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Old January 17th, 2005, 08:56 PM   #1
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First time i handled the XL1 a few years back i was surprised at how badly balanced the thing was. Besides being front heavy, it seemed to pull to the left really hard and my right wrist was sore from having to pull it back level. I found that it helps to support the left side of the camera with thumb of my left hand on that little nub with the shutter and iris controls. Looking at the brochure for the XL2, i noticed in the overhead photos that the lens port is not centered on the camera body. I've had my hands on every class of camera from a Bolex to a Betacam to an Arri 535, and every one of those and every other camera i've ever handled did have the lens centered on the body, except for the XL series. Anybody have a clue why?
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Old January 18th, 2005, 02:08 AM   #2
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I can't explain the off-centering of the XL series myself, although I have wondered at it a bit. However, I would speak to the weight distribution of many 35mm cameras, such as every Panavision camera since the Panaflex and the Arri BL's, that have side-mounted motors causing the center of gravity to shift as much as several inches off the center of the lens port.
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Old January 18th, 2005, 07:43 AM   #3
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Whatever the reasons for the design it is definitely true that the center of gravity is such that unless I am really conscious of what I am doing the camera will roll right into my neck. This happens even though I too keep my left hand on that protrusion that mounts the iris control. I've got lots of otherwise beauriful footage with tilted horizons.
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