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Old January 2nd, 2006, 04:04 PM   #1
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Wide Angle Lens?

The 3x XL lens is shown on page 147 of the instruction manual as 3.4 - 10.2 mm (The Equivalent In 35mm Is 24-72mm) and it is implied as being compatable with the XL H1 in the HDV mode. Is this the same lens as the one used on the XL1 & XL2. On the B & H web site it is only listed as compatable with the XL1 & 2.
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Old January 2nd, 2006, 05:09 PM   #2
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Sorry, no, the 3x Wide Angle lens is *not* implied as being compatable with the XL H1 in the HDV mode. It is compatible with the XL H1 only in SD mode.
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Old January 3rd, 2006, 12:54 AM   #3
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Terry,

Depends what you mean by compatible. All XL series lenses will function on the XL H1, and as you noted, are listed in the manual as accessories to the XL H1. Canon recommends the SD lenses (that would be all XL lenses except the new HD 20x) for SD use only.

But when the little red "HD Incompatible Lens" notice goes away after powering up, the SD lenses do function in HDV mode. The resolution and contrast of the SD lenses may not be quite up to the new HD lens, but I have personally tested the 3x on the XL H1, and others have tested the 16x, and the verdict is that the SD lenses are worth keeping in one's bag of toys. The image quality of the 3x -- often accused of being a soft lens even for use with the XL2 -- was not really much less than the HD lens and apparently the 16x looked pretty darn nice (too sleepy to look up the thread, but if you search the forum, should be easy to find).

Another nice tidbit is that the SD lenses are ever-so-slightly wider on the H1 than they were with the XL2. So when I need WIDE, I'll be slapping my trusty ol' 3x on my HD camera.
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