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Old July 13th, 2004, 12:51 PM   #1
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XL2 and EF Lens Adapter / EF Lenses / EOS Lens

Thanks for putting this together so fast, Chris.

Pretty impressive specs, but it looks like Canon has left us EF lens users without an invitation to the ball. Have they improved the way the XL2 will interact with EF lenses (like allowing auto focus, or not defaulting to f/5.6 every time the standby mode activates)?
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Old July 14th, 2004, 12:56 AM   #2
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Hi Steve,

I'll check with Canon USA in the morning, but my understanding is that there is no change in the way EF lenses integrate with XL bodies.
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Old July 17th, 2004, 01:46 AM   #3
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EF adapter question

Canon's site says, "The optional EF Adapter fits onto the XL2 allowing use of Canon EOS EF lenses for quality still imaging."

I'm thinking seriously about trading my PD150 in for an XL2. I have a number of EF lenses, so I'm wondering what sort of utility I'd realize from the EF adapter. What does Canon mean when they say it allows use of EOS glass for *still* imaging? Can I not use my EOS EF lenses with an XL2 for video?
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Old July 17th, 2004, 01:59 AM   #4
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Indeed you can use your EOS EF lenses with an XL2 for video. See my article, Guide to XL2 Lens Options.
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Old July 17th, 2004, 02:05 AM   #5
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Blanton, you can use the EF adaptor to mount certain EOS EF lenses on the XL-series of camcorders. And, you can use them to capture video footage on rolling tape. I think Canon's reference to still imaging refers to the primary usage of that type of lens, which is with still cameras. It's probably just a little gap in interpretation in the translation.

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Old July 18th, 2004, 12:13 AM   #6
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Thanks, Chris & Steve.
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Old July 18th, 2004, 08:20 PM   #7
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Blanton,

with EOS lenses mounted via EF adapter- get ready for some serious tele-video possibilities......you'll be able to spot ants up trees!

The video is also likely to be tack sharp- that was my finding when used on an XL1S. That EF adapter is awesome for nature videography- nothing else quite like it in miniDV videography.
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Old July 18th, 2004, 09:08 PM   #8
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Not mounted on the Xl2, but this gives you an idea of the power you can get by mounting the EOS lenses.

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Old July 18th, 2004, 10:18 PM   #9
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Steve & Michael, thanks very much for the information. The XLx and EOS combination looks like fun.

I've got the 35-350, 70-200, 100-400, the remarkable 400 DO, and a bit of other stuff, down to 14mm. I'd love to try the new 70-300 DO.

http://www.photo.net/equipment/canon/70-300do/

Do you happen to know if IS works through the adapter? (I would doubt that AF would work)

Thanks for the pointer to your site, Michael.
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Old July 18th, 2004, 10:27 PM   #10
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Yes, IS works, manual focus.
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Old July 21st, 2004, 05:07 PM   #11
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A simple Question.....?

I am planning to buy xl2..soon...replacing my xl1s...got a good offer. Well as i am a wedding video grapher I want to know is it good to shoot wedding with an Canon EOS 100-400 lens., and like to know anybody who is doing this...Positive replies greatly appreciative.

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Old July 21st, 2004, 09:41 PM   #12
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Only if you're standing way, way back. All EOS lenses on an XL2 will be extremely extreme-telephoto: see this page for an explanation. That 100-400mm lens is a like a telescope on an XL2.
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Old July 26th, 2004, 09:15 PM   #13
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Yeah...that would be, in effect, about a 700 - 2800 mm lens. You could get a couple of kilometers away and get a closeup of the bride's eyelash.
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Old July 26th, 2004, 09:50 PM   #14
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Ah Chris, post the link to the pics with the really BIG Canon lens again. I never get tired of seeing that one. You know the one that's a two man lift.
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You mean... the bazooka?
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