Zacuto Z-Finder Jr.

Zacuto Z-Finder Jr.

Zacuto Z-Finder Jr.

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Product Highlights

  • DSLR Optical Viewfinder
  • Fits 3" LCD Screens
  • 2.5x Magnification
  • -4.75 Focal Point
  • 40mm Diameter Lens
  • Lightproof Eyecup
  • Adhesive Mounting Frame
  • Two Extender Frames
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Zacuto Z-FIND-JR overview

  • 1Description

Zacuto's Z-Finder Jr. optical viewfinder is a cost-effective tool for achieving sharp, stable video on DSLR cameras like the Canon 5D Mark II, 7D, Nikon D90, D300s and others. Whether shooting handheld or on a tripod, the Z-Finder Jr. turns your camera's 3" LCD screen into a clear, easy-to-focus viewfinder that lets you see your image in magnified detail even under the brightest sunlight. Just as crucially, the Z-Finder Jr. provides an extra degree of handling comfort and a crucial point of contact--between camera and eye--that adds stability to any handheld video.

The Z-Finder Jr. has a 2.5x magnification, which enlarges the LCD image so you can see every detail for pinpoint focus. Meanwhile, its -4.75 focal point can be adjusted to your eyesight by using the included extender frames. The 40mm-diameter optical design also incorporates an anti-fog disc to better enable its use in fluctuating environmental conditions.

The Z-Finder Jr. mounts to your camera via a supplied adhesive mounting frame that attaches to your camera's 3.0" LCD screen. This attachment method does not require the use of an additional base plate, and permits easy installation and removal of the finder from the camera. Once detached, the unit can hang conveniently around your neck using the included lanyard.

For use with taller-bodied cameras such as the Canon 1D Mark IV and Nikon D3S, optional Gorilla Plate and Z-MFT mounting frame are required.

2.5x magnification
40mm diameter lens for excellent light throughput
Allows DSLR cameras to have correct form factor for video
Field of view perfectly matches 3" LCD screen size
-4.75 focal point is adjustable by stacking extender frames
The Z-finder is a magnifier and as such will magnify the sun and could damage the LCD screen if the sun is allowed to shine directly through the Z-finder lens. This is not a defect but a physical property. Caution should be taken to avoid sun magnification.
In the Box
Zacuto Z-Finder Jr.
  • 2 x Extender Frames
  • 3" Adhesive Z-Finder Mounting Frame
  • Lanyard and Lanyard Hook
  • Lens Cap and Sun Mask
  • Z-Finder Dust Cover
  • Eyecup
  • Lifetime Warranty
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    • 1Description

    Zacuto Z-FIND-JR specs

    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.3 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 10.0 x 7.008 x 3.622"

    Zacuto Z-FIND-JR reviews

    Z-Finder Jr. is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 23.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A+ Quality viewfinder. A lot of people complain about this viewfinder as being overpriced. In reality, all the other ones are underprices and this one is good price. There are many $30-150 viewfinders you can buy, but they either are not durable, have bad glass, lens focusing problems, or not a good mounting option. This viewfinder has all that, and a comfortable eyepiece. The bracket is not a good design but I have it mounted with a sticky frame and it works well. 2.5x is much better as you can frame your shot much easier yet still being close enough to focus correctly. 3x gives headaches, and you cannot see the red blinking light at the top right corner due to how zoomed in it is.
    Date published: 2012-02-24
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Returned for Pro I bought this for personal use after having used the Pro version in a staff position. On the initial set-up, the eyecup wasn't going on straight. Upon closer inspection, a corner of the plastic threading was broken and in the bottom of the box. Additionally, I found the eyecup/shade design fiddly. Finally, the aluminum mount feels like an afterthought. Overall, the build quality did not inspire the same confidence as the Pro version that I was used to. The good news is that Zacuto and B&H are known for their customer service so users can buy without concern. But, I decided that for such a critical item, only the best would do and have exchanged for the Pro version.
    Date published: 2013-06-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Does the job quite well This is the first loupe I've used (so have nothing to compare with), but it seems to work surprisingly well with my Canon 6D. I can finally see the viewfinder very clearly even in broad daylight and focus easily. Makes impossible shooting possible. I bought this over others because of the Zacuto brand and the fact that you didn't have to use the sticker around the LCD to mount. The mounting bracket works quite well once you figure out how to use it, but can be tricky at first (make sure you press the viewfinder firmly against the LCD before tightening the tripod base). If you have presbyopia, you'll need the extender frames, which work quite well.
    Date published: 2013-05-05
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from good finder, terrible mount I don't see the problem with not having the adjustable eyepiece -but then again, my eyes are fine. The unit is nicely made. But the mounting bracket is a poor design and entirely inadequate. The old mounting system would be preferable, and that is what I am going to pursue. Plus they give you absolutely no instructions or documentation with this. Guess you are supposed to figure it out.
    Date published: 2010-05-16
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Is it worth the investment? Let's start this off by saying that this is a great product. I use it with a Canon T2i and its is nearly perfect. Adds a little bit of stabilization by making contact with my face, gives a near-perfect image with almost no distortion, and does its job by allowing for faster focus pulling. As a package, I am happy I bought it and it has and will serve its purpose well.The only problem with the package is the mounting bracket. It's pretty useless. The sticky mount is infinitely better. A non-issue because it comes with each and it may fit your style better than mine. It also doesn't have a diopter, which again is a non-issue for me because I don't need one.Now, my only issue is the price. Almost $250. It is worth every dollar I spent I think, but is it for you? The LCDVF, while giving a 2X magnification may be a better bang for your buck and they are coming out with a T2i specific versions soon, as well as other more affordable options like the Hoodloupe with 3X eyepiece.I'm glad I bought it, but take the hefty price into consideration.If you wear eye-glasses, go for the Z-Finder Pro with the diopter. Getting several extension brackets, in my opinion, isn't worth the effort.Before buying: See if you can try using a Z-Finder or any other viewfinder system. It's a different shooting experience and is not for everyone.Bottom Line: If a you want an SLR Viewfinder, its pricey, but the Z-Finder Jr. is definitely worth it.
    Date published: 2010-07-13
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worth it! This a useful piece of kit for my 7D. It magnifies the screen to the perfect size and gives you a crystal clear view. Getting that perfect focus is now so much easier. The build quality is solid and heavy duty, I'm glad I went with Zacuto. The supplied metal bracket mount was hard to setup correctly, and didn't seem like a good fit, but they also include the traditional peel and stick frame for the back of the camera.
    Date published: 2010-08-16
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great viewfinder, except. . . Let me start by saying I love this thing. I use a Canon 7D for photography and video, and my images are sharp now. It does exactly what it's supposed to do: you attach it to your viewfinder and it allows you to get intimate with the image. It took a day or so to get used to the fact that - since the viewfinder is magnified, the pixels are also magnified. Now that I'm used to using this, I can't imagine NOT having it. There is no guesswork in focusing anymore. Now for the complaints: The metal mounting bracket is very poorly designed, and I found it to be completely useless. The alternate mounting method involves a plastic frame which you glue to the back of your camera body, so you can pop the viewfinder on and off. Since a lot of people complain that the fit is too tight, I rounded the edges off the fillet of the mounting bracket with a nail file, just enough so that the Z-finder pops on and off with ease. This is the reason for the 4-star review. Zacuto would be a better brand if they spent less time making their products look like Batman and more time making them functional. For the high price, I expect a highly functional item, not something I have to tweak. However, you DO get a durable item that works well. And their instructions are very easy to follow.
    Date published: 2013-03-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from No Fog I have not experienced the persistent fog problems that I've heard others dealing with - knock on wood. To me this was hands down the right choice over the Pro since I'm on a budget. I also wear glasses and have had no issues with sharpness or even needed the extra spacers. Highly recommend the snap on mounting frame over the metal frame that uses the tripod mount but this is now included in package as well.
    Date published: 2013-10-01
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