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Old October 31st, 2004, 02:17 PM   #46
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Canon 3x Wide

Can anyone tell me the weigth of the Canon 3x Wide. Canon does not give that information on the company's website.
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Old October 31st, 2004, 04:16 PM   #47
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See the 16x manual lens review page for comparative specs, Anders.
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Old November 1st, 2004, 06:19 AM   #48
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I don't lnow the excact weight, but it feels the same as the 16x.
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Old November 1st, 2004, 07:04 AM   #49
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The Canon 3X lens weighs 670 grams or almost 1.5 lbs. The weight is listed in Ken's excellent lens comparison article.
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Old November 6th, 2004, 11:39 PM   #50
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I agree with Jay. It is a fantastic lens.
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Old November 7th, 2004, 08:35 AM   #51
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The following has been said numerous times on the boards in one
way or another. The issue with the 3x lens being soft on the XL1(S)
was probably due to the relative low resolution on the camera.

The XL2 has a much higher resolution and can resolve much more
detail (which a wide angle view usually seems to have). I've never
heard anyone describe the 3x lens being soft on the XL2.
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Old November 8th, 2004, 09:16 AM   #52
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Can I get by with just 3X Wide Angle?

Doing mostly dramatic shorts with the XL2...Do you think I can get away with just using the 3X WA. Trying to keep the XL2 as small as possible. Besides DOF issues, do you think the zoom range can cover a majority of my shots or will I be wishing I had that 16X? Again, this is for dramatic work.
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Old November 8th, 2004, 09:38 AM   #53
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There's not a lot of difference in *size* between an XL2 equipped with any of the XL-series lenses.
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I'm using the 3x on my XL2. There is little difference between this lens and the 20x, in terms of optical quality. I like the auto-stabilization on the 20x that I don't get with the 3x. The 3x is approximately 1/2 inch shorter. Not much difference. In fact, with an eyepiece extender on the viewfinder, it sticks out further than the 3x lens. BTW, the eyepiece extender REALLY helps balance tha camera much better on my shoulder.
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Old November 8th, 2004, 10:07 AM   #55
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what eyepiece extender are you refering to?
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Old November 8th, 2004, 10:16 AM   #56
 
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see bottom of this page:
http://www.amechad.com/profeel/xl2.htm
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Old November 8th, 2004, 10:32 AM   #57
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Also, check out this article for more info, Greg.

Bill, do you think you could post a photo of this item with the XL2?
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Old November 22nd, 2004, 04:05 PM   #58
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STILL WONDERING

Trying to discern an answer to the original question, would it be feasible to go with just the wide-angle lens? I'm going to be buying an XL2 for shooting dramatic narratives, many times using small interiors for my locations. As I would like to get close to my actors in these situations, I'm wondering about getting the body-only package with the wide-angle lens (as I can't afford the standard package and an additional lens). But, like Ed, I'm wondering if this a bad idea. Will I be missing the auto-stabilization of the 20x in hand-held situations? Obviously, at some point when I could afford it, I'd buy another lens (though, I'd probably consider the manual one).

Unlike Ed, I'm not concerned about how any of this affects the size of the camera. Any input is greatly appreciated!
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Old November 23rd, 2004, 07:57 PM   #59
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hi brandon,

check this article out:
http://www.dvinfo.net/canonxl2/articles/article10.php

i think chris has done a tremendously awesome job in displaying the differences between each lens's zoom capabilities. from that i think you can decide. if you really don't need any long-shots for dramatic shorts then 3x will do fine.
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Old November 25th, 2004, 08:01 PM   #60
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3x wide angle lens confusion

I bought the 3x wide angle a couple of days ago, and am confused...( just recently learning how to shoot in manual).

1. I was taught to focus (with the 20x lens) by first zooming all the way in, focusing, then pulling back to where I want. Then my subject would be in correct focus.

2. I tried this with the 3x.First zoom in and focus, But when I zoom out, the focus is not the same on the same object. Is this the way the lens is supposed to work, or is it faulty?

3. Another thing I noticed was that outside in daylight, I couldn't even get the focus to change, but once I went inside the house and had to open up the iris, then focus worked.

I did a search on th 3x and read lots of posts, but I'm still confused. Any feedack would be appreciated.

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