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Old June 8th, 2007, 09:13 AM   #1
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Varizoom VZRock Problems?

I just purchased a Varizoom VZ-Rock LANC controller for my XL2 and the zoom is horribly choppy. Because it is so jerky, I think the unit is defective. Have others had problems or heard of problems similar to this? I'm sending it back to B&H but wondering if I should buy another one or go with the Canon ZR-1000. The Canon isn't as pretty as the Varizoom and the zoom isn't a nice rocker switch. Thoughts? Thanks!
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Old June 9th, 2007, 08:00 AM   #2
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I have heard great things about the Varizoom unit (used with an XL2) so I believe that yours is defective. I use the Manfrotto 523Pro controller and like the performance. This is pretty subjective so I think an interested buyer should try several before choosing.
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Old June 9th, 2007, 10:10 AM   #3
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I use the VZ-Rock with the XL-2 with no problems.
Sorry yours is giving you a problem.

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Old June 13th, 2007, 02:08 PM   #4
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I, like Bill, use the VZ RocK with an XL2.

The zoom speed is variable. Light touch=slow, heavier touch=fast.

It sounds like you may have a defective controller.

I'm not familiar with the Canon ZR-1000 so no help there.
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Old June 14th, 2007, 06:56 PM   #5
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I had the VZ rock, but it was not consistent enough, so I traded it in for VZ Pro-L controller, which is perfect.

Nice steady control, not based on pressure but a speed wheel which can be varied in real time if you know how to do it.
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Old June 15th, 2007, 07:03 AM   #6
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Thanks everyone for the feedback. The sales rep at B&H had mentioned the Varizoom was returned often because it was defective which gave me the impression that perhaps it was a lower quality product. I just received the Canon ZR-1000 in the mail and it doesn't fit my Bogen tripod handle so I think I'll try the Varizoom again. I like the Varizoom company and have heard only great things about their products.
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Old June 15th, 2007, 07:43 AM   #7
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I'm not pushing the product line but the Manfrotto unit I mentioned above is distributed by Bogen....just like your tripod. The 523Pro should work well with your sticks. That's one of the reasons I use it.
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