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Old September 29th, 2009, 04:31 PM   #1
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Zacuto Z-Finder V2 Observation

Hello Everyone!!!

I am interested to find out if anyone else has the same experience as I do with Zacuto Z-Finder V2. I have noticed that when I used Z-Finder V2 for a period of 20 seconds or more, the glass is perspiring and it becomes difficult to focus. Then I would take my eye off the Z-Finder for a moment and the condensation will disappear pretty fast, however it does affect the shot.

Has anyone had this happen and if you did what is the solution?

Thank you.

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Old September 29th, 2009, 06:07 PM   #2
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I shot with my Mark II all day on last Saturday and had the same problem. I don't think there really is a fix. Zacuto does make de-fogger wipes, but not sure how helpful they are. some people have reported the problem even after wiping.

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Old September 29th, 2009, 06:19 PM   #3
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You could try using an Eyepiece Chamois.

Eyepiece Chamois Cushions by Bluestar - Chamois Leather, Fleece, Microfibre

Some film cameras have an eyepiece heater fitted which really solves the problem.
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Old September 29th, 2009, 11:15 PM   #4
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I have the defogger wipes and they work great for me. Chamois is the obvious professional solution and it'll probably make your eye a lot more comfortable.
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Old September 29th, 2009, 11:38 PM   #5
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Chamois

Any idea of which size Chamois would fit the Z-Finder V2?
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Old September 30th, 2009, 07:21 AM   #6
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Chamois are great for comfort but I'm not sure they will solve the fogging issue.

There is a great low-tech version of the heated eyepiece which involves running a tube from the your mouth to the inside of the eyepiece (yup, you'd have to cut a hole) and breathing into it during the shot. Sounds weird but it works.
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Old October 3rd, 2009, 12:19 PM   #7
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The defogger wipes worked for me even in this New Orleans humidity.
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Old October 6th, 2009, 09:49 AM   #8
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Charles is once again confusing a piece of video gear with a bong.

Kids, a good lesson of what happens after a few years working in LA.

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Old October 6th, 2009, 10:07 AM   #9
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Don,

You have me rolling on the floor this morning. Too funny.

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Old October 8th, 2009, 11:46 AM   #10
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You have me rolling on the floor this morning. Too funny.

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Yes, the wipes are amazing. I've stuck the lens in the freezer for 5 minute and then taken it outside in the summer and no fogging. The reason it fogs is the lens is almost 3/4" thick and its glass not acrylic and your body heat is hotter than the glass. I had the option to put a defogging coating on the lens but you can't have a defogging and an anti-reflecting coating on at the same time. So I opted for the anti-reflecting because I figured you can use the wipes for fogging. Wipes are cheap and work great.
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Old October 9th, 2009, 07:42 AM   #11
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Thank you all so much for your comments and suggestions.
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Old October 10th, 2009, 03:34 AM   #12
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Chamois are great for comfort but I'm not sure they will solve the fogging issue.
Yes, they only made a small difference on my Aaton V/F - the misting was just delayed a bit, presumingly preventing some of the sweat (sorry glow). There was an anti misting optic/glass brought out for film cameras, it could've used a process similar to this:

Optical Coating Technologies - Anti-Fog & Non-Mist Coatings

It might be worth following up, they may do one off's or small batches.
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Old October 14th, 2009, 08:42 AM   #13
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Steve is absolutely correct, these wipes are working well.
I hope Steve does not mind if I would say that it would have been nice to have these wipes included in the sale of Z-Finder V2.

Thank you.
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