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Zacuto C100 Z-Finder Pro

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Product Highlights
  • Optical Viewfinder for Canon C100 LCD
  • 40mm Diameter Lens Magnifies LCD by 1.8x
  • Diopter for Corrected Eyesight
  • Extender Frames for Extended Correction
  • Anti-Fog Coated Protective Cover
  • Snaps On and Off Mounting Frame
  • Z-Band Add Support at Any Angle

The Zacuto C100 Z-Finder Pro is an optical viewfinder for the Canon C100 LCD screen. It features a 40mm diameter lens that magnifies the LCD by 1.8x, and a diopter enables fine tuning to match your eyesight. Three, stackable, semi-permanent extender frames are included to mount the viewfinder further away from the LCD for farsighted users. The C100 Z-Finder Pro cuts out any extraneous light and provides a point of stability when pressed up against with the eye. One anti-fog, coated protective cover is installed and a second one is included.

The mount system consists of a frame that slides onto the LCD when it is articulated, and the viewfinder snaps on and off the frame. When off, you can hang it around your neck on an included lanyard. A strong, stretchy Z-Band more securely attaches the viewfinder to the camera and provides the pull necessary to position the LCD and viewfinder at any angle.

This viewfinder is designed to fit when using the standard battery that comes with the C100; larger batteries may prevent clearance.

Note: The C100 Z-finder Pro is a magnifier and could damage the camera's LCD screen if the sun is allowed to shine directly through the Z-finder lens. This is not a defect but a physical property. Caution should be taken to avoid direct sunlight. Proper use of the supplied lens cap and sun mask will dramatically reduce but not eliminate risk.

Optical Viewfinder for Canon C100
  • Snaps onto the camera's LCD screen via a mounting frame
  • 40mm diameter optical lens magnifies the LCD by 1.8x
  • A diopter enables specific tuning to match your eyesight
  • Three Extender Frames allow extended tuning
  • One anti-fog cover is installed and one is included
  • A strong but stretchy Z-Band enables setting the viewfinder at any angle
Compatibility Designed for the Canon C100 with the standard camera battery
Lens 40 mm diameter, 1.8x magnification
Zacuto C100 Z-Finder Pro
  • C100 Z-Finder Mount
  • C100 Z-Finder Pro Z-Band
  • 3 x Z-Finder Extender Frames
  • Lanyard and Lanyard Hook
  • Lens Cap
  • Sun Mask
  • Protective Boot
  • Z-Finder Dust Cover
  • Anti-Fog Protective Cover
  • Lifetime Limited Warranty
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    ZacutoC100 Z-Finder Pro
     
    3.9

    (based on 22 reviews)

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    81%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Improves performance (17)
    • Easy to use (15)
    • Professional quality (11)
    • Lightweight (9)
    • Highly compatible (6)

    Cons

    • Poor design (4)
    • Limited compatibility (3)
    • Pricey / poor value (3)

    Best Uses

    • Independent films (10)
    • In the studio (6)
    • Complex projects (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Business owner (9), Professional artist (7)
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    A great addition to the C100

    Having stuggled a bit with focus on the C100 in bright sunlight (not impossible just very hard), I decided to pick up the z-Finder for it. I already own a z-Finder for my...Read complete review

    Having stuggled a bit with focus on the C100 in bright sunlight (not impossible just very hard), I decided to pick up the z-Finder for it. I already own a z-Finder for my 5Dmkiii, and find it invaluable. I now use the C100 version on every shoot. The mounting bracket is a side slide on and the 'rubber band' device works with the cameras clip for measuring focus.

    The Z-Finder is a great add on. My only complaints are minor. There is a cover that goes on the open end once you remove the slide on bracket. That cover should fit the slide on bracket as I don't expect to remove it when not in use. Or a small carry bag, like Canon lenses have.

    It appears to not have absolute full coverage either, but is very close, and for my kind of focus needs it doesn't bother me. Someone shooting very precise framing might not appreciate it though.

    I have owned other focus products and found them inadequate. What you get for the price and performance is exactly what you expect. High build quality , it does what it says it does well, and it's easy to use.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Z-Bands break easy; need work.

    Things I like:
    When detaching the LCD slip-on mount from the eye-piece, it works great to block light and semi-privatize your LCD screen in crowded places while shooting. And...it works...Read complete review

    Things I like:
    When detaching the LCD slip-on mount from the eye-piece, it works great to block light and semi-privatize your LCD screen in crowded places while shooting. And...it works great to give you what you need to get critical focus.

    Things I don't like:
    The weight of the Z-Finder on the LCD screen, without the Z-bands, means your C100 LCD screen and attached Z-Finder could flop around and twist and potentially snap off or bust. I haven't had this happen, but it's worried me a few times.
    Second thing is that my Z-Bands, which help neutralize the weight in order to get stabilized tilt on the LCD, broke the first time I put it on. The rubber it's made from only stretches so much. Pull too hard to place it into the Z-Finder corners...and it will snap. For me, the rubber string snapped right at the metal ring clamp. I immediately called Zacuto and they shipped me two extra pair for free. Nice. But two days into shooting, my second pair snapped again. Now I only have one good pair left. These rubber Z-bands have a calculated tension, but they really need some work to meet the durability demands of shooting in the field.

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    3.0

    Good quality...design issues

    By Tyg5

    from Los Angeles, CA

    About Me Professional Artist

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Improves Performance
    • Professional Quality

    Cons

    • Lacks Functionality
    • Limited Compatibility
    • Poor Design

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Zacuto C100 Z-Finder Pro:

    Zacuto's products are the best. I really wanted to like this z-finder and overall it's a great product and works as advertised. The built quality is excellent, the optics are excellent. However, the biggest issue with this z-finder isn't Zacuto's fault really but the camera's ergonomics. When you attach this z-finder it extends extremely far from the camera. This isn't an issue when you're on sticks but becomes a real problem when going handheld as it forces you to hold the camera far from your body which eventually kills your back. It also makes using a rig almost impossible. Also, as others have mentioned, the band thing...though it does work...doesn't instill much confidence as you can tell they could snap very easily.Also, because this z finder is so well built, it's heavy and I'm still not 100% confident that with extended use, wouldn't damage the LCD's hinge. Overall, it's a great product that does it's best with an economically challenged issue, but just introduces too many issues.

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    5.0

    strong build

    By JustNIc

    from Philadelphia,PA

    About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Improves Performance
    • Professional Quality

    Cons

    • Limited Compatibility

    Best Uses

    • Complex Projects
    • Independent Films
    • In The Studio

    Comments about Zacuto C100 Z-Finder Pro:

    I finally believe the hype about the zfinder. great product. image is good as the c100 viewfinder isn't made to be useful this really is top notch. I don't always shoot with it one but often I have it working.

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    4.0

    Just what the doc ordered!

    By yipDog

    from Mesa, AZ

    Comments about Zacuto C100 Z-Finder Pro:

    Essential for shooting outdoors. The C-100 on-board evf is horrendous. This makes the camera useable. I do wish it wasn't so heavy as it feels like the whole LCD might fall off if bumped around.

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    4.0

    Very Good

    By Redwolf Entertainment

    from Wilmington NC

    About Me Business Owner

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Improves Performance
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Zacuto C100 Z-Finder Pro:

        I would agree with others that this puts the camera further away from you if shooting handheld. From my news days 30 years ago though you can rest your elbows into your abs for short intervals and its fine.
        On a tripod its very good and I think a must, especially in bright light.
        I find the Canon EOS C100 very hard to focus under any circumstance and I'm not sure why. It always looks very soft too me no matter what method of viewing. I use peaking a lot. The Zacuto Z straps while useable are probably the biggest downside but you really don't need them. As always, it depends on what applications you are using this under and how you were trained. I simply prefer a viewfinder with eyecup. Hope this helps you make an informed decision.

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        4.0

        great option, diopter solution

        By DOP

        from Minneapolis MN

        About Me Commercial Dp

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Independent Films
          • In The Studio

          Comments about Zacuto C100 Z-Finder Pro:

          Some have had issues with the diopter not being powerful and having to add as many as seven extensions. I used my original Z-finder optics (i believe the 3x) and problem solved. No extensions , short and manageable. The image may be a bit large, but considering the options (none) this is the best solution to the c100 viewfinder dilemma.

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          5.0

          Nice Focus

          By Bright Screen Productions

          from Jersey City, NJ

          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
          • In The Studio

          Comments about Zacuto C100 Z-Finder Pro:

          Best solution for focusing on an LED screen.

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          3.0

          Didn't work for me!

          By emvision

          from New Jersey

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Professional Quality

          Cons

          • Limited Compatibility

          Best Uses

            Comments about Zacuto C100 Z-Finder Pro:

            Okay product, but I was not able to get the diopter to focus without using 7, yes 7, extenders. This made the camera unwieldy. Had to return it.

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            4.0

            A must for outdoors, critical focus

            By yankelovich

            from Rye, NH

            About Me Business Owner

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Zacuto C100 Z-Finder Pro:

                I bought this for shooting outdoors to ensure sharp focusing. it is built well and slides onto the C-100s LCD securely. it does crop the edges of the LCD slightly so be careful when you are framing. i wish the unit had a hinged flip-up capability like the Z-finder Pro EVF. A solid unit and a must for the C-100 in my opinion.

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                4.0

                A bit long but works nicely

                By Ludo

                from Silver Spring, MD

                About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

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                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Improves Performance
                • Professional Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Complex Projects
                  • Independent Films
                  • In The Studio

                  Comments about Zacuto C100 Z-Finder Pro:

                  It sticks out quite a bit but really helpful. Not the best for handheld, placing the lens far away but workable.

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                  4.0

                  Works well

                  By Tony

                  from Ann Arbor MI

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Improves Performance
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                  • Pricey / Poor Value

                  Best Uses

                  • Independent Films

                  Comments about Zacuto C100 Z-Finder Pro:

                  Bright clear view of lcd screen, but sticks out a bit too far.

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                  1.0

                  Poorly engineered

                  By Seeking perfection

                  from San Francisco

                  About Me Professional Artist

                  Pros

                    Cons

                    • Poor Design

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Zacuto C100 Z-Finder Pro:

                      The instructions with the z-finder are poorly written, confusing and insufficient. I've had an easy time solving Rubik's cube than replacing the anti-fog shield. The sun-sheild appears to be made of cheap material which is easily bent when trying to replace the anti-fog piece (also cheaply made). Wouldn't recommend this, although I don't know what alternatives exist for the C100.

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                      4.0

                      Great for outdoor use on the C100...

                      By Edward Calabig

                      from Seattle, WA

                      About Me Business Owner

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • Pricey / Poor Value

                      Best Uses

                      • Outdoor

                      Comments about Zacuto C100 Z-Finder Pro:

                      This is a great product to actually see what is going on outside on the c100. I did not find I needed to use it much indoors except for handheld shots where I needed as much stability as possible.

                      Unfortunately like another reviewer said, this is the only solution for outdoor viewing at the moment.

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                      5.0

                      A Must Buy!!!

                      By Torres Films

                      from Florida

                      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 Zacuto C100 Z-Finder Pro:

                        The product is engineered to withstand world war 3. Its hard like a rock and is very useful. Once on the camera's LCD it enhances the monitor and allows you to pull accurate focus. Its a bit pricy but a must have!!!

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                        5.0

                        Excellent and necessary for outdoors

                        By PJunior

                        from Kigali, Rwanda

                        About Me Professional Filmmaker

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Independent Films

                          Comments about Zacuto C100 Z-Finder Pro:

                          I use the C100 Z-Finder while filming outdoors in East Africa. It allows me to maintain critical focus and exposure. Also, I am able to get more stable handheld shots with my eye pressed against the viewfinder.

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                          3.0

                          A necessity, but not perfect

                          By Dave Cooper

                          from Baltimore, MD

                          About Me Business Owner

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                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Independent Films

                            Comments about Zacuto C100 Z-Finder Pro:

                            As with all Zacuto products, this is well made. However, the rubberband idea is a bit blah. It's not Zacuto's fault, it's Canon's. The LCD on the camera is fine, but in bright sun you can't use it. The EVF is too small to really work well in bright sun and there's no eyecup on the camera. So I've found that in bright sun, this is the ONLY thing that will truly make things work.

                            The other issue I have with the viewfinder is it is too long and makes me hold the camera too far out from my body.

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                            4.0

                            Great VF solution

                            By d

                            from San Francisco, CA

                            About Me Professional Artist

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                              Cons

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                                  Comments about Zacuto C100 Z-Finder Pro:

                                  While it isn't the most ergonomic solution to seeing what you're shooting, that's more Canon's fault then Zacuto's. This thing is extremely light and the optics are beautiful. The Z bands snapped not long after I purchased it but Zacuto has some new ones supposedly in the mail to me now that are a better design. AFter using a SmallHD DP4 EVF with a lot of extra weight, batteries, and a cable, this is a liberating solution. I didn't want to like it, but I do.

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                                  3.0

                                  Z-Finder

                                  By Dave

                                  from New Jersey

                                  About Me Business Owner

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Improves Performance

                                  Cons

                                  • Poor Design

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Bright Daylight
                                  • Independent Films

                                  Comments about Zacuto C100 Z-Finder Pro:

                                  The Z-Finder is a good alternative to purchasing an EVF or external monitor for your C100. However it does not work too well when used with the C-Shooter. It forces you to turn your head at a very uncomfortable angle. My solution for this problem was to mount a Manfrotto Quick Release on the C-Shooter, and mount it at a slight angle so the Z-Finder lines up with your eye. If I didn't put the Manfrotto mount on the C-Shooter, I would have definitely returned this item. Additionally, both Z-bands broke within an hour of attaching them to the camera. Zacuto was great with replacing the Z-bands for free and in a very timely fashion, and the new Z-bands work great.

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                                  4.0

                                  EVF is ok, but this is still a must

                                  By NoCo Erik

                                  from Northern Colorado

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about Zacuto C100 Z-Finder Pro:

                                        The loupe itself is great (as Zacuto loupes are). Frame slides on and off tightly and I hope it doesn't scratch screen on the c100. Magnification is just right IMHO. The little bungee cords with the red beads is right next to useless. They'll break almost immediately with use. They hold the screen at 90 degrees without pressure, and with pressure are constantly springing the camera away from you. For me, there's only one workable position and that is with viewfinder nearly flat against back and loupe straight out the back. This is a pretty bad design from Zacuto.

                                        The EVF on the Canon C100 is poor, but it DOES work, and for applications where I need to switch between a flat LCD screen and EVF rapidly, I found it most useful to simply *not* use the Zacuto, as the frame will block user view of the entire LCD unless your eye is the exact distance from the LCD as it is with the loupe (the frame sticks out almost an inch from the LCD). I will buy an eye cup [maybe a Zacuto] and attach it over the EVF frame and use that on occasions where I need to RAPIDLY switch between viewing options, as the Zacuto frame that hugs the LCD is pretty tight and does not pop off easily -- which is a good thing.

                                        FWIW, the EVF supposedly has higher resolution than the LCD, but the color and contrast suck, even with tweaking in menus (which does help).

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                                        3.0

                                        Z-Bands break easy; need work.

                                        By Chris Sinclair

                                        from Austin, TX

                                        About Me Business Owner

                                        Verified Reviewer

                                        Pros

                                        • Improves Performance

                                        Cons

                                        • Poor Design

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about Zacuto C100 Z-Finder Pro:

                                          Things I like:
                                          When detaching the LCD slip-on mount from the eye-piece, it works great to block light and semi-privatize your LCD screen in crowded places while shooting. And...it works great to give you what you need to get critical focus.

                                          Things I don't like:
                                          The weight of the Z-Finder on the LCD screen, without the Z-bands, means your C100 LCD screen and attached Z-Finder could flop around and twist and potentially snap off or bust. I haven't had this happen, but it's worried me a few times.
                                          Second thing is that my Z-Bands, which help neutralize the weight in order to get stabilized tilt on the LCD, broke the first time I put it on. The rubber it's made from only stretches so much. Pull too hard to place it into the Z-Finder corners...and it will snap. For me, the rubber string snapped right at the metal ring clamp. I immediately called Zacuto and they shipped me two extra pair for free. Nice. But two days into shooting, my second pair snapped again. Now I only have one good pair left. These rubber Z-bands have a calculated tension, but they really need some work to meet the durability demands of shooting in the field.

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                                          5.0

                                          A great addition to the C100

                                          By Al B.

                                          from Pacific Northwest

                                          About Me Film Professional

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

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

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Shooting Outdoors

                                            Comments about Zacuto C100 Z-Finder Pro:

                                            Having stuggled a bit with focus on the C100 in bright sunlight (not impossible just very hard), I decided to pick up the z-Finder for it. I already own a z-Finder for my 5Dmkiii, and find it invaluable. I now use the C100 version on every shoot. The mounting bracket is a side slide on and the 'rubber band' device works with the cameras clip for measuring focus.

                                            The Z-Finder is a great add on. My only complaints are minor. There is a cover that goes on the open end once you remove the slide on bracket. That cover should fit the slide on bracket as I don't expect to remove it when not in use. Or a small carry bag, like Canon lenses have.

                                            It appears to not have absolute full coverage either, but is very close, and for my kind of focus needs it doesn't bother me. Someone shooting very precise framing might not appreciate it though.

                                            I have owned other focus products and found them inadequate. What you get for the price and performance is exactly what you expect. High build quality , it does what it says it does well, and it's easy to use.

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