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Old January 17th, 2014, 04:36 PM   #31
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Re: Making the move, possibly?

I looked through the menu, and maybe I missed it, but is there a way to illuminate the side panel? I do a lot of low light work.
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Old January 18th, 2014, 11:08 AM   #32
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By demo unit, do you mean you have one to play with for a short time, or you bought one?
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Old January 18th, 2014, 11:32 AM   #33
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By demo unit, do you mean you have one to play with for a short time, or you bought one?
I have one to play with for a short time.
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Old January 18th, 2014, 12:09 PM   #34
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I looked through the menu, and maybe I missed it, but is there a way to illuminate the side panel? I do a lot of low light work.
If you mean the left side LCD panels, no, I don't believe there is. It does not say so in the manual. I usually use either my iPhone or carry a little pocket flashlight.

By the way, you should download the manual. It's online. I carry a copy in my iPad, and my iPhone.
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Old January 18th, 2014, 02:50 PM   #35
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If you mean the left side LCD panels, no, I don't believe there is. It does not say so in the manual. I usually use either my iPhone or carry a little pocket flashlight.

By the way, you should download the manual. It's online. I carry a copy in my iPad, and my iPhone.
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I looked at the manual, did a Google, but thought I missed it. That's a little silly not to illuminate it.
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Old January 18th, 2014, 05:28 PM   #36
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Looking at the list of media,
Canon XF300 Professional Camcorder 4457B001 B&H Photo Video
It's odd that Lexar's showing doesn't work in slomo. I went to the Canon site and some of the recommended media is discontinued. I'll probably buy 8 32gb cards.
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Old January 19th, 2014, 03:31 AM   #37
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Illuminating the Side Panel. Nothing in the Manual. VF and LCD yes, Side Panel no.

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Old January 19th, 2014, 03:18 PM   #38
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Illuminating the Side Panel. Nothing in the Manual. VF and LCD yes, Side Panel no.

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Old January 21st, 2014, 04:53 PM   #39
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Update;

So far, the testing of the Canon XF300 has been a great success. The only 'head scratching' issues are the side panel not illuminating. Heck I have a crappy still camera that does that. heh. Also, with my steadicam work, that flip out lcd is going to be an adjustment. I've flown a Sony V1u for 7 years or so, and that flat/flip lcd was a life saver considering the lack of stature the steadicam stock lcd has.

Also, the Canon dude has been amazing to work with. The Sony professional people have been a complete failure. I contacted all three Sony Professional reps in Virginia, and none of them even bothered to contact me back, ever.. Then I contacted Sony in general, and it took more than a week for me to hear from them and all they did was give me a local distributor.

So other than some adjustments I've got to make in my workflow. I'm pretty sure the XF300 is going to be the deal.


The Canon rep below has been great to work with. He told me I could give out his name and email.

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Old January 21st, 2014, 07:54 PM   #40
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For what it's worth, here is a simple test using full auto mode. The first shot is my Sony V1u, the second is my Sony Z1u, the third is the Canon XF300 on it's lower setting and the fourth is on the highest setting. I though it interesting that the V1u had the best zoom. But again, this was just a quick test, nothing crazy.

https://plus.google.com/114460388138...ts/XnhRLorFD8n
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Old March 6th, 2014, 06:00 PM   #41
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Well the twins came this week. Two XF300s from Adorama. I'm pretty happy so far. As mentioned before, i'll have to get used to flying with an lcd out, but I'll live. Taking the step to tapeless doesn't bother me as much because I've used my Nikon D800s and that's gone well.

I picked up batteries, Lexar cards, and two microphones that were recommended for the XF300 but still doesn't fit the diameter of the mic holder lol.

Thanks again for all the input.

Time to sell my two Sony V1us.
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Old March 8th, 2014, 10:13 AM   #42
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Steven, congratulations. You made a wise decision. I have had mine for a couple of years and I am still amazed at the quality of video I get out of it. Go to the Under Water Over Land forum and look at the video I shot in Alaska using the Canon XF300. Enjoy your new toys. Bob
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Old March 8th, 2014, 11:30 PM   #43
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Steven, congratulations. You made a wise decision. I have had mine for a couple of years and I am still amazed at the quality of video I get out of it. Go to the Under Water Over Land forum and look at the video I shot in Alaska using the Canon XF300. Enjoy your new toys. Bob
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Old March 16th, 2014, 10:47 PM   #44
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Congrats on making the move. I have been using my 305 heavily this week for the first time in a while and it continues to amaze me. I don't know where I would be without the built in wave form monitor.
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