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Old August 16th, 2006, 11:52 AM   #451
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Used GL1 prices

Hoping this is the right place for this question.

What would you (folks) say is a decent price on a used GL1? I'm seeing them average $1000 on ebay. I found one locally for $1400. I haven't seen any used at any retail stores.

Doesn't the local one seem a bit high priced? If all other things were equal (extra equipment, usage hours, condition), what is a reasonable price?

I ask because I'm looking to get one, not sell one, by the way.
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Old August 16th, 2006, 01:03 PM   #452
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I don't know what the market rate is, but I wouldn't pay nickel over $800, and it would have to be in excellent condition.
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Old August 19th, 2006, 09:10 AM   #453
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Keep the price under $1K

I would suggest when buying a used GL1 that you keep your budget under $1000.00. I agree that if the camera itself is in excellent condition then $800.00 is a limit, but if accessories are being offered then pick them up to.

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Old August 19th, 2006, 11:49 AM   #454
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there two for sale locally where i am one at 900 one at 950 and thats in canadian dollars...
again based on actual condition its hard to juge but the one at 1400 unless its fully loaded with extras sounds high
concidering if you look around enough you can probably find an XL1 for about 17-1800 US
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Old August 22nd, 2006, 08:01 PM   #455
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Thanks everyone

Just wanted to say thank you to everyone who replied to this thread. You guys really saved me a lot of money. I actually stumbled across a camera today on craigslist locally and after checking it out (ffwd, rwd, play, record, playback on tv, sound), i went ahead and purchased it for $400.

Didn't come with manuals (but i downloaded those already). I'm not sure what all was missing from the original oem equptment, but no original box. The camera seems to work great though, and the guy i got it from said he shot less then 20 hours on it.

Thanks again for saving me $1000 !

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Old August 22nd, 2006, 08:07 PM   #456
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I would look for a used Optura Xi, around $500. Has native 16:9, which the GL1 or GL2 don't have.
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Old August 25th, 2006, 05:52 PM   #457
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GL1 - Remove Built-in Mic?

Can the built-in microphone be removed or replaced on the GL1?
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Old August 25th, 2006, 08:09 PM   #458
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Can the built-in microphone be removed or replaced on the GL1?
I'm sure you can google up some instructions on how to remove it, but I'm not sure I see why you'd want to. You could always just not use it and connect another mic to the 1/8" input (using a beachtek if necessary).
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Old August 25th, 2006, 08:25 PM   #459
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I don't think you're going to find anything through Google on how to remove it, but why would you want to anyway. Is it interefering with a matte box or some other lens attachment?
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Old August 25th, 2006, 08:38 PM   #460
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Actually, I was just hoping to replace it. The metal cage on mine is slightly damaged (mic still works though) and was hoping that there was a simple way to replace. No biggie though, just wanted to ask. After listening to some sound tests from onboard mic vs aftermarket, I think i'll just buy an aftermarket mic and not worry about the "ugly factor" of mine.

Thanks guys for your input.
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Old August 25th, 2006, 10:00 PM   #461
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Yeah, replacing it is a job for a Canon service center. Your best bet is the external mic anyway.
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Old August 28th, 2006, 11:56 AM   #462
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GL1 to Disneyland?

I'm taking a trip to Disneyland and Six Flags (in CA) in about 3 weeks. I've been debating on whether or not to take my GL1 with me. It is going to be a huge trip and a lot of fun (about 10-15 people in my group, 4 days). I'd love to get footage of the tip an compile a DVD or something for everyone.

I'm just worried about my precious camera. How delicate is it? Obviously I wouldnt want to take it on a ride, I don't think they'd let me anyways. But does it seem safe to take it at all? I could take my consumer miniDV (Panasonic) and I would feel safer, of course I would suffer less quality video.

What's your opinion, would you take your GL1 or GL2 with you to Disneyland?
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Old August 28th, 2006, 12:10 PM   #463
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The GL1 will be fine. On our 5 day stay at the Disney resort, I took my HD100 through Animal Kingdom and Epcot. Aside from being wore out by it, it was great. The GL is a lot lighter, more compact, and you can get a WA58 for about $100 for those wide shots. Make sure you have plenty of batteries and tapes.

By the way, I should have the shipping cost for your remote tonight. Sorry I haven't been able to get it to you sooner. Or would you like to just call it $5.95 and I'll cover the diff?
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Old August 28th, 2006, 04:08 PM   #464
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I worry too much?

I guess the camera should be fine as long as I keep my eyes on it and keep it out of the water right?

Where are you shipping that remote from? I thought it would be under $5
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Old August 28th, 2006, 04:17 PM   #465
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I'm shipping from Florida. The box should weigh in at 1LB, and I think that is like just under $5 3day select. But, my scale is on the fritz, so I'm not positive of the weight.

And yes, make sure you have a good waterproof bag for the camera. It does tend to rain after spending $60 to get into Disney. My bag was soaked, and the camera itself stayed fairly dry, but it was damp in the bag.
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