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Old June 26th, 2007, 03:56 PM   #1
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Canon GL2 Picture Quality

In my first leap to semi-professional video equipment, I recently ordered a used Canon GL2 from B&H Photo Video. The rating was the best possible for a used camera. But upon first using the camera, I am not as shocked and awed as I was expecting to be after seeing the camera's picture quality. Is it possible I was scammed, or that the camera lost quality somehow in its few hours of previous use? Does anyone have tips on how I can achieve the superb quality I desire? I've seen some of the wonderful work of other GL2 users, is it possible my camera is simply not as good as theirs?
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Old June 26th, 2007, 04:56 PM   #2
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I would guess that it's most likely that you just need to learn how to get the most from the camera. I've been using GL2's for about 4 years, and I know that my footage now looks better than it did 4 years ago. Also, a lot of the footage you see others showing has been color corrected and had saturation and contrast filters applied to sweeten the look. Keep that in mind, learn the manual settings on the camera, and good luck!
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Old June 26th, 2007, 09:54 PM   #3
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I would guess that it's most likely that you just need to learn how to get the most from the camera. I've been using GL2's for about 4 years, and I know that my footage now looks better than it did 4 years ago. Also, a lot of the footage you see others showing has been color corrected and had saturation and contrast filters applied to sweeten the look. Keep that in mind, learn the manual settings on the camera, and good luck!
Good advice. The GL2 is a great camera to hone your skills on.
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Old June 26th, 2007, 10:45 PM   #4
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Yeah, it's all about lighting and a million other things, but once you see this camera at it's best, you'll see what all the fuss is about. I've seen some beautiful images come out of it for sure.
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Old June 27th, 2007, 12:36 AM   #5
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Good evening,

All the above is correct!! Once you know how to get the best out of it the footage is better than most cams. I shoot an xl2 too and I have seen footage out of the gl2 every bit as good as the xl2!!

Practice, practice practice!!

and yes, lighting plays a huge part of it!!!

Have some fun learning its personality.
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Old June 27th, 2007, 08:11 AM   #6
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It is possible that something is wrong. I have two Gl2's and one has been giving me problems. It is good to have two so you can compare. For me at least. One of them just does not have the punch or should I say crisp clean image it used to. I sent it to Canon and they say they fixed it but it is still not like it was when it was new.
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And watch the internal preset settings for color, etc. They can have a major effect on the image seen on tape. It is not just a simple point-and-shoot camcorder.
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Old June 27th, 2007, 09:15 AM   #8
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Attach BOTH to their AV Cabling and alternating, plug each one separately into a well calibrated TV and compare. That's what I would do.

And as Don says, make sure your Presets are set to zero.

BTW? You haven't got a separate filter screwed to one of them - have you?

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Old June 27th, 2007, 09:54 AM   #9
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That's a good idea Graham. I do shoot with a custom preset applied but both have the axact same settings. I need to do some extensive testing but the frustarting part is that Canon already looked at it so who knows if it can be fixed.
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