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C100 Z-Finder
Product ID : Z-FIND-C1
Price: $365.00
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The C100 Z-Finder is an optical viewfinder, specifically designed to attach to the Canon C100 cinema camera LCD. This Z-Finder will magnify the LCD screen by 1.8x and has a diopter for specific focus tuning. It cuts out any extraneous light and offers an initial point of stability by pressing your eye against the large eyecup. The C100 Z-finder comes with a 40mm diameter Zacuto optical lens, anti-fog coated protective covers, and all necessary additional accessories for the Canon C100. The diopter allows you to dial in the focus to match your eye. If you need extra focal points you can use the included Z-Finder Extender Frames. These are semi-permanent stackable frames that attach to the body of the Z-Finder and extend the Z-Finder glass further away from the LCD screen for people who are farsighted.

The C100 Z-Finder is comprised of three important parts. The first is the viewfinder itself with the lens, diopter, and eyecup. The second is the mounting system. The mount slides onto the Canon C100 LCD screen when articulated. The viewfinder snaps on and off the frame and can hang around your neck on the included lanyard when not in use. The third part is a set of Z-Bands that attaches to your camera via a screw hole on the film panel included on the left side of the camera and then clip into two ball sockets on the Z-Finder itself. These Z-Bands add tension and support to the mount so the LCD screen and viewfinder can be set at any angle. Without the use of the Z-Bands, the hinge on the LCD screen cannot support the viewfinder (in any tilted up positions).

The C100 Z-Finder is specifically designed for the Canon C100 camera and is not compatible with any other cameras or alternate set ups. The C100 Z-Finder is designed for use with the standard battery included with the Canon C100 camera. (Canon - BP-955 Lithium-Ion Battery Pack-5200mAh) There may not be clearance for larger batteries.
This Z-Finder is not compatible with the C100 Mark II.

The C100 Z-Finder Includes:
Z-Finder Pro eyepiece/loupe with 1.8x magnification and diopter
C100 Z-Finder Mount
C100 Z-Finder Z-Bands
Lens Cap, Sun Mask, and protective boot
Z-Finder Dust Cover
One installed and one additional Anti-Fog disc. This also acts as a lens protector and is expendable. More can be purchased here.

If you need an extra set of Z-Bands for the Z-Finder you can find them here.

WARNING The Z-finder is a magnifier and as such will magnify the sun and could damage the LCD screen if the sun is allowed to shine directly through the Z-finder lens. This is not a defect but a physical property. Caution should be taken to avoid direct sunlight. Proper use of the included lens cap and sun mask will dramatically reduce but not eliminate risk.

Product Reviews

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Reviewed by traviswears
12/04/2015 - 08:09:46 PM
Essential kit for C100 shooters.
This was the first and most essential purchase I made to build up my C100 for handheld shooting.

2 years later and it still works perfectly. Love that Canon focus mag and this allows you to utilize it while shooting to ensure precision focus.

Zacuto products are built tough and built to last. I didn't find the Z-bands essential and have not used them. If you are a handheld shooter and only buy one accessory for your C100, make it this one!
Reviewed by mojo3467
10/17/2015 - 01:22:47 PM
Canon 100 Z Finder
Recently I bought the Canon C1001 as a B Camera and tried using it in bright sunlight. It was totally usless... I went online and read all the reviews I could find about this camera and the view finder and saw that a lot of users were using the Zacuto C100 Z finder to dial in the camera in all lighting conditions. So I drove to Chicago to the Zacuto Store where staff members allowed me to try out the C100 Z-Finder, Recoil Rig and some other wonderful Zacuto products I will also be buying!

Zacuto builds quality products and has awesome customer service, I even saw the guys from the the Zacuto videos and they asked me if I they could help me! If your in the neighborhood stop in you'll be kid in a candy store as they have a huge array of products to help you capture all our video needs.

I was also surprised to find out that you can rent virtually any video product needed for video productions. I only wished I lived closer!

Jeff Modjeska
Reviewed by cerebralpro
11/25/2013 - 10:48:27 AM
Money well spent
If you have a C100, the Z-Finder Pro must be in your bag. Great optics and ease of use with the ability to cover any run and gun gigs.
Reviewed by philmdon
06/05/2013 - 09:02:52 PM
Love it!
I wear multifocal glasses and have a detached retina in my shooting eye. Sometimes I find pulling and tracking focus doesn't quite hit the mark using the LCD on the C100 (forget the built-in viewfinder - emergencies only!) . Consequently I've been hanging out since December 2012 for a viewfinder/loupe where I can get up close and personal!

I received my C100 Z-Finder yesterday and it was a breeze to set up. I've tested it with all my lenses an getting critical focus now is so much easier. Following focus wide open at 400mm no longer scares me! Now that everything is enlarged using the menu and choosing profiles is a lot quicker for me and the diopter really nails it.

I've had to add another three extenders so I could get my old shooting eye to focus properly and this extra length has stretched the Pro Z bands a little tighter. Tilting the finder up reaches the point of equilibrium at about the 10º mark and when the stretched Pro Z bands go past this point they pull the finder all the way vertical. This is not a big problem if I keep my eye on the eyepiece.

It would be good if Zacuto came up with a dust cover for the C100 Z-Finder Mount. The Z-Finder with extenders and mount would be dust sealed and remain as a single unit, making it easy to attach and detach. I've found it a bit fiddly and time consuming during the dismantling process having to remove the mount from the
Z-Finder and Extender Frames.

Overall I'm really happy with my new C100 Z-Finder Pro. Zacuto has solved the viewfinder problem for the C100 really well and efficiently and it's been well worth the wait!!!

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