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Old March 11th, 2005, 10:57 AM   #46
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We've got the lightest, most portable dolly kit on the market, but at a "VERY limited budget", I'm not sure. Your best bet might be to make your own.
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Old March 14th, 2005, 10:46 PM   #47
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Ughhh..... Xi quit working while Vacationing :(

Wouldn't you know it.... 8 Day Mexican Riviera Cruise and half way into it, My Xi quit working.. I was on a beach in Zihuatanejo filmed a little bit of the kids playing in the sand... put the camcorder back in the bag and a short while later (15min) took it out, turned the power on and there was no red light.... My battery life was about at the half mark prior to my switching the power back on.... However I did try my other fully charged battery.... No luck.... I knew something was seriously wrong... Once I returned to the ship, I charged my 2 batteries again (with an external charger) and attached one to the camcorder... No luck.

I filmed about 70 minutes on the trip, prior to the camcorder breaking down.

I was wondering if anyone had had a similar problem with the Xi just not powering on?

BTW, I did plug the Xi into the AC adapter once I returned home... Still no workie... And for what's it's worth, I had the DM-50 connected to the shoe when it pooped out.

Off to the repair shop... Glad I bought the extended warranty, but I never feel the same way about things that have been repaired.
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Old March 15th, 2005, 03:18 PM   #48
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Sorry to hear about your Xi. At least you got to "vacation" instead of working behind the camera.

How old is the camcorder? Can it still be exchanged for a new one?
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Old March 15th, 2005, 03:31 PM   #49
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<<<-- Originally posted by Michael Wisniewski : Sorry to hear about your Xi. At least you got to "vacation" instead of working behind the camera.

How old is the camcorder? Can it still be exchanged for a new one? -->>>
I've had it for little over a year now... You're right about enjoying the vacation, rather than watching it thru the LCD... Makes me wonder if my wife had something to do with it :)

Called the Service Center to get authorization to have it repaired. Not as easy as I thought... for some reason, they only showed me purchasing the camcorder for $.99... They won't authorize the repair until Ultimate Electronics confirms the correct purchased price.

I'm curious to find out what went wrong.
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Old March 17th, 2005, 09:54 AM   #50
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Yet another Optura XI question:

I don't expect ever have need for the software bundled w/ the XI. I use a card reader to d/load images, Adobe Premiere to import the video, and my own image management system.

Am I correct in assuming that there's no need to eve crack the seal on the Canon software that's included in the package?

Running WinXP Pro on a relatively new Dell box.

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Old March 17th, 2005, 11:52 AM   #51
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That's right. Leave it sealed. When it comes time to sell your camera, you'll be able to offer the unopened software with the package, possibly increasing its value.
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Old March 17th, 2005, 08:05 PM   #52
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>> That's right. Leave it sealed. When it comes time to sell your camera... <<

Chris--

SELL my camera?! <g>

But seriously, I tend to pass things on to friends/family. In fact I just gave my old faithful Olympus 2500L digi with it's whopping 2.5 Mg pixel images to my niece. She was excited as she didn't have a digital camera at all, and I haven't used it in a long time. Hard to believe I paid over a grand for it-- way back when.

But I digress... thanks much for confirming my expectations re. the bundled software.

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Old March 28th, 2005, 05:00 PM   #53
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Wide Angle Attatchment for XI

Hi,

I was wondering what the best wide angle lens would be for my Optura XI. I will be using my camera for school film club, and want my films to look as cinematic as possible. So, with that said, I would love to hear from knowledgable people from this forums.

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Old March 28th, 2005, 06:18 PM   #54
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Check out the Canon WD-H46 or the Raynox DCR-6600PRO. Both are good wide angle lenses.

The main difference is the Canon doesn't have an outside filter thread, so you'll have to sandwich the filters between the camcorder and lens. The Raynox has an external filter thread.

Another option for a wide angle with filters, is to use Cinetactics MatteBlox.
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Old March 28th, 2005, 07:33 PM   #55
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It says the Raynox has a 52mm mounting thread, so does that mean i would need a step up ring of some sort? The XI's threads are 46.
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Old March 28th, 2005, 09:31 PM   #56
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Yes, you'll need a step up ring for the Raynox lens.
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Old March 29th, 2005, 05:41 PM   #57
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Tripod for XI

What would be the cheapest and best tripod for XI?

3 way pan, quick release maybe fluid head.
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Old March 30th, 2005, 06:12 PM   #58
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I love the Raynox on my Optura. Cheaper than the canon lens and the front threads are great for mounting the UV filter.

https://webspace.utexas.edu/rjs539/w...0Raynox%20Lens

A pic of the lens on my camera.
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Old March 30th, 2005, 06:25 PM   #59
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"Cheapest" and "best" are mutually exclusive terms. If it's cheapest, it won't be best. If it's best, it won't be cheapest. Establish what you're willing to spend, and then please refer to our "Support Your Local Camera" forum for all questions relating to tripods. Thanks.
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Old March 30th, 2005, 07:46 PM   #60
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I meant to say best among the cheapest.
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