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Old March 9th, 2003, 09:59 PM   #1
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On CNN the other day, they showed a GL2 as part of a reporter's equipment., along with a Titanium Power Book and a dish. The GL2 I saw had a special microphone attachment for cutting down on wind noise. It looked like one of the attachments you can get for an XL-1. Did anyone else see this. I would like to find out more about this

Also, isn't the GL2 a little delicate for this kind of environment!!??

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Old March 9th, 2003, 10:03 PM   #2
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I think the GL2 is a very sturdy, well-built cam. Easy to hold and operate too. The fluff you put on the mic is to muffle wind noise, and other little unwanted noises---sort of like softening the video with a warm filter.
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Old March 9th, 2003, 11:06 PM   #3
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Frank's right. The GL2 should be able to withstand battle duty pretty well. Although the body is plastic and will scuff it's tough stuff and can take a beating. All of the small controls are recessed and not prone to whack damage. It should do at least as well as a Sony PD-150, the favorite "toy cam" among news agencies.
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Old March 10th, 2003, 07:42 AM   #4
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Thanks for the replies but what I was asking about was the apparent attachment to this camera. It looked like a Light Wave attachment with the big fuzzy windsock over an outrigger microphone. Have any of you heard of any attachments like this for the GL2. I am still getting a lot of wind noise despite cutting the lows electronically. At the very least, is their a commercial windsock to go over the existing mike.

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Old March 10th, 2003, 07:47 AM   #5
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For an inexpensive version, check out http://www.mikemuff.com. I don't work for them. It looks very good for this setup. They have one for the GL1. Should work on the GL2?

Canon also has one under their accessories.

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Old March 10th, 2003, 08:53 AM   #6
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Sure wouldn't want to repeat it, but.... 2 weeks after I got my GL2, it was tossed out of a sadle bag on the horse I was riding at a full gallop. Landed on the dirt road and bounced a couple of times. Before picking it up, I had written it off as at least partially broke. Not so, dusted it off and everything worked (and 6 months later) still does. It's clearly a keeper! I'm sure impressed with the build quality.
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Is something like this what you think you saw?
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Old March 10th, 2003, 07:44 PM   #8
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The attachment I saw looked like the Light Wave set up for the XL1

But I see that Light Wave has a smaller version for the GL 1/2. It sounds like it might do the job. Their XL1 version that I have for my XL-1 is excellent. Of course I have to keep it away from the dog.:)

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Old March 11th, 2003, 05:38 AM   #9
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Back in the days of the L2, I recall reading that folks would use masking or gaffers tape around the openings and tape loading door to help keep out sand/dust. Might be worth considering for the XL1/GL series.
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