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Zacuto DSLR Baseplate Z-DSLR-B

B&H # ZAZDSLRBB MFR # Z-DSLR-B
Zacuto DSLR Baseplate Z-DSLR-B

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Product Highlights

  • Highly Configurable DSLR Baseplate
  • Includes Two 3.5" Black Rods
  • Accommodates 15mm Rods on All Sides
  • Quick-Release Plate Included
  • 1/4"-20 & 3/8"-16 Tripod Mount Screws
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You Pay: $259.00

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The Zacuto DSLR Baseplate Z-DSLR-B is designed to fit tall and short camera bodies, including cameras with a battery grip. It's the foundation for a wide range of DSLR video rig configurations, including the Single Action, the Fast Draw, and the Double Barrel. Two threaded black 3.5" 15mm mini-rails for accommodating follow focus and matte boxes are included.

The front has two levels for rods: the top level is for mounting follow focuses, matte boxes, zoom/focus motors and lens support; the bottom level rods are used mostly for lens support and single or double hand grips. Rear rod holes are for rod extensions to support battery power, wireless plates, monitors and other accessories that you may need when using a tripod. Rod holes on the left and right are for mounting a gunstock and the offset shoulder pad and counterweight for hand-held use. You can also mount a top handle, monitor arms and the cage (which would use both sides at the same time).

A quick-release plate allows you to instantly remove your camera for standalone use--the bottom plate mounts to your tripod using included 1/4"-20 and 3/8"-16 screws. This DSLR baseplate makes it not only possible, but fairly easy, to go from shoulder-mounted to handheld to locked down on legs while shooting video with your DSLR--without breaking a sweat.

Highly configurable DSLR baseplate
Includes two 3.5" black rods
Accommodates 15mm rods on all sides
Quick-release plate included
1/4"-20 & 3/8"-16 tripod mount screws
Dimensions Approximately 4 x 4 x 4" (10.16 x 10.16 x 10.16 cm)
Weight Shipping weight: 1 lb (453.59 g)
Packaging Info
Package Weight 1.15 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.2 x 5.7 x 2.9"
Zacuto DSLR Baseplate Z-DSLR-B
  • 2 x 3.5" Black Rods (15mm)
  • Quick-Release Plate
  • Lifetime Warranty
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    ZacutoDSLR Baseplate Z-DSLR-B
     
    4.7

    (based on 11 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 3 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (8)
    • Lightweight (5)
    • Reliable (4)
    • Durable (3)
    • Professional quality (3)

    Cons

    No Cons

    Best Uses

    • Studio (4)
    • Travel (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Professional (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (10)

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    5.0

    Nice looking baseplate

    By Sherwinat0r

    from San Diego, CA

    Comments about Zacuto DSLR Baseplate Z-DSLR-B:

    It's a little on the expensive side but it gives you a lot of control. It has 2 pairs of 15mm rod clamps - the ones at the top are for matte box, follow focus etc. The bottom ones can be used to connect to a tripod mounting plate so you can balance a front-heavy rig. On top of that, the height is adjustable which allows you to center your matte box to your lens depending on the size of your DSLR. The twist knob allows you to release the QR plate and to shift left and right, again, for balancing the rig.

    The only thing I kind of didn't like is that you have to get specific rods that have threads so you can screw them in the clamps or get rod connecting screws for your rods. The rods can't go through the camps. But I understand that this is by design.

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    5.0

    Extremely well built

    By igabas

    from Engenheiro Coelho, BRAZIL

    About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Macro Photography
      • Sports/Action
      • Travel
      • Video
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about Zacuto DSLR Baseplate Z-DSLR-B:

      It's an awesome piece of gear, really well built and fully upgradable in the future.
      I'm using all my Samyang Cine lenses with it, and it's so reliable.
      Really awesome. No flaws whatsoever.
      It's really fast to set up too, especially the baseplate that you attach on to the base of your camera, and you keep put it in on and off the Z-DSLR Baseplate. Real fast, real easy.

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      • No

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      5.0

      The baseplate sold the rest

      By Josh

      from Charlotte, NC

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Adjustable
      • Lightweight
      • Quality construction
      • Solid

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Hdslr

        Comments about Zacuto DSLR Baseplate Z-DSLR-B:

        Zacuto has its share of critics. Some think their products are overpriced. One phrase I consistently read in reviews of different items I have purchased over the years is, "You get what you pay for." This baseplate is no exception. In fact it was the reason I bought the rest of my support rig from Zacuto.

        What makes this baseplate stand out is its quality, form, and function, which is what you look for in almost every piece of gear. It is solid yet lightweight. You can adjust the height, based on what camera you are using. You can also center it (with that signature red knob) quickly based on your lens configuration.

        I looked at other manufacturers of camera support known for quality, some which were even more pricey. But with each you had to purchase an additional riser or shim depending on your camera. While this may have a benefit in terms of being able to leave it attached to your camera, it's another part you have to buy, pack, and not lose.

        The baseplate is the core of your support rig. Even if you decide you want accessories from other manufactures (rods, handles, follow focus, zip gears, other camera support), Zacuto's baseplate is a great choice that will give you flexibility both now and in the future. You won't be disappointed.

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        5.0

        Quality Product at Premium price

        By Frank S.

        from Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia

        About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Professional Finish
        • Well built

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Event Photography
          • Family Photos
          • Macro Photography
          • Sports/Action
          • Video

          Comments about Zacuto DSLR Baseplate Z-DSLR-B:

          I use this with my Canon 5D Mark III. It is very well built. The first one I received from B&H was banged up on the edges leaving a couple of metal exposed areas that were very sharp. B&H as usual dealt with the issue promptly...great customer service pre & post sale! It is quite functional and appears that it will last for many years. Zacuto states that it is US manufactured...sort of. According to their documentation, it is assembled in the US...close enough. The folks at Zacuto were a great help in explaining to me what parts could be used with the baseplate now and how it could be expanded in the future. This was terrific because it prevented me from buying components that would not be usable as I expanded my system down the road. Great experience all around!

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 8
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          • No

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          5.0

          Essential!

          By Henry

          from San Francisco/Los Angeles

          About Me Professional

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Studio
            • Traveling

            Comments about Zacuto DSLR Baseplate Z-DSLR-B:

            Build quality is amazing, and every detail is well thought out. Surprisingly versatile and well worth the investment.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Great piece of kit

            By Box Head

            from Wollongong, NSW, Australia

            About Me Professional

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight
            • Reliable

            Cons

            • Expensive

            Best Uses

            • Everyday use
            • Studio
            • Traveling

            Comments about Zacuto DSLR Baseplate Z-DSLR-B:

            I needed a baseplate to rig my 5D mk II onto a tripod with the battery grip still attached. This does that and more. It feels solid and the quick release is a good idea for those moments when you quickly need to go hand held.

            For any DSLR shooter making films, this is a must have item.

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            • No

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            4.0

            A DSLR must

            By Takitwome

            from Fiji Islands

            About Me Professional

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Everyday use
              • Studio

              Comments about Zacuto DSLR Baseplate Z-DSLR-B:

              A must if you're shooting DSLR. Easily attaches and detaches your DSLR. It has heaps of different options for other attachments, which is fantastic as often you will need to add or re configure your set up for different shoot requirements. Awesome build quality which is usual for Zacuto but very pricey as well.

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              4.0

              DSLR Baseplate

              By mship

              from DC

              About Me Semi-Professional

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Studio
                • Traveling

                Comments about Zacuto DSLR Baseplate Z-DSLR-B:

                Provides quick and smooth transition from tripod to handheld shooting.

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                • No

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                4.0

                Well-designed, lightweight, quality

                By Right Side

                from Sydney

                About Me Pro Cameraman

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Lightweight
                • Professional Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Documentary
                  • In The Studio

                  Comments about Zacuto DSLR Baseplate Z-DSLR-B:

                  I shoot in a variety of locations where the light, quick-release Zacuto baseplate is a time-saver. Strong, light and with a real 'quality' feel. One negative, there is no forward/backward adjustment so short lenses (like my Nikon 1.4 50mm) are hard to set up with FF & matte box.

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                  5.0

                  Love it!

                  By JLScott

                  from Portland, OR

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Highly Compatible
                  • Improves Performance
                  • Lots of options
                  • Professional Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Zacuto DSLR Baseplate Z-DSLR-B:

                      I've already got a shoulder mount but I needed a quick release baseplate with rails. I've got the Zacuto EVF & Z-finder, love their quality, so I decided to buy this baseplate after reading reviews online. I totally dig it. I've got a battery grip on my 5D so I love the fact that I can adjust the baseplate down. Not much more to add other than it works perfectly for my needs and the quality is the typical stellar Zacuto quality. I love it.

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                      5.0

                      Amazing Item

                      By Toeknee

                      from Newburgh, NY

                      About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • Heavy
                      • Price

                      Best Uses

                      • Complex Projects
                      • Independent Films
                      • In The Studio

                      Comments about Zacuto DSLR Baseplate Z-DSLR-B:

                      I really enjoy this baseplate. Between having both sized tripod mounting screws on the bottom, and 8 different locations to attach 15mm rails this product will keep serving you for years. It's incredibly well built and feels durable in your hands. the weight might be a little much for somebody putting together a handheld rig but for shoulder mounts or tripod work this baseplate really shines.

                      I use it to attach my DSLR, Mattebox, and monitor all to 15mm rails so I can put the whole thing on my tripod. I really enjoy the separate camera release plate. This gives you the ability to take the camera off and change lenses without having to remove the entire rig from the tripod or taking apart the entire rig just to get to the lens.

                      The baseplate also allows you to position the camera up/down as well as left/right to ensure the mattebox lines up properly.

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