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Old January 9th, 2007, 11:54 AM   #1
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A1 in transit

I just got my tracking number, it should be arriving on Thursday (estimate).

I ordered from Chris at ZGC, and have had a great experience thus far. She was great to deal with on the phone, and let me know if I had any problems when the camera arrived to call her she'd take care of it. I don't want to speak too soon since the camera hasn't arrived yet, but I don't expect any problems.

These next two days are going to be long.
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Old January 9th, 2007, 05:47 PM   #2
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My purchase experience with Chris at ZGC was excellent.
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Old January 9th, 2007, 10:39 PM   #3
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You will enjoy this camera which is perhaps the best camera in my stable.

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I just got my tracking number, it should be arriving on Thursday (estimate).

I ordered from Chris at ZGC, and have had a great experience thus far. She was great to deal with on the phone, and let me know if I had any problems when the camera arrived to call her she'd take care of it. I don't want to speak too soon since the camera hasn't arrived yet, but I don't expect any problems.

These next two days are going to be long.
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Old January 10th, 2007, 09:52 AM   #4
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You can download the manual and spend the next two days RTFMing, so you'll be ready when it arrives.
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Old January 10th, 2007, 11:53 AM   #5
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Yes, I work primarily with Chris from ZGC for all of my equipment needs. I love the service they provide. Second to none.
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Old January 10th, 2007, 08:41 PM   #6
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How much did it cost from there? Is there a website someone can give me for this ZGC place? Thanks.
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Old January 10th, 2007, 09:28 PM   #7
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Allan, you can find ZGC here:
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Old January 11th, 2007, 05:54 AM   #8
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Yesterday my XH A1 arrived, I love it. I've been watching for a good HDV camera for about 6 months. I'm happy all the reading of reviews and wait for the XH A1 was worth it :-), especially the clips here on dvinfo persuaded me, this was the camera I needed :-)
Next month I'll get Final Cut Studio, but at the moment first tests in iMovie give superb quality. Only minor point was some grain, but I was in low light. But after uploading the low light preset from dvinfo the grain was considerately less :-)

Will do some outdoors shooting this weeked, but I already love it.
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Old January 11th, 2007, 04:27 PM   #9
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I just ordered an XH-A1 myself from B&H (that $300 price drop ws certianly attractive) as well as a 755 Tripod with 503 head to go with it! It shipped today, so it should be here within 3 days. I can hardly wait for it.

Now I just need to find a good used mic kit (or save up for a new one) and get that sony eyepiece for it!
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Old January 11th, 2007, 04:34 PM   #10
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Old January 11th, 2007, 07:06 PM   #11
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It arrived, and I've been playing with it nonstop. This is a HUGE step up from the GL2. I hooked it up to a 720p HDTV, and it looked amazing, especially since I just tried my GL2 on that same TV a few days ago. I've been joking that the images that come out of the camera look better than the images in real life, and that I want to go around and film everything just so I can see it in high definition. I'm not entirely joking, either. I pumped up the color gain a bit and tweaked a few other options, and the images coming out of the camera are astonishing. I can't wait to get out and make some movies.

Huge thanks to everyone on this forum for swaying me to buy this camera (I was torn between this and the V1 -- while I'm sure the V1 is a great camera, the A1's images appealed more to me and I am not at all dissatisfied with my purchase). I also want to highly recommend ZGC based on my experience. The camera shipped in two days, as estimated, and I was treated very well all throughout my ordering experience. I called back up a few days after I placed my order and decided to get a bag, too, and I was given a good deal on the bag since I ordered the camera with them. Great company, great service.

Now back to playing with the beast.
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Old January 16th, 2007, 02:28 AM   #12
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Nice Head?

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as well as a 755 Tripod with 503 head to go with it!
Hey Byron,

Let us know how that 503 head works with the A1. Nice fit?!?! Smooth enough for 24f shooting?

Thanks,

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Old January 16th, 2007, 06:04 AM   #13
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Hey Byron,

Let us know how that 503 head works with the A1. Nice fit?!?! Smooth enough for 24f shooting?
I'll second that. Thinking about getting one.
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Old January 16th, 2007, 12:26 PM   #14
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Hey Byron,

Let us know how that 503 head works with the A1. Nice fit?!?! Smooth enough for 24f shooting?

Thanks,

Brian

I should have it by today, so this evening I'll give it a try and post a brief review!
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