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Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 3X

Posted on 06 November 2010 by TH3 No08

I love shooting on the Canon 5d. I love the professional film look it brings to any project, I love the ability to change lenses and shoot in any situation imaginable, and I love the community that has sprung up around it, sharing their wealth of information on a daily basis that allows anyone that picks this camera up the opportunity to shoot stunning video at the drop of a hat.

There are however, a few drawbacks (as with every camera) that keep this from being the perfect weapon. I recently had the opportunity to shoot with the Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 3x optical viewfinder, a tool that goes a long way in making the already awesome Canon 5d even better to shoot on.

When shooting video with the Canon 5d, one of the first things that you’ll notice is the lack of a large flip out LCD screen we’ve gotten used to in most HD cameras. This can make it difficult to accurately keep a critical focus on moving shots as well as just generally monitor takes on such a small screen. The Zacuto viewfinder does offer some help in solving a few of these monitoring issues.

First off, what is the Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 3x? The Zacuto viewfinder is a simple attachment that snaps on the back of the Canon 5d allowing you to see a magnified version of the LCD view screen. The viewfinder with attached eyepiece allows you a better view of what you’re monitoring which comes in handy when shooting in bright sunlight. You no longer have to fight the glare to see what’s being displayed on the in camera’s built in viewfinder or re-watch your shot after every take to make sure you didn’t miss it because the viewfinder wasn’t bright enough or you were squinting and couldn’t see clearly. I found the eyepiece to be very helpful in keeping the sun out.

As far as cons of the Zacuto viewfinder, I

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