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Old April 12th, 2007, 03:16 PM   #1
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LANC control on GL2

Hi all,

I bought a used GL2 in Dec. 05, and have used it a number of times without trouble. Though with all the "Remove Cassette Error" postings I've seen, I am on eggshells wondeing when or if it will conk out on me. If it does, I am sure it will be at the most in-opportune time possible. But hopefully not.

I have a question regarding the LANC control. I've seen some LANC tripods for sale on ebay for around $50, but have no idea whether they are worth the trouble or not. Does anyone know what features can be controlled by the LANC? Focus? Zoom? Aperture? Anyone use LANC?

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Old April 12th, 2007, 05:13 PM   #2
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Steve, I use a LANC controller on a GL2. It works great. Record/Stop, Zoom, focus, wake from sleep, and data display. Apeture would be great, but I don't think it's possible. I've never seen a controller that has a control for that anyway.
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Old April 12th, 2007, 06:22 PM   #3
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Search for LANC in our Remote Lens Controllers forum -- tons of discussions, many involving the GL2.

The Canon ZR-2000 offers limited exposure control over LANC.
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Old April 14th, 2007, 12:18 PM   #4
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I was looking at Zoom Commander II myself. They sell for only $160, about the same price as a used Verizoom vz pro-L on ebay, but they have something Pro-L is lacking and that is the automatic focus on/off. It's nice to let the camera grab the focus and switch back to manual (avoid focus seeking). With the 2.5" flip out monitor it's a guessing game when it comes to focusing yourself. I'm interested in hearing other's opinions.
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Old April 15th, 2007, 11:15 PM   #5
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A year ago, I did a bit of internet research and decided on a Bebob Zoe LANC controller for my GL2. I wanted something that I could also attach to the lower end of a monopod so I could do crane shots. (I ended up also buying an LCD monitor that I mount near the LANC controller.) The whole contraption allows me to keep the GL2 about 8 or 9 feet in the air for extended periods of time. (I bury the butt of the monopod into a pouch on my belt.) Anyway, have a look at the Bebob.
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Old April 16th, 2007, 01:35 AM   #6
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I've been using a VariZoom model for a while now, and they've worked great.
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