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ZacutoZ-Finder Pro 3x
 
4.4

(based on 135 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (82)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (36)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (104)
  • Professional quality (67)
  • Improves performance (60)
  • Compact (42)
  • Durable (32)

Cons

  • Poor design (11)
  • Heavy / bulky (6)
  • Pricey / poor value (3)

Best Uses

  • Independent films (59)
  • Video (41)
  • In the studio (38)
  • Complex projects (29)
  • Home movies (27)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional artist (34), Business owner (26), Pro photographer (26), Enthusiast (19), Semi-pro photographer (19)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (100)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Very nicely made, but...

We bought this to use with Canon 7D on a shoulder mount DSLR video rig.

The Zacuto viewfinder is beautifully constructed and superbly functional for certain circumstances.

That...Read complete review

We bought this to use with Canon 7D on a shoulder mount DSLR video rig.

The Zacuto viewfinder is beautifully constructed and superbly functional for certain circumstances.

That being said we have found that we do not use it as much as we though we would.

For video shooters (using a mount or rig), I would recommend buying and mounting a small 1080P HDMI monitor instead.

We have found that the outboard monitor is easier and safer to view while moving around, and also allows a second person to pull focus while the camera person concentrates on framing and hitting marks accurately.

On the other hand, in situations where the camera is locked down, in sunny locations where a monitor is difficult to see, or when shooting stills, this viewfinder is a fantastic bit of kit.

One thing to be aware of is that mounting the Zacuto Viewfinder base to the bottom of the camera and then mounting a tripod baseplate to the viewfinder does result in a small offset that has to be compensated for if one is using a 15mm rails rig with matte box and follow-focus. Not a big deal, really.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Quality Product at a High Price

I would say after using it for a film shoot that it works as advertised. Product construction is great, the provided plate is of high quality and after watching the tutorial video on...Read complete review

I would say after using it for a film shoot that it works as advertised. Product construction is great, the provided plate is of high quality and after watching the tutorial video on [@] I was able to setup in about 10 minutes. I am rating the Z-finder 3 stars because of the extremely high price. Compared to our b-camera on the shoot which used a generic viewfinder - after shooting with both I did not see a great difference in the actual image magnification between the two (which is pretty much the entire benefit of the device) - aside from the almost $300 price difference.also, it is not in my opinion a very viable quick release option to switch over in a very short time to go from film to stills if you are looking to do this with a z-finder on the fly.

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2.0

Bad design

By Alex,K

from San Diego, Ca

About Me Tech Savvy

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Customer Service

Cons

  • Flimsy Design
  • Heavy
  • No Performance Improvement
  • Poor Interface

Best Uses

  • NONE

Comments about Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 3x:

Not well taught and designed product specially if your camera has battery grip. First the product is expensive and with optional battery grip you have to buy an extra bracket over $ on the top of what you already paid. Once you installed the holder it blocks the battery grip and needs to be removed to get access to the batteries. To change the position of eye-piece you have to remove the rubber, anti-fog plastic and the rectangular plastic and it is not easy to put back. the cover for the eye-piece does not stay and keeps falling. out side light leaks into the finder. I returned mine the next day. Zacuto has good customer service. Now I know why not to buy American product, they are not able to design a simple thing.It could have been a nice product.

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4.0

Great Product - But not for me

By Sealander

from NM

About Me Tech Savvy

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Good Interface With Camcorder
  • Improves Performance
  • Quality Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Precision Work

    Comments about Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 3x:

    I shoot lots of "rough and tumble" video. Outdoors, unpredictable fast moving subjects, quick reaction, bad weather, worldwide.

    The Z-finder definitely does exactly what it promises. So I agree with the other reviews.

    But for me it has one characteristic that made it unusable. It is so good at magnification that it accentuates the pixels on the camera screen, and I find it very distracting when trying to grasp the whole image at once, especially when camera is in motion.

    If I pan, the image blurs, but the pixel lattice in the camera screen remains crisp....which distracts my attention away from the subject to the details of the camera LCD.

    I realize this is probably idiosyncratic, but it is how my vision works.

    When the camera is still, the Z-finder is amazingly good for checking image quality, but try as I might, I could not get beyond the distraction of the details of the LCD.

    So, for me, the Z-finder was "too good".

    I'm also using cameras with super autofocus and peaking, so for my style of shooting, I really don't need the extra precision of the Z-Finder

    But it is clearly a wonderful product. I does exactly what it claims.

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    4.0

    Great Quality

    By Martin Perea

    from Santa Fe, NM

    About Me Film Professional

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Quality Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 3x:

        The build and optical quality of the Z-Finder is very impressive. There is one feature I really wish this had. I wish I could flip it up to view the screen without. To do this I just loosen the screws and remove it but doing this in the field can be cumbersome. Nonetheless, I love this view finder. I would recomend it.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Great gift for my husband

        By amjoke

        from St. Paul MN

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Good in Low Light
        • Great Resolution
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Video

          Comments about Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 3x:

          I got this product as a gift for my husband. We plan to use it to shoot video on a Canon 6D. I love how easily it snaps on and off the camera body to allow you to quickly change your set up.

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          • Yes

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          5.0

          "Excellent accessory"

          By GerardT

          from Beirut, LEBANON

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Large Clear LCD

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 3x:

              I first purchased the Zacuto for my 5D Mk II but it also fits on my G1X and in both cases it is very efficient for controlling the shoot in highlight as well as for fine focusing.

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              5.0

              Makes your day so much easier!

              By Hjalmar

              from Norway

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Good in Low Light
              • Great Resolution
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Video
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 3x:

                Can get everything in focus in bright sunlight!

                • Ease of Operation:
                • 9
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                5.0

                A MUST for any DSLR filmmaker

                By Mr. Wang

                from Haltom City, TX

                About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • A Must For All Dslr Video
                • Easy to Use

                Cons

                • A Bit Pricey

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Sports/Action
                • Video
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 3x:

                I'm an aspiring DSLR filmmaker who also specializes in video production for online videos. If you mainly use your DSLR camera for video like I do, DO NOT go any longer without the Zacuto Z-Finder. Shooting sharp footage that is in focus with correct color is so important. After buying my accessories like memory cards, extra batteries, and a Rode shotgun mic, this is the next thing to buy for all DSLR users. The only thing bad I have to say about the product, it is a bit expensive, so save up your money now.

                • Ease of Operation:
                • 9
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                3.0

                Not much different than the Junior

                By imaginefilm

                from Thunder Bay, ON

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Large Clear LCD

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Travel
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 3x:

                  I bought the Z-finder Junior and loved it. For my second camera (5diii) I thought I'd get this unit. The diopter adds a bit of wait and doesn't offer much flexibility in focus for the extra money.

                  If you want compatibility with Manfrotto quick release plates you'll want to attach the adhesive frame. The original has stayed on my 7d for a year, but I'm on my 3rd frame on the 5diii.

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                  5.0

                  Great Product at It's Cheepest

                  By VanHansel

                  from Appleton, WI

                  About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Good in Low Light
                  • Large Clear LCD

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Exact Focus
                    • Macro Photography
                    • Outdoorbright Light
                    • Outdoor Or Bright Light
                    • Video

                    Comments about Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 3x:

                    I purchased the Z-finder pro for still photographer because i have a manual only lens and I couldn't reliably focus through the viewfinder in certain situations. I read up on multiple solutions, all of which permanently altered my camera and lens, and none of which were guaranteed solutions. I found when taking photos I preferred to shoot the manual lens in live-view mode, using the camera screen, but it was extremely difficult to see in bright light and found my camera was far to heavy to keep steady when holding it out to view the screen. The Z-finder solves both of those problems by blocking the sun and allowing you to steady the camera against your eye.
                    I chose the Z-finder pro over the jr. because of its ability to quickly pop on over the screen. This function alone made the price difference well worth it for me.

                    . . . Bottom line: If you struggle with exact manual focusing for any reason then this tool is exactly what you need. And no one beats B&H's price tag for it either. . . also it looks pretty killer attached to your rig.

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                    5.0

                    Awesome tool.

                    By Josh

                    from Tulsa, ok

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy to Use
                    • Good Video Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Video
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 3x:

                      Often you tell yourself that tools are just tools and they do not replace your news to build your skills but the z-finder really mad a difference in how I shot and it so much easier to hit focus and exposure.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Glad 100x over that I got the Z-Finder!

                      By feyd-in

                      from Ventura, CA

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Durable
                      • Easy to Use
                      • Soft Eye Shade

                      Cons

                      • No Pivot Adjustment

                      Best Uses

                      • Bright Sun
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Video

                      Comments about Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 3x:

                      I waffled over getting this device. I kept thinking that the price was to high for such a compact device. That was until, I had a shoot were I lost two crucial takes due to focus and a light issues that I just couldn't see. Since I've had the device all of that is now a thing of the past. Not only is it great that the objects are larger and you can see their focus better, but not having to worry about glare in full sun is fantastic! It took me less than 10 minutes to get the whole system setup on my camera.

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                      5.0

                      great product

                      By Barrett the photographer

                      from Philly

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Durable
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Video

                        Comments about Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 3x:

                        The Z-finder is a big step in the direction of making the 5DMKII a highly effective video platform. It is easy to focus and very securely mounted. The product is well made. One thing to note is that it can be hard to focus on the back of camera screen. That is not a fault of the Z-Finder but rather the result of using the screen for focus. The screen was not designed for such close resolution and it is noticeable with the 3x magnification. It is not a large issue but it does take some getting used to.

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                        5.0

                        Necessity for DSLR video

                        By GrizzlyAK

                        from Anchorage, AK

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Easy to Use
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                        • Doesn't Include Case

                        Best Uses

                        • Video

                        Comments about Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 3x:

                        I purchased this during a special offer where it was free when you bought a Zacuto Striker (a $350+ value). The price of the Striker including the Z-finder, to me, is a reasonable price for the kit. I may not have purchased either separately, without the special offer, due to the cost. It allows substantial adjustment for eyesight correction so I don't have to use my reading glasses. It attaches firmly and securely to the mounts.

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                        5.0

                        Great viewfinder!

                        By Christina

                        from New York, NY

                        About Me Photography Student

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Easy to Use
                        • Good Video Quality
                        • Great Picture Quality

                        Cons

                        • Bulky

                        Best Uses

                        • Video

                        Comments about Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 3x:

                        I use this product for video shooting with my Canon 7d. It's perfect! Iit is very comfortable to use and it really helps when shooting outdoors.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Works Like a Charm

                        By Kevbot

                        from Fresyo, CA

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Easy to Use
                        • Great Picture Quality

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Video
                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 3x:

                          It does what it is supposed to on my Canon 7D. No problems. I have been using it for a month now with no problems. It is a must for low budget filming.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Z-Finder Pro 3x by Zacuto

                          By Mr Mel

                          from Prosperity, SC

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Easy to Use
                          • Good Video Quality

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Video

                            Comments about Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 3x:

                            I should have purchased this when I did the camera. Excellent product that amkes all the difference when shooting videos!!!

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Great tool

                            By ppblais

                            from Montreal, Qc

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact
                            • Durable
                            • Easy to Use
                            • Great Picture Quality
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Video

                              Comments about Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 3x:

                              I can't compare to other products offering the similar functionalities, but Zacuto offers a great tool for dslr shooters, I'm not sure how I managed without it for so long, it really makes a huge difference. plus the gorrilla plate is a nice bonus, if your a little creative and not bad at DIY you'll find many uses for it beyond simply holding the z-finder in place.

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                              5.0

                              Size does... not... matter

                              By Tristan

                              from Newcastle, Australia

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Compact
                              • Durable
                              • Easy to Use
                              • Great Picture Quality
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Outdoors
                                • Weddings/Events

                                Comments about Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 3x:

                                I use this product especially when i film outside, fits perfectly on my Cannon 7D.

                                Heaps easy to fit, incredibly comfortable when filming with it, and does a great job at blocking out external sun on the screen, at the same time magnifying the screen to the size of an iPad at like 3inches from your eye

                                Honestly can't really pick something negative about it

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                                4.0

                                A great product for the money

                                By Mike S

                                from Chesapeake City, Maryland

                                About Me Photography Student

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Compact
                                • Durable
                                • Easy to Use
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                • Rotating Piece

                                Best Uses

                                • Video

                                Comments about Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 3x:

                                I use the zacuto zfinder 3x constantly since recieving it from B&H. I have a canon 7d and it fits perfectly... After the basic assembly you'll find this product to be very sturdy and reliable. It really helps you focus better in sunlight or anyother situation and is easily removable at any time. The only and i mean only bad thing about this product is a very small one; and that is, the small rectangle hole you look through by the eye cup you install yourself. And it is easy to not make it perfectly even. And it also has the tendency to rotate so even if you do make it perfect it might shift which can get agrivating. Not sure if its something im doing or just a flaw with the product. But overall i recomend this product.

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                                5.0

                                Don't Miss Focus Anymore

                                By Young Kwak

                                from Spokane, WA

                                About Me Pro Photographer

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                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy to Use
                                • Great Picture Quality

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Video

                                  Comments about Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 3x:

                                  This finder is the greatest thing for focusing on a DSLR LCD. I can see everything on the LCD crystal clear. It is easy to mount and unmount as well.

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