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ZacutoGH3/GH4 Z-Finder Pro Optical Viewfinder
 
4.1

(based on 10 reviews)

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    (2)

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67%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (5)
  • Easy to use (5)
  • Great picture quality (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Video (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (5), Semi-pro photographer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Extra focusing help that I need

I don't trust my vision on these little monitors, and this is an affordable way to keep video in focus. Downside: Zacuto has not tested this on the GH4 with a Metabones Speedbooster....Read complete review

I don't trust my vision on these little monitors, and this is an affordable way to keep video in focus. Downside: Zacuto has not tested this on the GH4 with a Metabones Speedbooster. The Z-Finder will not fit the GH4-Speedbooster rig!!!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Heavy and well made but clunky

This viewfinder is very well made of durable materials but sadly in the field it can be difficult to use. For anyone over 40 or with a touch of far sighted vision you will...Read complete review

This viewfinder is very well made of durable materials but sadly in the field it can be difficult to use. For anyone over 40 or with a touch of far sighted vision you will not be able to focus the viewfinder as the diopter is weak (a 3x diopter on a $ flip up viewfinder I got off @ works much better). They know this and ship the unit with a series of extension frames that snap on and then don't easily snap off to extend the viewfinder further away from the camera screen. I had to use all of them and the result is added bulk and weight that makes any kind of high or low angle extremely difficult to frame and shoot. I just did a low shot this morning and it was nearly impossible to frame lying on the ground and the snap on eyecup cover fell off it's attached string and got lost - on only the second occasion I've tried to use this expensive accessory in the field.This viewfinder would be a better choice if your camera did not have a swing out, articulated screen. The metal frame that the viewfinder mounts to is solid and well made but will only mount directly to the back of the camera so a stationary screen is a better call for this viewfinder. For those cameras with a swing out screen, well you can't use it in that mode with this viewfinder - not with any ease anyway. They are now offering an adhesive frame to stick directly to the screen so the viewfinder may be 'snapped on' (realize those screen hinges and wires are VERY delicate and all that snapping isn't likely good for it). The user will likely find that the weight of the viewfinder itself will cause gravity to drag the whole thing down when attached to the adhesive frame, adding a lot of torque to any movement or stress put on the hinge as well. One good knock or a series of hard wiggles and you could cause damage to your camera's screen hinge and / or electrical wires. Zacuto is now making a Jr version of this viewfinder that appears to be lighter but at $ it seems pricey. There are several adhesive frame mounted, swing up, viewfinders on the market now that offer a 3x diopter and are light enough to work better on cameras with swing out screens. These generally can be found for about $ and while not nearly as solidly built I find it far easier to use and it focuses perfectly. The glue on the adhesive frames can lose it's strength in extreme heat, moisture or cold but I put a bit of velcro on the outside of the viewfinder housing and use a velcro cable tie looped behind the screen back to keep it in place on these kind of days. This is the best overall viewfinder rig that I've found to work for me at a much better price point.The Zacuto is a good product and it is very well made. I do not find it easy to use in the field shooting a lot of low or high angle shots. Mounted on a tripod waist to head high or shooting hand held at chest height it would be easier to capture those kind of angles. Sadly, I find this viewfinder to be too restrictive to use in general field use on most of my work and the price tag is prohibitive. I may elect to sell this Zacuto it as I don't see using it much.

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2.0

very Pricey

By NKP

from Dallas, TX

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Pros

  • Easy to Use

Cons

  • 9x Pricier Than The Rest

Best Uses

    Comments about Zacuto GH3/GH4 Z-Finder Pro Optical Viewfinder:

    It's a good product - it's basically a magnifier that attaches to your camera and has a diopter adjustment. But I have to point out - What earth shaking difference can this particular product make to a production, considering its high price, than other (upto 8-9x less expensive) similar or identical products available in the market, that can well serve the same purpose. Zacuto should respect the intelligence of consumers more in its pricing of products.

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    5.0

    great prodct

    By anaua22

    from rio de janeiro

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Audio Quality

    Cons

    • Flimsy Construction

    Best Uses

    • Video

    Comments about Zacuto GH3/GH4 Z-Finder Pro Optical Viewfinder:

    is soo nice, abd good price

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    4.0

    Extra focusing help that I need

    By Edward the Nth

    from Chicago, IL

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Video

      Comments about Zacuto GH3/GH4 Z-Finder Pro Optical Viewfinder:

      I don't trust my vision on these little monitors, and this is an affordable way to keep video in focus. Downside: Zacuto has not tested this on the GH4 with a Metabones Speedbooster. The Z-Finder will not fit the GH4-Speedbooster rig!!!

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      • No

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      2.0

      Heavy and well made but clunky

      By Critical focus

      from Maui HI

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Solidly Constructed

      Cons

      • Bulky
      • Can Be Hard To Use
      • Low High Angles Hard

      Best Uses

        Comments about Zacuto GH3/GH4 Z-Finder Pro Optical Viewfinder:

        This viewfinder is very well made of durable materials but sadly in the field it can be difficult to use. For anyone over 40 or with a touch of far sighted vision you will not be able to focus the viewfinder as the diopter is weak (a 3x diopter on a $ flip up viewfinder I got off @ works much better). They know this and ship the unit with a series of extension frames that snap on and then don't easily snap off to extend the viewfinder further away from the camera screen. I had to use all of them and the result is added bulk and weight that makes any kind of high or low angle extremely difficult to frame and shoot. I just did a low shot this morning and it was nearly impossible to frame lying on the ground and the snap on eyecup cover fell off it's attached string and got lost - on only the second occasion I've tried to use this expensive accessory in the field.This viewfinder would be a better choice if your camera did not have a swing out, articulated screen. The metal frame that the viewfinder mounts to is solid and well made but will only mount directly to the back of the camera so a stationary screen is a better call for this viewfinder. For those cameras with a swing out screen, well you can't use it in that mode with this viewfinder - not with any ease anyway. They are now offering an adhesive frame to stick directly to the screen so the viewfinder may be 'snapped on' (realize those screen hinges and wires are VERY delicate and all that snapping isn't likely good for it). The user will likely find that the weight of the viewfinder itself will cause gravity to drag the whole thing down when attached to the adhesive frame, adding a lot of torque to any movement or stress put on the hinge as well. One good knock or a series of hard wiggles and you could cause damage to your camera's screen hinge and / or electrical wires. Zacuto is now making a Jr version of this viewfinder that appears to be lighter but at $ it seems pricey. There are several adhesive frame mounted, swing up, viewfinders on the market now that offer a 3x diopter and are light enough to work better on cameras with swing out screens. These generally can be found for about $ and while not nearly as solidly built I find it far easier to use and it focuses perfectly. The glue on the adhesive frames can lose it's strength in extreme heat, moisture or cold but I put a bit of velcro on the outside of the viewfinder housing and use a velcro cable tie looped behind the screen back to keep it in place on these kind of days. This is the best overall viewfinder rig that I've found to work for me at a much better price point.The Zacuto is a good product and it is very well made. I do not find it easy to use in the field shooting a lot of low or high angle shots. Mounted on a tripod waist to head high or shooting hand held at chest height it would be easier to capture those kind of angles. Sadly, I find this viewfinder to be too restrictive to use in general field use on most of my work and the price tag is prohibitive. I may elect to sell this Zacuto it as I don't see using it much.

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        4.0

        Very High Quality

        By J.Sanders

        from Temecula, Ca.

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy to Use
        • Great Picture Quality
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Expensive

        Best Uses

        • Sports/Action
        • Video

        Comments about Zacuto GH3/GH4 Z-Finder Pro Optical Viewfinder:

        I've been using the LCDVF version of viewfinder for many years on my Canon DSLR's as well as on my GH4. It's worked great but it's held on by the magnetized frame. I recently purchased a 2nd GH4 and decided I should step up to this Z-Finder. It was easy to mount and line up and it is excellent quality. I did add 1 of the extensions because it mounts very close to the eye piece of the GH4 & by doing so it added a large enough gap to mount easier. My only complaint is that once it's snapped in place, it is a bit difficult to remove. The best way I have found to remove it is to squeeze it from the bottom and that helps release it. That's not an issue that should prevent you from using it though because it really is a high end product.

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        5.0

        Dont Settle For Anything Less

        By ecxs

        from los angeles

        Comments about Zacuto GH3/GH4 Z-Finder Pro Optical Viewfinder:

        Simple the best out there. For the price, it should be. It's well built and very secure not like magnetized ones that come off all the time. The zfinder stays in place. Maybe the only downside is that its so secure its tough to pop out. I usually just unscrew it from the base when I need to flip the screen of my GH3. Either that or use an external monotor.

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        5.0

        Strong, reliable, professionnal

        By Fab

        from Tahiti, French Polynesia

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy to Use
        • Great Picture Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Video

          Comments about Zacuto GH3/GH4 Z-Finder Pro Optical Viewfinder:

          I use it for my Panasonic GH4. I'm impressed by the overall quality. It's exactly what I needed for my camera.Take care with the extensions, go and install one by one, and check if it's ok with your vision, because it's quite hard to deassemble those extensions after.

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          5.0

          Must Have for Film Making

          By JB in Atlanta

          from Atlanta, GA

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Good in Low Light
          • Great Resolution
          • Large Clear LCD

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Video

            Comments about Zacuto GH3/GH4 Z-Finder Pro Optical Viewfinder:

            What can I say...Zacuto makes the best products for film makers and professionals. The Z finder works flawlessly with the new GH4 and is critical for stability and accurate focus. There is a little bulk to it, but I don't see any alternatives that work half as well. Zacuto products aren't cheap, but they are worth the money. They never fail and are solid as a rock. I'd highly recommend the Z finder and I'd buy it again in a flash.

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            4.0

            Works well but takes time to adjust

            By Amboseli

            from Australia

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Great Picture Quality
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Video

              Comments about Zacuto GH3/GH4 Z-Finder Pro Optical Viewfinder:

              The viewfinder works well on the GH3 but the instructions leave a lot to be desired - they need to be more descriptive and proscriptive concerning adjustment etc. Otherwise, good product.

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              5.0

              Nice for run and gun

              By Kayakdaddy

              from Richardson, TX

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy to Use
              • Good Video Quality

              Cons

              • Expensive

              Best Uses

              • Sports/Action
              • Video

              Comments about Zacuto GH3/GH4 Z-Finder Pro Optical Viewfinder:

              Got this to help with focusing and to add stabilization while shooting handheld. Well constructed. A little heavy with the plate, but not too bad. Took me awhile to get it to line up properly (the instructions didn't really help), but once I got it right, it works great.

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