Electronic View Finder:

                                        I use this with my 5DMKII. I've been avoiding a lot of the add-on accessories for my DSLR as I believe it goes against the small form factor. However, especially for tripod work, I find the Zacuto EVF to be a must-have accessory. For handheld work, I find the EVF to be really effective as I can now tilt the viewfinder up a little, cradle the camera slightly below eye level and tuck my elbows in for a steadier shot.
                                        On the sticks, one can achieve the previously unachievable with ease and comfort.
                                        The firmware offers a wealth of options most importantly functions that help with focus and exposure. With peaking and zebra turned off, I find the resolution of the EVF to be very close to that provided by the 5D's LCD screen. There are presets for various single chip large sensor cameras including the 5D. I don't use the preset because when you press the record button, the image upscales a bit and fills the screen to the point where I can't see my aperture, shutter and ISO value displays. So I leave it in Auto mode meaning the image size does not alter once in record. If you don't need the aperture etc displayed then you're in for a big treat. The image displayed appears so much bigger than the Z-Finder attached to the camera's LCD screen. It's a wonderful immersive experience where your whole world is filled with the image. It's a bit like sitting in the third row at the cinema. I've been shooting with broadcast ENG cameras for over 20 years and find this viewfinder to be as good as or better than anything I've ever used. This is quantifiably better than any "professional" viewfinder on the market. It's only when one uses "broadcast standard" equipment that one realises how the world should be viewed through a video camera. The Zacuto EVF gives me a broadcast standard viewfinder. It really is that good.
                                        Now for the not so good. Any EVF of its kind is an add-on with a cable a battery and some form of attachment. Zacuto have engineered the cable with great care, however HDMI was not designed to be repeatedly plugged and unplugged. My low-key camera is now bigger and heavier.
                                        The battery has a good life and is interchangeable with the 5D, 60D and 7D camera battery. There is a compatibility issue with the charger though. Standard Canon batteries won't charge with the Zacuto charger. No big deal. The attachment provided with the EVF is the weakest link. The hot-shoe ball device is not a Zacuto product. It's a cheap and nasty attachment that isn't up to the task. I binned it and figured out something else. Zacuto offer other solutions but they're all have compromises and at an extra cost. If I was Zacuto, I would upgrade the hot-shoe attachment even if it meant charging more. They need to figure out a mounting solution that provides movement on one axis only - up and down without having to adjust a wing-nut on a ball. I'm going to be harsh and deduct one star for this terrible attachment solution.

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                                        4.0

                                        Must have for professional DSLR shooter.

                                        By Colorado Shooter

                                        from Fort Collins, CO

                                        About Me Film Professional

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

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

                                        Cons

                                        • Expensive

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Professional Shoots

                                        Comments about Zacuto EVF Flip-Up Electronic View Finder:

                                        We have all heard how amazing the picture quality is - I was a little disappointed. It's good -better than the camera LCD, but not as sharp as all the reviewers lead you to believe. For me, the "Must Have" features of the EVF are the dual zebra, 1 to 1 scaling, 7 hours on a single battery, audio meters for playback (Canon 5D) so I can quickly check audio recording, and accurate color & luma display. If you are going to shoot DSLR professionally you need these features.

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                                        5.0

                                        Fantastic EVF

                                        By Jason L

                                        from San Mateo, CA

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

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

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Shooting Indoors
                                          • Shooting Outdoors

                                          Comments about Zacuto EVF Flip-Up Electronic View Finder:

                                          This has been one of the most useful purchases I've made in a long time. The display is beautiful and well made. It is small and lightweight and has impressive battery performance. It makes shooting video so much easier, especially on DSLRs.

                                          It is far easier to judge focus using this than the rear lcd. Combine this with a Noga arm and you're set. The focus assist works great as does all the other functions like the false color. It is so versatile, I can't really think of anything that I would want it to do that it doesn't already offer. The HDMI pass through works as expected enabling you to send the signal to another monitor. I can't imagine shooting without it.

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                                          4.0

                                          a must for 5D

                                          By hamid

                                          from NJ

                                          About Me Film Professional

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                                          Pros

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

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Upgrade

                                            Comments about Zacuto EVF Flip-Up Electronic View Finder:

                                            It is a must for 5D & 7D owners, as a great quality viewing monitor. Since 5D/7D do not have a adjustable view finder like 60D, this hi quality monitor allows low and high angle shooting without laying on the floor or getting a ladder to be able to view the screen of the camera. I think the quality is one of the best, specially for focusing. A great unit!

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                                            5.0

                                            Excellent EVF

                                            By Hiro

                                            from Los Angeles, CA

                                            About Me Film Professional

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

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

                                            Cons

                                            • Heavy

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Shooting Indoors
                                            • Shooting Outdoors
                                            • Upgrade

                                            Comments about Zacuto EVF Flip-Up Electronic View Finder:

                                            Excellent quality EVF.
                                            It's very versatile and gives you ability to focus, precisely.
                                            Simple and straight forward interface. Lots of functions to customize for your needs.

                                            The only thing I complain would be the weight of the EVF. It is a little heavy to hold the EVF on a ball head, which is included in the box. I would recommend to use one of Zacuto's EVF mounts for secure rigging.

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                                            5.0

                                            life changing experience!

                                            By mastervoice

                                            from Brooklyn, NY

                                            About Me Film Professional, Tech Savvy

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Easy To Use
                                            • Good Interface With Camcorder
                                            • Improves Performance
                                            • Lightweight
                                            • Quality Construction
                                            • Very Versatile
                                            • Works with Sony F3

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Hand-held
                                              • Shooting Indoors
                                              • Shooting Outdoors
                                              • Travel
                                              • Upgrade

                                              Comments about Zacuto EVF Flip-Up Electronic View Finder:

                                              This is simply the best solution ever to operate the camera properly, especially when doing hand-held shoots.
                                              This is a very well made object. I wish they released it sooner.

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