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Old July 17th, 2004, 09:30 AM   #1
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Canon XL1s or XL2 / Lens Options /

Hello,

I'm a professional still photographer (Eos 1 Ds and 1DMKII) considering to buy the XL2. I understand that the lens is removable that even EF lenses can be used. The problem is - correct me if I'm wrong - that the 7 times multiplicating factor turn my widest EF lens - a 16mm - into a 100 mm (35 equivalent) and my 200 mm becomes a 1400 mm. Sure it might be useful for shooting birds but I don't see much potential for other appplications (except sometime for portraits).

Well besides the few lenses designed by Canon specifically for the XL2 wich other lenses can be used ? and what would be the benefit in terms of focal range, quality, depth of field ?

Thanks for your input. S.
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Old July 17th, 2004, 10:18 AM   #2
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Hi Simon, welcome to DV Info. The magnification factor you refer to is the same as the 1.3X magnification of "crop factor" on your EOS 1DMKII. The cause is the smaller chips and the XL2 uses a smaller portion of the chip than the XL1 series. Hence the magnification factor is now about 9.6X so the 16mm equals about 150mm. The EOS EF lenses provide superb image quality but are useful only for wildlife, surveillance and astrophotography.
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See my "Guide to XL2 Lens Options."
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Old July 17th, 2004, 03:09 PM   #4
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Does the Ef adapter and an EF lens give the Xl2 a 35mm DOF?
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Old July 17th, 2004, 03:26 PM   #5
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No, DOF is not a function of the lens. You need the P+S Technik Mini35 adapter to achieve 35mm DOF with the XL series of cameras.
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