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Old March 30th, 2004, 11:32 PM   #1
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Guess what I saw today?

I was at Canon's testing and development center today on business, and a couple of techs were outside testing a new camcorder, shooting footage of the cherry blossoms now in bloom here...and guess what the camera said on the side: "Canon XL2 - HD"! That's right, I've seen it boys.

They wouldn't let me take a close look at it (but I snapped a quick shot with my phone camera), but it had the same body design and color as now, except it had what looked to be the professional B&W viewfinder, a built-in MA-200 type XLR and power junction, and a swing out LCD. It also had this really cool stealth-shaped popup light, like the type you see on Canon's still cameras, except this was a continuous source.

Just thought you'd like to know.
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Old March 31st, 2004, 12:24 AM   #2
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What makes you think anyone would be interested? <G>
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Old March 31st, 2004, 02:33 AM   #3
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Locke, no fair getting the jump on all of us. Hey, did you ever go to see 2 + 1?
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Old March 31st, 2004, 09:49 AM   #4
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Sooo, I guess you are keeping the picture of the XL2 in your phone? ;)

I know you want to post it here on the web for all to see, come on now... :)
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Old March 31st, 2004, 10:58 AM   #5
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Andreas,

The word from above is "don't show it. Not without permission." So there you have it.

Robert, unfortunately I wound up working non-stop last weekend. Any DVDs for sale?
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Old April 1st, 2004, 09:48 AM   #6
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I saw info on the XL3 the other day. Some sort of new format, better than HDV. It's gonna be called the XL3 BTHDV. But won't be out for a while...

It looks a lot like a regular XL-1s, except they added the same exact lens as the Hubble Telescope. There's a freebie gigantic lens stand to hold it up. The lens is about 40 feet long.

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Old April 1st, 2004, 10:22 AM   #7
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Heath,

No joke. I saw it.
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Old April 1st, 2004, 10:28 AM   #8
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Old April 1st, 2004, 10:43 AM   #9
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<<<-- Originally posted by John Locke : Heath,

No joke. I saw it. -->>>

Hmmm, ditto. Canon has a new testing lab in West Palm Beach, Florida, luckily!

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Old April 1st, 2004, 10:45 AM   #10
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April 1st is just a hard time to convince anybody of anything...

Especially since I just returned from a place where this guy I know just tested a beta copy of the new DVX100A-HD. It does 24p HD. But nobody believes me.
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<<<-- Originally posted by Imran Zaidi : April 1st is just a hard time to convince anybody of anything...

Especially since I just returned from a place where this guy I know just tested a beta copy of the new DVX100A-HD. It does 24p HD. But nobody believes me. -->>>

Hey, I was pointed to this thread from the boss saying just that: April Fool's Day.

I'd wait until tomorrow, when this thread is probably gone and re-post as a solid rumor. It's tough today, isn't it?

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Old April 1st, 2004, 11:08 AM   #12
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That looks suspiciously like the old professional Canon Hi-8 camera...

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Old April 1st, 2004, 11:22 AM   #14
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It's just a retro design. They're kickin' it old school. It's all the rage, these days.
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Old April 3rd, 2004, 08:55 PM   #15
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Now that it's April 4...I should 'fess up.

Darn near impossible to pull an April Fool's gag on this crowd...so next year I'll start it in January to give the gag a more fighting chance. ;)

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