VariZoom VZPFI Focus/Iris Controller

VariZoom VZPFI Focus/Iris Controller

VariZoom VZPFI Focus/Iris Controller

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  • Compatible with Panasonic HVX200 Series, HPX170, DVX100B, HMC40 and the HMC150
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The Varizoom VZ-PFI is a precision focus and iris control specifically designed for the Panasonic AG-HVX200 P2 and AG-DVX100B MiniDV camcorders. Features include the ability to switch between manual and auto, along with the ability to connect to virtually any tripod handle.

Note: AG-DVX100B only; AG-DVX100 and AG-DVX100A not compatible.

UPC: 877038002227
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VariZoom VZPFI Focus/Iris Controller
  • 2-Year Parts and Labor Warranty
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    VariZoom VZ-PFI specs

    Dimensions (LxW) 2 x 1.8" (5.1 x 4.6 cm)
    Weight 0.2 lb (90 grams)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.45 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 5.9 x 3.4 x 3.2"

    VariZoom VZ-PFI reviews

    VZPFI Focus/Iris Controller is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 9.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Valuable accessory Does what it is supposed to do, and appears sturdy, well made and reliable. I use this with a Panasonic HMC80 to control focus and iris when the camera is on a tripod. It makes it easier to concentrate on framing the shot without having to reach around the whole rig to operate the lens controls directly. It is especially useful in conjunction with the VariZoom remote zoom controller (which I have mounted on the other tripod handle). It is not quite as easy to operate ergonomically as the old-style flexible-shaft focus remotes on studio cameras, but there's no mechanical backlash, and this electronic approach is much cheaper and more compact.
    Date published: 2011-02-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very useful! If there was one thing I was never crazy about on my HMC-40, it was the locations and functionality of the iris and focus controls. When using a tripod in particular, it is fairly difficult to use either. Not only that, but the iris becomes even harder to control if you use the view screen on the side. This controller made my life so much easier! The focus has a shorter throw to it, so I don't have to turn the giant ring on the front so many times, and can do it without reaching all the way to the front of the camera. Both controls on the remote do take a bit of practice, however, to know approximately how far to turn so you don't go too far. I may even try to figure out a way to use this when I shoot handheld, I like the feel so much! A must have for any tripod shooting though, I don't know how I ever lived without it before!
    Date published: 2012-01-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Two for the price of one. First let me say I am a long time satisfied user of Varizoom products. Bought this device for use with a new Panasonic AC130. Before purchising I never could get a definite answer from B&H or Varizoom if it would work on this camera, but it does. I really like the unit. I was expecting to purchase just a focus remote and was pleased to discover the it allows iris adjustment as well. This is my first time ever in 27 years of video production work adjusting the iris from a tripod handle. Focus adjusts very quickly and accurately. Highly recommend.
    Date published: 2013-11-11
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Handy tool for most shoots Video Masters has 6 crews all using this iris control on the left tripod handle along with a zoom rocker on the right handle. We love the fact that we can stand or sit behind the camera instead of beside it to control iris/focus. A big plus is that we can now scroll our cameras up high eliminating the need for platforms or step stools in many places. We don't use the focus ring as it is too close to the iris ring and too easily changed by accident. Putting the focus button on A instead of M does not make it autofocus as you would guess. You still can control the focus normally on the lens ring. For most shoots we can set focus once and leave it alone. We have no real use for it on the iris controller. We have one combo iris, focus, zoom controller but find the controls too close together to work smoothly; hence, the separate Varizooms on each handle. The only real problem with the iris controller that can't be solved is that once it is plugged into the camera, high gain is invalid. The controller cannot be used in very low light venues as it will only gain to 24db instead of 34db. For the most part, we don't shoot without it! Purchasing these has made all my crews extremely happy with this executive producer.
    Date published: 2011-06-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Panasonic HMC40 Worth every penny. In concert with a zoon controller you dont have to touch he camera ever again
    Date published: 2012-02-27
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love this! It's a bit touchy-sensitive, so don't move it too much to rack focus or iris, but it worked wonderfully for me on my last jib gig. Used it with my HPX-250. Wish the grip on it worked on a swing-out type assembly rather than having to completely unscrew two screws, but that's pretty minor.
    Date published: 2012-12-12
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice addition to my camera pkg Works for my Panasonic 270 camera. The top dial is for iris, the side for focus. My tripod is usually at its highest height so this comes in real handy to make adjustments instead of reaching over. Coupled with my zoom control on other arm - I can zoom and control the iris at same time.
    Date published: 2016-12-11
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great For Glidecam Shots! Purchased this for a glidecam. Works well and keeps my hands off of the camera. I also used it yesterday to control the camera remotely in the back of a small two prop plane for some sea ice footage in AK. Could be a little less sensitive, have to feather it!
    Date published: 2012-04-04
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