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ZacutoStriker
 
4.6

(based on 16 reviews)

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    (4)

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (12)
  • Lightweight (8)
  • Easy to use (7)
  • Professional quality (7)
  • Improves performance (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Independent films (8)
    • Video (6)
    • Weddings (4)
    • Complex projects (3)
    • Home (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Professional artist (5), Business owner (4), Pro photographer (4), Semi-pro photographer (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (11)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Well thought out design, Great Product

    If you are using a DSLR handheld then this is what you need. I did a lot of research before I bought this product. I have to say that it was the best choice...Read complete review

    If you are using a DSLR handheld then this is what you need. I did a lot of research before I bought this product. I have to say that it was the best choice for me and what I do. There is a lot of flexibility with Zacuto. I like that I can add parts to fit my needs. If you have the money I would do it. Really nice design.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    OverPriced

    No doubt it's a good product but too expensive.
    This is just aluminum pipes and a couple of brackets with screws and plates. I paid the same price for Gitzo 2542 tripod...Read complete review

    No doubt it's a good product but too expensive.
    This is just aluminum pipes and a couple of brackets with screws and plates. I paid the same price for Gitzo 2542 tripod which is the top of quality and technology and can't be compared to this gear price wise.

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    5.0

    Great Piece of Equipmrnt

    By Donnie First Turn FIlms

    from Murrieta,Ca

    About Me Business Owner

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Professional Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Independent Films

      Comments about Zacuto Striker:

      I bought another cheaper brand the promptly retuned it and bought the Striker, This is one solid rig, I'm using it with a Canon 7D and a Canon XA10 and the Zacuto has made shooting with both a lot easier and has helped improve shot quality.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Nice rig, well built, very configurable

      By GrizzlyAK

      from Anchorage, AK

      About Me Business Owner, Hobbyist, 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

        Comments about Zacuto Striker:

        I'm new to shooting DSLR video, and I was looking for a (relatively) low cost intro into better ways of shooting than by holding a heavy DSLR out in front of me at eye level. I've just begun using my Striker, but must say that I've found it to be solid and highly configurable. I've used it configured for both the right eye/right hand grip/left focus as well as the left eye/left hand grip/right focus, and it works well in either set up. I paired it with the Zacuto Z-finder and I can focus and even follow focus effectively by hand. Although it is designed as a should stock, I configured it so that the bottom of the stock butt rests on top of my shoulder, which is more stable, and less tiring for me. It doesn't replace the beefier, heavier and most costly over the shoulder models, if you need it, but for me, it is a good option that works. I had to switch it from the right grip to the left grip, because on my D3s, video record is triggered by the Preview (stop down) button on the front of the camera, and the Live View button is on the bottom right. Most other useful controls are also 'right handed', which makes it easier for me. I've also figured out that with my right hand on the lense focus ring, I can use the middle of my index finger to lightly press the record button and not have to have 3 seconds of wiggling video on each end where I'm searching for the record button. We adapt.Although build quality is excellent, I find the pricing, for what it is (really), a little high (but I'd buy it again).

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        5.0

        Quality at a price

        By District Soup

        from Burlington, Ontario, Canada

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Video
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Zacuto Striker:

          Really happy with this purchase, especially since it was $200 off! Two of the most impressive things (after the quality of my Zacuto Striker) were the speed of delivery from B&H to my home in Canada (4 days from time of purchase) AND the speed of Zacuto's support people who answered my question within 4 minutes from the time I send my email!

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          5.0

          I should have bought striker earlier

          By Mido

          from Sarajevo, Bosnia and Hercegovina

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Durable
          • Easy to Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Zacuto Striker:

              Really great product from Zacuto. Much better than I was think.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Great!

              By downiephoto

              from Cleveland, Ohio

              About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Easy To Use
              • Professional Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Complex Projects
                • Independent Films

                Comments about Zacuto Striker:

                I use the striker for shooting model portfolios. It is compact and well made. Well worth the cost!

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                • No

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                5.0

                A must-have for run and gun

                By Tommy G

                from Manhattan, NY

                About Me Business Owner

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Independent Films

                  Comments about Zacuto Striker:

                  I use this for my Canon cameras, events, red carpets, doc style shoots and its awesome. Not having a over the shoulder rig is great in tight corners as you have no back end to worry about. If it's a lens and camera, maybe a zoom strapped up it's awesome, not heavy.
                  This is much better than the redrock because of all the angles you can adjust the rig to. Worth every Penny.

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                  4.0

                  Pricey but wonderful...

                  By Jeffrardo

                  from New York, NY

                  About Me Independent Filmmaker

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact Design
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Improves Performance

                  Cons

                  • EXPENSIVE

                  Best Uses

                  • Documentary Shooting
                  • Independent Films
                  • In The Studio

                  Comments about Zacuto Striker:

                  It has a high price tag but the free z-finder promotion bundling made me spend the funds. So far I love it. I could have probably gotten away with just the gunstock model but glad I have the option of the extra point of contact. Makes hand held shooting much easier!

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                  4.0

                  +++ Excellent product, but expansive+++

                  By 8dany1

                  from London, UK

                  About Me Professional Artist

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Expansive

                  Best Uses

                  • Independent Films

                  Comments about Zacuto Striker:

                  it gives what u expect..more stable images for video than handandle.
                  But is very expansive.
                  extremely well made, very light and easy to unmount and put inside ur bag.

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                  5.0

                  Best final!

                  By Jibbob

                  from Toronto

                  About Me Professional Artist

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Complex Projects
                    • Independent Films
                    • In The Studio

                    Comments about Zacuto Striker:

                    Great product

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    4.0

                    striker

                    By sigmund

                    from il

                    About Me Professional Artist

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact Design
                    • Professional Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Independent Films
                      • In The Studio

                      Comments about Zacuto Striker:

                      very high priced but built well.

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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      Expensive, but well built.

                      By Clembox

                      from Denver, CO

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Lightweight
                      • Locks In Tight

                      Cons

                      • expensive

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Zacuto Striker:

                        OK, it's ridiculously expensive. But admittedly, it's really well built, holds the camera nicely, and helps deliver much much better video than just hand-holding your DSLR alone.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Great stuff

                        By BobbyG

                        from LA, CA

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Easily Adjusted
                        • Good Footing
                        • Lightweight
                        • Locks In Tight
                        • Smooth Movement

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Home
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Outdoors
                          • Sports/Action
                          • Travel
                          • Video
                          • Weddings/Events
                          • Wildlife

                          Comments about Zacuto Striker:

                          Think of it as LEGO parts for your DSLR. Great for taking stills or videos. Easy to put together or take apart. Great for traveling, very light and compact.

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                          5.0

                          Excellent for handheld DSLR work!

                          By weatherly

                          from Evansville, IN

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Easily Adjusted
                          • Good Footing
                          • Lightweight
                          • Locks In Tight
                          • Smooth Movement

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Video
                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about Zacuto Striker:

                            Before getting the Striker I did all of my DSLR work with no support with the exception of a view finder. Adding the Striker helps smooth out your camera moves as well as lessening fatigue on your shoulders and neck in turn helping you keep the camera steady.

                            I look back at some of the footage I shot w/o the Striker and I see more shaking due to fatigue.

                            The quality of build on these things is great. Very solid and the locking levers are far superior to any type of screw mount system. It's very light and works perfectly with the Z-Finder pro.

                            It's easy to remove the camera from the Striker and go straight to a tripod with the help of the baseplate. I just recently shot a wedding and this was a tremendous benefit.

                            Zacuto's stuff is not cheap and you pay for what you get. A very well designed and built product.

                            I plan to add a follow focus to the Striker in the near future. Another benefit to Zacuto's stuff is the ability to build on top of what you have.

                            The only negative I've found so far is that people have no clue as to what you are doing with this contraption connected to a camera. I always have to explain that I'm shooting video.

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                            2.0

                            OverPriced

                            By baladin

                            from San Jose, CA

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

                              Cons

                              • Difficult To Adjust
                              • Jerky Movement
                              • Unstable

                              Best Uses

                              • Video

                              Comments about Zacuto Striker:

                              No doubt it's a good product but too expensive.
                              This is just aluminum pipes and a couple of brackets with screws and plates. I paid the same price for Gitzo 2542 tripod which is the top of quality and technology and can't be compared to this gear price wise.

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                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Well thought out design, Great Product

                              By FishDawg

                              from Boise, ID

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Compact
                              • Easily Adjusted
                              • Lightweight
                              • Locks In Tight
                              • Smooth Movement

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Home
                                • Travel
                                • Video

                                Comments about Zacuto Striker:

                                If you are using a DSLR handheld then this is what you need. I did a lot of research before I bought this product. I have to say that it was the best choice for me and what I do. There is a lot of flexibility with Zacuto. I like that I can add parts to fit my needs. If you have the money I would do it. Really nice design.

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                                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Excelent Product! Better than Redrock

                                By jas

                                from LA, CA

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Compact
                                • Easily Adjusted
                                • Good Footing
                                • Lightweight
                                • Locks In Tight
                                • Smooth Movement

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Home
                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Outdoors
                                  • Portraits
                                  • Sports/Action
                                  • Travel
                                  • Video
                                  • Weddings/Events
                                  • Wildlife

                                  Comments about Zacuto Striker:

                                  I love how nice and easy it is to adjust. I can get near monopod steady with this rig.

                                  It is also way smaller than it appears on the pic.

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