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Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 2.5x for 3.2" Screens

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Product Highlights

  • DSLR Optical Viewfinder
  • Fits 3.2" LCD Screens
  • 2.5x Focusable Magnification
  • -4.75 Diopter Correction
  • For Nearsighted Shooters
  • Zacuto 40mm Diameter Lens
  • Anti-fog Coating
  • Lightproof Eyecup
  • Gorilla Plate & Mounting Frame
  • Extender Frames
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You Pay: $375.25

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The Z-Finder Pro 2.5x for 3.2" Screens from Zacuto is an optical viewfinder that videographers may find necessary for shooting sharp, stable video on DSLR cameras like the Canon 5D MkIII, Nikon D800, or others with the same size LCD display. Whether shooting handheld or on a tripod, the Z-Finder Pro turns your camera's 3.2" LCD screen into a clear, easy-to-focus viewfinder that lets you see your image in magnified detail, even under the brightest sunlight. Just as crucially, the Z-Finder Pro provides an extra degree of handling comfort and a crucial point of contact--between camera and eye--that adds stability to any handheld video.

The Pro 2.5x version offers an adjustable diopter for near or far sighted users, and the LCD image is enlarged by a factor of 2.5x, so you can see every detail for pinpoint focus. The diopter's extended range of -4.75 and up makes it especially useful for those who are nearsighted. The Z-Finder attaches to your camera via the included Gorilla Baseplate and mounting frame, which mount to the bottom of your camera using a standard 1/4"-20 screw. A non-stick rubber backing ensures a tight fit and prevents scratching of the LCD screen, so that the entire Z-Finder snaps off easily when not in use. Once detached, the unit can hang conveniently around your neck from the included lanyard.

Note: If you already have a Z-Finder, you can purchase just the Z-Finder 3.2" Frame for small body cameras.

2.5x magnification.
40mm diameter lens for excellent light throughput.
Allows 3.2" DSLR camera displays to have correct form factor for video.
Field of view perfectly matches 3.2" LCD screen size.
The diopter's extended range of -4.75 and up makes it especially useful for those who are nearsighted. 1
Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 2.5x for 3.2" Screens
  • Z-Finder 3.2" Mounting Frame for DSLRs
  • Gorilla Plate V2
  • 3 x Extender Frames
  • Lens Cap & Protective Boot
  • Lanyard and Lanyard Hook
  • Z-Finder Dust Cover
  • 2.5x Lens with Anti-Fog Coating Protective Cover
  • Additional Anti-Fog Coating Protective Cover
  • Eyecup
  • Lifetime Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    ZacutoZ-Finder Pro 2.5x for 3.2" Screens
     
    4.3

    (based on 35 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (17)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (14)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    90%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (22)
    • Durable (10)
    • Compact (6)
    • Lightweight (6)
    • Large clear LCD (5)

    Cons

    • Heavy / bulky (3)

    Best Uses

    • Video (20)
    • Weddings (7)
    • Sports/action (6)
    • Low light (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (17), Semi-pro photographer (12), Photo enthusiast (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (33)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    overpriced but really good

    Got this to replace a "stick on" frame and removable loupe. The optics on this one are negligibly better than the Genus one… but the build and convenience have no...Read complete review

    Got this to replace a "stick on" frame and removable loupe. The optics on this one are negligibly better than the Genus one… but the build and convenience have no comparison: Zacuto wins hands down. Note that this fits fine over the 5DII, but this was made for the 5Diii. You will have to scoot the frame over when you switch bodies (keep the included allen wrench handy). I chose the 2.5 over the 3x because for me, I was seeing pixels with the 3x more than the overall picture. That, and since I wear glasses, I didn't want to cram my head into the VF just to see the edges. Took out the cute 16:9 mask (say "cheap-o") and now it's not a hassle when I need to be just a wee bit off axis. It's a really nice tool, but you're paying for a lot of R&D already done, and likely future products. IMHO, there is not a competitor that's even close. Compared to a 4" EVF? I'd pick the back of camera any day. Every day. The resolution on your camera back is WAY WAY higher than on those EVF's available today. Yes, they re-position the view nicely, I'll give that to the EVF. But resolution? Forget about it. Add to that that if you get an EVF, you better plan on a rig too. $$$. For me? I chose LCD loupe like this one and a really, really nice external HD monitor but not the in-between EVF. Recommended product absolutely.

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    Good but not Great

    Bought this Z-Finder to assist my focus, there are good sides about this gadget, as well as bad sides.The magnified glass made it easier to get the exact focus even in bright sunny...Read complete review

    Bought this Z-Finder to assist my focus, there are good sides about this gadget, as well as bad sides.The magnified glass made it easier to get the exact focus even in bright sunny days. It is very similar to looking at a EVF.The bad thing of having the Z-finder on is it limited the height range. With the Z-Finder on I can no longer shoot low/high shots, so most of the time I had to remove it to achieve such shots.On top of that, the base plate is a bit disturbing. The secure screw came with it extends out from the back, making it hard to pack the camera into smaller bags with the plate on.Finally, after I put a layer of protection screen on the LCD, the view through the Z-Finder is less sharp.

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    5.0

    Invaluable for video recording

    By Lifelong Photographer

    from Minneapolis, MN

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • High quality construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Video

      Comments about Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 2.5x for 3.2" Screens:

      This addition works perfectly to shield reflections on the LCD during video recording. The 2.5x magnification for my 1Dx 3.2" screen was perfect. Manual focus was easy during video capture.

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      5.0

      "Going to the movies view-finder"

      By Drew

      from Athens, GA

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Easy to Use
      • Good Audio Quality
      • Good Video Quality
      • Great Picture Quality
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Bulky

      Best Uses

      • Video

      Comments about Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 2.5x for 3.2" Screens:

      Used this on a trip to Guatemala. Keeps the sun out and the magnification is magnificent! It's literally like you're watching a movie. It creates a space that gives the feeling that your in a large room. I kinda wanted to put little cut outs of the Mystery Science Theatre guys there at the bottom of my LCD. Everything mounts nice and snug and the eye piece itself can be used as extra stabilization, whether it's against your eye or your stomach or chest or whatever. For my trip, it stayed on my camera 90% of the time. High quality build. Durable plastic, metal and glass. Only complain was that I couldn't light a fire with it when I tried to use the magnifying glass on a piece of wood.

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      5.0

      Should Have Bought This a Long Time Ago

      By Hai with Elise Films

      from Escondido, CA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Durable

      Cons

      • Pricey

      Best Uses

      • Sports/Action
      • Video
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 2.5x for 3.2" Screens:

      I bought this for my 5D mark iii on my manfrotto monopod. love this thing. Helps me see my focus area with the 2.5x magnification and adds another point of contact for me to stabilize my shot. I also like that the eyecup lets me block out distractions so i can visualize how the shot will look in the edit.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Don't Leave Home Without it!

      By Freelancer in DC

      from Washington, DC

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy to Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Video

        Comments about Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 2.5x for 3.2" Screens:

        Shooting DSLR video without the Z-Finder is almost impossible. This goes for both indoor and outdoor video projects. While the price might be a bit high the value far outweighs the cost. I'd say if you are on the fence, take the leap and purchase the viewfinder for your next project.

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        5.0

        I'm So Sharp

        By Jann

        from Las Vegas, NV

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy to Use
        • Great Picture Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Video
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 2.5x for 3.2" Screens:

          The Z-Finder Pro has helped me to clearly see the image I am shooting!

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          4.0

          Comfortable and Bright

          By paul

          from Phila, Pa

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 2.5x for 3.2" Screens:

                Using it with the D810 works very well. Great quality just a little tricky to get mounted.

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                5.0

                Best view finder out on the market today

                By BLC Photography

                from New York

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable

                Cons

                • Bulky

                Best Uses

                • Video

                Comments about Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 2.5x for 3.2" Screens:

                Work's extremely well. Solidly built. Zero complaints.

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                • No

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                4.0

                Z-Finder Pro for Nikon D800

                By ppk

                from Netherlands

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use

                Cons

                • Bulky

                Best Uses

                • Video

                Comments about Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 2.5x for 3.2" Screens:

                Video recording with my Nikon D800 was difficult because I'm not used to use live view. Have tried various tools to improve this.

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                5.0

                Great quality by a quality manufacturer.

                By MGhan

                from Huntington Beach

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Good quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 2.5x for 3.2" Screens:

                    Fits my D800 perfectly. Exactly what I was missing. This is my first Zacuto product and I will buy all the rest of their gear. Very nice quality.

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                    4.0

                    a must have for DSLR video

                    By Jake B

                    from San Jose, CA

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 2.5x for 3.2" Screens:

                        I use the Z-Finder mainly when I'm shooting video with my 5DM3. I use the included Gorilla plate, which, does add some bulk and heft to the camera as others have noted. I will say that I haven't opted out of this and gone for the stick on attach, rather, I've added some Gorilla docks to my tripods and actually like the 15mm quick connect that it offers. If you're serious about getting a quality loupe, the Z-Finder seems to be one of the best around. As you might know, Zacuto is a quality US brand, and offer impeccable support. they have shipped me replacement parts at no cost as well as phone support.

                        I purchased the 2.5x version as several people noted that 3x magnification was a bit much for them. I haven't tried a 3x but I am very satisfied with the 2.5 and feel like its just the right about of screen without heavy pixelation. You do loose a tiny bit of the screen real estate on the top, for example, the red light for record status gets partially obscured, but it is not a big issue. Otherwise, I can see all of the viewable image area, which is the most important.

                        +great build quality
                        +comes with great extras (lanyard, extra anti-fog shields, etc)
                        +great support
                        +turns my DSLR into a great video setup
                        -documentation and procedure to remote eyecup and boot a bit confusing. -takes a good deal of effort to get on and off if you need to adjust the mask/anti-fog shield. Not something you could do in the field/on location easily/safely?

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                        3.0

                        The 3" Frame is better on D800 than 3.2"

                        By Sara

                        from Fresno

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to Use

                        Cons

                        • Blocks Buttons
                        • Covers Controls

                        Best Uses

                        • Video
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 2.5x for 3.2" Screens:

                        The quality of build and usefulness of this product are fantastic, however on a D800, you need to use the 3" mounting frame, rather than the 3.2"? The 3.2" frame is wider, but also thicker, which makes it hard to use any of the buttons on wither side of the back of the camera. Luckily, i had a 3" frame from when I bought the 3x z-finder pro (the 2.5 is much better for not being too close and seeing pixels)

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                        1.0

                        Overpriced and difficult to use at times

                        By BangkokCamera

                        from Thailand

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Large Clear LCD

                        Cons

                        • Complicated Controls
                        • Overpriced
                        • Poor Construction Quality
                        • Very Hard To Take Off

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 2.5x for 3.2" Screens:

                          I've tried to use this several times on different friends cameras. The sales people at B&H keep telling me its the best or one of the best. So I bought it and returned it after trying to use it again. It is clunky, hard to get on and off to the point that I feel like I'm about to break it. You have to add extenders to make the diopter work properly which obscures the screen. And it is way over priced for what it is. And the plastic housing just feels really cheap. The Hoodman viewfinders do the job for have the money and their construction, in some aspects, is much better.

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                          4.0

                          Works

                          By RWPhoto

                          from New Orleans

                          About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy to Use

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Video
                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 2.5x for 3.2" Screens:

                            I use this with a d800. It works very well allowing me to see accurate focus and the 2.5X magnification is enough for me. The diopter ring and extenders mean the finder will work well for pretty much anyone. The only thing I don't like (and it's not a big problem) is that on the gorilla plate the 1/4-20 female screw holes are "out board" of the camera's tripod socket (where the gorilla plate mounts). What this means is that say you want to mount a XLR pre amp (like a Juiced Link RM333) it will mount almost to the edge of your camera (it will still work). It would be nice if the Gorilla Plate had additional mounting points for accessories so that one could better center them up. Of course, you can go with a cheese plate or something. But the Z-Finder works great and I like it.

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                            4.0

                            This changes video shooting for me

                            By ryansmithphotog

                            from Mercersburg, PA

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy to Use
                            • Good in Low Light
                            • Small / Compact

                            Cons

                            • Eye Gets Tired

                            Best Uses

                            • Video

                            Comments about Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 2.5x for 3.2" Screens:

                            The z finder makes focusing while shooting video much easier and has a natural feel to it. It's a good size and feels comfortable for hours of shooting.

                            • Ease of Operation:
                            • 7
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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Must have for DSLR shooting

                            By kh3naz

                            from Montreal, CANADA

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy to Use
                            • Great Resolution
                            • Large Clear LCD

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Dslr Shooting

                              Comments about Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 2.5x for 3.2" Screens:

                              This is a must have for dslr shooting, especially used in combination with magic lantern and focus peaking, zebra etc, my 5d MK3 went from a stills camera to an amazing cinema camera

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                              4.0

                              Quality product

                              By t2esquire

                              from Reno/Tahoe

                              About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Good in Low Light
                              • Very Well Made

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Indoors/Low Light
                                • Video

                                Comments about Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 2.5x for 3.2" Screens:

                                I use this with my 5D Mk. III for video. The Z-finder I have for the Mk.II, of course, does not fit the Mk. III. This is well made and does exactly as advertised. But, the entire concept of a LCD viewer is really only useful outdoors or "run-n-gun."

                                I still cannot focus accurately quickly enough for run-n-gun.... I need a real monitor... which becomes critical with low(er) light situations. I just do not believe in DSLR video when trying to run-n-gun. While the images produced by the 5D are spectacular, focus is so critical that even with the Z-finder, I miss shots, so only 4 stars because the very concept is only a "better than nothing" (actually WAY better than nothing) product.

                                I had cheaper viewers but, at best, they were professionally useless. Buy this IF you have to do outdoors or run-n-gun, but beware, the concept is less than perfect.

                                • Ease of Operation:
                                • 7
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                                5.0

                                The standard in DSLR loupes

                                By jkarczmit

                                from East Brunswick, NJ

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Bomb-proof
                                • Easy to Use
                                • Great Resolution

                                Cons

                                • Pricey

                                Best Uses

                                • Video
                                • Weddings/Events

                                Comments about Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 2.5x for 3.2" Screens:

                                This is my second Z-Finder. I also have one for my 5D mk II. As soon as I ordered the mk III, the Z-Finder was ordered at the same time since I just can't imagine shooting without it. Zacuto has dominated the market with this finder since it is crystal clear, adjusts for a wide range of diopter settings, and has stick-on or direct-mount attachments that allow for easy removal, carrying cases, anti-fog filters, sunshade, etc. Lots of options. They make it in 2.5x or 3x depending on your needs. 2.5x is perfect for most uses, 3x is for really delicate focusing even though its a bit harder to frame shots. Build quality is amazing. I come from the ENG world and all of my cameras were built in magnesium chassis and would take massive abuse. This is of the same ilk. Just buy it. Don't save money on cheaper units trying to find that amazing deal. Cheaper ones are a waste of time. If you are making money, spend some once and be happy.

                                • Ease of Operation:
                                • 10
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                                • No

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                                4.0

                                Z-finder rocks

                                By Poochbrain

                                from west coast

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Great In Bright Outdoors

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 2.5x for 3.2" Screens:

                                    The product works well. I was able to focus as well as can be expected from a magnified screen. Previous reviewers said the unit could be knocked off. Zacuto must have listened because now it is really hard to get off and I end up taking it and part of the bracket off rather than wrestling with the finder. They say it will get looser as time goes on. I'd say you need this unit if you want to do video.

                                    • Ease of Operation:
                                    • 8
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                                    • No

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                                    5.0

                                    Precision is professional

                                    By The Duke

                                    from Oklahoma City, OK

                                    About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy to Use
                                    • Small / Compact

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Indoors/Low Light
                                      • Sports/Action
                                      • Travel
                                      • Video
                                      • Weddings/Events
                                      • Wildlife photos

                                      Comments about Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 2.5x for 3.2" Screens:

                                      The zacuto z-finder is a must for dslr video. Not being able to look through the viewfinder when shooting video makes it difficult to determine precise focus especially when outdoors. The z-finder fixes this issue by enlarging the screen for your eye through the viewfinder and cutting out most light. The 2.5x magnification is perfect I think 3x would be a little overkill. With 2.5x you get to see the whole screen without having to scan your eyes around too much to take everything in. It does what it's supposed to do and that's allowing you to see what your frame looks like with no question of focus or exposure. Get it!

                                      • Ease of Operation:
                                      • 7

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                                      5.0

                                      Dont judge, until its in your hands.

                                      By Joe

                                      from Royal Oak, MI

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy to Use
                                      • Large Clear LCD

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Indoors/Low Light
                                        • Video

                                        Comments about Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 2.5x for 3.2" Screens:

                                        I was excited to get Zacuto Z-finder pro and seeing its size, making my DLSR camera look more like a cinematic movie maker.
                                        I also liked the fact that it can still fit on top of my camera's protective silicone skin. I cant wait to use it.

                                        • Ease of Operation:
                                        • 7
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