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Pierre Victor
Best zoom remote for Sony NXcam?
on Mar 31, 2013 at 9:48:59 pm

I have a Sony HXR-NX5U and I use it mainly for shooting events from a tripod with a remote. I have the Varizoom VZ-rock remote, but i find that it won't allow me to zoom very slowly. Even with the very lightest touch, the zoom is too fast. I am thinking about buying the Varizoom VZ-Pro L zoom remote, hoping it will give me more ability for very slow zoom. Any feedback would be most welcome.


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David Eaks
Re: Best zoom remote for Sony NXcam?
on Apr 1, 2013 at 10:44:03 am

I have a couple each of the Libec ZC-3DV and Sony RM1-BP.

Definitely prefer the Libec, it has a little less play before the zoom "kicks in" and seems to have a softer start and allow slightly slower zooms.

For super slow zooms on my NX5s, I set the little handle zoom switch to fixed and the menu to 1 or 2.


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Pierre Victor
Re: Best zoom remote for Sony NXcam?
on Apr 1, 2013 at 1:39:07 pm

Thanks for this response. I have my settings exactly like you said and the zoom is still way too fast and too touchy. Even when i use the manual zoom rocker on the camera and try to go super slow, it's too fast. Maybe i will try the Libec though it seems pretty similar to the Varizoom I'm currently using. Maybe this is just a limitation of the NX5U?


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David Eaks
Re: Best zoom remote for Sony NXcam?
on Apr 1, 2013 at 2:26:06 pm

Are you sure? I'm talking about the little tiny rocker zoom on the top handle, and the switch by it with Off/Var/Fix.

It MUST be in fixed mode, and the menu setting for handle zoom on 1 or 2. If that doesn't give you a super slow, creeping, constant speed, not touchy at all, slow zoom. I'll have to go put a battery on a camera to make sure I'm not missing something or going crazy.


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Pierre Victor
Re: Best zoom remote for Sony NXcam?
on Apr 1, 2013 at 2:34:31 pm

Oh OK, I just used the tiny rocker on top and in fact it is nice and slow. But I need to be able to get that slow zoom from a zoom remote. Does your remote re-create that slow speed? Mine comes nowhere close. Way too fast and jumpy. i'm willing to spend good money to get a remote that will do this, I make living shooting events on a tripod.
Thanks again!


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David Eaks
Re: Best zoom remote for Sony NXcam?
on Apr 1, 2013 at 3:06:44 pm

I just deal with using that little zoom rocker as a dedicated slow-zoomer. Would be nice if a LANC remote would do it.

FWIW, I have the RM1000BP too. It doesn't zoom slow either.


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David Eaks
Re: Best zoom remote for Sony NXcam?
on Apr 1, 2013 at 3:10:44 pm

Actually I just tested it, both the RM1BP and the RM1000BP have a zoom speed setting with fast/mid/slow. I guess I forgot about it because I just use the Libecs. The Slow setting gives a nice slow zoom that isn't touchy, crank the rocker to full speed and it is still slow.

Probably just what your looking for.


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Pierre Victor
Re: Best zoom remote for Sony NXcam?
on Apr 2, 2013 at 12:21:52 pm

Thanks for all of your feedback. This is super helpful! I think I'm going to go with the VZ-Pro L because it seems more sturdy and has a variable speed knob.


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Ken Mitchell
Re: Best zoom remote for Sony NXcam?
on Jul 2, 2013 at 2:35:01 pm

I am using the remote control handle from a Sony VCT series tripod for my sony NX30U.. It has a switch on the side called slow zoom that locks the speed into the very slow speed. This can be turned off. Bought a used VCT60AV for $40. It has the av connector not the standard lanc connector. Took the handle off and put it on my good tripod. works great.


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