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ZacutoDSLR Baseplate Z-DSLR-B
 
4.7

(based on 11 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (8)
  • Lightweight (5)
  • Reliable (4)
  • Durable (3)
  • Professional quality (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Studio (4)
  • Travel (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (10)

Reviewed by 11 customers

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5.0

Nice looking baseplate

By Sherwinat0r

from San Diego, CA

Comments about Zacuto DSLR Baseplate Z-DSLR-B:

It's a little on the expensive side but it gives you a lot of control. It has 2 pairs of 15mm rod clamps - the ones at the top are for matte box, follow focus etc. The bottom ones can be used to connect to a tripod mounting plate so you can balance a front-heavy rig. On top of that, the height is adjustable which allows you to center your matte box to your lens depending on the size of your DSLR. The twist knob allows you to release the QR plate and to shift left and right, again, for balancing the rig.

The only thing I kind of didn't like is that you have to get specific rods that have threads so you can screw them in the clamps or get rod connecting screws for your rods. The rods can't go through the camps. But I understand that this is by design.

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5.0

Extremely well built

By igabas

from Engenheiro Coelho, BRAZIL

About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to Use

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Zacuto DSLR Baseplate Z-DSLR-B:

    It's an awesome piece of gear, really well built and fully upgradable in the future.
    I'm using all my Samyang Cine lenses with it, and it's so reliable.
    Really awesome. No flaws whatsoever.
    It's really fast to set up too, especially the baseplate that you attach on to the base of your camera, and you keep put it in on and off the Z-DSLR Baseplate. Real fast, real easy.

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    • No

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    5.0

    The baseplate sold the rest

    By Josh

    from Charlotte, NC

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Adjustable
    • Lightweight
    • Quality construction
    • Solid

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Hdslr

      Comments about Zacuto DSLR Baseplate Z-DSLR-B:

      Zacuto has its share of critics. Some think their products are overpriced. One phrase I consistently read in reviews of different items I have purchased over the years is, "You get what you pay for." This baseplate is no exception. In fact it was the reason I bought the rest of my support rig from Zacuto.

      What makes this baseplate stand out is its quality, form, and function, which is what you look for in almost every piece of gear. It is solid yet lightweight. You can adjust the height, based on what camera you are using. You can also center it (with that signature red knob) quickly based on your lens configuration.

      I looked at other manufacturers of camera support known for quality, some which were even more pricey. But with each you had to purchase an additional riser or shim depending on your camera. While this may have a benefit in terms of being able to leave it attached to your camera, it's another part you have to buy, pack, and not lose.

      The baseplate is the core of your support rig. Even if you decide you want accessories from other manufactures (rods, handles, follow focus, zip gears, other camera support), Zacuto's baseplate is a great choice that will give you flexibility both now and in the future. You won't be disappointed.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Quality Product at Premium price

      By Frank S.

      from Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia

      About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Professional Finish
      • Well built

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Event Photography
        • Family Photos
        • Macro Photography
        • Sports/Action
        • Video

        Comments about Zacuto DSLR Baseplate Z-DSLR-B:

        I use this with my Canon 5D Mark III. It is very well built. The first one I received from B&H was banged up on the edges leaving a couple of metal exposed areas that were very sharp. B&H as usual dealt with the issue promptly...great customer service pre & post sale! It is quite functional and appears that it will last for many years. Zacuto states that it is US manufactured...sort of. According to their documentation, it is assembled in the US...close enough. The folks at Zacuto were a great help in explaining to me what parts could be used with the baseplate now and how it could be expanded in the future. This was terrific because it prevented me from buying components that would not be usable as I expanded my system down the road. Great experience all around!

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 8
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Essential!

        By Henry

        from San Francisco/Los Angeles

        About Me Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Studio
          • Traveling

          Comments about Zacuto DSLR Baseplate Z-DSLR-B:

          Build quality is amazing, and every detail is well thought out. Surprisingly versatile and well worth the investment.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Great piece of kit

          By Box Head

          from Wollongong, NSW, Australia

          About Me Professional

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Reliable

          Cons

          • Expensive

          Best Uses

          • Everyday use
          • Studio
          • Traveling

          Comments about Zacuto DSLR Baseplate Z-DSLR-B:

          I needed a baseplate to rig my 5D mk II onto a tripod with the battery grip still attached. This does that and more. It feels solid and the quick release is a good idea for those moments when you quickly need to go hand held.

          For any DSLR shooter making films, this is a must have item.

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          • No

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          4.0

          A DSLR must

          By Takitwome

          from Fiji Islands

          About Me Professional

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Everyday use
            • Studio

            Comments about Zacuto DSLR Baseplate Z-DSLR-B:

            A must if you're shooting DSLR. Easily attaches and detaches your DSLR. It has heaps of different options for other attachments, which is fantastic as often you will need to add or re configure your set up for different shoot requirements. Awesome build quality which is usual for Zacuto but very pricey as well.

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            • No

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            4.0

            DSLR Baseplate

            By mship

            from DC

            About Me Semi-Professional

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Studio
              • Traveling

              Comments about Zacuto DSLR Baseplate Z-DSLR-B:

              Provides quick and smooth transition from tripod to handheld shooting.

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              • No

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              4.0

              Well-designed, lightweight, quality

              By Right Side

              from Sydney

              About Me Pro Cameraman

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Lightweight
              • Professional Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Documentary
                • In The Studio

                Comments about Zacuto DSLR Baseplate Z-DSLR-B:

                I shoot in a variety of locations where the light, quick-release Zacuto baseplate is a time-saver. Strong, light and with a real 'quality' feel. One negative, there is no forward/backward adjustment so short lenses (like my Nikon 1.4 50mm) are hard to set up with FF & matte box.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Love it!

                By JLScott

                from Portland, OR

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Highly Compatible
                • Improves Performance
                • Lots of options
                • Professional Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Zacuto DSLR Baseplate Z-DSLR-B:

                    I've already got a shoulder mount but I needed a quick release baseplate with rails. I've got the Zacuto EVF & Z-finder, love their quality, so I decided to buy this baseplate after reading reviews online. I totally dig it. I've got a battery grip on my 5D so I love the fact that I can adjust the baseplate down. Not much more to add other than it works perfectly for my needs and the quality is the typical stellar Zacuto quality. I love it.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Amazing Item

                    By Toeknee

                    from Newburgh, NY

                    About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Heavy
                    • Price

                    Best Uses

                    • Complex Projects
                    • Independent Films
                    • In The Studio

                    Comments about Zacuto DSLR Baseplate Z-DSLR-B:

                    I really enjoy this baseplate. Between having both sized tripod mounting screws on the bottom, and 8 different locations to attach 15mm rails this product will keep serving you for years. It's incredibly well built and feels durable in your hands. the weight might be a little much for somebody putting together a handheld rig but for shoulder mounts or tripod work this baseplate really shines.

                    I use it to attach my DSLR, Mattebox, and monitor all to 15mm rails so I can put the whole thing on my tripod. I really enjoy the separate camera release plate. This gives you the ability to take the camera off and change lenses without having to remove the entire rig from the tripod or taking apart the entire rig just to get to the lens.

                    The baseplate also allows you to position the camera up/down as well as left/right to ensure the mattebox lines up properly.

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                    • No

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