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Old July 30th, 2011, 04:46 PM   #1
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My xf100 just arrived today!

So I have been using a canon xh a1 for several years
and decided to upgrade. I was deciding between the
xf300 vs the xf100. I went with the xf100 to save a little $$$
especially since I am an advanced user but video is not my
full time job.

My first worry is this camera is so small compared to the xh a1 I didn't get
to try one before I bought one. So I was very surprised on how small and light the
camera is!

I am hoping the video quality will be at least as good as the xh a1 with the advantage
of digital media

I will keep people posted
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Old July 30th, 2011, 05:20 PM   #2
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Re: My xf100 just arrived today!

Hi Richard,
Congrats on your new camera & wishing you years of happy shooting!

Also just jumped in & playing with my XF100 for the first time today. This is a big upgrade from a 7D.

Special thanks to everyone that has posted on this forum, it's helped me make this decision and I've learned a lot about how to set it up.

Shot some test footage, but the Canon Utility can't see anything on the card. Not sure if this is because my card reader does not have UDMA compatible printed on it, so presume it's not. Using Sandisk Extreme 32G cards. We'll get a USB3 reader and see. Am I right on this anyone? Thanks.

Regards,
Doug.

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Old July 30th, 2011, 08:51 PM   #3
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Re: My xf100 just arrived today!

Richard, I think your chin is gonna hit the floor if you're used to seeing hdv from the a1. The 50mbs full 1920x1080 progressive is in a very different league. I have used the 105 a few times and its better than many of the larger cameras out there. Cuts seamlessly with my 300.

As for the card reader, I use a sandisk fw800 reader which works perfectly. You should be transferring the data off the card before trying to view or converting it. Plenty of threads on workflow so I won't go into it not knowing what edit rig you have.

Enjoy your 100 and prepare to be blown away by the image coming from it!
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Old July 31st, 2011, 02:08 PM   #4
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Re: My xf100 just arrived today!

I too moved from the XH A1 to the XF100. Canon lent me one just before they were put on sale and my first opinion when I got to handle it was "It's a toy", but it truly is an amazing bit of kit, within a day or two I'd decided to buy one. I'm about to sell mine to move on to the XF300/305 purely for the extra zoom but if you don't need that there really is no better camera. As a side note, I knew I'd made the right camera choice when I'd shot some Alice Cooper footage in a darkened venue, (which I thought would come out quite poorly), I locked the gain at a max of 6 throughout and when I returned to the office and started editing one of my producers walked past and asked me who had given me an EPK..... Enough said? Happy shooting Sir
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Old August 1st, 2011, 02:24 AM   #5
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We have both an XF105 & an XF305 & I am not sure that we would ever have bought the larger if the smaller had been on the market first. The difference in video quality is indistinguishable. The XF305 does have the 18X zoom lens but there is little else that we miss when using the baby. In my hands the XA10 which uses the same chip also has XLR audio but records to AVCHD is too tiny. The XF305 is pretty bulky in comparison although lighter weight than you might imagine if you are used to an XH-A1.
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Old August 1st, 2011, 09:49 PM   #6
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Re: My xf100 just arrived today!

so far so good there is a lot there under the hood!
has anyone made any cool pesetas yet?
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