New Zacuto Z-Finder family

Zacuto are listing a new range of Z-Finders on their website, and mighty interesting they look too. As well as introducing a more basic solution in the form of the Z-Finder Jr the standard Z-Finder has now transformed into two models, The Pro 2.5X and Pro 3X. I felt the last Z-Finder has too much magnification at 3X so it would be great to try out the 2.5X version.

Those with keen eyes will also have spotted the move away from stick-on mounts to a mounting system that requires the use of plates under the camera. Also new in the Pro models are anti-fog glass, lens caps and rubber boots to stop the diopter thread from collecting dust and dirt. There’s also a mention of a protective case.

I’m not sure I’d welcome the additional plate under the camera, the design looks great and I can imagine it makes the rig a lot sturdier but with that extra plate and something like a Manfrotto 394 fitted under it there’s going to be a lot of height between the camera and whatever it’s mounted to. With the new plate and a 394 fitted it must put the camera a long way above the rails on something like a mini-baseplate. The rails on my rig can only go up another few mm so I’m not sure I could even make that work.

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