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Libec Remote Zoom and Focus Control for LANC and Panasonic Cameras

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Libec Remote Zoom and Focus Control for LANC and Panasonic Cameras

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Product Highlights

  • Control for Sony, Canon and Panasonic
  • Remote Record Start/Stop Button
  • Variable Zoom Speed Selector Switch
  • Focus Control Button for LANC Cameras
  • Focus Control Dial for Panasonic Cameras
  • Two-Step Zoom Control Knob for LANC
  • Remote Power ON/OFF for LANC Cameras
  • 2.3' Cable with 2.5mm and 3.5mm Jacks
  • Mounts on Most Camera Support Systems
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The Libec Zoom and Focus Control for LANC and Panasonic Cameras enables remote REC start/stop, zoom and focus control for Sony, Canon and Panasonic cameras. The ZFC-5HD features a selector switch for variable zoom speed, a focus control button for LANC, and a focus control dial for Panasonic. The 2-step zoom control knob provides further refined zoom speed for LANC cameras.

Another nice feature – exclusively for LANC cameras – the ZFC-5HD has a remote power ON/OFF switch, which is especially useful when the camera is mounted on a jib arm or crane. The unit has a 2.3' cable, which spits into two ends and terminates with a 2.5mm and a 3.5mm jack connector. The ZFC-5HD can be clamped onto most camera support systems, including tripod panhandles, jib arm weight bars, monopods and more.

Note: When using the ZFC-5HD with Panasonic cameras released after August 2009, connecting the units remote focus to the camera disables manual iris control. To use the iris in the manual mode, please operate the focus on the camera without connecting the remote terminal Ø3.5.

Key Features
  • Compatible with Sony, Canon and Panasonic cameras
  • Remote REC start/stop, variable speed zoom and focus control
  • Remote power ON/OFF for LANC cameras
  • 2.3' Cable with 2.5mm and 3.5mm mini plugs
  • Clamp mount fits most camera support systems
Available Cameras Sony, Canon, Panasonic
Note: Certain models may have limited or no compatibility. When in doubt, please reference the Libec website for an updated list of cameras that have been tested.
Functions Zooming Knob
Zoom Speed Select
Focus Dial (Panasonic)
Focus Button (LANC)
Record Start/Stop
Power On/Off
LANC/P Exchange Switch
Connectors 2.5mm sub mini plug
3.5mm mini plug
Operating Temperature 14 ~ 104deg; F (-10 ~ 40deg; C)
Dimensions Clamping Width: 0.39" - 1.18" (10 - 30mm)
Cable Length: 2.3' (70 cm)
LxWxD (Control Unit with Clamp): 3.93 x 2.75 x 3.54" (10 x 7 x 9 cm)
Weight 5.6 oz (0.16 kg)
Libec Remote Zoom and Focus Control for LANC and Panasonic Cameras
  • Mounting Clamp
  • Cable Band
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    LibecRemote Zoom and Focus Control for LANC and Panasonic Cameras
     
    4.3

    (based on 15 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    93%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (14)
    • Professional quality (11)
    • Compact (9)
    • Highly compatible (9)
    • Improves performance (9)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • In the studio (10)
      • Complex projects (6)
      • Independent films (5)
      • Home movies (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Business owner (9), Professional artist (5), Enthusiast (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (15)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Great for my church, and iMag

      I purchased 3 of these units for my church video system which uses Prosumer camcorders on PTZ mounts on the walls of our worship center. The distances range from 30-100 feet from the...Read complete review

      I purchased 3 of these units for my church video system which uses Prosumer camcorders on PTZ mounts on the walls of our worship center. The distances range from 30-100 feet from the control booth. Using 100 foot Lan-C cables these units work great. The biggest seller for us was the on/off button. Previously we had to manually turn on and off all three camcorders, which was a hassle to say the least. Now we can turn on all three camcorders in a matter of seconds from the control booth. Additionally the ability to switch between Panasonic and Lan-C is great for me, as I use a Panasonic AC-90 for my video business. Recently I was working on a video at the church with my own gear (instead of taking one of the mounted cams off the wall), I grabbed this controller and plugged it into my AC-90, it worked like a charm. I have worked in iMag (Image Magnification/live video on a projector at events) for 8 years now working with different iMag companies, and I have used several different controllers. This one can hold its own with higher priced products (Though it does have a 'plastic' feel, not a 'metal' feel like the more expensive ones do, but this does not bother me at all). It works worlds better than some much lower priced ones I have used. I think this is the best value for the money without sacrificing usability and features. I plan to purchase one for my own use very soon, and mount it to my shoulder mount next time I shoot an MMA event. It's going to save a ton of hassle!One side note, for those using it for installation like we are at my church. These units will not sit flat. They have a small column/tube on the back that is used to screw the bracket onto a tripod arm. We actually have a metal platform on the desk that the switcher sits on, with the power regulator beneath. This platform has circular holes in it, which fit perfectly to place this tube into and screw the back in underneath, securing them in place quite well. However it's something to consider if you want to use them in the same manner we do.Overall a great product, and I haven't seen its equal for the price.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Good Remote

      It's good, but not all functions are available with my camera (Panasonic HDC-Z10000).
      I wish it could.

      It's good, but not all functions are available with my camera (Panasonic HDC-Z10000).
      I wish it could.

      Reviewed by 15 customers

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      5.0

      good and steady controller

      By CentralIowaVideo

      from Ames, IA

      About Me Business Owner

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • In The Studio

        Comments about Libec Remote Zoom and Focus Control for LANC and Panasonic Cameras:

        I use them on Panasonic cameras and have just purchased my third one. I have had one go bad however it had over 250 hours and two years on it. they have a nice feel to them and are very controllable and easy to use.

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        • No

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        3.0

        Good Remote

        By Joca

        from Portimão, Portugal

        About Me Film Student, Professional Artist

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Lacks Functionality
        • Limited Compatibility

        Best Uses

        • Complex Projects
        • Home Movies
        • In The Studio

        Comments about Libec Remote Zoom and Focus Control for LANC and Panasonic Cameras:

        It's good, but not all functions are available with my camera (Panasonic HDC-Z10000).
        I wish it could.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Solid Gear

        By John

        from Newark, OH

        About Me Business Owner, Videographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Events

          Comments about Libec Remote Zoom and Focus Control for LANC and Panasonic Cameras:

          I'm using this with a Panasonic HMC150. It works better than I could have hoped for. The quality of construction is impressive for something at this price point. I'm glad I didn't spend more on something that might not have worked as well.

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          • No

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Awesome Product

          By The camera guy

          from Highlands Ranch, CO

          About Me Business Owner

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Highly Compatible
          • Lightweight
          • Professional Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Complex Projects
            • Home Movies
            • Independent Films
            • In The Studio

            Comments about Libec Remote Zoom and Focus Control for LANC and Panasonic Cameras:

            I give this Libec Remote zoom and Focus Control fiver stars. This product works out of the box. Controls were easy to use and with reach of each other. Would recommend this for a friend. Use product with the Canon XA20 camcorder

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            • No

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Nicely built

            By Newberry

            from Scottsdale Az.

            About Me Business Owner, Film Student, Professional Artist

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Limited Compatibility

            Best Uses

            • Home Movies
            • In The Studio

            Comments about Libec Remote Zoom and Focus Control for LANC and Panasonic Cameras:

            I use this on the Canon 305. Zoom feels smooth, easy, and fast install. Wish I could use the focus dial on Lanc setting.

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            • No

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great for my church, and iMag

            By Filmgekko

            from Sierra Vista, AZ

            About Me Business Owner

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • IMAG
              • In The Studio

              Comments about Libec Remote Zoom and Focus Control for LANC and Panasonic Cameras:

              I purchased 3 of these units for my church video system which uses Prosumer camcorders on PTZ mounts on the walls of our worship center. The distances range from 30-100 feet from the control booth. Using 100 foot Lan-C cables these units work great. The biggest seller for us was the on/off button. Previously we had to manually turn on and off all three camcorders, which was a hassle to say the least. Now we can turn on all three camcorders in a matter of seconds from the control booth. Additionally the ability to switch between Panasonic and Lan-C is great for me, as I use a Panasonic AC-90 for my video business. Recently I was working on a video at the church with my own gear (instead of taking one of the mounted cams off the wall), I grabbed this controller and plugged it into my AC-90, it worked like a charm. I have worked in iMag (Image Magnification/live video on a projector at events) for 8 years now working with different iMag companies, and I have used several different controllers. This one can hold its own with higher priced products (Though it does have a 'plastic' feel, not a 'metal' feel like the more expensive ones do, but this does not bother me at all). It works worlds better than some much lower priced ones I have used. I think this is the best value for the money without sacrificing usability and features. I plan to purchase one for my own use very soon, and mount it to my shoulder mount next time I shoot an MMA event. It's going to save a ton of hassle!One side note, for those using it for installation like we are at my church. These units will not sit flat. They have a small column/tube on the back that is used to screw the bracket onto a tripod arm. We actually have a metal platform on the desk that the switcher sits on, with the power regulator beneath. This platform has circular holes in it, which fit perfectly to place this tube into and screw the back in underneath, securing them in place quite well. However it's something to consider if you want to use them in the same manner we do.Overall a great product, and I haven't seen its equal for the price.

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              • No

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              4.0

              Works great with Sony A/V-R

              By Sig

              from Dallas, TX

              About Me Hobbyist

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Highly Compatible

              Cons

              • No Automan Focus Button
              • No Auto-man Focus Button

              Best Uses

                Comments about Libec Remote Zoom and Focus Control for LANC and Panasonic Cameras:

                I have a Sony HDR-CX760V video camera which has an "A/V R" port. I wanted a zoom control that had a variable speed zoom (the more you press it the faster it zooms). The ZFC-5HD performs this function very well. It also has a switch that limits the maximum zoom speed. The contol performs On/Off, Rec/Stanby, Zoom In/Out and Focus. It does not have a button to toggle between auto/manual focus (you need to select that on the camera). To use this LANC control with the Sony A/V-R port you need an adapter cable such as the Libec A-3AV.

                I previously pruchased the VariZoom VZ-Rock controller and it would not function with the Sony HDR-CX760V.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Great zoom and focus control

                By rsn

                from Buchanan, MI

                About Me Church Audio Video Expert, Hobbyist, Professional Artist

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • None

                Best Uses

                • Complex Projects
                • Independent Films
                • In The Studio
                • Remote operation

                Comments about Libec Remote Zoom and Focus Control for LANC and Panasonic Cameras:

                I have a Panasonic camera remote mounted so needed control. Use it to video our church services. I have not had any problems so far have used it for 2 weeks. So far no negatives.

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                • No

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                4.0

                Smoot Zoom

                By Jim

                from Ashland, Oregon

                About Me Professional Artist

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Improves Performance
                • Professional Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Complex Projects
                  • Independent Films
                  • In The Studio

                  Comments about Libec Remote Zoom and Focus Control for LANC and Panasonic Cameras:

                  Professional Videographer. Finally a smooth zoom on a fixed lens video camera. Starts and ends smoothly.

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                  • No

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Great controller

                  By David

                  from Austin

                  About Me Business Owner

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Complex Projects
                    • Independent Films
                    • In The Studio

                    Comments about Libec Remote Zoom and Focus Control for LANC and Panasonic Cameras:

                    I have a Sony HXR NX30U which can use a LANC controller, but requires a mini audio/video to LANC cable. It turns out that Sony also tweaked the LANC controls a bit and the Varizoom Stealth I initially bought would not work. I happen to live in the same city as Varizoom and their tech support people were fantastic in helping me test the problem. The bottom line was that unfortunately all the modestly priced Varizoom controllers would not work with this camera, only their most expensive controller. So I returned my SteathZoom and bought this Libec controller. It works great with the NX30U, and actually adds new features. For instance, my camera turns on when the screen is opened and there is no way from the camera to turn it off and leave the screen open (for example when an HDMI cable is plugged in to use an external monitor). The power switch on this LANC controller however will turn the camera off, even with the screen open.
                    I like the zoom handle - nice and smooth, easy to use, and there is a speed setting. Record button is easy to reach. Although I have not used them, there are extra features for Panasonic cameras, so if I rent one of those, it will be nice to be able to use this with that too.
                    The rod attachment has one lock down point, making it easy to remove and reposition on another grip (e.g. if moving from a hand held rig to a tripod). This part is made out of plastic, so I am a bid concerned about how will it will wear. I also purchased an inexpensive 2.5mm (note: NOT 3.5mm!) audio extension cable so I could use this with by boom jig. Works great over the extension cable also.
                    Overall, very pleased with this device.

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                    • No

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                    (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    2.0

                    Don't judge a book by its cove

                    By Golden Image

                    from Canada

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use

                    Cons

                    • Poor Design

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Libec Remote Zoom and Focus Control for LANC and Panasonic Cameras:

                      doesn't have the option to switch between
                      auto and manual focus.

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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      High quality works well

                      By high volt

                      from Auckland NZ

                      About Me Business Owner

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact Design
                      • Highly Compatible

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Libec Remote Zoom and Focus Control for LANC and Panasonic Cameras:

                          plugged straight in to my Panasonic HPX 172. Zoom and Focus control, and did not affect Iris control
                          Really nice finish and smooth action.

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                          • No

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                          4.0

                          Awesome

                          By Mediaguy

                          from Pine Bluff, AR

                          About Me Hobbyist

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • In The Studio

                            Comments about Libec Remote Zoom and Focus Control for LANC and Panasonic Cameras:

                            Bought this for our panasonic HVX-170 and love the ease of use, good zoom speed, great focus ring. Hooks up in seconds and ready to use just select between LANC and panasonic and youre ready to go.

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            I would buy this product again

                            By Chazz

                            from Brookly , NY

                            About Me Business Owner

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Highly Compatible
                            • Professional Quality

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Libec Remote Zoom and Focus Control for LANC and Panasonic Cameras:

                                Made and performs well

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                                • No

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                                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                A Must have for long shoots

                                By Star Path Images

                                from Greensboro, NC

                                About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Complex Projects
                                  • Home Movies
                                  • Independent Films
                                  • In The Studio

                                  Comments about Libec Remote Zoom and Focus Control for LANC and Panasonic Cameras:

                                  The zoom controller is extremely well made and performs flawlessly with a Canon XF100 for both zoom and focus. The rocker controller is comfortable and you can control both focus and zoom at the same time with a bit of practice. It greatly reduces arm strain on long shoots and keeps you from bumping the camera from reaching for the rocker switch which can distort the image and sound. The only addition I would like to see is at least one more setting for zoom speed, but most cameras have variable speed in their menus. This controller brings my camera up to what a more high priced camera would offer, but at an affordable price. Highly recommended.

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