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Old August 14th, 2009, 05:32 PM   #16
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So...

All of you who say to set the low gain to -3 are dead wrong??? This guy got great shots with +6 and +12. Please explain.

Anyway, I called Canon and the tech talked me through resetting my camera. It didn't work the first time, but after the 2nd reset my picture started to look good - with a little noise when I boosted the gain. I fired up both my cameras and they matched up. I hope it stays that way.

Now, I'm ready to try some of the presets I've collected on your site. Thanks for the help.

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Old August 15th, 2009, 01:09 AM   #17
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Alex, anyone who suggests -3dB aren't "dead wrong". It's just what works for them and certain scene situations. I use it myself, depending on a scene. You're right that if AGC is on and in an outdoor situation like the still you posted, it shouldn't kick in. Mine doesn't (even though I never use it) and that's the way it is designed to work.

Anyone who is getting noisy images such as yours either has a faulty camera, or is doing something horribly wrong.

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Old August 15th, 2009, 11:01 AM   #18
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I Forgot To Mention

Before we 'Reset' the camera, I did notice it was in the "Cine" preset even though that alone should not have caused all that noise. Anyway, it looks decent now. I'll take it.
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Old August 15th, 2009, 05:15 PM   #19
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Alex I assume you spent a good chunk of money on the camera so why not use it to it's full potential?

Set it to M. AGC off. Gain set to -3. Shutter speed 1/60. Adjust aperture according to how brightly your scene is let. If you still get grainy images either you camera is broken or your monitor is crap.
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Old August 16th, 2009, 01:18 PM   #20
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Reset the camera to 'factory' condition - BEAUTIFUL!

Did a shoot last night. I guess resetting the camera worked. Push a paper clip into a small hole under the LCD screen - next to the speaker. Make sure you feel the detent, hold for 10 seconds. I had to do it twice. I had to re-customize the camera afterwards.

The only other possible culprit was before resetting the camera, I noticed that it was in one of the "CINE" presets, which is designed for shooting in 24f. I had been shooting in 30f and 60i. In my opinion, though, it should not have caused that much noise.
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Old August 17th, 2009, 06:46 AM   #21
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Hi All,
No mention yet has been made of the possible mistake of having the ND filter engaged. I did this once and was mystified why my video looked dreadful till I noticed the problem.

Cheers Alan.
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