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Old October 27th, 2009, 04:24 PM   #16
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It's a nice steady speed - not too fast and not too slow!
There's no twiddling involved - just press a button on the remote to focus closer and another button to focus further.
On the 523Pro, there's even a press to Auto Focus, release the button and it's back on manual.
It has a good zoom rocker which is either proportional or with preset zoom speeds - and there is an on/off button for the camera as well.
I've set the camera up now with the various peaking and zebra functions on the control wheel, so I can cycle between whichever is apposite for the function; the focus is set to manual so that the remote can control it; the exposure is set to manual as well and is controlled by the joystick.
However... there is some audio interference when using an external mic - although the internal mic is perfectly clean.
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Old November 1st, 2009, 05:24 PM   #17
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Yes [Zr2000], but I also use the Manfrotto 523Pro normally and that's fine as well...
So is there anything the ZR has that the Manfrotto simply doesn't? The difference in price (for 521Proi) is about $100-150US... (only about $40 for 523Pro). I'm keen to get one, but not two :)

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Old March 18th, 2010, 01:07 PM   #18
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Compatible Zoom Controllers

Is anyone else using a non-Canon zoom controller successfully with the RA-V1? I'm trying out the HF S11 with the RA-V1 to try to replace a set of ancient GL1s for multicam shoots. We have a set of cheap SignVideo Zoom Commander II controllers that worked great with the GL1s, and I thought since the RA-V1 uses a LANC connector that they would be compatible. But only the power on/off and auto/manual focus toggle switch work through the RA-V1. I can't zoom, adjust manual focus, or stop/start record.

Anyone know if the Manfrotto 521Pro or another lower-cost zoom controller works with the RA-V1? I see that Robin uses the 523Pro, which is at least cheaper than the ZR-2000, but I was hoping for something that costs much less. I don't need good ergonomics, but I do need zoom, focus toggle, and record stop/start to work. Any suggestions?
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Old March 26th, 2010, 09:44 AM   #19
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Do I understand well that in order to be able to use a remote (such as ZR-1000) on a HF S20 or S21, you'll need the RA-V1? You cannot just plug in the remote in a LANC terminal? If so, where does that attach to the camera? Hopefully not on the shoe.
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Old March 26th, 2010, 10:42 AM   #20
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I believe you can plug in LANC without an adapter on the S21. For the older models like the S11, you need the RA-V1, and it does plug into the shoe.
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Old March 26th, 2010, 12:30 PM   #21
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Thanks for your respons. Can anybody confirm this?
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