Totally blatant plug for one of my site affiliates and I apologise for that, but I have had countless emails from frustrated people who have had huge difficulty in getting hold of Zacuto Z-Finders and rigs directly from them as there has been long wait times. So I just wanted to pass on the info that they have FINALLY caught up with demand and now have just about everything in stock now for fast dispatch. It shows you how nuts the whole DSLR thing has been.
Z-Finder wise. I really don’t recommend the Jr. For the extra cash get the Pro, it’s worth it for the diopter and anti fog. I am generally torn between the 2.5x and the 3x. If you shoot a lot of handheld go with the 3x. If you shoot a mixture of tripod and handheld then go with the 2.5x. Simply because the 3x is better for focusing with it right up to your eye but if it’s on a tripod you have to push into it to see the whole image. With the 2.5x you can peer in…I also recommend the $6 stick on frame still over the gorilla plate as I don’t like adding extra bulk to my camera. Although a lot of people love the Gorilla plate. It comes with it so you decide. It’s also worth getting the additional anti fog protectors to make sure your Z-finder stays in tip top nick!
Handheld rig, the basic Target Shooter is awesome and works a treat. I use the top of the line Cross Fire, but it costs a bit as it comes with their awesome follow focus.
Yes, Zacuto products can be expensive, but for build quality, lifetime accidental damage warranty and flexibility they simply can’t be beaten. I chose them as my affiliate as they are the rigs I use. The only affiliates I have are with companies whose products I use and recommend that is why I have only 2 main DSLR affiliates. Kessler and Zacuto. All products bought through these affiliate links help support my site and keep it running and I am incredibly grateful. Click on any of the links or images to be taken to the store. Thanks so much!
Gorilla Kits are simply “points of contact” kits. These rigs have been developed to be lightweight for a more “on the go” gorilla shooter. We recommend the Gorilla kits for journalists as well as event and indie shooters who might be doing a combination of still photography and small clips of high definition video. Gorilla kits are extremely light weight. These kits are not necessarily designed for long periods of shooting, for that, we recommend our shoulder mounted kits in our Cinema line.
The Gorilla Kits are easy and light to handle because they do not have accessory rods built into the Gorilla baseplate, therefore you cannot mount any film accessories like a matte box or follow focus. The Gorilla Kits give you just the stability needed to shoot small segments of HD video and keeping your overall rig compact, light and small.
The Gorilla kits have a unique design, by attaching your tripod plate to the bottom of the Gorilla plate you can go from the tripod to handheld just by hitting your tripods quick-release button. The Zacuto accessory port with red locking lever allows you to remove or install the entire Gorilla mounting system. Speed is the name of the game if you are a Gorilla shooter and these kits have it. The Gorilla line kits are compromised of the Target Shooter and The Striker. Visit http://www.zacuto.com/dslr-kits for more information and product specs.