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Old December 10th, 2011, 01:11 AM   #1
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XF300 Zoom

I was looking at the XF300 today and noticed that the zoom does not appear to be mechanical but run by some kind of a servo, the result being a lag, not a big one, but it seemed dramatically different from my Sony Z7 lens which seems much more precise. I like the camera, but that seemed kind of a deal breaker. Is this a setting issue, or is that the way the camera operates? Any one have experience with this?

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Old December 10th, 2011, 04:55 PM   #2
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Re: XF300 Zoom

I think the "lag" is something you get used to - it isn't very big at all. There are two active zoom controls on the XF300 (well, thrree, but the lens ring and rocker can't be active at the same time). I have the rocker on the handgrip set for faster zooming and the one on top of the camera set for slower, more precise zooming. I think it's pretty cool - but I agree that fly-by-wire takes a bit of getting used to.

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Old December 11th, 2011, 11:31 AM   #3
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Re: XF300 Zoom

If you start the zoom neither fully in or out, there is no lag or take-up...
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Old December 18th, 2011, 11:44 AM   #4
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Have to say I haven't really noticed any lag on mine.
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Old December 27th, 2011, 10:05 PM   #5
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Thanks for the input, guys. Got the XF300. Amazing images. At 50 mbs, they are beautiful, but take up lots of video space. Trying the lower rates now. Any thoughts?
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Old December 28th, 2011, 06:30 AM   #6
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Re: XF300 Zoom

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I guess it depends on what you are shooting, but I would never even consider shooting at lower rates just to save a little storage space. Why buy a very nice camera and then hobble it? Memory cards and hard drives are amazingly cheap these days, so cost should not be a concern. My philosophy is simple: If it's worth shooting, it's worth shooting with the best possible settings your camera is capable of. I have never once come home from a shoot and regretted not shooting with the best settings. :-)
That's my thoughts.

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Old January 1st, 2012, 01:12 PM   #7
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Many thanks, Doug. I agree. Dealing with the larger files seems to provide the same challenge as you have with a 7D but the result will be well worth it.
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