HFS11 Questions - pink dot when filming sunset; custom dial sensitivity at DVinfo.net

Go Back   DV Info Net > Canon EOS / MXF / AVCHD / HDV / DV Camera Systems > Canon XA and VIXIA Series AVCHD Camcorders > Canon VIXIA Series AVCHD and HDV Camcorders

Canon VIXIA Series AVCHD and HDV Camcorders
For VIXIA / LEGRIA Series (HF G, HF S, HF and HV) consumer camcorders.


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old January 30th, 2010, 01:52 AM   #1
Tourist
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: San Diego, CA
Posts: 2
HFS11 Questions - pink dot when filming sunset; custom dial sensitivity

Hello everyone,

I recently purchased an HFS11. I slapped on a Hoya Super HMC UV filter and went to La Jolla during sunset to try it out. I used auto mode and the sunset scene and beach scene presets but each time the clips have a bright pink dot smack in the middle of the sun. Do any of you know what causes that to happen and how I can prevent it? Could the UV filter be the culprit?

Also, I was wondering if there is any way to adjust the sensitivity of the custom dial. I want to use it to manually focus but it seems way too sensitive.

I'd appreciate any suggestions and answers you may have. I'm fairly new to this so please excuse my ignorance.

Chris
Chris Duerr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old January 30th, 2010, 04:10 PM   #2
Major Player
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Sutton, Australia
Posts: 328
Hi Chris, it probably would help if you could post an example. The large gap between the filter and the lens on the HFS series is not a helpful feature, so I'm guessing the filter is the problem but it might also be lens flare. Re focus, in bright light in wide on auto with a UV filter, these cameras will focus on the filter rather than the scene, and because you can't see what's on the LED you sometimes can end up with great shots of the inside of your filter. Anyway, the main reason for using a UV filter is lens protection, and the camera already does that, so in normal environments I don't use a filter. I don't think there is any way to adjust focus wheel sensitivity. With practice and using the focus assist, rack focus is possible, but you can get better results using the manual focus in conjunction with the auto: e.g. do your close focus manually, start recording and click over to auto (use normal, not IAF). There were various follow focus accessories for the HV series, but I don't know of any for the HFS. Hope I haven't got off track and said too much you already know.
Rainer Listing is offline   Reply With Quote
Old January 30th, 2010, 05:13 PM   #3
Major Player
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Sutton, Australia
Posts: 328
duplicate post and it won't let me delete it
Rainer Listing is offline   Reply With Quote
Old January 31st, 2010, 09:20 PM   #4
Tourist
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: San Diego, CA
Posts: 2
Rainer,

Thanks for your quick reply. I uploaded a short clip showing the pink dot:
I was told the UV filter would reduce haze and result in better picture quality. I take it that's not your experience? I will try another sunset without the filter and see what happens.

Thanks for the tips re focus...I have a lot to learn. I guess I'll use the dial for another function. Why do you prefer AF over IAF?
Chris Duerr is offline   Reply
Reply

DV Info Net refers all where-to-buy and where-to-rent questions exclusively to these trusted full line dealers and rental houses...

Professional Video
(800) 833-4801
Portland, OR

B&H Photo Video
(866) 521-7381
New York, NY

Z.G.C.
(973) 335-4460
Mountain Lakes, NJ

Abel Cine Tech
(888) 700-4416
N.Y. NY & L.A. CA

Precision Camera
(800) 677-1023
Austin, TX

DV Info Net also encourages you to support local businesses and buy from an authorized dealer in your neighborhood.
  You are here: DV Info Net > Canon EOS / MXF / AVCHD / HDV / DV Camera Systems > Canon XA and VIXIA Series AVCHD Camcorders > Canon VIXIA Series AVCHD and HDV Camcorders

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

 



Google
 

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 11:48 AM.


DV Info Net -- Real Names, Real People, Real Info!
1998-2017 The Digital Video Information Network