Zacuto Z Finder Jr.

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Zacuto Z Finder

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 Jr. is an excellent starter viewfinder that offers a 2.5x focusable magnification, a 40mm diameter Zacuto optical design lens with an anti-fog disc and sun mask, and a large form fitting eyecup preventing extraneous light leakage. The Jr. mounts to the camera using our Jr. stainless steel mounting bracket or an adhesive frame. The mounting bracket must be sandwiched in between your tripod plate and camera. The bracket mounts to the ¼ 20” screw on your tripod and the Jr. is held in place with pressure from the fork of the bracket it sits in. This bracket cannot be quickly released from your camera; you must unscrew your tripod plate from the bottom of your camera to release the bracket. The bracket must be removed when shooting photos because it will interfere with using the cameras photo optical viewfinder. The Z-Finder Jr also includes a 3″ Adhesive Frame that can be used instead of the bracket. The Z-Finder Jr pops on and off that frame. The Jr. has an adjustable focal point by using the Zacuto Extender Frames™ which allow you to semi-permanently stack frames onto the skirt. The Extender Frames™ push the Z-Finder Jr. optics further way from the LCD screen until it is in focus for you. The Extender Frames will get the focus close but might not be exact as you can’t dial it in with a diopter, as you can with our Pro models The adjustable focal point is a advantage over our competitors who have a fixed focal point viewfinder; thus accommodating everyone. If you have perfect vision, wear contacts or don’t mind wearing your glasses while shooting then the Jr. might be a good option for you.The Z-Finder Jr. Mounting Bracket only works with small bodied DSLR cameras such as the Canon 5d/7d. If you have a tall body camera like the Canon 1D or Nikon D3.