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Old March 20th, 2008, 01:07 PM   #1
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Varizoom VZ Stealth LX vs. Rock


I'm in the market for 1-2 LANC controllers. I just ordered the Varizoom VZ Stealth LX for my Sony Z1. My primary needs are focus control on a shoulder-mounted (DV Multi Rig) camera. Zooming would be nice, but that's secondary. For those of you that have the Rock, do you find that it's too easy to touch the zoom controller when your hand is manipulating the other buttons? That worry led me to ordering the Stealth LX over the Rock, though possibly my worries are unfounded. Any opinions from Rock users would are appreciated.
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Old August 28th, 2009, 07:25 AM   #2
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If you go for the Varizoom - keep in mind their company policy on spares / repairs.
They require equipment returned to the factory for repair - even for something as simple as replacing the control cable on a Stealth LX which is a real simple job. They will not sell parts, ship parts or service diagrams.

Also be aware that even if you can do the repair job the Stealth LX has a minute grub screw in the end of the brass fader handle - and I've yet to establish whether its a torx head or allen head and guess what - Varizoom won't tell me or supply the parts to enable me to repair in field which could easily be done.

Keep in mind too that Varizoom are quite happy to give themselves an allowance of ten days from the day they receive a job - to the day they turn it around - so for a few minutes repair on a Stealth LX - while it may only take a few minutes - that is when it comes to the front of the queue.

My experience - the Stealth LX is damned good - just don't break it or the moulded on right angle jack plug (what I did)!
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