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Canon XH Series HDV Camcorders
Canon XH G1S / G1 (with SDI), Canon XH A1S / A1 (without SDI).


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Old May 2nd, 2007, 10:26 AM   #196
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Check that manual. That door comes off.
I tried to pull it off with a screwdriver and hammer... No luck... Just kidding... I don't believe it is suppose to be removed...
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Old May 3rd, 2007, 01:54 AM   #197
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elipz with XL-1

I just got the Anton Bauer system for my XL-1. I had a belt mounted Bescor battery that gave decent battery life (maybe 3-4 hours) but it weighed a tonne.
Anyway, I have been using the elipz for the past three days and have been very pleased with it. Now admittedly the XL-1 is a heavier and possibly more power hungry beast than the XH-A1, but the battery pack itself is very lightweight and I didn't feel that it added any weight to the overall rig.
I also really like the fact that I just don't need to worry about running out of juice. As is the case with all external batteries I've used, you lose the battery meter function in the camera and there's no real level indicator on the battery pack itself other than a "have charge" light - I would prefer a Mac-style battery meter on the battery.
The other advantage is being able to run the elipz on-camera light at the same time with no additional battery. The biggest issue I found is that the system uses a stacking power connector and the connector for the light is quite lose. Unfortunately, this has to go in before the camera's dummy battery connector and I found myself unplugging everything inadvertently on a couple of occasions. This is nothing that can't be solved by velcro tape or gaffer tape, but it is in my opinion a design flaw. Power connectors should really be locking.
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Old May 12th, 2007, 02:07 AM   #198
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Silly Battery question

I am about to purchase an XH A1 as I have sold one of my XL2 cams, I just wondered if someone could tell me if my XL2 batteries will work with the XH A1. What model comes with the A1? Are they interchangeable with the XL2? Thanks.J
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Old May 12th, 2007, 02:56 AM   #199
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The A1 runs on a BP-930G/950G/970G, as does (I believe) the XL2.
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Old May 12th, 2007, 03:15 AM   #200
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I kept my 2 spare batteries when I sold off my XL2, and am using them with the A1. And the charger that comes with the A1 is the same part number as the XL2 charger.

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Old May 12th, 2007, 01:46 PM   #201
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Note that some third party batteries, e.g., some Lenmar LIC 941, may be a very tight fit in the XJ A1 battery compartment, requiring some gaffer tape to pull it out.
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Old May 12th, 2007, 04:14 PM   #202
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Thanks for the replies. J
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Old May 12th, 2007, 06:12 PM   #203
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The battery, BP941, from my older GL-1 also slips right in and works fine with my A1. The reason that I tried it was because it looked identical to the extra Li-ion battery that I purchased with my new camera.

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Old May 13th, 2007, 12:58 AM   #204
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Aftermarket battery warning

I purchased a 6000mAh aftermarket battery (price was too good to pass up), and thanks to this forum, I knew ahead of time that it would be a tough fit. What I did BEFORE inserting the battery, was to put some thin 'Scotch' type tape across the top and the rear, attaching them so that they create an artificial 'pull-tab' at the rear of the battery. I don't believe it will last a long time, but it makes the battery removal much less stressful. I'm thinking of gluing some sort of pull tab on the back that would fold (so as not to interfere with the battery door). Anyone have other suggestions?
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Old May 13th, 2007, 03:04 AM   #205
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Oren, the scotch tape bit won't last. I did that in the beginning until it just couldn't cut it anymore.

Use a good quality gaffer tape (not duct tape). See pic below.

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Old May 16th, 2007, 08:52 AM   #206
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On camera light that accepts XH-A1 batteries?

Hello Experts!

I wonder if this LED lights takes the same batteries as XH-A1? If not, Swit, or any other light manufacturer, please design one, there is a market!

Kind regards Erik

http://www.swit.co.uk/index.php?cPat...d9354afe7a1808

"S-2010C For Canon Camcorders

S-2010C On Camera LED DV Light for use with Swit S-8945 Batteries and Canon BP Style batteries.
For use with Canon XL1, XL2 and XLH1 Camcorders. Includes the S-7200C Canon Style Battery Mount Adapter."
264.38 inc VAT
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Old May 16th, 2007, 09:39 AM   #207
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You'll pay a good deal more for them, but the Litepanels DV Camera Lite Kit allows for the use of Canon batteries.

I just got 2 VidLed Deluxe lights and while they don't use Canon batteries (they have internal batteries) I am more than happy with them. Besides the addition of the Canon battery would only add weight and that kind of defeats the purpose of the A1.
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Old May 16th, 2007, 10:42 AM   #208
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I have the Swit LED S2010 with my A1. Excellent choice. It includes a special device for the A1s battery.

Anyway you will have to check where to handle it (it includes a clamp to attach it to a tripod or camera grip and a thread that i use to attach it to the Multirig).

The battery adds a little weight to the camera, but anyway with the Canon wide angle converter the A1 becomes a difficult camera to use handheld. Thats why i have a Multirig Pro stabilizer. Problem solved!
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Old May 16th, 2007, 01:10 PM   #209
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Varizoom ~ SWIT

We reviewed the Varizoom S2000-series LED lights some time ago, I understand they are made by SWIT (same kit, different logo). I love 'em. I have two of the LED kits with Sony battery adapters. Options include Sony, Canon, JVC, or Panasonic battery adapters. Or a simple power tap.

You can get them at B&H for under $380.
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Old May 22nd, 2007, 07:51 PM   #210
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Lenmar LIC941 Battery Stuck in my A1...

Hello,

I just purchased the Lenmar LIC941 battery. It slid right into the A1 but now doesn't want to come back out. Any suggestions? Is this battery really not intended for this camera?
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