Libec Remote Zoom and Focus Control for Select LANC and Panasonic Cameras

Libec Remote Zoom and Focus Control for Select LANC and Panasonic Cameras

Libec Remote Zoom and Focus Control for Select LANC and Panasonic Cameras

B&H # LIZFC5HD MFR # ZFC-5HD
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Product Highlights

  • Controls Select Sony/Canon/Panasonic
  • Remote Record Start/Stop Button
  • Variable Zoom Speed Selector Switch
  • Focus Control Button for LANC Cameras
  • Focus Control Dial for Panasonic Cameras
  • Two-Step Zoom Control Knob for LANC
  • Remote Power ON/OFF for LANC Cameras
  • 2.3' Cable with 2.5mm and 3.5mm Jacks
  • Mounts on Most Camera Support Systems
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The Libec Zoom and Focus Control for Select LANC and Panasonic Cameras enables remote REC start/stop, zoom and focus control for Sony, Canon and Panasonic cameras. The ZFC-5HD features a selector switch for variable zoom speed, a focus control button for LANC, and a focus control dial for Panasonic. The 2-step zoom control knob provides further refined zoom speed for LANC cameras.

Another nice feature – exclusively for LANC cameras – the ZFC-5HD has a remote power ON/OFF switch, which is especially useful when the camera is mounted on a jib arm or crane. The unit has a 2.3' cable, which spits into two ends and terminates with a 2.5mm and a 3.5mm jack connector. The ZFC-5HD can be clamped onto most camera support systems, including tripod panhandles, jib arm weight bars, monopods and more.

Note: When using the ZFC-5HD with Panasonic cameras released after August 2009, connecting the units remote focus to the camera disables manual iris control. To use the iris in the manual mode, please operate the focus on the camera without connecting the remote terminal Ø3.5.

Key Features
  • Compatible with Select Sony, Canon and Panasonic cameras
  • Remote REC start/stop, variable speed zoom and focus control
  • Remote power ON/OFF for LANC cameras
  • 2.3' Cable with 2.5mm and 3.5mm mini plugs
  • Clamp mount fits most camera support systems
Note: Certain models may have limited or no compatibility. When in doubt, please reference the Libec website for an updated list of cameras that have been tested.
In the Box
Libec Remote Zoom and Focus Control for Select LANC and Panasonic Cameras
  • Mounting Clamp
  • Cable Band
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description
    Available Cameras Select Sony, Canon, Panasonic
    Note: Certain models may have limited or no compatibility. When in doubt, please reference the Libec website for an updated list of cameras that have been tested.
    Functions Zooming Knob
    Zoom Speed Select
    Focus Dial (Panasonic)
    Focus Button (LANC)
    Record Start/Stop
    Power On/Off
    LANC/P Exchange Switch
    Connectors 2.5mm sub mini plug
    3.5mm mini plug
    Operating Temperature 14 ~ 104deg; F (-10 ~ 40deg; C)
    Dimensions Clamping Width: 0.39" - 1.18" (10 - 30mm)
    Cable Length: 2.3' (70 cm)
    LxWxD (Control Unit with Clamp): 3.93 x 2.75 x 3.54" (10 x 7 x 9 cm)
    Weight 5.6 oz (0.16 kg)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.55 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 5.3 x 3.9 x 3.2"
    Remote Zoom and Focus Control for Select LANC and Panasonic Cameras is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 39.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must have for long shoots The zoom controller is extremely well made and performs flawlessly with a Canon XF100 for both zoom and focus. The rocker controller is comfortable and you can control both focus and zoom at the same time with a bit of practice. It greatly reduces arm strain on long shoots and keeps you from bumping the camera from reaching for the rocker switch which can distort the image and sound. The only addition I would like to see is at least one more setting for zoom speed, but most cameras have variable speed in their menus. This controller brings my camera up to what a more high priced camera would offer, but at an affordable price. Highly recommended.
    Date published: 2012-12-09
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Works great with Sony A/V-R I have a Sony HDR-CX760V video camera which has an A/V R port. I wanted a zoom control that had a variable speed zoom (the more you press it the faster it zooms). The ZFC-5HD performs this function very well. It also has a switch that limits the maximum zoom speed. The contol performs On/Off, Rec/Stanby, Zoom In/Out and Focus. It does not have a button to toggle between auto/manual focus (you need to select that on the camera). To use this LANC control with the Sony A/V-R port you need an adapter cable such as the Libec A-3AV. I previously pruchased the VariZoom VZ-Rock controller and it would not function with the Sony HDR-CX760V.
    Date published: 2014-05-02
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from LOOKS NICE BUT ONLY ZOOM AND REC I BOUGHT THIS FOR VIDEO PRODUCTION OR EVENTS, WEDDING..ETC. IT'S GOOD TO MAKE ZOOM IN ZOOM OUT,IT'S SENSITIVE AND RESPONSIVE TO DO IT SLOW OR FAST,ALSO YOU CAN REC START STOP BUT NOTHING ELSE ON PANASONIC AG-AC90 IT'S WELL MADE LOOKS AND FEEL PROFESSIONAL. YOU CAN PUT THIS ON YOUR ARM OF YOUR TRIPODE.I DIDN'T KNOW BEFORE TO BUY IT ONLY ZOOM AND REC ( MY PANASONIC HAS 2 HOLES FOR REMOTE CONTROL AND ZOOM BUT ONLY WORK ON ZOOM AND REC, (ONE HOLE MINI PLUG).WORK FOR ME BUT ITS EXPENSIVE IF YOU THINK ABOUT IT. PERHAPS IF YOU MAKE EVENTS AND THE CLIENT LOOKS YOUR GEAR HE WILL BE MORE IMPRESSED
    Date published: 2015-03-28
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Zoom & Focus Control with AG-AC160A Ordering, shipping and delivery was excellent with B&H (as always). The zoom and focus control sort of worked with our Panasonic AG-AC160A. The zoomed worked great, control was nice and there was a good feel overall to the controls. The downside, we could not get the focus control to work. I couldn't find anything saying it was or was not compatible with the AG-AC-160A. The directions included with the remote basically said check your camera's manual. Checking the web as well I was not able to find any more information. Long story short, we decided to return this unit and get just the remote zoom control which in our case is probably the better option for our setup.
    Date published: 2016-07-11
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great, but Watch Which Camera You Use it With I purchased four of these to use with Panasonic PX270 cameras. Initially they worked great. Best action of all of the zoom controllers. Then they started to become unstable. Slow zooms would stutter and sometimes jump in. This varies from camera to camera. I communicated with the company and they said they would talk to Japan about the issues. Well that was within my warranty. Now I am almost two years out with the same song and dance. Libec says they have not tested the camera yet... Well, then why isn't there a compatibility list? I am sad as this controller is the best but I am going to move to the Manfrotto controller as it is also very good. Just not pleased with a protocol type item NOT being compatible with a pro camera. It works...sort of
    Date published: 2016-04-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for my church, and iMag I purchased 3 of these units for my church video system which uses Prosumer camcorders on PTZ mounts on the walls of our worship center. The distances range from 30-100 feet from the control booth. Using 100 foot Lan-C cables these units work great. The biggest seller for us was the on/off button. Previously we had to manually turn on and off all three camcorders, which was a hassle to say the least. Now we can turn on all three camcorders in a matter of seconds from the control booth. Additionally the ability to switch between Panasonic and Lan-C is great for me, as I use a Panasonic AC-90 for my video business. Recently I was working on a video at the church with my own gear (instead of taking one of the mounted cams off the wall), I grabbed this controller and plugged it into my AC-90, it worked like a charm. I have worked in iMag (Image Magnification/live video on a projector at events) for 8 years now working with different iMag companies, and I have used several different controllers. This one can hold its own with higher priced products (Though it does have a 'plastic' feel, not a 'metal' feel like the more expensive ones do, but this does not bother me at all). It works worlds better than some much lower priced ones I have used. I think this is the best value for the money without sacrificing usability and features. I plan to purchase one for my own use very soon, and mount it to my shoulder mount next time I shoot an MMA event. It's going to save a ton of hassle!One side note, for those using it for installation like we are at my church. These units will not sit flat. They have a small column/tube on the back that is used to screw the bracket onto a tripod arm. We actually have a metal platform on the desk that the switcher sits on, with the power regulator beneath. This platform has circular holes in it, which fit perfectly to place this tube into and screw the back in underneath, securing them in place quite well. However it's something to consider if you want to use them in the same manner we do.Overall a great product, and I haven't seen its equal for the price.
    Date published: 2014-05-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Durable, reliable and easy to work with As a leading force in performing engineering forensic inspections, product evaluation and specialized training our equipment is often deployed under really harsh conditions. We mainly use Canon professional video cameras with LANC connections. We find the Libec equipment (both zoom control and the zoom and focus control combination units) not only to be excellent value for money but also capable to withstand harsh working conditions. What makes this zoom and focus control unit unique is the ease with which it can be attached to a SteadiCam arm.
    Date published: 2017-01-14
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not Bad! I'm a professional Freelance Videographer (27 years experience). I bought this unit to use on my DVX200. I do training videos, conferences, Corporate projects and this zoom control works quite nice. When the camera is on stix, trying to zoom smoothly is sometimes a challenge but with this zoom control, the shots come out nice. Nice product, price is right.
    Date published: 2016-05-04
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