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Old January 10th, 2006, 05:34 PM   #1
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More stupid questions from someone who really should know better. Is it just me, or is this XL-2 not made with the care of it's XL-1 progenitors? It's sort of like Baby Huey, really big but basically a cream puff. Specifically, the joint between the optics part of the viewfinder and the clamp part is loose, with lots of play. Canon says its supposed to be that way but this will break with the slightest provocation. Has anyone ever really had this break off?
My other question regards the Petrol PMH-1 lens shade for use when the viewfinder is in the flipped up position. B and H recommends this as an XL-2 accessory. So silly me, I bought one. Can someone tell me how to put this thing on. I think it's impossible.
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Old January 10th, 2006, 08:14 PM   #2
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I have never had any problem with the point where lens meets camera, and it is jsut as strong as any Beatcam SP or Sony F900. You should work with more shoulder mounted cams. Removable lenses are never held too tightly, cause then it will snap, as opposed to simply twist slightly in the solid housing.

Cant help you with the petrol thingee.
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Old January 10th, 2006, 09:43 PM   #3
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I can only tell you that Canon almost specifically made the XL2 with previous XL1 and XL1s shooters and owners in mind.
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Old January 11th, 2006, 11:08 AM   #4
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I think he was referring to the flip up part of the viewfinder... ? I tend to agree that that seems a little dinky, but as for general design (not considering performance), I like it much better than the XL1.

Steve, is that what you meant or were you talking about the sliding clamp that attaches the viewfinder to the body?
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Old January 11th, 2006, 12:04 PM   #5
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OH my bad, I read that wrong.

One again, simply tighten that nut a little with your fingers and ti should be fine. It is good that it moves that much, a sif it is hit, it is less likely to break, more liekly to simply bend and bouce off. Also keeps eyepice right against your eye when your body moves.
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