Canon A1 Focus speed at DVinfo.net

Go Back   DV Info Net > Canon EOS / MXF / AVCHD / HDV / DV Camera Systems > Canon HDV and DV Camera Systems > Canon XH Series HDV Camcorders

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


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old June 8th, 2007, 05:29 PM   #1
Inner Circle
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Rhode Island
Posts: 3,867
Canon A1 Focus speed

Has anyone found a way to slow down the focus ring beyond the Custom Function "Slow" setting? And will a follow focus give more control/slower to the focus by gearing?

I shoot in manual but find with my subject (fast moving boats while I am on a chase boat) make it hard to do the fine adjustments with the focus ring on the camera. One small movement and it is at infinity when they are say 50-300 feet away. So I find myself hitting the IAF to get close then again the focus ring is too sensitive.

It would be nice to have the focus ring go a full turn throught the range instead of 1/4 turn.
__________________
Paul Cronin
www.paulcroninstudios.com
Paul Cronin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old June 8th, 2007, 09:14 PM   #2
Contributor
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Kansas City, MO
Posts: 4,449
If you zoom to focus, as you do with a normal manual lens on a big camera, the slow speed is actually slow. But if you try to follow focus manually when zoomed out wide it seems to be too fast. I've found that it's easier to follow focus on wide using the auto focus button judiciously.
Bill Pryor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old June 9th, 2007, 07:23 AM   #3
Inner Circle
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Rhode Island
Posts: 3,867
Thanks Bill,

I agree if I could zoom in and lock the focus it would help. But most of the time it is too rough to zoom beyond say 20% so I end up doing as you suggested using IAF to grab the focus. Then as both of use move in and out 10-40 feet this is were a fine tuned foucs ring would be excellent.

Shoot again today in the rain on the water so a new problem. I have a EWA rain hood with glass front that will make IAF a problem since it will grab the drops.

Is anyone using a Follow Foucs with the stock A1 lens?
__________________
Paul Cronin
www.paulcroninstudios.com

Last edited by Paul Cronin; June 9th, 2007 at 01:12 PM.
Paul Cronin is offline   Reply
Reply

DV Info Net refers all where-to-buy and where-to-rent questions exclusively to these trusted full line dealers and rental houses...

Professional Video
(800) 833-4801
Portland, OR

B&H Photo Video
(866) 521-7381
New York, NY

Z.G.C.
(973) 335-4460
Mountain Lakes, NJ

Abel Cine Tech
(888) 700-4416
N.Y. NY & L.A. CA

Precision Camera
(800) 677-1023
Austin, TX

DV Info Net also encourages you to support local businesses and buy from an authorized dealer in your neighborhood.
  You are here: DV Info Net > Canon EOS / MXF / AVCHD / HDV / DV Camera Systems > Canon HDV and DV Camera Systems > Canon XH Series HDV Camcorders

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

 



Google
 

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:40 AM.


DV Info Net -- Real Names, Real People, Real Info!
1998-2017 The Digital Video Information Network