Canon PZ-E1 Power Zoom Adapter

Canon PZ-E1 Power Zoom Adapter

Canon PZ-E1 Power Zoom Adapter

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Product Highlights

  • Compatible with EF-S 18-135mm IS USM
  • Provides Electronic Zooming Control
  • Smoother Zoom Movements for Video
  • Zoom Mode and Speed Settings Switches
  • Integrated Locking Mechanism
  • Remote Zooming Over Wi-Fi with EOS 80D
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Canon PZ-E1 overview

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Designed to provide smoother, more natural zoom movements when recording video, the PZ-E1 Power Zoom Adapter is compatible with the Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens, and facilitates electronic zoom control. The adapter connects to the lens via an integrated locking mechanism, it features both speed mode and zoom mode switches, and remote-controlled zooming is also possible in conjunction with the EOS 80D using the Canon Camera Connect app or EOS Utility software. Compared to manually rotating the lens' zoom ring, this adapter enables steadier adjustment over zooming speed for repeatable effects.

Compatibility
Lenses:
  • EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM

Remote zooming control is possible when used in conjunction with the EOS 80D DSLR and mobile devices running the Canon Camera Connect app or Mac/Windows computers with EOS Utility software.
UPC: 013803272376
In the Box
Canon PZ-E1 Power Zoom Adapter
  • 4 x AAA Batteries
  • Protect Cover
  • Case
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Canon PZ-E1 specs

    Zoom Operation Zoom lever sensitivity: +/- 0.1" / 3 mm
    Zoom lever direction: forward: tele / backward: wide
    Speed level switch: slow / fast
    Zoom motor: Micro USM
    Operating Environment 32-104°F / 0-40°C
    Power Source 4x AAA alkaline or NiMH batteries
    Dimensions 3.3 x 1.4 x 2.9" / 83.5 x 36.5 x 73.5 mm
    Weight 4.2 oz / 120 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.7 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 4.6 x 4.4 x 4.2"

    Canon PZ-E1 reviews

    PZ-E1 Power Zoom Adapter is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 23.
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Power hog It does it's job just fine. The zoom is smooth and really makes a difference for ENG work. The big problem are the batteries. They just don't last. Even powered off the PZ-E1 seems to draw power from the 4 AAA batteries. Make sure you have plenty on hand and in your gear bag. I have gone to rechargeable batteries and recharge them every night. The only other option that works is to take them out every day and put them back in, in the morning.
    Date published: 2017-01-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Finally arrived and works great! It appears I was one of the first to receive this handy accessory after having it on order for several months. It will only work with the newest 18-135mm Nano lens (so far) but it is my favorite all around lens for video and stills as it has such a great range (29mm-200mm equivalent). Just insert the four (included) AAA batteries, hold it up under the lens, turn the locking lever and you are ready to go! For handheld shooting it cradles nicely in your left hand and it is easy to operate the zoom lever with your left thumb, leaving your right hand free. I am using it on the 80D and with the tilt LCD it is simple to hold and operate at waist level. I normally use a monopod and shot some music at a festival yesterday and it all worked great. I only used the High zoom setting so far. It seems more appropriate for action shots. I will be shooting a speaker in two days and will definitely use the Slow setting then. It is possible to feather the zoom as well. Just a light push on the zoom lever and it starts creeping. Push harder and it gets up to full speed. It will take using it more to fine tune my zooms, but for the almost unbelievable price of $150 this is a great tool! It does add just a little bit of bulk to the camera so I see no need to leave it attached if shooting just stills. It completely met the expectations that I had. I hope more are available soon for everyone to enjoy. Good job Canon!
    Date published: 2016-09-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Solid build, usual Canon quality The zoom adapter is pretty high quality as expected with Canon. It's also very quiet and works great for use with video. I was considering using a manual third party zoom and jig set but decided to go with the full experience with the adapter. The only con is the price, it's a bit high for a simple two-step motor Delivery was fast as always with B&H and it was packaged nicely. The zoom adapter also came with batteries and had two modes, PZ/MZ (Power Zoom/Manual Zoom). In order for the adapter to work it make sure you select PZ. Overall, this zoom adapter is perfect for the DSLR Video enthusiast but could cost a bit less.
    Date published: 2017-05-15
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not bad, but know the limitations... First off this thing works well for what it's supposed to be. It takes a DSLR lens and turns it into a video camera zoom lens. It's quite impressive if you know the limitations. 1. The only lens it works with is a 3.5-5.6 variable aperture lens. So yeah your gonna see some flicker...UNLESS you put it on AUTO ISO in which case it's pretty awesome. And frankly for the first time ever (15 years) I'm comfortable enough with today's chips to be fine with AUTO ISO. One less thing to worry about. 2. For my set-up everything is reliant on aManfrotto 501PL Sliding Quick-Release Plate (it's pretty standard). And the thing that SUCKS is that this thing has to come off or the lens has to be removed to yank a camera off for handheld shooting or switching from a monopod to a slider...this sucks. I find myself removing the lens because it's much faster that removing the adapter (sadly). If your mostly a handheld shooter it's fine...but handheld at a long focal length is challenging even with this lens which has excellent stabilization. 3. It looks cool. Good luck.
    Date published: 2016-10-10
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Sorely needed Addition But 18-135 Still Flickers Badly This product fills a void for those stuck between fixed lens video cameras and try focus pullers. I bought two of these as I have two matching C-100 Mark IIs. The 18-135mm lens flickers when zooming so that right there pretty much kills the usefulness of using this PZ-E1 as changing the focal length with the zoom adapter creates videos that constantly flickers from bright to dark. I think for the money the PZ-E1 is a good buy but the lens renders it unusable. Also missing is a Lanc controller port so you are pretty much using this for hand holding. I kept my two in hopes that Canon will fix the 18-135mm lens via firmware or some other fashion. PZ-E1 good for the money, 18-135, worthless for video if you ever want to zoom while filming.
    Date published: 2016-10-05
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Be careful that you have the right lens I purchased the 18-135 canon lens with a package set from BH Photo about 6 months ago. This purchase was based on the reccomendation from the sales associate that the PZ-E1 was coming out and was compatable with the lens. This was wrong. I rush ordered for the PZ-E1 and when I received it, I find out that it was not compatable and I am not happy with BH Photo. I was originally going to purchase the Canon f4 28-105 and I was talked out of it. Now I have a standard stock lens that was supposed to get a major upgrade, and instead I have a lens that is basically useless.
    Date published: 2016-09-30
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Video Must Have My Canon 80D does stills and video, but manual zoom is an issue in video mode. My Canon 18-135mm lens is made for the brilliant PZ-E1 Power Zoom. I wish it were variable but the slow/fast modes are serving me well. When doing videos it is enough of an issue manually focusing, as recommended by the experts, so you need some way to zoom and pull back smoothly. Here's my main point, the PZ-E1 is more than worth a try, and it even works when controlling camera with a Smartphone via EOS app. Cheap at twice the price because it really works. Just don't forget to use an external microphone, as 80D wiill record motor noise if you don't.. I use a Rode shotgun microphone instead of the on-board mics.. See photo for my complete system provided by BHphotovideo.
    Date published: 2017-04-20
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from It's great (with limitations) I use this with the Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM zoom lens on a regular basis. This is not a broadcast-quality servo zoom lens, so don't expect that level of nuance when operating it. PZE1 has two speeds: fast & slow, which in reality means medium fast & medium slow. Fast isn't particularly fast, and slow is not slow enough compared to a real broadcast servo zoom. Another negative (for me, at least) is that the PZE1 unit uses four AAA batteries. I really wish they had made it use AA batteries instead, as those are much more accessible. That said, I still love using it. It's almost impossible to do a smooth zoom move by hand on still photo lenses without a servo motor. The PZE1 delivers in that regard. I was able to get most of the shots I needed using it, whereas without the PZE1 those shots would have looked terrible. This lens and power zoom adapter made it possible for me to get some great looking shots that had been previously out of my reach. And when you factor in that the 18-135mm IS USM + PZE1 combined cost only $800 or so, it's an absolute steal. For the time being, I'm going to be very happy with the 18-135 PZE1 combo. I predict that lens will live on my C100 for 90% of the time from here on out (in bright conditions, of course).
    Date published: 2017-09-15
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