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Old July 13th, 2008, 09:31 AM   #16
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Dust in the Wind
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Old July 13th, 2008, 12:46 PM   #17
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Funny... someone told me recently that there's a lot of dust on my A1... thanks to you maybe i'll find a minute to clean it up :-) and i've finally decided on buying UV filter :-).
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Old July 13th, 2008, 02:15 PM   #18
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Wow.
Excellent shots, I'm sure the A1 will live to shoot another day.
The wide angle recap shot from the side showing the A1's location amidst the raining dust was amazing.
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Old July 13th, 2008, 02:46 PM   #19
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Awesome shot! Next time, I'd suggest protecting it with some Camera Body Armor from Portabrace (CBA-XHAG1) and it would be no worse for wear!
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Old July 13th, 2008, 04:12 PM   #20
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And keep a spare UV filter handy in case you scratch the existing one when trying to clean off the dust!
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Old July 13th, 2008, 05:18 PM   #21
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Would it be insensitive for me to ask what preset you used :) . Footage looked great though.
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Old July 13th, 2008, 07:20 PM   #22
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Now THAT was some dynomite footage!
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Old July 13th, 2008, 11:44 PM   #23
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I think it should have survived just fine... Watch dirty jobs... They put there Z1U's through some serious crap... (No punn intended..)
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Old July 14th, 2008, 12:15 AM   #24
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Hey everyone,

Thanks heaps for all the comments and the great title suggestions. I'll try to answer most people's questions ....

In terms of damage, my thoughts are that the camera is a write-off. It's not just dust but dirt, grit and acidic chemicals used in the explosion that are in every crack and crevice of the camera. I would think the camera would have to be stripped bare and every inch of it cleaned - even then it'd be tough to trust it for future work. Check out the photos attached to this post.

The function wheel is almost impossible to turn plus all the rings (focus, zoom, iris) crunch a bit when used.

It still seems to work - i.e. turn on - but I'm not wanting to mess with it too much until I sort out the insurance side of things.

Regarding protection for the camera ... filming the blast was a last minute thing that wasn't planned for so there wasn't much we could do .... and we didn't really think it would be that bad. We were also about 10 hours from home in the middle of nowhere with no nearby camera shops ;) The UV filter most definitely saved the lens I'd say - if it can be taken off without scratching the lens.

Safety-wise, only the cameras were allowed within the blast exclusion zone. Everyone else was at least 1km away from the blast. I watched the mushroom cloud come over the horizon from my position.

Technically .... No preset used, all raw from the cameras. Auto sound levels with some limiting in post so as to not blow up people's speakers. AGC was turned off - gain set to -3db.

Here's a list of all the title suggestions so far ... feel free to add more:

"from dust till dawn"
"Did you just fart.....?"
"Mint XH A1 - Low Hours - Never Used for Capture"
"Have'n a blast with my new XH A1"
"Done blowed up!"
"Ka-blammo!"
"Canon XHA1... it's da bomb!"
"Real man's camera - not for wusses."
"The A1 really rocks!"
"Dust in the Wind"
"Now THAT was some dynomite footage!"
"Another One Bites the Dust"
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Old July 14th, 2008, 01:45 AM   #25
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Hey Matthew...........

The one on the left sort of looks like mine after sitting around for a few weeks, cleans up real good wth a half hour of industrious vacuuming and brushing.

My rarely used XL1s looks heaps worse and still works like a charm.

Don't be too quick to write it off (unless the insurance company is willing to play ball and replace it with a new one).

Camera abuse?

Nah, benign neglect, coupled with complete indolence.


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Old July 14th, 2008, 03:16 AM   #26
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That's a lot of effort to make a camera looked aged :P just kidn!.

Wondering what was going through your mind watching your cam disappear in the dust?
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Old July 14th, 2008, 11:10 PM   #27
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That's a lot of effort to make a camera looked aged :P just kidn!.

Wondering what was going through your mind watching your cam disappear in the dust?
Yep, hours and hours in Photoshop to achieve that ;)

What was going through my head ....? Well, initially as I felt the ground shake from the blast, felt the air move and watched the mushroom cloud billowing over the horizon I was thinking "Oh man, that's cool".

After a moment it was ... "Oh man ... my camera is right in the middle of that mushroom cloud ... and there's nothing I can do about it. As long as the tape survives it won't be for nothing."

I think that's about it :)
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Old July 15th, 2008, 11:52 AM   #28
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I think in advertising it for sale you need to just be careful were you put comma's and full-stops etc:

Canon XH - A1 condition, fair offers considered

or is it...

Canon XH-A1. Condition fair, offers considered


The Canon XH-A1 - it's a blast!
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Old July 15th, 2008, 12:12 PM   #29
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I think in advertising it for sale you need to just be careful were you put comma's and full-stops etc:

Canon XH - A1 condition, fair offers considered

or is it...

Canon XH-A1. Condition fair, offers considered


The Canon XH-A1 - it's a blast!
That's pretty funny... How long were you sitting there coming up with that one? Ha.. Thanks for the laugh...
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Old July 16th, 2008, 12:40 PM   #30
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That was pretty sweet, I'm not gonna lie. Sorry about the camera!
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