Very disappointed in the Z-Finder. I think my expectations were too high after reading reviews of how great these new DSLR attachments for video are. Construction wise, its nice and I understand why the price point is so high due to its machined billet aluminum pieces (but still overpriced for what you get in my opinion). My disappointment comes from how the unit actually works in the field. I was expecting a nice clear vivid imaged through the view finder, but instead was looking through a magnified, semi blurry screen even after using the focus adjustment ring that comes attached to the Z-finder. I had issues staying in focus, or even just getting in focus while trying to shoot video. I had better results just using the screen on my 5D mark II, and ended up with a clearer picture. Im just glad I was able to rent it first to try it out before shelling out the $400+ to buy it.
Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 2.5x DSLR Optical Viewfinder
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The Z-Finder Pro 2.5x is a Zacuto Optical Viewfinder that allows DSLR cameras to have the correct form factor for video. It offers 2.5x focusable magnification (a 3x magnification is available), a 40mm diameter Zacuto optical designed Anti-Fog lens, an eyecup preventing extraneous light leakage, a diopter and a field of view perfectly matched to 3” LCD screens. The diopter allows you to dial in the focus to match your eye perfectly. It also includes three stackable frames that attach to the skirt of the Z-Finder Pro and extends the Z-Finder glass further way from the LCD screen for people who are farsighted.
The Z-Finder Pro uses our Gorilla Baseplate and Z-Finder mounting frame to mount to the camera. The Gorilla Baseplate attaches to the bottom of your camera using a ¼ 20” screw and the Z-Finder mounting frame attaches to the Gorilla Baseplate using thumb screws. The rubber back mounting frame does not attach to your LCD; it is held in place against your LCD with pressure. This method allows you to quickly remove the Z-Finder Pro by snapping it off the frame. If you want to remove the entire mounting frame from your camera, you can do so by loosening the thumb screws and pulling up on the metal mounting frame to release it.