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Old January 4th, 2005, 12:39 AM   #1
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Getting an XL-2! Now, about the accessories...

OK, after reading every thread on every forum ever, I've finally decided to get the XL-2. This will be my first camera purchase (did most of my work on borrowed cheapies and rented PD-150s). I'll be using the camera primarilly for filmmaking, with the occasional music video thrown in (gotta get paid somehow!). I've spent so much time reading about the details of the cameras, I haven't done much reading on anything else. I need a little help picking out the rest of the setup:

2. Lens: Probably going to get the 20x with the camera, the 16x manual, and the 3x manual. Any reason I need the 20x? Could I do without it?

1. Tripod and Head: I am completely clueless here. I've never purchased one. I'd like a decent tripod and head that can hold the XL-2 and a mattebox/filterholder/follow focus (eventually). It seems like the tripods with the spreaders at the bottom are more stable, but I really have no clue. Any advice here would be much appreciated.

2. Mattebox/follow focus: The Crosziel looks sweet, but 3 grand might be pushing my budget. Any other options?

3. batteries: Best for the price?

4. Monitor: LCD or tube? I've read that the panisonic 7inch is pretty good, and the price is decent.

Anything else I should deffinately have? Thanks a lot for the help, it is much appreciated.

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Old January 4th, 2005, 12:58 AM   #2
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Hi Jason,

Welcome aboard. You're asking some fairly common questions which have already been discussed before here in some degree of detail. All you need to do is start browsing through the threads and make your replies where you see fit. For instance, here's one discussion about XL2 accessories, etc: that's just like yours:

Roll up your sleeves and dig in! There's a lot of great info here.

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