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ZacutoZ-Finder EVF Pro (3.2")
 
4.6

(based on 31 reviews)

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Pros

  • Easy to use (25)
  • Improves performance (23)
  • Lightweight (20)
  • Professional quality (18)
  • Compact (14)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Independent films (16)
    • In the studio (10)
    • Complex projects (8)
    • Shooting outdoors (8)
    • Shooting indoors (5)
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      • Business owner (11), Professional artist (7), Film professional (5), Aspiring film maker (3)
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    5.0

    Best for C-100

    By Editmvp

    from Billings, MT

    About Me Business Owner

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Canon C100
      • Independent Films
      • In The Studio

      Comments about Zacuto Z-Finder EVF Pro (3.2"):

      This is a great little package with lots of useful features and is very well built. I use the zoom funtion often for critical focus and the false-color setting for proper exposure. The VU meters are also very useful. I tried both the Zacuto C100 Z-Finder Pro (slide-on the LCD monitor style) and the SmallHD DP4-EVF and finally spent the extra money for the Z-Finder EVF Pro 3.2" and couldn't be happier. It's well worth the investment. The Zacuto model that attaches to the LCD monitor worked fine, but having the extra weight and bulk attached to the fairly flimsy connection to the camera was just waiting to get broken and the rubberbands used to support the extra weight are not a great solution. The problem I had with the SmallHD EVF was that the new model they are currently shipping does not have a diopter, which was necessary for my use. So if you need any kind of vision correction, this is definitely a good choice.

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      5.0

      Z-Finder EVF Pro

      By Gates

      from New York, NY

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Easy To Use
      • Highly Compatible
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Zacuto Z-Finder EVF Pro (3.2"):

          The EVF with the focus assist was a huge help. In two recent events we were in challenging conditions being outside in direct sunlight and indoors in a dark room. With the focus assist we were able to ensure that focus was obtained in these dynamic events.

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          4.0

          Nice Product

          By Sportzguy

          from Utah

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • See Review

          Best Uses

          • Video And Film Production

          Comments about Zacuto Z-Finder EVF Pro (3.2"):

          I saw the reviews prior to purchasing this product and as usual, I always have hesitations on trusting them. Now having used the product, I'm reassured by the results and the reviews were right on. The only con; It's sometimes a little hard to attach the battery. It takes a little more pressure than I would think it should. I hope it does not affect the power contacts with the device... remains to be seen.

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          5.0

          Best for buck viewfinder I have found.

          By MAGICjoe

          from Los Angeles, CA

          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
            • In The Studio

            Comments about Zacuto Z-Finder EVF Pro (3.2"):

            Don't let the small size of this viewfinder fool you. There are many viewfinders that are 7, 8, 9 inches but the focus is tricky to nail down - To me that's the whole point to having a viewfinder - subjects stay in focus better. I needed this to do low angle shots of my subjects and to maintain my subjects in focus. It's also awesome because even though it's little, it has an output for HDMI so the director or focus puller can have their own viewfinder or monitor as well. I recommend this viewfinder to anyone that does videography with a DSLR. Like I said, best bang for buck if you're starting out and want more freedom with shot variety. Totally worth the $ spent.

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            5.0

            Sharp as a tack.

            By AB

            from Charleston,SC

            About Me Business Owner, Production Company

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Improves Performance
            • Lightweight
            • Professional Quality
            • Sharp Focus Insurance

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Best For Outside Shoots
              • Complex Projects
              • Independent Films

              Comments about Zacuto Z-Finder EVF Pro (3.2"):

              After struggling to get absolute sharp focus on my 7"monitor, especially in sunlight, I decided to try the Z-Finder Pro. After a little adustment to accomodate my glasses, the Z-Finder worked perfectly. No worries. The extra rig to extend the viewfinder from my Mark III on a tripod allowed me to change angles and heights easily. Z-Finder is also a must for shoulder mounts. Rather than depending on LCD screen you can now shoot on the move and have the freedom and confidence that even the most critical DOF will be perfect every time. Great product. Well constructed. Good demo videos. Works as promised.

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              5.0

              I would buy 5 more

              By Michellefara

              from Miami, FL

              About Me Professional Artist

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Independent Films

                Comments about Zacuto Z-Finder EVF Pro (3.2"):

                I bought this to use with my Sony FS700, and now I can't shoot without it. It's very convenient since you can place it in many positions.

                The screen has great resolution and the colors display accurate info.

                Perhaps I would like for it to be bigger, but other than that it's just a GREAT tool.

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                4.0

                I am impressed

                By Pictwo

                from Moline, IL

                About Me Professional Artist

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Complex Projects
                  • Independent Films
                  • In The Studio

                  Comments about Zacuto Z-Finder EVF Pro (3.2"):

                  We are using this on a Sony FS-700. It's very nice piece. The only thing lacking is a short HDMI to HDMI cable. It comes with a short (6"+/-)HDMI to HDMI mini cable, however the port on the FS-700 is full size. A relatively minor inconvenience. I definitely recommend this EVF!

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                  5.0

                  nice rig

                  By hayzens productions

                  from greensboro, nc

                  About Me Professional Artist

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Professional Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Zacuto Z-Finder EVF Pro (3.2"):

                      i use this with the zacuto fee e ng rig.
                      things i have noticed so far.
                      even with the latest firmware update, i am having freezing issues at 1080p out from my gh3.
                      i dropped it down to 720p but have not really shot a full project with it set like that yet.
                      coming from a eng style shooting background with a camera on my shoulder, the eye piece is nice, it has a weird 3x magnification to it though. i wish you could make it about the same size. i shoot a lot of sports and shoot with my left eye open, the 3x makes shooting with the left eye open a littl weird. however having the 3x makes focus checking a little easier. the pixel to pixel button is nice and easy to hit while on the fly as well. i have the flip up version and am glad i got it. the down side is if it slams shut the eye piece falls off because it is a snap on. once shut calmly the snap on is very secure.
                      there are preloaded settings for certain cameras, while my gh3 is not one of those, the gh2 has a preset and i found it is close. you also have an underscan option which helps with the 3x problem for me personally. the VU meters are sweet! this was a must for me making the jump to dslr shooting.
                      the battery life is nice, i bought a second battery so i can swap out for long days. we just did a 10 hour run and gun shoot day and never changed the battery.

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                      5.0

                      You Need this Product.

                      By Devin W

                      from Portland, OR

                      About Me Film Student

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Zacuto Z-Finder EVF Pro (3.2"):

                        This product makes filming so much easier. Its very comfortable and the screens High resolution is top notch quality. Has many features and really does make your rig way more comfortable. It will improve your performance and you won't be sorry you purchased it.

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                        5.0

                        GREAT! GREAT! GREAT! Yeah that covers it

                        By axon bob

                        from boston, ma

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Improves Performance
                        • Professional Quality

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Independent Films
                          • In The Studio

                          Comments about Zacuto Z-Finder EVF Pro (3.2"):

                          As close as I've been to WYSIWYG on a DSLR!

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                          5.0

                          A new focus for DSLR

                          By The Video Guy

                          from Sunshine Coast Australia

                          About Me Business Owner

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Highly Compatible

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Complex Projects
                            • Independent Films

                            Comments about Zacuto Z-Finder EVF Pro (3.2"):

                            Without this EVF my DSLR just wouldn't be any where near as functional and easy to use.

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                            5.0

                            Game Changer

                            By Thomas B

                            from Seattle, WA

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Commercial Outdoor Video
                              • Independent Films
                              • In The Studio

                              Comments about Zacuto Z-Finder EVF Pro (3.2"):

                              This is indispensable. The Zacuto EVF enables me to produce the kind of high quality video with my Nikon DSLR, required by my customers. Because I am serious about video production I cannot rely on the built-in camera LCD monitor to enable me to control focus and composition; the built-in camera monitor is both inconveniently located for multiple video angles, as well as nearly impossible to use in bright outdoor light. The Zacuto Z-finder with an enclosed 3X viewfinder lens and high quality LCD screen, enables me to precisely focus, compose, and view exposure levels -- in any light. I addition, I am not limited to viewing only behind the camera; I can adjust the EVF to just about any angle in relation to the camera body and lens. Also, this EVF is ruggedly built and easily adjusted to compensate for my far-sighted vision.

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                              4.0

                              Great EVF

                              By NOVA Digital Films

                              from Manassas, VA

                              About Me Business Owner

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Improves Performance
                              • Lightweight
                              • Professional Quality

                              Cons

                              • EXPENSIVE

                              Best Uses

                              • Complex Projects
                              • Independent Films
                              • Outdoors

                              Comments about Zacuto Z-Finder EVF Pro (3.2"):

                              Works as advertised, and a definite aid to framing and focus especially in bright environments.

                              It requires some adjustment on T2i w/magic Lantern and T4i cameras. T2i preset is a bit too tight and cuts off the ML audio meter, and no preset is available yet for T4i, so a custom preset for that is needed. Detects image fairly quickly and reliably with T2i, but it takes quite a bit of playing to get it to detect a T4i signal. Since this is firmware upgradeable I expect these issues will get addressed in the near future.

                              For those trying to figure out whether the pro model is worth the extra money, I think it is. The ZFinder Pro gives a much bigger image than the ZFfinder jr I was using before and the ability to flip up the eyepiece is great for those shots where your focus isn't going to change and you want to maintain framing without having to put your face in the eyepiece. At least get the flip model.

                              Battery life seems very good, probably about 4 hours or so. Included case is pretty useless and won't fit everything - would be nice if a case were available. You'll need to come up with your own storage/transport solutions for this. Seems quite durable and is impressively lightweight. The included shoe mount ballhead works, although it's not great.

                              4 of 5 stars for the sync and preset issues with the T4i and T2i w/ML, which probably wouldn't be seen with the 7D, 5DM2 and 5DM3 as that's more the target market. Otherwise a solid 5.

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                              5.0

                              Great Viewfinder

                              By Barbara

                              from Chicago, IL

                              About Me Business Owner

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Independent Films
                                • In The Studio

                                Comments about Zacuto Z-Finder EVF Pro (3.2"):

                                Great finder that makes my Mark ii into a real video camera. Very happy with image quality and price point. One important note - definitely heed the warning about burning the viewfinder screen if you allow sunlight to hit it. It is similar to using a magnifying glass to amplify sunlight and it happens in seconds! We knew to watch out for this but still managed to burn the screen...it is very sensitive. My suggestion - although awkward - ALWAYS point the viewfinder down when not looking through it.

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                                4.0

                                Very nice monitor

                                By jcdovala

                                from Thousand Oaks, CA

                                About Me Business Owner

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Zacuto Z-Finder EVF Pro (3.2"):

                                    I tried a cheaper alternative and ended up returning it and going with the Zacuto. Yup, expensive but "you get what you pay for." Build quality, ease of use (can't over state this aspect), very low power consumption, and adaptability are superb. Haven't had it long enough to know about reliability yet. After several weeks working fine though.

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                                    5.0

                                    Best EVF for Canon 5D Mark II

                                    By blestage

                                    from Boston, Massachusetts

                                    About Me Business Owner

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

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

                                    Cons

                                    • Small

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Complex Projects
                                    • Field Production
                                    • Independent Films
                                    • In The Studio

                                    Comments about Zacuto Z-Finder EVF Pro (3.2"):

                                    I purchased this EVF specifically for use with my Canon 5D Mark II DSLR camera, after carefully comparing it with the SmallHD EVF.

                                    The Zacuto won hands down with its scalable video presets, colorimetry, sharpness and rugged construction.

                                    Its battery life is excellent, and the versatile (rotatable) supplied HDMI cable is just the right length.

                                    The only downside is that it is small for using just as an on-board reference monitor, though it is doing double duty as an EVF. All in all I am extremely satisfied with this product and Zacuto's excellent after-sale support.

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                                    5.0

                                    the best tool for dslr filmmakers

                                    By CRISTIAN DIMITRIUS

                                    from Sao Paulo

                                    About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

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                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

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

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Wildlife films

                                      Comments about Zacuto Z-Finder EVF Pro (3.2"):

                                      I use to film wildlife with my canon 5d and it work perfectly. It is an amazing tool and helps a lot! several cool functions like zebra, peaking, adjustments. Without it is very hard to film outdoors! i recommend!

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                                      4.0

                                      I would recommend this product to all my

                                      By Boga

                                      from surinam south America

                                      About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

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

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Independent Films
                                        • In The Studio

                                        Comments about Zacuto Z-Finder EVF Pro (3.2"):

                                        I bought this viewfinder for my Canon 7D and I am very happy with it.

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                                        4.0

                                        Great EVF

                                        By MPhotographyOnline

                                        from Las Vegas, NV

                                        About Me Photographer, Video Professional

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

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

                                        Cons

                                        • Pricey / Poor Value

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Everything

                                        Comments about Zacuto Z-Finder EVF Pro (3.2"):

                                        I use the Zacuto EVF on my Canon7D and it work like a dream. All the settings works well and the battery life was surprisingly longer than I thought.

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                                        4.0

                                        Nice Monitor and Design

                                        By Take 45

                                        from Lake Hopatcong, NJ

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Compact Design
                                        • Lightweight

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Independent Films

                                          Comments about Zacuto Z-Finder EVF Pro (3.2"):

                                          Nice clear picture on the monitor and with the eyepiece, a nice big clear picture.

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