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Old December 6th, 2007, 12:33 PM   #1
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I just received and watched the "Ultimate Guide XL2" DVD,
but still have a question:
It's about the position preset on the 20x lens.
Suppose you use the focus-option
1) You focus on a subject far away, then move the "on-set"button to set.
2) You focus on another object closer.
The to get the focus to the point set before, I have to use the "on-set"button,
and move that to On.
But this goes very fast, and on the DVD it shows it can be done slow to.
Same thing with the zoom.
When I use my Manfrotto lanc controler, the focus as wel as the zoom go behind the set-point.
Same with both zoom rockers.
When I use the "on-set"button it goes to fast for me,
and the camera always moves alittle, by touching the lens.
The DVD does not explain that to me.
The XL2 manual neather.
Can somebody else explain it to a Dutchman?
How do I use this better, I like the possibility on the cam so much!
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Old December 6th, 2007, 12:40 PM   #2
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When I use the "on-set"button it goes to fast for me,
Menu > Camera Setup > F Speed Pset > Low.

Although many people agree that even the "low" setting is still too fast.

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and the camera always moves alittle, by touching the lens.
It's an unfortunate consequence which severely limits the usefulness of this feature.
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Old December 6th, 2007, 01:25 PM   #3
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How would the world look like without you, Chris? Thanks again!

"Although many people agree that even the "low" setting is still too fast."
I just tried, and yes, it's still much too fast. Faster then shown on the DVD...

"It's an unfortunate consequence which severely limits the usefulness of this feature."
That's a pitty, I liked it so much.

Sorry I quote this way, I don't see a "Quote" button.

Ah, Now I saw the button..,
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Old December 8th, 2007, 02:24 PM   #4
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I agree with what Chris said, though the position presets can still be useful if you find yourself needing to return to some exact focal plane or focal length between shots, when the tape isn't rolling. It's not a situation that occurs every day, but every now and then it does come in handy.
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