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Old July 4th, 2005, 01:29 AM   #1
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VL-3 light too tight?

Hi - I just got my GL2 and have carefully slid the Canon VL-3 light into the accessory shoe. I have made sure the threads to tighten it were backed off and loose, but it is not easy to get on and off. I kind of have to gently fish tail it back and forth to get it come off.

Is this normal?

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Old July 4th, 2005, 02:49 AM   #2
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It was for me too. Scared me rigid when it wouldn't "slip-off" with ease. Been there, done that. But you are correct to treat it with care and respect! All those tiny multi-pins within the hotshoe! Oh yes . . .. .

Tell me - do you find it is at all effective? How near do you have to get? How much GAIN do you pump up the Camera setting to?

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Old July 4th, 2005, 03:17 AM   #3
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Ah, so I am not alone. Wonder if some of the other goodies that go on the accessorie shoe are just as hard to get on and off - anyone?

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Tell me - do you find it is at all effective? How near do you have to get? How much GAIN do you pump up the Camera setting to?

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Well Graham, I am quite a novice (just got my GL2 two days ago), but yes, the little VL-3 light is very effective. For three watts, it's brighter than you'd assume and it does a nice job of giving back detail to faces and eye sockets in humans.

I am in a dark office room now and managed to snag some nice footage sitting 11 feet away from some Celtic drums I have hanging on a wall. I am a rookie using the following settings:

Manual
S1/60
F2.0
18dB (gain is floored all the way up)
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Old July 4th, 2005, 04:08 AM   #4
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Aha! 18dB . . yup. Now try it without the light on? See a difference? - G
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Old July 4th, 2005, 07:53 AM   #5
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Nearly same topic

Grazie, I think you have the Pag C6 light.

When I got mine last year I found it very fiddly to put on or off the hotshoe or MA300 adaptor (my fingers are not that big). I emailed the PagMan (can't remember his name now) and he could only suggest an accessory, the metal shoe plate is all you get.

I leave mine on the MA300 permanently now, how did you get on using it?
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Old July 4th, 2005, 09:53 AM   #6
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Yup! C6 here . .. Now 2 batteries! Hah! Wouldn't leave home without 'em!

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Old July 4th, 2005, 03:13 PM   #7
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Yes, Graham. I should have mentioned, when I turn off the mighty little VL-3 the footage in my dark office was useless. After I turned it back on using the settings I mentioned, it's pretty impressive.

I have seen several of the GL2 users, and moderators on this site highly recommend the VL-3, and they are so right!

I just shot some footage of a neighborhood parade this morning, and was viewing it back. Man, the GL2 is really something! Such warm, and kind of film-like footage for video. I usually assume video is going to look kind of harsh and too sharpened. But the GL2 (with some fiddling) really captures depth of field well - and looks like braodcast quality to my eyes!

Back to the accessory shoe, have you ever used a microphone or anything else on it, and had the same difficulty getting them on and off?
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