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Old January 3rd, 2004, 07:52 PM   #1
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Zooming using the top handle = slower/harder?

I just got my GL2 a few days ago and I started playing around with it. You know the two zoom buttons on the top handle (where the advanced shoe and the recording controls are?) For some reason, are the zooming controls on the top handle SLOWER than the regular side grip where you use your thumb if you're handhelding it? I don't know if its just my camcorder or what, it also seems to be that I have to press a little harder than usual to zoom in/zoom out than the side grip.

Maybe I have to do something in the zooming controls? But, arent the handle and grip zooming rate the same? So if the grip is moderately fast, shouldn't the handle be too? Or are there two different sets of controls for each handle/grip?
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Old January 3rd, 2004, 08:40 PM   #2
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Hi David,

I don't own one, but I thought I read somewhere that you can set the zoom speeds independently of each other. I believe it is a setting in the menu somewhere.

Someone please correct me if I'm wrong.
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Old January 3rd, 2004, 11:36 PM   #3
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Ah!

But I have had some funnies (NOT) recently where I set the handle and grip zooms at different levels as it makes the shoot easier. I can zoom in "quick" (in autofocus) change to manual focus then zoom out at "low" speed"

The top handle zoom is set for Fast and sometimes it just does not work, other times it is OK.

I plan to look into this further over the next few days.
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Old January 4th, 2004, 08:18 AM   #4
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On the GL2, the zoom control on the side is variable speed, the top one is not. The top can be set to slow, medium, or fast via the menu as you have discovered. There is also a "lock" button on the side of the handle to disable the top controls.

Maybe you had accidentally moved this button so the controls didn't work?
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Old January 4th, 2004, 08:25 AM   #5
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I'm not saying the controls don't work on the handle. They are just HARD to press down and slow.
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Old January 4th, 2004, 10:31 AM   #6
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Lock?

Thanks Rainer, will check this and reply later.
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Old January 4th, 2004, 12:21 PM   #7
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Yes, David, the handle zoom rocker is harder to press than the main zoom rocker. I suspect that this is by design, given the location of this rocker.
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Old January 5th, 2004, 04:14 AM   #8
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Rainer,

You are a star, the lock was in place :(

I came unstuck at the very end of a wedding on Friday and no time to look into the prob, I will however learn by this subtle mistake in the future.

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Old January 5th, 2004, 04:18 AM   #9
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Alan, it's very easy to knock forward the lock. Done this several times. I feel that the actual lock needs a more positive lock/click - yeah?

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