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Old December 19th, 2004, 08:53 PM   #1
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16x/20x/3x Lens Question!

Hi,

I'm considering upgrading to the XL2. I currently have a 2nd hand XL1 (not the XL1s), with the FIRST 16x lens (NOT the IS II), and I am wondering.

How big is the difference between the 20x and the FIRST 16x? Is there a massive improvement?

I am definitely getting the 3x wide lens, so if the 20x is not a significant improvement, I'll get the XL2 body only plus the 3x lens, and I'll end up with the old 16x lens and the 3x.

What do you think? (keep in mind that the 16x I have is the first one, not the one with the XL1S)

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Dennis
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Old December 20th, 2004, 02:07 AM   #2
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Hey guys, I sorry, I did a bit of searching and found the answer in some previous posts. My bad.

I've made the decision to stay with my XL1 and use a bit more out of it first - I figure, since I'm mainly using this camera to learn, an XL2 is not gonna give me more to learn, but give me a few grand LESS. Instead, I'm going to purchase the 3x lens and continue guerilla-filmmaking with my good ol' XL1.

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Old December 20th, 2004, 10:25 AM   #3
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I think you're right. With that extra money you can buy lenses, or lighting equipment or a external mic or something (assuming you would not already have these things)

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Old December 20th, 2004, 01:05 PM   #4
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Hi Mathieu,

That's true. I think I got excited over the 'XL2 buzz' for a second there. I'm currently doing an upgrade on audio equipment, later some lighting stuff, then hopefully a NLE system upgrade later on too.

Either way, I figure, unless I'm REALLY transferring my little 'short films' to actual film, there's not much point in me getting a 24P/25P AND true 16:9 camera... it might look nicer, but I bet better sound and better lighting can improve a film even more (and I'll actually be learning new skills which are transferrable no matter what camera I use).

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