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Old July 12th, 2008, 03:24 AM   #1
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Brand New XH-A1 - What Not to Do

Just returned from a shoot in Emerald which is located in Central Queensland, Australia.

My almost brand new (2 or 3 week old) Canon XH-A1 is a little worse-for-wear. I don't want to give too much away so you'll have to watch the video ....

http://www.vimeo.com/1325720

All I can say is "Ouch ...."

Props to whoever can come up with the best title for this .... Mine is:

"2nd Hand Camera For Sale - Hardly Used"

Cheers,

Matthew.
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Old July 12th, 2008, 03:40 AM   #2
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Great video...........

Lousy location.

Heck, just give it a shake and a brush down, be as good as new.

Well, ok, slightly second hand, but hey, use it or lose it!


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Old July 12th, 2008, 03:46 AM   #3
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"from dust till dawn" might be a nice title. Did the camera suffer any damage from this? I can imagine you should get a "cleaning tape" message after this :)
It was nice to see the 20x zoom in action in the beginning though.
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Old July 12th, 2008, 03:58 AM   #4
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How did you get the sound level right? Presumably you couldn't do a sound check beforehand. Or was it just on auto?

Great video!

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Old July 12th, 2008, 04:05 AM   #5
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Bugger................

I missed the "title" bit (when will I learn to read all posts to the end?).

Hmm.......

"Did you just fart.....?"


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Old July 12th, 2008, 04:38 AM   #6
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I would suggest you post it for the grain complainers with a remark to look at
the imagery after the dust settled. Pretty good colours and clarity after such
an abuse. Impressive footage - hope you get it back to life.
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Old July 12th, 2008, 07:14 AM   #7
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Old July 12th, 2008, 09:40 AM   #8
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It should be a lesson to all those who don't believe in using a UV filter for lens protection! My usual problem is slow accumulation of salt from sea spray.
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Old July 12th, 2008, 10:50 AM   #9
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Old July 12th, 2008, 10:58 AM   #10
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Canon!!! Thats what I love about them. They are Built like tanks, does it still work? You may want to send it in for a cleaning. HA
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Old July 12th, 2008, 11:08 AM   #11
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"Done blowed up!", although it might lose something in translation for those not familiar with the southern US racing vernacular. There's always, "Ka-blammo!" but I must give credit to David Hobbs for that one.

To follow up on the camera protection comments, in addition to a clear or UV filter this A1 would have benefited from a full camera cover. Could be either like the Porta-Brace product I think they call something like body armor, or even a simple rain cover.

Doesn't look like your A1 took it too badly, but you might want to spend some quality time with a can of compressed air to get the grit and dust out of the tiny places. You might also want to keep a head cleaning tape nearby.

I'm rather anal about dirt and my A1. I just threw away a brand new tape because I dropped it in a dirt parking lot.
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Old July 12th, 2008, 02:57 PM   #12
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Canon XHA1... it's da bomb! *groan*
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Old July 12th, 2008, 03:19 PM   #13
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I think you need to double-check that cam anyway, the footage was a little grainy. Did you make sure the AGC was turned off?
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Old July 12th, 2008, 03:50 PM   #14
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Personally if I was selling, I'd just spin it. "Real man's camera - not for wusses." I got a couple of hard-headed manly pollacks in my family that would buy it just on that alone. As for me, I'm going to run over and cradle my XH A1 like a baby.
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Old July 12th, 2008, 10:28 PM   #15
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The A1 really rocks!

A good case for using a full rain cover and some foam protection for the on board mic. I'm paranoid about dirt too, it causes tape dropouts. Out on airfields I cover all the switches with black low adhesive tape.

I'm somewhat surprised they let you set up that close. Not the same situation, but years ago in Canberra shrapnel decapitated a young girl watching the old hospital during a *controlled* blow up.

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