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Old May 19th, 2005, 02:33 PM   #1
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Tried out the XL2

Well, stopped into a local dealer and checked out the XL2. My impressions:

Smaller than I thought it would be, but a tad front heavy. More comfortable on my shoulder than I thought it would be also, but I think it would bother me for long shoots. You really have to tighten up that hand strap.

Nice placement of controls and it seems solidly built.

I really didn't like the viewfinder at all. Very soft and it seemed like it would not stay in place when mounted on a tripod. You either would have to use you eye to keep it still or flip it up to reaveal the LCD.

Lens seemed pretty decent, much like other servos.

Overall, if I decide to buy it, the mono viewfinder would be a must.
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Old May 20th, 2005, 12:54 AM   #2
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I think what I would like to get eventually is a camera mounted LCD screen, no bigger than say 4 or 5 inches, and then use the Mono viewfinder. I like that combo, but unfortunately I don't have that $$ laying around. :o(
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Old May 23rd, 2005, 07:32 AM   #3
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Adam- Which monitor were you looking at?
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Old May 23rd, 2005, 08:11 AM   #4
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Something like this.

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Old May 23rd, 2005, 08:21 AM   #5
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Does it come in Cream & Red to match the XL2? Or just the so-last-season metallic finish?

Just kidding! More importantly how is the resolution? Is it useful as a focus tool or just a reference monitor?
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Old May 23rd, 2005, 09:17 AM   #6
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I've never used one, but I think it would be just convenient for composing your shots. As far as focusing, that's what the monochrome viewfinder is good for.

yeah, wouldn't it be cool to get it in the XL2 colors! haha
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Old May 23rd, 2005, 01:25 PM   #7
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who sells that unit?
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Old May 23rd, 2005, 02:05 PM   #8
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no one that I normally purchase from, but B&H has a nice selection of "on-camera" LCD monitors. Check em out.. LINK
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