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  • Zacuto Z Finder BMPCC = DISAPPOINTMENT!!!

    Was excited to try the new Z Finder for the Pocket Camera and was very disappointed that you can't actually see the WHOLE screen through the eye piece. I am very surprised I have not heard this complaint before. I did a lot of research and nothing came up about this. I have to really push my face into the eyepiece and still can't get the whole screen in view.

    Is it possible I am doing something wrong? It seems pretty straight forward to me.

  • #2
    Hm, that is very interesting. I have it on my camera and can see the entire screen.

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    • #3
      I bought one and returned it. It just didn't enhance the image like I thought it would.
      I ended up jury rigging a wider loupe with the lens from an old photo copy stand.

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      • #4
        I can see all my screen fine. You must have a duff one or you havent attached it properly.....

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        • #5
          Originally posted by ty_lowcountry View Post
          Hm, that is very interesting. I have it on my camera and can see the entire screen.
          Can you see it without repositioning your eye from left to right?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Worzel Gummidge View Post
            I can see all my screen fine. You must have a duff one or you havent attached it properly.....
            The frame is attached perfectly. I can't see how to do it any other way. None of the screen is blocked from the frame.

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            • #7
              I posted the same feedback last week:
              http://www.bmcuser.com/showthread.ph...et-Accessories

              I'm continuing to use it however, and finding that if I push in to the rubber a bit more I can see the whole frame. Not ideal, but much better than my earlier experiences.
              I think the biggest flaw with the Z-Finder is the low quality of the BMPCC screen - not Zacuto's fault.
              In the end I think an auxiliary monitor would be the best option, albeit more bulky.

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              • #8
                The corners are definitely on the periphery of your vision but they're there, you actually have to focus on them. The trade off would be less magnification which defeats the purpose of the loupe to begin with. Speaking of magnification, what's up with the fixed color patterns, it's like you can see the bayer pattern on the screen.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by tclark513 View Post
                  Can you see it without repositioning your eye from left to right?
                  Yup, no issues here.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by chrisso View Post
                    I posted the same feedback last week:
                    http://www.bmcuser.com/showthread.ph...et-Accessories

                    I'm continuing to use it however, and finding that if I push in to the rubber a bit more I can see the whole frame. Not ideal, but much better than my earlier experiences.
                    I think the biggest flaw with the Z-Finder is the low quality of the BMPCC screen - not Zacuto's fault.
                    In the end I think an auxiliary monitor would be the best option, albeit more bulky.
                    "But worst of all, I couldn't find any position that allowed me to see the full frame. With the rubber seated over my eye socket I found I was mostly viewing the centre image on the screen and had to refocus or move my head position to read the info at the bottom of the Pocket screen."

                    That's exactly the problem I have. I think I will have to send it back as it defeats the purpose. It's a shame because it seems good in theory!
                    Last edited by tclark513; 08-04-2014, 05:12 AM.

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                    • #11
                      There are some mixed thoughts here. I was about to order one but am now hesitant.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by inthemind View Post
                        There are some mixed thoughts here. I was about to order one but am now hesitant.
                        Mine is going back. You can't really frame shots with this thing.

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                        • #13
                          I've had mine for months now without issue. I can see the whole screen just fine.

                          It might be too much magnification for you. Several years back I did some research on a loupe for a 5D2 and came across some info about how everyone's eyes have a slightly different focal length equivalent. My eye's might be like a 25mm and your eye's might be like a 20mm hence not being able to see the whole screen. Also if your eye is recessed into your head more this can also cause problems with some loupes because you can't get your eyeball close enough to the opening on the loupe, making the small opening vignette the screen.

                          Anyway these are some biological reasons some people might not be able to get certain loupes to work. With DSLR's there are many more options to try, and it sucks that for the BMPCC there are so few.

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                          • #14
                            Interesting. Thanks for the post.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Brian@202020 View Post
                              I've had mine for months now without issue. I can see the whole screen just fine.

                              It might be too much magnification for you. Several years back I did some research on a loupe for a 5D2 and came across some info about how everyone's eyes have a slightly different focal length equivalent. My eye's might be like a 25mm and your eye's might be like a 20mm hence not being able to see the whole screen. Also if your eye is recessed into your head more this can also cause problems with some loupes because you can't get your eyeball close enough to the opening on the loupe, making the small opening vignette the screen.

                              Anyway these are some biological reasons some people might not be able to get certain loupes to work. With DSLR's there are many more options to try, and it sucks that for the BMPCC there are so few.
                              Interesting. I wonder if you can order a different magnification?

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