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Old September 29th, 2005, 02:19 PM   #46
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AC Power

I have the FU-1000 for the XL2 (recently aquired from ebay). It's unclear though whether the XL2 can be run from the AC adapter with the FU-1000 connected. I understand that doing this on the XL1 could cause things to fry !

Does anyone know if this is true of the XL2 or can the XL2/FU-1000 combination work with the AC adapter ?
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Old March 6th, 2007, 10:00 PM   #47
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any updates on a good viewfinder

I'd love to know if anybody _does_ have a solution for this. Has anyone hotwired a viewfinder for use OTHER than the intended camera??
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Old March 7th, 2007, 12:48 AM   #48
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I think i saw a Sony DSR-250 viewfinder on a XL2 once. A DV-info member had one modified so it fits the XL2. So it can be done :)
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Old March 7th, 2007, 01:11 AM   #49
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I jacked into my FU-1000 by using a spare adaptor (the ones that you had to use with the XL1/XL1s before Canon starting putting the plug on the body with the XL2) and breaking out the power and video via a box, so now I can use it with any camera, but particularly with the Mini35.
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Old March 7th, 2007, 03:19 AM   #50
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B&W viewfinder

I have tried to find the answer elsewhere, but I want to replace the standard viewfinder with an b&w version. Of course there is the Canon version, but I have an option on an Ikegami viewfinder. cheap since the camcorder it belonged to was found a nice rock to crash into.
Can I use is or has canon its own version of connector?
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Old March 7th, 2007, 04:06 AM   #51
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Xander, the only B&W viewfinder a know that will fit the XL2 without any modifications is the FU-1000. In fact this is a Ikegami viewfinder which Canon has modified with a suitable socket connector and put their Canon brand on.
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Old March 8th, 2007, 05:23 AM   #52
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Thanks. Modification will probably be rather expensive.
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Old March 11th, 2007, 11:55 PM   #53
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I think Charles Papert has, or someone on the site has the pin-out for the viewfinder socket. You'd need the pin-out for the Canon and the finder to figure out the hook-up.

Try doing a search "pin-out", or "pinout", or "viewfinder" and see what you find. I think it was about a year ago.
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Old March 16th, 2007, 01:16 PM   #54
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Charles, any more details on the breakout? It needs 9v, right? Any other magic? thx in advance..
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Old March 16th, 2007, 03:30 PM   #55
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The Canon adaptor takes in 7.2v from the battery and bumps it up to 9v for the viewfinder. The engineer who built me the box took the circuit board out of the adaptor and rehoused it, then tapped into the power connectors and also found the video in pin. I apologize but I don't have the pin outs to pass on to you guys. We tried in vain to find the pinouts for the FU-1000 connector, no dice.
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Old July 9th, 2007, 02:57 PM   #56
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FU-1000 CRT viewfinder replacement for production monitor?

I'm sure the correct answer is of course not, but is it a reasonable compromise? In other words can I make critical decisions about focus and exposure with it? Not really happy with the other very portable solutions out there. I don't hate the color viewfinder exactly, but I don't entirely trust it either.
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Old July 9th, 2007, 04:06 PM   #57
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You can definitely make critical focus assessments with it. That's what the peaking control does. The other advantage it has, being B&W, is that it shows you the scene in gray scale. That allows you to see if two different colors have the same luminance value. Too many colors of similar luminance give your scene a lack of contrast even though viewing it in color may make you think otherwise.

After proper brightness and contrast adjustment, you could rely on it for exposure. Just make sure you are properly white balanced if you don't have an external monitor because that's one thing it sure won't tell you.

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Old July 10th, 2007, 11:06 AM   #58
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Thanks for asking, Marco, because I've been wondering the same thing.

How do you white balance properly? Do you have to have an external monitor for that?

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Old July 10th, 2007, 11:20 AM   #59
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I'm not certain, but I'm guessing the white balance on the XLH-1 works like my XL2. When using the FU-1000, you must white balance with the white balance button. Follow the instructions in the manual. Aim the camera at a white surface (properly exposed) and 'set' the white balance untill the symbol in the viewfinder stops blinking. You can set two or three 'presets' if you are moving between locations (Inside and out). Alternately, you can choose the 'daylight' or 'tungsten' settings for a quick approximation.
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Old July 10th, 2007, 11:30 AM   #60
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Does anyone know how many lines the FU-1000 will resolve and whether it will work with the XLH-1? This late in the life cycle of Mini-DV it would help me justify this purchase if I knew it could be used on future generations of equipment.
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