Zacuto Z-Drive

Zacuto Z-Drive and Tornado Grip Kit

Zacuto Z-Drive and Tornado Grip Kit

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Zacuto Z-Drive and Tornado Grip Kit

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Zacuto Z-Drive and Tornado Grip Kit Zacuto Z-Drive Zacuto Tornado Grip for Z-Drive

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Product Highlights

  • Mechanical Follow Focus Handgrip System
  • For 15mm Shoulder-Mounted Rigs
  • 0.8 Pitch, 1.75" Diameter Gear
  • Standard Accessory Port for Whips/Cranks
  • Comfortable Horn Shaped Handle
  • Scalloped Focus Wheel
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  • 1Description

This Zacuto Z-Drive and Tornado Grip Kit from B&H is a mechanical follow focus handgrip for shoulder-mounted 15mm rod support systems. It is designed for rigs that position the camera directly above your shoulder, such as Zacuto's Recoil rigs. It pushes focus control forward and down for easy accessibility while also functioning as a handgrip. The kit features a Zacuto Z-Drive and Tornado Grip.

The Zacuto Z-Drive follow focus attaches to a single 15mm rod and features a 60° curve to create distance from the lens. It features a fixed 0.8 pitch gear, marking disc, and a standard accessory port for attaching the Zacuto Tornado Handgrip. The Tornado features a comfortable horn shape handle that works in tandem with the curve of the Z-Drive to serve as a handgrip for a shoulder support system. The handle rotates freely, allowing you to place your thumb and forefinger on the scalloped focus wheel and turn your whole hand to pull focus.

Please note that because of the curved design of the Z-Drive, it is not compatible with matte boxes when working shoulder mounted.

Please see the links below for more information on the various components of this kit.

  • Zacuto Z-Drive

    The Zacuto Z-Drive is a follow focus unit designed for single-operator shoulder mounted rigs. It attaches to a single 15mm rod and features a curved design that creates space and distance from the lens. This extra space provides for more comfortable use when the camera rig is on your shoulder.

    The Z-Drive is adjustable for use with a variety of lens sizes, and can be operated on either side of your rig, facing either towards the lens, or backward toward the operator for use with a standard focus whip when on a tripod or dolly. It slides onto a single 15mm rod and tightens into place with a quick-release ratcheting lever. It can also be adjusted towards and away from your lens via a red thumb screw, for use with a variety of lens diameters.

    The Z-Drive has a fixed 0.8 pitch gear for connecting to your lens. For lenses that don't have 0.8 pitch gears, like most DSLR lenses, Zacuto ZipGears are available, sold separately. Also available is the Zacuto Tornado, which attaches to the Z-Drive's whip port and provides a mechanical follow focus handgrip.

    Please note: The Z-Drive is not compatible with matte boxes.

    60° curved design
    Slender marking disc for repeatable focus pulls
    Standard accessory port for Zacuto, Chrosziel, and Arri whips / cranks
    Universal joint and no internal gears, so it won't develop any play
  • Zacuto Tornado Grip for Z-Drive

    The Tornado Grip for Z-Drive from Zacuto is a mechanical follow focus handgrip for single-operator, shoulder mounted shooting. It connects to the whip port on the Zacuto Z-Drive follow focus and provides both a handgrip for two-handed shoulder mount rigs, and a focus wheel for controlling your Z-Drive. The Tornado's comfortable horn shape works in tandem with the 60° curve of the Z-Drive and is particularly useful with Zacuto Recoil support rigs, where the camera is mounted directly over your shoulder.

    The Tornado slides in the Z-Drive's whip port by pushing down on the round plunger and pushing it into the port. Once you release the plunger, the Tornado is securely attached. The handle rotates freely, allow you to place your thumb and forefinger on the scalloped focus wheel and turn your whole hand to pull focus. Simply release your thumb and forefinger from the focus wheel, rotate your wrist back, and grab the focus wheel again for more range.

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  • 1Description
  • Zacuto Z-Drive
    Rod Compatibility Mounts on single 15mm rod
    Gear Drive 1.75", 0.8 pitch
    Dimensions 5.0 x 2.5 x 2.0" (12.7 x 6.4 x 5.1 cm)
    Weight 10.4 oz (294.8 g)
    Packaging Infobzytwdrars
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.1 x 4.3 x 2.2"
  • Zacuto Tornado Grip for Z-Drive
    Dimensions 8.0 x 2.5 x 2.5" (20.3 x 6.4 x 6.4 cm)
    Weight 12.8 oz (362.9 g)
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 9.0 x 3.0 x 3.0"
Z-Drive and Tornado Grip Kit is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 3.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from much easier This little device has made life a bunch easier. Instead of trying to support the camera then taking a hand off the handle and fumbling to find the focus knob, I now have the focus knob at my finger tips while I still have complete support of the camera. No more jerks in the middle of the shot. (not camera jerks anyway) The only fault is you have to have it at a specific angle to hit your focus ring. Bit an adaptor can solve that issue.
Date published: 2016-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from works great with my Rig Works great on the Zacuto Rig, I can focus while moving and it makes life so easy.
Date published: 2016-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it - SMOOTH So smooth yes it is pricey but it is a Zacuto - quality quality quality
Date published: 2016-08-11
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