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Old October 30th, 2012, 11:57 AM   #1
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XF 100 for field sports

Hi everyone

I'm looking for my first pro type camcorder to be used mainly for falconry footage and have had my eye on the Xf100 for a while. Obviously some fast paced stuff to keep up with especially Falcons in a full tuck stoop. What's anyones thought's on this camera for this type of use or can you think of something better. The XF100 at present best price I can find of 2,100 is about my budget limit as I'd have to buy at least one fast CF card as well. I have shot 35mm SLR and DSLR for a long time and already own a Canon DSLR but no video mode and need something with a veiwfinder as I would have no chance of keeping any bird of prey in frame on an LCD.

Thanks in advance if anyone can give some advice

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Old October 31st, 2012, 11:47 AM   #2
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Re: XF 100 for field sports

For that specific purpose you may be limited by the restricted zoom capabilities.
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Old October 31st, 2012, 05:12 PM   #3
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Thank you Harm for your reply but to be honest I dont think I could keep my falcon in the frame in a stoop if I was zoomed in to far when hunting. and what about using the 1.5x zoom as well as the 10x optical or later adding the zoom lens add on.

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Old November 1st, 2012, 06:09 AM   #4
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Re: XF 100 for field sports

Mick,

First of all I'm not experienced with falconry, but the few demonstrations I saw is they are really FAST birds, so for the inexperienced falconry videographer the zoom range will probably not be a handicap and indeed you can always add the zoom adapter to extend the range. I would not use the digital zoom, because the image quality is clearly less than without it.

The other thing is that I am not aware of a camera with that quality in the budget range you indicated, that has a better zoom range. The only alternative is the XF300/305 but that is in a completely different price category.
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Old November 1st, 2012, 03:06 PM   #5
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Thanks for that it looks like the XF100 is the one for me then as the 300 and 305 are out of my price range not to mention a bit to big for carrying about with all my hawking gear as well. All shots will have to be handheld Tripods are not an option. Now to just pick a supplier as there are a few with the same price and a price match promise from some as well.

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