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Zacuto Z-Find-Pro 2.5 Optical Viewfinder

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  • Optical Viewfinder for Video
  • Made For Universal
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About Zacuto

The Z-Finder Pro 2.5x is another one of Zacuto's Optical Viewfinders 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. If you need extra focal point you can use the Z-Finder Extender Frames. The Z-Finder Pro 2.5x has a diopter range of -4.75 and up (unlimited with extender frames). These are semi-permanently 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 Zacuto's 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. With the Z-Finder Pro, you are also a step closer to using one of Zacuto's Gorilla Support Rigs, as they use the same baseplate as the base.

Zacuto Specifications

Focusable magnification
2.5x
Optical Anti-Fog lens diameter
40mm
Diopter range
-4.75
Mfr #
Z-FIND-PRO2
SKU
ZCZFINDPRO2

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4.4

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71%

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Expensive but definitely worth the money

Didn't want to fork out the extra money for a loupe I've never used, but after reading MANY forums, it kept leading me to the z-finder. If you can justify the expense, get it!

Reviewed by 7 customers

 
4.0

Squinting no more

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It was hard at first deciding between the 2.5x and 3x magnification. However, Adorama ran a huge special on the 2.5x which made the choice much easier. The Z-Finder is a must have for DSLR videography. I use it at all events. No need to be squinting in the bright sunlight in order to see your LCD display. Remember, with video you're looking at the LCD, not the cameras viewfinder. I'm talking about DSLRs without EVFs like SONY. I haven't tried shooting on one of those so I'm not familiar with it. I use a Canon 5D mark II. The Z-Finder not only blocks out any external light, but it also magnifies the camera's LCD, making focusing much easier. With the 3x you really have to get your eye all the way into the Z-Finder's eye cup in order to see the whole magnified LCD screen because of the 3x magnification. With the 3x you also can kind of see the LCD's pixels. With the 2.5x, there isn't any of that. I find it more comfortable to use. The Z-Finder also comes with a mounting kit that uses your camera's tripod mount instead of having to apply a frame via adhesive that surrounds the camera's LCD and accepts the Z-Finder. I don't like adhering anything to my camera, so the included kit is a big plus. All the parts are well made and durable. When you're not using it, it snaps off the frame and has a lanyard. Just be aware that while this is attached to your camera you shouldn't have the Sun directly shining through the Z-Finder. It'll magnify the Sun's light and can damage your LCD. When not using it either take it off the camera or put on the cap which is attached to the Z-Finder's body. Anyway, fantastic product and again, a must have for DSLR videographers!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Expensive but definitely worth the money

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Didn't want to fork out the extra money for a loupe I've never used, but after reading MANY forums, it kept leading me to the z-finder. If you can justify the expense, get it!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Essential for Video

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This is my first Zacuto product purchase and I'm happy with the Z-Finder. My only gripe is the price, but I believe the company stands behind they're product with a lifetime guarantee. Unless using a monitor, I can't see any other way to ensure accurate focus. I fretted over the 2.5 vs 3.0 finder, but settled with the 2.5 Z-Finder. With 20-30ish vision and a +2 cheater glasses for reading i was able to get a clear view of the monitor on the back of my 5D MII. This included stacking all the frame extenders and fine tuning with the diopter.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great viewfinder

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The Z-Finder is great but the mounting is atrocious if you're looking to attach it to the 5D Mark II. Works great with the 7D and T2i but on the 5D, the frame barely reaches the Gorilla plate. This requires additional purchase of the mounting frame for the 5D from Zacuto if you want to play it safe and not worry about any misplacements on the LCD. Great business strategy from Zacuto.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Best DSLR Viewfinder

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Another great Zacuto tool.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Z-Find Awesomeness

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We got the 2.5 and it's perfect to grab that critical focus at a wedding. Especially the center isle shot where your so far away from the couple. Great outdoors as well. It blocks the sun from getting on your screen.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Got to have piece of gear

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This is a must have piece of gear for shooting Canon 5D video in bright sun.

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frank d  will it fit the 3.2 screen on canon 5Diii ?
DAVID K  No. There is a different model for 3.2 inch screens.
Shopper  Will this fit a Canon T3i?
MOSES G  I have no idea - I don't have a T3i - but this Zacuto finder and its mounting bracket is a VERY simple device. If you would like I can take measurements off my Zacuto and send them to you. My guess is that it will fit, but I am assuming that the fold out LCD screen can be viewed when positioned against the camera body and that your screen is not too big for the Zacuto viewing area. However, you may have issues with ease of access to control buttons to the right of the screen. Let me know if you want some measurements.
Shopper  Will this fit a Canon T3i?
MOSES G  I have no idea - I don't have a T3i - but this Zacuto finder and its mounting bracket is a VERY simple device. If you would like I can take measurements off my Zacuto and send them to you. My guess is that it will fit, but I am assuming that the fold out LCD screen can be viewed when positioned against the camera body and that your screen is not too big for the Zacuto viewing area. However, you may have issues with ease of access to control buttons to the right of the screen. Let me know if you want some measurements.
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