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Old November 27th, 2003, 10:09 AM   #811
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But they were just cleaned! Gah. Ok... time to purchase a cleaning tape.
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Old December 2nd, 2003, 07:38 PM   #812
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Taping Rockefeller Xmass Tree

With the tree lighting in NY happening tomorrow night, I've become inspired to use my gl2 to tape the tree and radio city music hall at night, sometime later in the week. What would be the best settings on the camera to tape these landmarks at night?
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Old December 3rd, 2003, 05:04 AM   #813
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I would guess manual or spotlight mode. Probably best to leave
the UV filter off because it can introduce ghosting around images.
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Old December 3rd, 2003, 05:44 PM   #814
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Good XM2/GL2 Training Video wanted

Ok, I do have the complete user manual.
Sure I have read it all, several times.
But do I really understand it all? .... nope.
So I am looking for a decent training video to tell me all about aperture etc etc. I came across this one:
"DMTS Shoot for the Cut: Mastering Professional Digital Video Techniques with the Canon GL2 (1 DVD) for $79,95 plus $44 shipping and thought that's a bit much.

Any suggestions here ?
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Old December 3rd, 2003, 06:36 PM   #815
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I would bet that if someone here who felt comfortable enough with thier GL2 could make us (and others) a great tape/DVD to educate us. I could see a market for it. Come on guys...whose up for the challange?
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Old December 6th, 2003, 07:07 PM   #816
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Paglight c6 Questions

I purchased the Paglight C6 at B&H PHOTO specifically for a Christmas ball I was hired to tape using my canon gl2. A good deal of my videotaping involved shots of the moderately lit cocktail hour as well as people dancing to a band on the dance floor. The paglight c6 was fully charged for the event. It helped somewhat at the cocktail hour, but was really useless during the dancing unless I was literally on - top of someone. I thought the light was supposed to be good for over two hours? At about 45 minutes the light was visably weaker than when I first turned it on. It was like taping in pea soup. The light didn't make any kind of noticeable difference, even during the cocktail hour. Am I doing something wrong? Do I need to order more powerful bulbs other than the 6v 20 watt included one? The paglight c6 instructions seem to indicate that the light is designed to be used with lamps up to 6v 30 watt only? Any help you could offer would be very much appreciated.
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Old December 8th, 2003, 08:53 PM   #817
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Donald,
I used a PAGLight C6 on my GL2 all year for wedding receptions. I bought two batteries for insurance but I only had to change batteries twice using the 20W lamp. I think you must be leaving the light on continuously or it wasn't fully charged. Battery drain just wasn't a problem for us even through 5 and 6 hour receptions. But you do need 2 just in case.

Even in the most dimly lit receptions, the 20W light with diffuser was enough to get sharp images with good color at 12dB. You should expect to take most of your important shots within a 10' radius depending upon lighting conditions. You can use a 35W lamp but I think it drains tha battery twice as fast and is much more intrusive.

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Old December 9th, 2003, 02:12 AM   #818
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anyone want to trade gl2 for pd150?

anyone want to trade gl2 for pd150?
my gl2 is only 2 weeks old. i think i would rather have the pd150 though. email me if so at

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Old December 9th, 2003, 02:45 AM   #819
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Good luck, but don't get your hopes too high Joel. These are not equivalent cameras, as the Sony PD150 is closer in monetary value and performance to an XL1s.
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Old December 9th, 2003, 09:47 AM   #820
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i know, but i am maybe some has a older pd150 that wabts to try out the gl2
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Old December 9th, 2003, 01:38 PM   #821
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Oh man, when I saw the topic I thought you wanted a GL2 in exchange for a PD150, cause I would have taken that deal. :)
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Old December 11th, 2003, 05:04 PM   #822
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Just bought a GL2 .....wasn't factory sealed

Is there any way I can tell if this camcorder has been used? If the dealer just checked to make sure the items were all in place before shipping thats fine....

Is there a "mileage" readout?
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Old December 11th, 2003, 06:03 PM   #823
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No, unfortunately there is no head time counter on the GL2 (or any Canon camera). Where did you buy the camera? Did you buy it as an "open box" special?
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Old December 12th, 2003, 02:27 AM   #824
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Aftermarket batteries on eBay ???

hello. will these batteries mess up the gl2? it said on the manual to use original oem canon batteries, or is that just some scheme? lol. i was also wondering if the higher voltage batteries will electronically damage or have an effect on the camera later on.

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Old December 12th, 2003, 02:44 AM   #825
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See this thread. It applies equally to the GL2's batteries.
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