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Old January 1st, 2005, 09:13 PM   #1
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Better Value: Body Kit w/16x ISII or Full Kit?

Hi!

I'm looking at a 2nd camera and already have an XL1s.As quoted by the sponsors here on the dvinfo.net community, a XL2 body kit is $3600...about the price of a DVX100a...hmmmmmmmm :P...oops anyhooo, with the full body kit going @ $4300, that seems like quite a steal for a $1500 lens. However, the $700 difference, I figure could be used for other stuff *I'm oogling a firestore FS-4 DTE right now.*

I already have a 16x manual lens for the XL1s, so I can mix and match the manual and 16x ISII on the XL2. I guess the question is to all you lucky XL2 owners is how much value would I be losing without the 20x lens? Is it that much on an improvement over the 16x ISII? Has anyone tried using the 16x ISII with an XL2?

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Old January 2nd, 2005, 12:15 AM   #2
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The 16x IS II works fine with the XL2. If you don't get the 20x lens, you're giving up the longer focal length, the ability to pre-set a repeatable rack focus move or pre-set a repeatable zoom, and the higher quality fluorite glass. If you can live without those features, then the 16x should be fine for what you're doing.
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Can you still do those things with the 3X Wide Angle Chris?
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The features I listed above are unique to the 20x L IS lens only.
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