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Old September 27th, 2006, 02:47 PM   #1
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Servo Zoom and focus?

So is this camera going to have the servo driven zoom and focus like the XL2?

That truly may make the difference for me between this and the HVX200.
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Old September 27th, 2006, 05:32 PM   #2
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Is the HVX zoom non-servo assisted?
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Old September 27th, 2006, 10:13 PM   #3
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Good question.

I believe that the HVX has distance markings on the lens and that you can rack the focus and zoom to a particular place reliably. In the XL's, the lens move with relation to the rings, but not an absolute relation and you can't reliably rack to one place or another.

Am I right about the HVX? Or no?
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Old September 28th, 2006, 08:04 AM   #4
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There are not markings on the lens barrel and there are not hard stops either. The focus distance is presented on the LCD or EVF like the XL-H1. The focus ring is "free" spinning but from my experience it is very repeatable. Some people love it in comparison to canons servos. It definitely feels different than a real manual focus lens.

I found it takes much too long of a turn to get from one end of the range to the other on the HVX/DVX lenses. You'd have to try the HVX to see if you like it. It is definitely looser than the XL series but that is not neccesarily a good thing.
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