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Old August 19th, 2003, 01:08 PM   #556
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I have a Cokin Sunsoft (warming) filter that I have used on my GL2, to good effect. I also have a gradual ND, ND2, & Blue Cokin filters. These were originally purchased with a 37 -> 52 step up, because I was using a Sony TRV-120 (Digital8) camera, but with a 58mm adapter, they fit my GL2.
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Old August 19th, 2003, 01:44 PM   #557
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Same here. I have a Sunsoft in the 43mm size, as well as others. The Cokin filters with the adaptor offers a great filter solution on the cheap. It's like a mini matte box. I have a good Cokin users link at:

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Old August 19th, 2003, 05:35 PM   #558
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All I can tell you is that in my opinion there's most likely nothing wrong with your GL2. You're just seeing the stark differences between tape mode and card mode. Many of the camera's parameters including exposure, etc. are seriously limited in card mode. Why this is I don't know, but your manual will clearly spell out what the limitations of card mode are. Card mode is definitely not suited for indoor low-light situations, that's for sure. Hope this helps,
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Old August 19th, 2003, 07:44 PM   #559
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Ok,l'll hone down this query.....

1)In card mode what can you do to adjust the level of light and what page of the manual should I be looking at?

2)Is there a source where I can reasonably extend my warranty beyond the initial term backed up by Canon without possibly getting gouged?

Thanks.....

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Old August 20th, 2003, 01:30 PM   #560
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Dark edges on video shot with GL2...

I think I have an idea on what caused the problem, but not really.

Not too long ago I was in dying need of tapes and had to purchase 2 Sony premiums(Have used nothing but Panasonic ever since I picked my camera up until now). After I used the two tapes I notice that my captured footage had dark edges on all four corners of the piture. It kind of forms a gradient from black to transparent and disappears into the picture. It isn't big, but deifnately noticeable. It doesn't show up when I'm filming with the camera, only when captured. I also noticed that when I zoomed in the picture got even darker, so it kind of covered the picture more and more when I zoomed in and got brighter while I zoomed out. Is there a problem with the camera or do I jsut need to run a head cleaner through it?

I am going to pick up a head cleaner tomorrow since I am pretty sure that this will solve the problem, but I'm not sure which kind of cleaner I should get. Wet or dry, which brand?

PS: There wasn't a lens on at the time, so it isn't vignetting.
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Old August 20th, 2003, 01:49 PM   #561
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Since you're using Panasonic tapes I suggest a dry cleaner tape from Panasonic.

run you from $10.00 - $11.00

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Old August 20th, 2003, 02:04 PM   #562
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Do a search on this. There was a similar discussion about the same problem a while back, but I forget the eventual outcome.
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Old August 20th, 2003, 06:22 PM   #563
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Ryan, this is a "standard" "effect" of the GL2's. It's called keyholing and it varies from camera to camera. I have it on my Xm2, and I am taking it it to see if something can be done about it as I find it unacceptable.

Were you shooting in lower light with the Sony tapes as I have found that when in lower light the effect is more pronounced. You probably wont see it in the viewfinder/lcd because of the overscan that those viewing devices have - you can't see all the frame.

Go to http://www.dvinfo.net/conf/showthrea...gl2+vignetting for the thread.

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Old August 21st, 2003, 10:14 AM   #564
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Cleaning GL-1/XL-1

Couple of questions.....

Using head cleaning tapes on the XL-1 and GL-1....

....how often?

I realize they can damage heads, but when horizontal lines interrupt an important shoot, you don't know until it's over.

Experiences from users?



OK....we've got 2 XL-1's and 3 GL-1's and somebody ran a wet cleaning cassette (Sony) through these cameras a number of times after they were acclimated to a dry cleaning cassette (Panasonic/Canon).

So.....stripes over video everywhere.

Do I need to send these in to Canon to be cleanedcorrectly or is there a way I can handle it myself?

Any thoughts would be appreciated.
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Old August 21st, 2003, 06:21 PM   #565
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Just got my brand new GL2 but...

There's a problem.

The LCD screen doesn't work!!! It's just white. Nothing else, just white. Plus the camera acts weird about the LCD screen and the EVF. The EVF will only work when the screen is open, which is backwards from every other camera I've ever used. I'm assuming this is just a random lemon, but I wanted to know if anyone else has experienced this or heard of this before? I'm obviously getting it replaced but I'm still kinda pissed cause I was really looking forward to shooting this weekend. :(
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Old August 21st, 2003, 06:23 PM   #566
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XM2 Position for Senni WR Rx?

Okay, got the Senni Evolution Kit. Where can a stick the Rx on the XM2?

Brackets? Velcro? Super Glue? Spit!! - Chewing Gum?

. . . get the picture? The Sound from this set up is awesome!

All I need to do now is somehow attached the receiver to the XM2. I don't wish to "fix" it to my trouser belt - yeah?

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Old August 21st, 2003, 06:27 PM   #567
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You know what to expect. Screen out 'Image'. That's it! Go with your gut instincts on this one - Lemons are for tea, salad dressing, marinated lamb and those nice french tartlets - yeah?

Grazie
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Old August 21st, 2003, 08:17 PM   #568
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He's saying it's a lemon, a dud, and suggesting that you should return it because lemons should be only used"for tea, salad dressing, marinated lamb and those nice french tartlets" Personally, I prefer my lemons as ice cold lemonade. :)

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Old August 22nd, 2003, 09:44 AM   #569
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Grazie Gets Solution!

Neat idea over at the Cow Canon Site. It confirmed the way I wanted to go:

http://www.creativecow.net/forum/rea...975&forumid=59

No one replied . . but I thought I'd share this with you all . . kinda guy I am . . .

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Old August 23rd, 2003, 01:09 PM   #570
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Mini-rover, mini-mate combo is elegant, but pricey solution.

http://www.dvshop.ca/camera/videosmith.html
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