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ZacutoZ-Finder Pro 3x
 
4.5

(based on 133 reviews)

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    (82)

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    (35)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

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    (1)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (103)
  • Professional quality (67)
  • Improves performance (59)
  • Compact (42)
  • Durable (32)

Cons

  • Poor design (11)
  • Heavy / bulky (6)
  • Pricey / poor value (3)

Best Uses

  • Independent films (59)
  • Video (41)
  • In the studio (38)
  • Complex projects (29)
  • Home movies (27)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional artist (34), Business owner (26), Pro photographer (26), Enthusiast (19), Semi-pro photographer (19)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (98)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Very nicely made, but...

We bought this to use with Canon 7D on a shoulder mount DSLR video rig.

The Zacuto viewfinder is beautifully constructed and superbly functional for certain circumstances.

That...Read complete review

We bought this to use with Canon 7D on a shoulder mount DSLR video rig.

The Zacuto viewfinder is beautifully constructed and superbly functional for certain circumstances.

That being said we have found that we do not use it as much as we though we would.

For video shooters (using a mount or rig), I would recommend buying and mounting a small 1080P HDMI monitor instead.

We have found that the outboard monitor is easier and safer to view while moving around, and also allows a second person to pull focus while the camera person concentrates on framing and hitting marks accurately.

On the other hand, in situations where the camera is locked down, in sunny locations where a monitor is difficult to see, or when shooting stills, this viewfinder is a fantastic bit of kit.

One thing to be aware of is that mounting the Zacuto Viewfinder base to the bottom of the camera and then mounting a tripod baseplate to the viewfinder does result in a small offset that has to be compensated for if one is using a 15mm rails rig with matte box and follow-focus. Not a big deal, really.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Quality Product at a High Price

I would say after using it for a film shoot that it works as advertised. Product construction is great, the provided plate is of high quality and after watching the tutorial video on...Read complete review

I would say after using it for a film shoot that it works as advertised. Product construction is great, the provided plate is of high quality and after watching the tutorial video on [@] I was able to setup in about 10 minutes. I am rating the Z-finder 3 stars because of the extremely high price. Compared to our b-camera on the shoot which used a generic viewfinder - after shooting with both I did not see a great difference in the actual image magnification between the two (which is pretty much the entire benefit of the device) - aside from the almost $300 price difference.also, it is not in my opinion a very viable quick release option to switch over in a very short time to go from film to stills if you are looking to do this with a z-finder on the fly.

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4.0

Great Quality

By Martin Perea

from Santa Fe, NM

About Me Film Professional

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Quality Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 3x:

      The build and optical quality of the Z-Finder is very impressive. There is one feature I really wish this had. I wish I could flip it up to view the screen without. To do this I just loosen the screws and remove it but doing this in the field can be cumbersome. Nonetheless, I love this view finder. I would recomend it.

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      5.0

      Great gift for my husband

      By amjoke

      from St. Paul MN

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Video

        Comments about Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 3x:

        I got this product as a gift for my husband. We plan to use it to shoot video on a Canon 6D. I love how easily it snaps on and off the camera body to allow you to quickly change your set up.

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        • Yes

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        5.0

        "Excellent accessory"

        By GerardT

        from Beirut, LEBANON

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Large Clear LCD

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 3x:

            I first purchased the Zacuto for my 5D Mk II but it also fits on my G1X and in both cases it is very efficient for controlling the shoot in highlight as well as for fine focusing.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Makes your day so much easier!

            By Hjalmar

            from Norway

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Good in Low Light
            • Great Resolution
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Video
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 3x:

              Can get everything in focus in bright sunlight!

              • Ease of Operation:
              • 9
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              • No

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              5.0

              A MUST for any DSLR filmmaker

              By Mr. Wang

              from Haltom City, TX

              About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • A Must For All Dslr Video
              • Easy to Use

              Cons

              • A Bit Pricey

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Sports/Action
              • Video
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 3x:

              I'm an aspiring DSLR filmmaker who also specializes in video production for online videos. If you mainly use your DSLR camera for video like I do, DO NOT go any longer without the Zacuto Z-Finder. Shooting sharp footage that is in focus with correct color is so important. After buying my accessories like memory cards, extra batteries, and a Rode shotgun mic, this is the next thing to buy for all DSLR users. The only thing bad I have to say about the product, it is a bit expensive, so save up your money now.

              • Ease of Operation:
              • 9
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              • No

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              3.0

              Not much different than the Junior

              By imaginefilm

              from Thunder Bay, ON

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Large Clear LCD

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Travel
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 3x:

                I bought the Z-finder Junior and loved it. For my second camera (5diii) I thought I'd get this unit. The diopter adds a bit of wait and doesn't offer much flexibility in focus for the extra money.

                If you want compatibility with Manfrotto quick release plates you'll want to attach the adhesive frame. The original has stayed on my 7d for a year, but I'm on my 3rd frame on the 5diii.

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                5.0

                Great Product at It's Cheepest

                By VanHansel

                from Appleton, WI

                About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Good in Low Light
                • Large Clear LCD

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Exact Focus
                  • Macro Photography
                  • Outdoorbright Light
                  • Outdoor Or Bright Light
                  • Video

                  Comments about Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 3x:

                  I purchased the Z-finder pro for still photographer because i have a manual only lens and I couldn't reliably focus through the viewfinder in certain situations. I read up on multiple solutions, all of which permanently altered my camera and lens, and none of which were guaranteed solutions. I found when taking photos I preferred to shoot the manual lens in live-view mode, using the camera screen, but it was extremely difficult to see in bright light and found my camera was far to heavy to keep steady when holding it out to view the screen. The Z-finder solves both of those problems by blocking the sun and allowing you to steady the camera against your eye.
                  I chose the Z-finder pro over the jr. because of its ability to quickly pop on over the screen. This function alone made the price difference well worth it for me.

                  . . . Bottom line: If you struggle with exact manual focusing for any reason then this tool is exactly what you need. And no one beats B&H's price tag for it either. . . also it looks pretty killer attached to your rig.

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                  5.0

                  Awesome tool.

                  By Josh

                  from Tulsa, ok

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy to Use
                  • Good Video Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Video
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 3x:

                    Often you tell yourself that tools are just tools and they do not replace your news to build your skills but the z-finder really mad a difference in how I shot and it so much easier to hit focus and exposure.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Glad 100x over that I got the Z-Finder!

                    By feyd-in

                    from Ventura, CA

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Durable
                    • Easy to Use
                    • Soft Eye Shade

                    Cons

                    • No Pivot Adjustment

                    Best Uses

                    • Bright Sun
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Video

                    Comments about Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 3x:

                    I waffled over getting this device. I kept thinking that the price was to high for such a compact device. That was until, I had a shoot were I lost two crucial takes due to focus and a light issues that I just couldn't see. Since I've had the device all of that is now a thing of the past. Not only is it great that the objects are larger and you can see their focus better, but not having to worry about glare in full sun is fantastic! It took me less than 10 minutes to get the whole system setup on my camera.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    great product

                    By Barrett the photographer

                    from Philly

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Durable
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Video

                      Comments about Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 3x:

                      The Z-finder is a big step in the direction of making the 5DMKII a highly effective video platform. It is easy to focus and very securely mounted. The product is well made. One thing to note is that it can be hard to focus on the back of camera screen. That is not a fault of the Z-Finder but rather the result of using the screen for focus. The screen was not designed for such close resolution and it is noticeable with the 3x magnification. It is not a large issue but it does take some getting used to.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Necessity for DSLR video

                      By GrizzlyAK

                      from Anchorage, AK

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easy to Use
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                      • Doesn't Include Case

                      Best Uses

                      • Video

                      Comments about Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 3x:

                      I purchased this during a special offer where it was free when you bought a Zacuto Striker (a $350+ value). The price of the Striker including the Z-finder, to me, is a reasonable price for the kit. I may not have purchased either separately, without the special offer, due to the cost. It allows substantial adjustment for eyesight correction so I don't have to use my reading glasses. It attaches firmly and securely to the mounts.

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                      5.0

                      Great viewfinder!

                      By Christina

                      from New York, NY

                      About Me Photography Student

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easy to Use
                      • Good Video Quality
                      • Great Picture Quality

                      Cons

                      • Bulky

                      Best Uses

                      • Video

                      Comments about Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 3x:

                      I use this product for video shooting with my Canon 7d. It's perfect! Iit is very comfortable to use and it really helps when shooting outdoors.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Works Like a Charm

                      By Kevbot

                      from Fresyo, CA

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easy to Use
                      • Great Picture Quality

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Video
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 3x:

                        It does what it is supposed to on my Canon 7D. No problems. I have been using it for a month now with no problems. It is a must for low budget filming.

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                        5.0

                        Z-Finder Pro 3x by Zacuto

                        By Mr Mel

                        from Prosperity, SC

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Easy to Use
                        • Good Video Quality

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Video

                          Comments about Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 3x:

                          I should have purchased this when I did the camera. Excellent product that amkes all the difference when shooting videos!!!

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Great tool

                          By ppblais

                          from Montreal, Qc

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Durable
                          • Easy to Use
                          • Great Picture Quality
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Video

                            Comments about Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 3x:

                            I can't compare to other products offering the similar functionalities, but Zacuto offers a great tool for dslr shooters, I'm not sure how I managed without it for so long, it really makes a huge difference. plus the gorrilla plate is a nice bonus, if your a little creative and not bad at DIY you'll find many uses for it beyond simply holding the z-finder in place.

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                            5.0

                            Size does... not... matter

                            By Tristan

                            from Newcastle, Australia

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact
                            • Durable
                            • Easy to Use
                            • Great Picture Quality
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Outdoors
                              • Weddings/Events

                              Comments about Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 3x:

                              I use this product especially when i film outside, fits perfectly on my Cannon 7D.

                              Heaps easy to fit, incredibly comfortable when filming with it, and does a great job at blocking out external sun on the screen, at the same time magnifying the screen to the size of an iPad at like 3inches from your eye

                              Honestly can't really pick something negative about it

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                              • No

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                              4.0

                              A great product for the money

                              By Mike S

                              from Chesapeake City, Maryland

                              About Me Photography Student

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Compact
                              • Durable
                              • Easy to Use
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                              • Rotating Piece

                              Best Uses

                              • Video

                              Comments about Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 3x:

                              I use the zacuto zfinder 3x constantly since recieving it from B&H. I have a canon 7d and it fits perfectly... After the basic assembly you'll find this product to be very sturdy and reliable. It really helps you focus better in sunlight or anyother situation and is easily removable at any time. The only and i mean only bad thing about this product is a very small one; and that is, the small rectangle hole you look through by the eye cup you install yourself. And it is easy to not make it perfectly even. And it also has the tendency to rotate so even if you do make it perfect it might shift which can get agrivating. Not sure if its something im doing or just a flaw with the product. But overall i recomend this product.

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                              5.0

                              Don't Miss Focus Anymore

                              By Young Kwak

                              from Spokane, WA

                              About Me Pro Photographer

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                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy to Use
                              • Great Picture Quality

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Video

                                Comments about Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 3x:

                                This finder is the greatest thing for focusing on a DSLR LCD. I can see everything on the LCD crystal clear. It is easy to mount and unmount as well.

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                                3.0

                                Nice, but one issue

                                By Daveybasso

                                from Coral Springs, Florida

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                  Cons

                                  • Poor Image Quality

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Family Photos

                                  Comments about Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 3x:

                                  I use this product because im farsighted and need the magnification to bring everything into focus.

                                  I liked the fact that everything was now in focus with the 3x magnification, but now a new issue arised. It magnifies too much and now what i see is many many individual pixels which in turn make it hard still to get a correct focus. instead of making it easyer to fucus, it makes it harder because now your looking at what amounts to a horrible tv screen from the 80's thats almost mosaic'd ( blocky ) all in all it helps i must admit, but what would be much better would be if they made something to magnify what you saw through the eyepiee, because then it wouldnt look like your looking at a scene so pixelated that it looks like its made of legos....

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                                  5.0

                                  Mounting Frame makes it workable

                                  By Al

                                  from Chicago, IL

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy to Use

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Video

                                    Comments about Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 3x:

                                    I had a Z-Finder when I first started using DSLR, the problem was the mounting. I hated it. It was fine for studio use, but in the field it just did not work well enough. With the Z-FRM Mounting Frame for Z-Pro, I don't need the other mounting nonsense, the Z-Finder simply snaps into place and it stays in place.
                                    I also use the Z-Finder for checking on still photographs. It's a great tool.

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