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Varizoom vs. Zoe?

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#1 Dan Coplan

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Posted 06 July 2006 - 03:00 AM

Does anyone have experience with the Varizoom rocker-style zoom control vs. the Zoe? The Varizoom appears to be the same style but is a couple hundred dollars cheaper. I imagine an adapter cable that allows the Zoe to control different lenses would work similarly on the Varizoom?

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#2 Jason Torbitt

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Posted 06 July 2006 - 08:19 AM

I have a Zoe with adaptor cables for video lenses and I also have a Varizoom (LANC for MiniDV) to use on the student/low budget jobs. The Zoe is fantastic, the rocker is fantastic, the control you have over speed is precise. The Varizoom is a similar size but the rocker is nothing compared to the Zoe, it is much more rough and ready; and it can get slightly stuck in one direction, causing you to inadvertently zoom the lens in. But once you've mastered it, you can quite happily pull of some nice work using it, and feather out your zooms much better.

The flip side of the coin for the Zoe is the unfortunate cable - not quite as thin and flexible as we would like, and there's an attachment on the cable that gets in the way a bit. But definatly the best zoom controller we have at the moment. (especially since the J7 has been discontinued)

The overall principal: you get what you pay for. The Zoe is great to have in the kit.
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