The Zacuto Sony Burano Z-Finder is the same Z-Finder that everyone is already familiar with, but this version features a new mount that is designed to work with Sony’s hinge.
The Zacuto Sony Burano Z-Finder replaces the Sony viewfinder so you can quickly use it as an EVF or monitor without changing orientation.
The biggest problem with the design of the Burano is that the if you want to have the LCD screen in a position that faces out, which you need to do if you want to use it with Sony’s loupe, is that you need to physically detach it by undoing screws from the support arm that goes to the top handle and then screw it into that new position. This is hardly ideal.
As I mentioned earlier, the viewfinder is the same standard Z-Finder with 2.5x lens (Z-FIND-PRO2). The red lever at the bottom of the frame allows you to quickly flip the Z-Finder up without removing it from the frame. If a producer/client/director etc. wants to see into the viewfinder, you can flip it open instead of having to adjust so they can get their eye to the loupe. The Z-Finder can snap on and off the frame for quick shooting as well.
The Z-Finder does not interfere with the Sony viewfinder mounting arm.
This Z-finder will magnify the LCD screen by 2.5x 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 our comfy, large eyecup. The Z-finder comes with a 40mm diameter Zacuto optical designed lens, anti-fog coated protective covers, and the mounting system designed specifically for the Burano. 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 diopter range with the included lens and extender frames is -4.0 to 0.0.
If you need more adjustment than the Extender Frames provide, you can add drop in diopters for further diopter adjustment. The interchangeable anti-fog glass diopters, -1, +1, +2, +3 and +4, correct the focus to your vision for perfect clarity. An aluminum sun mask is built into the Z-Finder to protect your LCD screen from sunlight. Drop in diopters are installed underneath this aluminum sun mask.
- Burano Z-Finder loupe with 2.5x magnification and diopter wheel
- 2x Extender Frames
- Burano Mounting Frame
- 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.
WARNING: The Z-finder is a magnifier and as such will magnify the sun which can damage the LCD screen if the sun is allowed to shine directly through the Z-finder lens. Use the enclosed lens cap to block light from entering your Z-finder when not in use.
Zacuto products are proudly made in the USA and non-electronic products have a lifetime warranty.
Price & Availability
The Zacuto Sony Burano Z-Finder is now available to pre-order for $595 USD. It will be shipping in early spring in the northern hemisphere.
Other Zacuto Burano Accessories
Zacuto also has a Sony Burano Top Plate that features 15mm rod locks, an integrated NATO rail, and the ability to be able to mount Sony’s handle or Zacuto’s own tactical handle. I don’t have information currently about pricing.
The Zacuto Sony Burano Next Gen Recoil Shoulder Rig ($1,550 USD) is a complete solution for creating a balanced shoulder rig for comfortable use.