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Old February 18th, 2006, 10:23 PM   #1
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35mm lens on XL H1

For years I have shot the XL1, XL1s and XL2 with 35mm lens and achieved great results. (I shoot and sell stock wildlife footage) I just purchased the XL H1...tonight I attached a 300mm F2.8 lens to the camera and I get a message in the viewfinder "HD INCOMPATIBLE LENS." The research I did before my purchase confirmed the use of 35mm lenses...has anyone shot with the 35mm lenses on the XL H1 in HD mode? If so were there any issues?
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Old February 18th, 2006, 10:38 PM   #2
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Hi Michael, the warning in the viewfinder goes away after a few seconds and you can continue to shoot as usual.
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Old February 18th, 2006, 10:45 PM   #3
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Thanks Chris. I noticed that it went away...I was just concerned that the video may have issues if I ignored the message. Have you talked with anyone who has used 35mm lenses? If so, were they happy with the results?
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Old February 18th, 2006, 11:15 PM   #4
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Hi Michael, several of our members here are using the XL H1 and the EF adapter with 35mm photo lenses. For example see this thread:

http://www.dvinfo.net/conf/showthread.php?t=57663
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Old February 19th, 2006, 03:27 AM   #5
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I use the canon 70-200/2.8 with the EF adaptor on H1 for wildlife photography, and I find no problem so far with the footage or camera. The picture detail and sharpness is as good as the stock lens.
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Old February 19th, 2006, 10:48 AM   #6
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So I am really considering the Canon xl-h1
(I am haunted by cartain HVX200 issues)

But I really want 35mm Depth of field.
and have been considering adapters.
But this thread seems to sugggest that I can avoid that, (and the light loss)
by using a 35mm lens straight away with the XL-H1
?
it seems I still need some kind of adapter (say EF...)
if this is true, then why do people put adapters on the XL's
?
Sorry for the naive questions, but I seem to find myself switching from the Pany HVX200 camp.
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