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03-23-2016, 10:46 AM
I'm looking for a remote control for the DVX200.
If possible, it should also have the remote control of the iris and focus.
Can anyone share his experience and where it can be bought in Europe

Below I can find:


(https://www.studio1productions.com/zoom-controller-dvx.htm)http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/431958-REG/VariZoom_VZ_STEALTH_PZFI_VZStealthPZFI_Throttle_Co ntroller.html


Greg Smith
03-23-2016, 03:48 PM
I prefer this version of the VariZoom controller, which has a big zoom rocker that gives finer control than the little brass button on the Stealth models:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/413136-REG/VariZoom_VZ_ROCK_PZFI_VZRock_PZFI_Rocker_Controlle r.html

It works great with the DVX200 (and all my other Panasonics as well).

The Manfrotto you linked to doesn't provide focus, iris or start-stop control on Panasonic cameras -- zoom only.

- Greg

03-23-2016, 08:34 PM
I can recomend this rocker:
Works smooth with DVX200, reasonable price, you can buy it in Europe (no extra custom balances)


03-24-2016, 08:04 AM
I can recomend the VariZoom VZ-Rock-PZFI-(Rock-DVX-ZFI)
It is specially made for Panasonic Cameras. Has a big Focus wheel, a smaller iris wheel, start/stop, big zoom lever and auto/ manual switches for focus and iris.
Easy to buy over internet.

Elvis Deane
04-05-2016, 11:39 PM
I bought the Libec ZFC-5HD this week and I love it, except that plugging in the focus cable into the Focus/Iris slot sets the DVX to Auto Iris mode. I thought I was going crazy in trying to turn every single possible auto-exposure control setting off in the camera, but I could only disable Auto-Iris by unplugging the focus cable. Not sure if this is a staple of using a remote with no iris control on a camera or a glitch.

04-06-2016, 09:15 AM
I don't know anything about that Libec controller, but the remote that I've used (FOXI) has a switch for auto or manual iris on it; the controller supports both. Perhaps the Libec controller is always sending an "auto" signal, since it doesn't have any provision for remote iris control? The focus/iris jack receives signals for both; if the controller isn't designed to send the iris info properly then it may just be incompatible with the Panasonics. Doesn't make a lot of sense though, since all the Panasonics since the DVX100B in 2005 have used the same focus/iris protocol.

04-06-2016, 09:18 AM
Ah - on further checking, I found this (http://www.libecsales.com/pdf/ZFC-5HD_e.pdf)on Libec's site:

As for some of the Panasonic cameras released after August 2009, connecting the 3.5mm plug to focus/iris terminal makes
the function fixed to auto iris mode, and disables the manual mode.

So yeah, the Libec seems like it's not really a good choice for a Panasonic.

04-06-2016, 10:54 AM
The VariZoom controller Greg Smith recommends in his post above works well on my DVX 200 and AG HMC151 and is available in Europe from www.cameragrip.com: (http://www.cameragrip.com:) http://www.cameragrip.com/varizoom-vz-rock-pzfi-camera-remote-control/ It controls focus, iris and zoom with a big zoom paddle.

Sandy J
04-06-2016, 07:36 PM
+1 for the VariZoom per Greg's recommendation--I've been using this consistently with my Panny's from the DVC30, HMC40 up to my current DVX200. Expensive, but has been a long term reliable unit. Provides good control over focus, iris and zoom.

10-18-2016, 02:50 AM
I want to use the remote-control ports. The obviously known problem is the open cover. It is a handicap for all movements around the camera. Does anybody has an solution or a workaround for this faulty design ?

remove the cover (nondestructive)
drill holes in it
use an special plug
anything else

10-23-2016, 03:52 PM
I'm using the Varizoom controller with DVX200 and just tying the plastic door to the sdi or HDMI plug with silicon hairband keeps it under control and out of the way of the air vents. So far so good! Removing the flaps involves removing the whole side cover.

04-13-2017, 11:53 AM
Just bought the VariZoom VZPRO-PZFI. It is pretty much the ultimate, and is built like a tank. I used a LANC version of this controller on my Sony's for about 10 years. More info: