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Nailing focus every time with the Zacuto and Live View

 
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Dec 31, 2010 18:21 |  #1

Four months ago I got a Zacuto Z-Finder Pro for video and instantly fell in love with it. I immediately started using it for stills with great results and over the last few months have gotten very comfortable and fast composing the shot, punching in to 10x, focusing precisely, the firing off a shot. With the Zacuto it looks like you are composing on a huge 10 foot screen in front of you. At night, the screen is incredibly bright and you can see exactly what your exposure will be before firing off the shot.

Is it as fast as shooting through the viewfinder and using auto focus? Certainly not, but to have a 100% hit rate on the focus when shooting at 1.2 more than makes up for the lack of speed.

What's really cool, is I can see the chromatic aberrations disappear when the focus is absolutely locked on to my subject. Just a mm makes a lot of difference in the amount of CA and I don't think autofocus is that precise even when it works perfect.

I have also used it in the studio with strobes with excellent results as well.

I think it's a great tool for anyone struggling with the auto focus at thin DOF or anyone who wants a really bright viewfinder for nighttime street photography.

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Dec 31, 2010 19:54 |  #2

For others in the viewfinders market, nice comparison with LCDVF
http://www.cameratown.​com/reviews/lcdvf/ (external link)
http://www.gearnewsand​reviews.com/?p=230 (external link)
Never owned Zacuto but LCDVF greatly improved quality of video taken with 7D, I don't use live view for still shooting purposes, phase detection AF works just fine for me.




  
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Feb 06, 2011 12:21 |  #3

that looks like a very interesting and useful accessory.

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Feb 06, 2011 15:52 as a reply to  @ MDJAK's post |  #4

Very interesting!
But a little too expensive for me...


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Feb 06, 2011 16:09 as a reply to  @ DutchVince's post |  #5

I use a Z-Finder for field macro shots and have found it's increased my success rate considerably. I tried an LCDVF first to get a handle on things before moving onto the Zacuto product....much more polished and refined but comes with the expected price premium.

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Feb 06, 2011 19:20 |  #6

Canon Bob wrote in post #11789633 (external link)
I use a Z-Finder for field macro shots and have found it's increased my success rate considerably. I tried an LCDVF first to get a handle on things before moving onto the Zacuto product....much more polished and refined but comes with the expected price premium.

Bob

I just finished a huge photo shoot for the Twilight Breaking Dawn movie. I used the Zacuto the whole time. It's definately a lot slower trying to follow the focus of a moving model, but the shots you did get are all 100% perfect. I am shooting about 1 shot every 2 seconds. A behind the scenes video was made of the photoshoot so I hope to be able to post that soon.


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Feb 06, 2011 23:00 |  #7

Can't wait till manufactures really give EVF's the treatment they deserve (obviousl correlation between Live View and just moving the function to the viewfinder). A nice large viewfinder with a very high resolution EVF would be great. Hell, it would be interesting if Sony used some of the OLED tech in some form.


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