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ZacutoZ-Finder Pro 2.5x
 
4.4

(based on 160 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (89)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (56)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (120)
  • Improves performance (78)
  • Professional quality (74)
  • Compact (42)
  • Lightweight (35)

Cons

  • Pricey (7)
  • Heavy / bulky (6)
  • Limited compatibility (4)
  • Poor design (4)
  • Price (4)

Best Uses

  • Independent films (64)
  • Video (50)
  • Complex projects (35)
  • In the studio (35)
  • Home movies (32)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional artist (50), Pro photographer (32), Business owner (27), Semi-pro photographer (25), Enthusiast (18)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (137), Yes (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

IMPress Magazine Just Gave It 5 Stars




The new Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 2.5x is a must have optical viewfinder for anyone shooting videos with their DSLR cameras. IMPress has given this finder it highest 5 star rating.




The new Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 2.5x is a must have optical viewfinder for anyone shooting videos with their DSLR cameras. IMPress has given this finder it highest 5 star rating.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not Incredible but Useful

Obviously an eye piece is extremely helpful when using your Canon 5D mark II for video, but many blogs state the Z-Finder as being absolutely essential for DSLR shooting. After purchasing the 2.5x I...Read complete review

Obviously an eye piece is extremely helpful when using your Canon 5D mark II for video, but many blogs state the Z-Finder as being absolutely essential for DSLR shooting. After purchasing the 2.5x I feel it is useful but steeped in over-the-top hype. I shoot documentaries in a run-and-gun style and bought the Z-finder after a year of shooting without it. What I like about the 2.5x is that I do get better focus pulls (most of the time) and having the 3rd point of contact with your eye makes hand held shots more sturdy. What I don't like is the connection of the eye piece to the base plate. It was made with the 5D in mind and barely fits. The tightening bolts are on the edge of the eye piece slots, the need for another 1/8 inch of material should be blantly obvious. The whole set up is bulky as can be and combersome to take on and off. I've read the instructions and still feel like I'm going to break something everytime I remove the eye piece. If you buy this thing and you've got a compact bag setup you might need a new bag to accommodate the Z-finder, unless you want to deal with removing everything all the time. Also, critcal focus with 2.5x is sometimes hard to get. The 3x makes critical focus real easy but your frame gets cropped. Very frustrating that there isn't a middle ground.Bottom line: I like this product, but it's not a "game changer" and I think is best applied to shoots with some time to setup. I find running and gunning with the Z-finder to be a pain in the rear unless I have time to sit and get everything just right (when does the world wait for you to do that?) At [$] this is extremely over priced. I have friends who went cheap $35-$60 and have a very similar product. I would only recomment to a friend with cash to burn and looking to use for paid projects. I did just fine without one.

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5.0

Great!!!!

By srk

from MN

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Improves Performance
  • Quality Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 2.5x:

      It's so nice to look through compared to only looking on the LCD screen. A little spendy, but worth it!

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      4.0

      Awesome!

      By Stephen

      from Syracuse NY

      About Me Aspiring Film Maker

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Movies
        • Shooting Indoors
        • Shooting Outdoors

        Comments about Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 2.5x:

        Product works great! Does it exactly what it says it will do. I can shoot outside and know exactly what is and is not in focus. Pretty simple to set up. The only flaw I would say is that I have half dropped the z finder moving around my set up. It sticks well onto the camera but can be dislodged some what easily. It does come with a strap to protect it from falling and there are accessories you can buy to insure it doesn't fall. It does stand up to a fall very well though.

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        3.0

        Battery Grip Users Beware

        By Spider

        from Easton, PA

        About Me Film Professional

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 2.5x:

            This is a fine product that performs as advertised. However, be aware that if you use a battery grip, the Z-Finder will cost you not $, but $. That's because you'll need to buy an additional mounting frame (to accommodate the battery grip) at the ridiculously inflated price of $. I understand that well made photo equipment doesn't come cheap, but this is a simple mounting frame extension that is in no way worth anything near $. It seems pretty clear that Zacuto is charging that much simply because there's no user-alternative. So, to clarify: my 3 stars here reflects my distrust in Zacuto to not overcharge me for some essential piece of linkage in the future. In fact, I'll think 3 times before buying Zacuto stuff in the future.

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            5.0

            Freggin Awesome Man

            By Rick

            from Morristown, NJ

            About Me Aspiring Film Maker

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Shooting Outdoors
              • Travel

              Comments about Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 2.5x:

              I love this thing. It's really freggin awesome. It's a little on the expensive side but it really does help you get the proper exposure and tune out everything that isn't on screen. This is an awesome tool to have in the kit.

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              5.0

              Zacuto Viewfinder Rocks!

              By Audrey Ray

              from San Francisco

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 2.5x:

                I can't believe more DSLR photographers don't know about this. I am spreading the word that this light weight, well designed viewfinder really does allow sharp focus outdoors and indoors. We even used it when we went up for a helicopter shoot with the Canon 5D MKII. I used it for a telephoto lense shooting bees in a field as well. Superb piece of gear.

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                2.0

                Poor Design

                By JM

                from Oakland, CA

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • False Advertising
                  • Not Secure
                  • Poor design

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 2.5x:

                    I'm not happy with the fact that the Z-Finder Pro 2.5x says it works with the 5D MkII, but that the parts don't actually fit well with the MkII frame. For the price I paid, I would have liked the parts to accurately and securely fit to my camera. The mounting frame doesn't fit perfectly and ends up covering part of the LCD screen. You also have to raise the mounting frame up really high so that it fits around the LCD screen - to a point that's not fully secure. You have the option of separately purchasing a mounting frame customized for the 5D MKII, but if Zacuto's advertising that the Z-Finder works with the MarkII, they should just include the appropriate frame in the kit.

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                    5.0

                    Fantastic viewfinder for DSLR video

                    By BamaGuy CBH

                    from Birmingham, AL

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • Enlarges Your View
                    • Simplifies Focusing

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Outdoor Video Recording

                      Comments about Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 2.5x:

                      I bought this to shoot video outdoors with my Nikon D800e. I had previously tried to shoot with just the Live View and the built in LCD but it is very hard to focus in full sun without some way to shade the screen. The Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 2.5x is a fantastic solution: with it you have an enlarged razor sharp bright view of the screen and it is simple to maintain perfect focus. If you like to do manual focus while shooting video outdoors this is exactly what you need.

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                      5.0

                      A Must Have

                      By Pete the Film Guy

                      from Los Angeles, CA

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use
                      • Small / Compact

                      Cons

                      • Pricey

                      Best Uses

                      • Sports/Action
                      • Video
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 2.5x:

                      A must have for any serious Dslr video shooter. Help temendously with pulling focus. Other than this your best option would be a seperate monitor.

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                      4.0

                      Expensive but works

                      By Alf

                      from NY, NY

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use
                      • Works

                      Cons

                      • EXPENSIVE

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 2.5x:

                        Does what you need it to do, but at a cost. Also struggled to tell the difference the diopter makes. If you're trying to shoot video on dslr though, then unfortunately this is a must.

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                        5.0

                        Mine eyes have seen the glory!

                        By ADHDeli

                        from Union, NJ

                        About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to Use
                        • Large Clear LCD

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Macro Photography
                          • Sports/Action
                          • Travel
                          • Video
                          • Weddings/Events
                          • Wildlife photos

                          Comments about Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 2.5x:

                          I own a Canon 7D that I use for filmmaking. Let me put it like this without all the extra hullabaloo...the Zacuto Z-finder Pro is a must for anyone using a DSLR for filming! I'm nearsighted and wear glasses but I can take them off with this puppy and that's a HUGE plus! The quality and construction are great and it's worth every penny. Looking forward to getting a Zacuto rig very soon also but for now the Z-finder pro is fine with my current rig as well as tripod. Stop thinking about it and get one. And if you wear glasses like I do, it feels good to ditch them when you're shooting.

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                          5.0

                          Must have

                          By Redsquare

                          from Boston, MA

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                          Pros

                          • Easy to Use

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

                            Comments about Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 2.5x:

                            I am a videographer, I shoot lots of events, corporate, kickstarted videos, etc. Somehow I managed to live without a view finder like this for over a year. Mistake that was, I begun to trust less and lees my eyes. I used a small Marshall monitor, but for that is too much gear at time and less versatile. That said, pulling focus is hard enough on itself, but suicidal if you only depend on the 3.0 inch screen on your DSLR. Buy one now, really. Seriously, buy one now.

                            • Ease of Operation:
                            • 10
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                            • No

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                            4.0

                            Z-Finder Pro 2.5x on a D7000

                            By Jim

                            from California

                            About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

                            Pros

                            • Easy to Use

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Video

                              Comments about Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 2.5x:

                              Everything needed for the D7000 was included in the box. Adding one spacer seemed to help focus the diopter properly, and I can see close without corrective lenses. On a D7000 the gorilla plate does not block the battery door. So it can be left on the camera most of the time. I think the plate adds to the cost. The machining and anodize aren't cheap, but I prefer it over the adhesive method. It would be nice if there was a push button release for the viewer itself to lock it on and also make removal simpler. While there are two methods to remove the viewer neither are ideal. Snapping it on or off seems like a poor solution, and the thumb screws take more time. Otherwise a good product that works as intended.

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                              3.0

                              Nice, but grossly overpriced.

                              By The Whistling Monkey

                              from Nyc

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy to Use

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Video

                                Comments about Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 2.5x:

                                This is a decent magnifier, but for what it is the price is absurd. Not much else to say here.

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                                5.0

                                Nikon D7000 / music video

                                By FL Hightopps

                                from Ft. Pierce, Fl

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • American Made
                                • Durable
                                • Easy to Use
                                • Great Picture Quality
                                • Looks professional

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 2.5x:

                                    I was debating for a while on which view finder to buy for my Nikon D7000. The Zacuto 2.5x z-finder is by far the BEST item I have bought for my camera. I was totally impressed with how Zacuto packs and ships the Z-finder and the accessories. It came in a really nice box with a foam insert that fits right into my Pelican 1500 case; I didn't know it came with the foam insert, it made for a nice surprise. It's made in the USA and it shows and feels like it was. Even the plastic bags the accessories come in are high quality. The base plate is what sold it for me. I didn't want a view finer that has a cheap boom arm connecting it, or one that you have to glue a frame on your camera. The added weight from the base plate and the Z-finder attached to it allows you to have a nice run-n-gun weighted set up without having to have it on a stabilizer, although a stabilizer is always the way to go this was just nice when I couldn't have my camera on a stabilizer.
                                    The first true field test really put it to the test. I'm a music video film maker and I had a hardcore band to film. It was in a small studio with about 50-75 people going crazy and screaming and I was slapped right in the middle of it with my D7000 and Z-finder. I was in fear of the Z-finder being knocked off and trampled on but the thing held on like a boss and gave me the best looking shoots I done so far. I couldn't believe the results of my shots with the Z-finder on. I can zone out what is going on around me and focus on getting my shots clean and in focus. I had no problems doing both. When the camera is attached to you face the pans and movements look more natural and a lot better than when you just are holding with your hands and looking into the LCD screen, you get "hand movement" shots and not natural looking "POV" shots.
                                    Great product, it's a must if you're series about taking your film making to a higher level.

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                                    5.0

                                    IMPress Magazine Just Gave It 5 Stars

                                    By Lenrapp

                                    from Hazlet, NJ

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                    Pros

                                    • Compact
                                    • Durable
                                    • Easy to Use
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Well built quality

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Video
                                      • Video With A Dslr

                                      Comments about Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 2.5x:




                                      The new Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 2.5x is a must have optical viewfinder for anyone shooting videos with their DSLR cameras. IMPress has given this finder it highest 5 star rating.

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                                      5.0

                                      A must have on all shoots

                                      By HomeLand Photography

                                      from South Louisiana

                                      About Me Pro Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy to Use
                                      • Good Video Quality
                                      • Lightweight

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Family Photos
                                        • Landscape/Scenery
                                        • Travel
                                        • Video
                                        • Weddings/Events
                                        • Wildlife Photos

                                        Comments about Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 2.5x:

                                        I use this with the Target Shooter from Zacuto. I use the Z Finder for video as well as Photo Shoots. A must have.

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                                        4.0

                                        expensive but worth it

                                        By SJ

                                        from Wilmington, NC

                                        About Me Pro Photographer

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Durable
                                        • Easy to Use

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Video

                                          Comments about Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 2.5x:

                                          very happy so far with the Z-Finder. Build quality high. Diopter could have a bit more range. But all-in-all it's a worthy buy.

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                                          5.0

                                          Great Addition to My Equipment

                                          By Hank

                                          from Southwest Virginia

                                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Good Video Quality
                                          • Great Picture Quality

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Video

                                            Comments about Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 2.5x:

                                            I have tried shooting video outside in bright sunlight with my Canon 7D--nearly impossible!!

                                            So I purchased the Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 2.5x. Boy, am I glad I did. I recently shot my first short film project using the Z-Finder and every shot was well-focused and the exposure was right on. I could NOT have done this without this awesome viewfinder.

                                            I also had to do some close-up videography and this viewfinder very much helped me keep everything in focus.

                                            It is well made with high-quality parts. It's a little on the expensive side, but well worth the cost if you are passionate film maker.

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                                            4.0

                                            There is a learning curve

                                            By tomc

                                            from Seminole, FL

                                            About Me Pro Photographer

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Comments about Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 2.5x:

                                            I have this on a Nikon D7000 and the first thing I noticed is that it takes some time to get used to focusing with this. Because you are basically focusing on the display, everything seems somewhat 'pixelated' for lack of a better term.

                                            Once you get used to that, the Z-Finder works as advertised.

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                                            5.0

                                            Wouldn't go anywhere without this beauty

                                            By cmlndm

                                            from Aurora, IL

                                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Easy to Use
                                            • Lightweight

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Video
                                              • Weddings/Events

                                              Comments about Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 2.5x:

                                              Will buy again and again. Superb tool. Kudos to Zacuto.

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