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ZacutoTarget Shooter
 
4.3

(based on 17 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (14)
  • Lightweight (12)
  • Easy to use (9)
  • Improves performance (9)
  • Professional quality (9)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Independent films (7)
  • Home movies (6)
  • Complex projects (4)
  • Travel (4)
  • Outdoors (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional artist (6), Business owner (5), Pro photographer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (15)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Target shooter hits the target

I'm using the Zacuto Target Shooter with a Canon EOS 7D in combination with a Zacuto Z-Finder Pro, this combination is awesome for quick hand held shooting with the 7D and a must have...Read complete review

I'm using the Zacuto Target Shooter with a Canon EOS 7D in combination with a Zacuto Z-Finder Pro, this combination is awesome for quick hand held shooting with the 7D and a must have if you want any stability in your shots.
The Target Shooter is quick and easy to assemble, attach and then remove from the camera. Totally worth the money as is the Z-Finder.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Poorly designed and overpriced

I really don't know what Zacuto is thinking with the pricing of this. It should cost half of what they are charging.

Then I wonder about the design. The plastic...Read complete review

I really don't know what Zacuto is thinking with the pricing of this. It should cost half of what they are charging.

Then I wonder about the design. The plastic they use for the part that goes against your body is smooth and slippery which is horrible. I'm going to glue some rubber to the end to try and solve that problem. For the price these kinds of issues should be solved, not left up to the consumer to mod.

What is really annoying and inexcusable, however, is the design of the clamp that holds the baseplate to the main rod. It has a lever that, when loosened changes three positions! It allows, at the same time, the height of the baseplate to be adjusted as well as the length it clamps along the main rod AS WELL AS the angle the baseplate adjusts. This is a serious problem and makes adjusting it extremely frustrating. You turn the lever and everything crumbles in your hand, twisting and sliding the camera, the angle, the distance from your body. Just awful!

Furthermore, shooting with this is not nearly as smooth as a shoulder rig. I attached a RRock handle to the longer rod and use that sometimes. It seems to work best when I hold the handle with my left hand and focus with my right. (I use a Z-finder as well which is pretty much mandatory with this otherwise you would have too much shake.

I'm really surprised at this design...it's my first Zacuto grip product and it's definitely my last.

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5.0

Great for dslr video

By BCI

from Austin tx

About Me Business Owner

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Independent Films
    • In The Studio

    Comments about Zacuto Target Shooter:

    Great gorilla rig for my 5d iii, give excellent stabilization in a tiny form factor. Made well, pricy but worth it.

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    4.0

    Good but overpriced

    By Joshua

    from San Jose, CA

    About Me Hobbyist

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Lightweight
    • Professional Quality

    Cons

    • Pricey / Poor Value

    Best Uses

    • Home Movies

    Comments about Zacuto Target Shooter:

    I was seeking an easily portable rig to stabilize my DSLR videos and purchased this product largely on Philip Bloom's support. Overall, I'm satisfied. It's a reasonable compromise with its compact size and the stability it provides.

    The build quality is very good and the design is equally simple. I certainly appreciate that it was built in the U.S. but feel it's overpriced. Consequently, I'd recommend it only for those looking for a compact and low profile rig. If you don't mind the size and don't plan on moving around a lot while shooting, you'd probably be better off with the Manfrotto monopod for much less.

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    5.0

    For Video and Photographs

    By HomeLand Photography

    from South Louisiana

    About Me 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 Target Shooter:

      I use the Target shooter along with other Zacuto products on my Nikon D7000. I shoot video and do Photo Shoots. This will really steady you hand and camera. Solidly rugged yet light. I love it.

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      5.0

      Expensive but Worthy

      By Doc Shooter

      from Arizona

      About Me Indie Filmmaker

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Run and gun

        Comments about Zacuto Target Shooter:

        Yes, the price is something I had to get over before I bought this little piece of equipment. That being said, it's the cheapest option that Zacuto offers. It is quite adjustable and clearly well made. Worth the money in my opinion.

        The materials are durable and it works hand in hand with the Z-Finder, although I find it a little hard to get in a comfortable shooting position when looking through the Z-Finder with this mounted on my shoulder since my neck has to crane a bit to keep my eye at the viewfinder. That's a trade-off with this shooter.

        The best things about rig are that it definitely helps enhance the stability of your moving image and it is super portable. I'd say for those two things alone, it's worth the money - but when you factor in that this will last forever and you don't have to worry about it collapsing and thereby ruining your equipment, the price seems more than justified.

        The gun stock shoulder rest could incorporate some stickier material so that it doesn't slip off the shoulder as easily but overall that's not much of a concern for me yet. It could become an issue after shooting a long day but I think that it's good enough as is.

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        5.0

        great for run and gun video...

        By Barrett the photographer

        from Philadelphia PA

        About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Independent Films

          Comments about Zacuto Target Shooter:

          I purchased the target shooter to use with my 5DMKII for video. I frequently do on site video as an addendum to my professional photo work. I have been very happy with it. It is extremely solid and well made. the increase in stability over being only hand held is tremendous. I really like the size and weight for my rig. For the price it would have been nice to have a carry case. I haven't figured out where to stash it in my bags. And it is not the most packable accessory.

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          5.0

          Initially apprehensive

          By k9sound

          from San Francisco/Stockton CA

          About Me Professional Artist

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Complex Projects
            • Independent Films

            Comments about Zacuto Target Shooter:

            Given the high price and "simple" engineering, I was hesitant in procuring this product and anything else by Zacuto. But I had to do something about shooting run-n-gun video that wasn't cumbersome and inhibiting, such as a tripod or monopod.After intense research of competing products, [*]is the only unit that is capable of specific needs: unencumbered stability, tripod-adaptive, inconspicuous, etc. RedRock and the knockoffs can't do it. There's always a snafu, e.g., RedRock's handheld non-rails is not tripod-adaptive.Thus, I paid dearly for Target Shooter and instantly discovered that for once, the hype was accurate. It is relatively stable and flexible that no other product can emulate.The "simple" engineering is first-class, apparently paying a high-price for U.S.A. innovation, labor, and evidently a patent. It is immensely stable for run-n-gun, an enhancement to production OIS and post-production IS. In fact, the latter isn't required and most NLE stabilizers create artifacts.Talking heads, events, ENG, shooting while walking, it all works. Usually I adjust the gunstock according to scene, position, POV, and lens. I don't find a generic 'sweet spot,' it all depends on the shot and Target Shooter is easy to adjust on-the-fly.I devised a tripod-adaptive technique that does not require removing the rod assembly; deployment is quicker than the 'prescribed' method.After three months using Target Shooter regularly, I can attest to its functionality that improves video quality by significantly minimizing shake and movement. Especially if you're pro where shaky clips will be declined, Target Shooter is a solution for rudimentary yet effective stability without going to rails.

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            4.0

            A nice addition for a solo doco shoot

            By Mighty Films

            from Melbourne, Australia

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Low-profile

            Cons

            • Redundant Gorilla Plate

            Best Uses

            • Small Scalesolo Shooter

            Comments about Zacuto Target Shooter:

            For me, shoulder rigs work against a key advantage of DSLR video - low profile. I added the target shooter to my 5D3/Z-finder combo as a low-profile handheld rig on a doco shoot in Africa and it worked out great. Get's a bit heavy when trying to hold a shot for 10 minutes plus but really helps stabilise footage overall. Great build quality/strong materials - but it would want to be for the price. Wish it was available to buy without the gorilla plate (as I already had the one I got with the Z-finder).A good buy if you like keeping it simple.

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            • No

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            4.0

            Essential Piece of Gear

            By Damone Brown Images

            from Baltimore, MD

            About Me Business Owner

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Easy To Use
            • Improves Performance
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Can't attach follow focus
            • Limited Compatibility

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Home Movies
            • Weddings

            Comments about Zacuto Target Shooter:

            I am completely satisified. As an event shooter and wedding filmmaker. The Target Shooter has proven more than usual - but rather essential for my arsenal of camera gear.I also love it for use in getting quick steady shots around the house to film our little one's most precious moments. So much easier than hunting down my monopod or even worse a tripod.But as always with Zacuto gear - pricey!!

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            • No

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            5.0

            Excellent support

            By tvdhoff

            from Rotterdam. NL.

            About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Movies
              • Independent Films

              Comments about Zacuto Target Shooter:

              Having this unit and Zacuto's Scorpion rig, I lean towards using this one more and more, simply because of it's small size and weight. Using it together with a Zacuto Jumper, I can swap easily between this Gorilla setup and the scorpion rig. Get a Z-Finder pro with it and you'll have a perfect 4 point stabilized rig that'll do the trick just fine.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Use it with my FS100 & Easyrig

              By Patrick

              from Tallahassee, Fla.

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • High Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Zacuto Target Shooter:

                  Zacuto products are well made, trust-worthy products. The target shooter is no exception. It is a great addition to the FS100.

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                  4.0

                  Lightweight and well made.

                  By Dan

                  from Halifax, Nova Scotia

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Durable
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Travel
                    • Video

                    Comments about Zacuto Target Shooter:

                    I'm a photographer who is new to video. I do photography workshops in Havana and I needed something that wouldn't add weight and bulk to my travelling kit. I looked at video heads, (heavy), monopods, other shoulder rigs, etc. The Zacuto Target in combination with the Z Finder Pro is perfect. CONS..Price... $100 off made the price more palatable. Although it is very well made, [$] is way too much IMO. I now have two base plates, one came with the Z Finder and one with the Target. That needs to be fixed by Zacuto. Why is it not matt black? I'll be painting mine myself. Bottom line, I really like this rig.

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                    1.0

                    Poorly designed and overpriced

                    By DB

                    from Auckland, New Zealand

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                      • Poorly designed
                      • Significantly overpriced

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Zacuto Target Shooter:

                        I really don't know what Zacuto is thinking with the pricing of this. It should cost half of what they are charging.

                        Then I wonder about the design. The plastic they use for the part that goes against your body is smooth and slippery which is horrible. I'm going to glue some rubber to the end to try and solve that problem. For the price these kinds of issues should be solved, not left up to the consumer to mod.

                        What is really annoying and inexcusable, however, is the design of the clamp that holds the baseplate to the main rod. It has a lever that, when loosened changes three positions! It allows, at the same time, the height of the baseplate to be adjusted as well as the length it clamps along the main rod AS WELL AS the angle the baseplate adjusts. This is a serious problem and makes adjusting it extremely frustrating. You turn the lever and everything crumbles in your hand, twisting and sliding the camera, the angle, the distance from your body. Just awful!

                        Furthermore, shooting with this is not nearly as smooth as a shoulder rig. I attached a RRock handle to the longer rod and use that sometimes. It seems to work best when I hold the handle with my left hand and focus with my right. (I use a Z-finder as well which is pretty much mandatory with this otherwise you would have too much shake.

                        I'm really surprised at this design...it's my first Zacuto grip product and it's definitely my last.

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                        4.0

                        Pricey, but perfect...

                        By tpl

                        from Asheville, NC

                        About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Complex Projects
                          • Home Movies
                          • Independent Films

                          Comments about Zacuto Target Shooter:

                          This is a great piece of gear when shooting run-n-gun DSLR video. It's small enough to stay out of your way and be completely useful when you need it to.

                          Only gave it four stars because it is so expensive. I think it could be $100 less.

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                          5.0

                          it rocks !!!!

                          By don esteban

                          from nyc

                          About Me Professional Artist

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                          • Very expensive

                          Best Uses

                          • Complex Projects
                          • Home Movies
                          • Independent Films

                          Comments about Zacuto Target Shooter:

                          great
                          everything about it is great
                          great for shooting video on 5d or 7d

                          toooooo expensive

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                          • No

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                          4.0

                          Compact and Easy

                          By Captain

                          from Lincolnshire, UK

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Easily Adjusted
                          • Lightweight
                          • Smooth Movement

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Outdoors
                            • Sports/Action
                            • Travel
                            • Video
                            • Weddings/Events
                            • Wildlife

                            Comments about Zacuto Target Shooter:

                            Great product when weight and space is an issue like when flying. Missed five stars only do to the cost which is a little high.

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                            • No

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                            4.0

                            Works well with the Z-finder

                            By k

                            from Tokyo

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact
                            • Easily Adjusted
                            • Lightweight
                            • Locks In Tight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Outdoors
                              • Travel

                              Comments about Zacuto Target Shooter:

                              The gorila plate should be an option because i guess most users will also buy the Z-finder.

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                              • No

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                              (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              4.0

                              Target shooter hits the target

                              By Yunker

                              from Indianapolis, IN

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Outdoors
                                • Sports/Action
                                • Travel
                                • Video
                                • Weddings/Events

                                Comments about Zacuto Target Shooter:

                                I'm using the Zacuto Target Shooter with a Canon EOS 7D in combination with a Zacuto Z-Finder Pro, this combination is awesome for quick hand held shooting with the 7D and a must have if you want any stability in your shots.
                                The Target Shooter is quick and easy to assemble, attach and then remove from the camera. Totally worth the money as is the Z-Finder.

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