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Old November 12th, 2007, 05:01 PM   #1
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I'm renting 2 XL-H1s for a wedding on Dec 1st.. I'm very familiar with Panasonic DVX100 and have "touched" an XL-1 here and there over the years. I understand that the eye cup on the H1's viewfinder can be flipped up so the viewfinder can be used as a normal LCD screen(instead of an ENG styled viewfinder).. so does that mean I easily can operate the camera without resting it on my shoulder? What other major operational differences do I need to be aware of? I only have a few hours to get acquainted with the camera before the first event on Friday night.

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Old November 12th, 2007, 06:10 PM   #2
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Reports that I have read, say it's bigger but no where near the size of the a1 or g1 flip out view finder.
If, after you rent the camera, you start thinging about buying one, I would wait untill after the first of the year. I think they are getting ready to update to the H2. Thats just my opion. I'm waiting.

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Old November 12th, 2007, 08:31 PM   #3
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Yes, the camera does not have to be mounted on your sholder the entire time. The flip up view finder allows this. The XL H1 has interchangeable lenses where the DVX100 of corse has stock lenses. Be sure to back focus after changing differently lit rooms. Getting good with focusing the H1 is probably the most important issue.
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Old November 13th, 2007, 05:14 PM   #4
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The XL-H1 is very front-heavy, so unless you put it on a tripod it will be most comfortable resting on your shoulder.

In addition to the smaller LCD, know that the stock lens of the XL-H1 is not as wide as the DVX and the camera is not as good in low-light as the DVX.

Critical focus is trickier on the XL-H1, so if you haven't used one before and are shooting a wedding I recommend shooting full Auto as much as possible (switch to manual focus for telephoto). Use the peaking!
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Old November 21st, 2007, 01:53 PM   #5
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I am thinking of getting the Anton Bauer system and a Firestore. This will add plenty of weight to the back as well so it better balances on my shoulders.
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Old November 22nd, 2007, 12:17 PM   #6
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I am thinking of getting the Anton Bauer system and a Firestore. This will add plenty of weight to the back as well so it better balances on my shoulders.
Hi! I think the same...Its a good idea for better weight balance
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