With the convergence of DSLR filmmaking, there are many essential tools that are needed to get the correct form factor for video. When shooting video on a DSLR camera, you must use the LCD screen and you must use manual focus. The combination of a very small screen, manual focus, and razor thin shallow depth-of-field makes it very challenging to focus. When shooting in both outdoor and indoor settings, the sunlight and glares make it nearly impossible to see the LCD screen. Lastly, holding the camera out in front of you so that you can focus on the screen makes the camera unstable and shaky. With any camera, you want to bring it close to the body for stability. The first essential item to help with these challenges is a DSLR Optical Viewfinder.
The Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 3x comes with 3x magnification and either a 3″ or 3.2″ mounting frame. There is also a Panasonic GH3 specific version. 2.5x refers to the magnification built into the lens. If you wear particularly strong reading glasses we recommend a 3x model. Otherwise a 2.5x model is usually best. The 3″ or 3.2″ refers to the size of your camera LCD screen. If you are unsure which model best fits your camera, please down load the Z-Finder compatibility chart at the top of this article. The Z-Finder Pro models offer a 40mm diameter Zacuto optical design lens, two anti-fog coating protective lens cover, a large eyecup preventing extraneous light leakage and a sturdy metal two piece mounting system. The Pro models mount to your camera using our Gorilla Plate V2 and Z-Finder aluminum mounting frame. The Z-Finders will come with frames to fit short body camera like the Canon 5D M2 or 3 and Nikon D3000. We also offer mounting frames for tall camera like the Canon 1Dc and battery grip frames for small body camera with grips attached. These frames are all purchased in addition to a Z-Finder. The Gorilla Plate attaches to the bottom of your camera using the standard tripod screw hole. The Gorilla plate has (2) ¼ 20” threads on the bottom and a locking pin for mounting a tripod plate to quickly go between handheld and tripod. The Z-Finder Mounting Frame attaches to the Gorilla Plate using two thumb screws and gently presses on your LCD with rubber preventing any light leakage, as well as scratching. The mounting frame does not adhere to your camera. The Z-Finder Pro then snaps on and off the mounting frame for the ability to quickly move between photos and videos. The frame does not interfere with the cameras photo viewfinder. This is a huge advantage over the Jr. but it may not be necessary for all shooters.The Z-Finder Pro focuses with a diopter; therefore you can dial in the exact focus for your eyes. If you need extra focal point, you can also use the Zacuto Extender Frames™ to extend the Z-Finder glass further away from the LCD screen. This is important for people who are farsighted and/or people who wear reading glasses.
Note!For use with taller-bodied cameras such as the Canon 1D Mark IV and Nikon D3S, an optional Z-MFT mounting frame is required.
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
Diopter range is -2.75 and up (unlimited with extender frames)
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