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Old March 27th, 2008, 08:43 AM   #31
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I tried one of those $29 Digital Concepts lancs. ....

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$29 dollars?? Any idea where you can get these? I can only find reference to a few tripods that have them attached on amazon - can it actually be removed and used without?

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Old March 27th, 2008, 09:40 AM   #32
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By the design in the picture Trish, it has a clamping knob...
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Old March 28th, 2008, 01:32 AM   #33
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Hi Trish.... Some camera stores have this lanc listed up to $75. They do sell a combo tripod/lanc too. However there a few camera dealers on ebay that have the lanc itself, factory sealed, listed from $28.95 to $65.00. just type in lanc in search. One store listed it as XH-A1 compatible. It shows up on amazon as $31.89

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Old October 13th, 2008, 07:24 AM   #34
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Uk?

Okay, so any ideas if they're available in the UK anywhere? B&H have 'em but the postage is $50!
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Old October 13th, 2008, 06:22 PM   #35
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I got one off ebay - seems to work okay. The zoom has a 'click' which is annoying and is picked up on the mike - there is no IAF. for the price I think it's fine.

I was actually wondering about mounting a cable on to the camera (XH-A1). remember the old shutter cable for a 35mm SLR? - if you could mount a screw attachment over the IAF button and attach a cable - you'd have a remote for the AIF.

just a thought - I'm not game to try it.
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Old October 14th, 2008, 04:12 AM   #36
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The click is not a problem as it'll be for on a jib. I'm interested as it's so cheap and has focus buttons - not for 'live' focussing, but once it's up on the jib it's nice to be able to tell the autofocus what I'm interested in if it's got it wrong.

I couldn't find it on ebay when I looked, but I'll have another trawl through - thanks for your help!
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Old October 14th, 2008, 06:02 AM   #37
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Bright new LANC remote controller for Sony Canon Camera - eBay, Other Accessories, Video Camera Accessories, Cameras. (end time 23-Oct-08 17:01:30 AEST)
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Old October 14th, 2008, 09:08 AM   #38
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Thanks! I realise now that it's because I was using ebay.co.uk not ebay.com - the UK site has nothing it seems.

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Old October 15th, 2008, 09:17 PM   #39
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Boy, I can't find where to plug the LANC on my XHA1!!?
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Old October 15th, 2008, 09:58 PM   #40
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Just to the left of the record button is a plastic flap that has the lanc connection behind it. I'm petty sure it's the top one from memory.

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Old October 16th, 2008, 11:34 AM   #41
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Life just got easier...

Thanks to this thread I ordered the Digital Concepts LANCS from Amazon on Monday and received it today. This is going to make shooting video a lot easier.

I tried it out and all of the controls work perfectly. I haven't tried the "photo" button yet, I normally don't use that function anyway. But for $29, this is probally the best bargain I have found in a long time.
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Old October 16th, 2008, 03:18 PM   #42
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That's a bargain

Man if knew about these Lancs 2 months ago I could have saved $400. Crap!
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Old October 18th, 2008, 09:52 AM   #43
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1. Which LANCs work with focus with the A1?
2. And if they work with focus control is there a speed adjustment or is it a touch sensitive rocker for the focus control buttons, or is it only one dedicated speed, and if so, what speed - creepy slow or kind of quick??
3. And, is there a specific button dedicated to IAF and does it work well (i.e. doesn't self engage or run a 30 second search party)?
The Varizoom VZ-Rock works fine with the A1. The focus control is a fixed speed rocker switch and works at a useable moderate speed. No IAF.
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Old October 19th, 2008, 12:25 PM   #44
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Lanc Controller

The newer version of Varizoom Stealth Lanc Controller (LX) has an Auto Focus on and off selection.

Varizoom VZ Stealth LX for LANC compatible camcorders

Easy to use and offering the complete range of LANC features, the Stealth-LX shares the compact, versatile design of the Stealth, but with three extra features: Autofocus On/Off, Data On/Off and Tape Search.

The LX version of the Stealth has three additional features: Data, Autofocus, and Tape Search. A stylish, lightweight body houses our improved, second-generation proprietary electronics. The pressure-sensitive 'throttle' control allows you to ease into zooms in either direction, hold a steady speed, or instantly accelerate into a 'crash' zoom. The Stealth is completely intuitive and smooth, requiring no setup, power, or operator skill. This unique miniature control offers unmatched convenience, value, and performance.

Throttle provides variable-speed zoom control
Dedicated "rocker style" focus button
Low profile record/pause button
Power On/Off button for toggling camera into or out of standby mode
Switch between auto and manual focus with the 'A' button
Toggle onscreen information (tape time, settings) on and off with 'Data' button
Review taped footage with F+ and F- (edit search)
LED light indicates recording
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Old October 19th, 2008, 03:14 PM   #45
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$29 dollars?? Any idea where you can get these? I can only find reference to a few tripods that have them attached on amazon - can it actually be removed and used without?

Trish
They are all over Ebay not high end but.....pretty good for the price!
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