Magnifier / Viewfinder for Camera LCD
The Zacuto Z-Finder is one of my must-have camera accessories. Although designed for and marketed to HDSLR movie-makers, the Z-Finder makes it so easy to see the camera’s LCD under any conditions—event in broad daylight. All of my cameras have the plastic mounting frame attached directly to their LCDs. So, I’m able to snap the Z-Finder on and off while still using my beloved Really Right Stuff L-Plates. If you don’t use L-Plates or don’t want to affix a plastic frame to your camera LCD (such as when renting a camera), then attach the Z-Finder to the frame on the gorilla plate that comes with it.
Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 3x
This is the model that I use. There is also a 2.5x version, but I prefer the 3x. The Z-Finder Pro features a diopter so that you can fine-tune the focus to your eye. I recommend that you also buy an adhesive mounting frame for each of your cameras (all listed below). If you do not want the convenience of a mounting frame attached to your camera’s LCD (which is my preference), then mount the Z-Finder as needed via the gorilla plate that attaches to the bottom of your camera (included with the Z-Finder). If you have a battery grip or a tall DSLR, then you will also need the appropriate extension frame. To keep your Z-Finder clean, I suggest that you also buy the case and dust cover shown below. More info on Zacuto site.
Zacuto Z-Finder Jr.
This is a more economical Z-Finder. It lacks a diopter, but some adjustment is available by positioning the finder in the yoke—which much be sandwiched between the camera and a tripod plate. Can also be used with the adhesive mounting frames. Mounting instructions.
Zacuto 3.2″ Adhesive Mounting Frame
This little plastic frame is what makes the Z-Finder a joy to just in the sun. It mounts directly to the camera LCD and creates a light-tight seal. So, you can see the LCD even in noon sunlight. I’ve never damaged my camera LCD screen in hundreds and hundreds of uses (but your mileage may vary). The 3.2″ frame is for use with cameras that have a 3.2″ LCD. Canon = 1D X and 5D Mark III. Nikon = D800 and D4. Mounting instructions.
Zacuto 3″ Adhesive Mounting Frame
Read the details about the 3.2″ frame above. This one is sized for use with cameras that have a 3.0″ LCD. Not compatible with 1D X, 5D Mk III, D800, or D4. Mounting instructions.
Zacuto Z-Finder Mounting Frame / Small DSLR Bodies with Battery Grips
If you already have a Z-Finder and later decide to use a battery grip on your 5D Mark II, 7D, or D90 and you do not want to affix an adhesive frame to the LCD, then attach this frame to the gorilla plate that comes with the Z-Finder. Mounting instructions.
Zacuto Z-Finder Storage Case
Like the Z-Finder itself, this case is built to last. A very handy way to keep your Z-Finder protected and clean in your gear bag.
Zacuto Z-Finder Dust Cover
Snap this over your Z-Finder and you’ll keep dust from collecting on the interior side of the lens. Yes…I think that Zacuto should include it with the Z-Finder. Oh well.
I’ve never had a problem with the Z-Finder popping off the mounting frame. But, if you’re concerned, then a set of Z-Bands will assure that everything stays in place.
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