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Old May 6th, 2009, 02:57 AM   #16
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Just to add to Tripp's note on differences - not only are the optics the same, but the CCD/image processor setup is the same.
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Old May 6th, 2009, 10:00 PM   #17
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David... No actual Alzheimer's yet. Just perceived.
Glad to hear it's not an actual diagnosis, Tripp. I'm on Gingko Biloba myself. Seems to help with the short term fade.

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- Can zoom and focus manually (probably the biggest deal)
That is a decent upgrade, although not necessarily useful for my application. Using my PD170, I've shot exclusively in Infinity mode. I can't speak for the XH A1s (yet), but the PD100a and the PD170 AF can't even come close to solving the mutable light of the immediate storm environment. The AF does its best to keep stride, but invariably produces blurry results. Does the XH A1s have an Infinity manual mode, or something equivalent to it?

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Too bad you missed at B&H. Their offer on the A1s is pretty good. If you can't find an A1, I'd pull the trigger on it.
Yeah, I'm a little put out with myself for waiting too long to take advantage of what minimal stock they apparently had left. I'm not otherwise having much luck at tracking down an A1. An outfit called Zoomania has it listed as 'in stock' for $2849. I'm pretty sure, however, that they're a gray market bait-and-switch operation. Not gonna do it. Wouldn't be prudent. A thousand points of light . . . :)

Think I'm going to lock into an A1s from B&H. They're now down to $3399, which seems pretty reasonable. With the savings from the previous quote they gave me, I'll pick up a Tiffen UV/Polarizer Twin Pack.

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BTW... Noa's right. You can turn a phrase with the best of them. Me... I write like English is my second language and I was born in the US! Maybe it is setting in for real. (grin)
Thanks, Tripp. As for your wordsmithing abilities . . . you're being humble. I'm not the only one able to wax eloquent around here. :) I hear New Hampshire is known to turn out a capable scrivener here and there.
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Old May 7th, 2009, 02:58 AM   #18
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Does the XH A1s have an Infinity manual mode, or something equivalent to it?
It has full manual focus
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Old May 7th, 2009, 05:13 AM   #19
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I would say that, overall, handheld filming is a mode of necessity about 60 or 65% of the time. That said, do you feel the XH A1s is still a logical choice?
In that case i would be very careful using presets, definitely experiment with them before you use them. Like I said before, some presets tuned for dark environments produce ghosting and then you might be better of filming without any preset. Also I don't have any experience filming in circumstances you will encounter so it's difficult to give advise on that and i think a dark reception at a wedding can't be compared. :)

Another thing about the manual focus of the xh-a1; I also own a dvx100b and that one is way better on precise manual focusing. The xh-a1 is quite difficult to get the focus right, especially if you are working with the lcd screen which is also much too small.
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Old May 7th, 2009, 05:18 AM   #20
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The xh-a1 is quite difficult to get the focus right, especially if you are working with the lcd screen which is also much too small.
Speaking personally, I wouldn't want to get so close to a storm that I needed to focus at anything other than infinity :-)
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Old May 7th, 2009, 05:47 AM   #21
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Does the XH A1s have an Infinity manual mode, or something equivalent to it?
Actually, in addition to full manual mode, you can preset a desired focus distance and recall it by hitting a single button.

Be careful this. With HD, focus is more critical than SD and if you focus all the way out you'll want to be shooting the moon or something that distant. Presetting to what the camera will indicate as "infinity+" will likely be too far away unless you are 1/2 mile away from the storm. Infinity is probably a better choice. You'll know what I mean when you get the camera.

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I hear New Hampshire is known to turn out a capable scrivener here and there.
Been known to happen. Sadly, none of them work for the local newspaper. (grin)
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