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Old January 8th, 2007, 01:26 AM   #1
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I want to shoot an XL-H1 as i would shoot my EOS 5D.

Any ideas on how to customize the XLH1 in order to make it more like a camera for photojournalism, like a street photographer would shoot a Canon EOS 5D. I thought about L-series EOS lenses instead of the HD Stock Lens, but i don't know if that is a wise idea because the L-series EOS lenses are not "HighDef".
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Old January 8th, 2007, 03:42 AM   #2
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EOS lenses are not the way to go if you want to use the XL H1 body for street photojournalism. The main reason is that any SLR lens will be magnified more than seven times on the H1 body, so even an EOS wide angle lens becomes a telephoto lens, and any lens longer than a normal 50mm SLR is transformed into an extreme super telephoto lens.

This means that your ONLY option is to use the stock Canon XL DV lenses (P+S Technik Digital Image Converters and others are geared mainly towards tripod or studio work and not really for journalism/run-'n-gun/ off-the-shoulder shooting).

The stock 20X IS lens is actually perfect for photojournalism, and matched with the 6X lens, should provide all that you need.

The Canon 16X Manual Servo lens (an SD lens, but still sharp on the H1) is also a decent option if you can't get on with the stock 20X autofocus, although the IS on the 20X lens will help quite a lot if you do a lot of shoulder work instead of on a tripod.

If you shoot a lot of wide-angle footage and can't afford the highly-regarded Canon 6X HDV Manual lens, then try the older Canon 3X SD AF lens, or place a high quality wide angle converter on the front of the Stock 20X - such as the Red Eye .7X FX HDV lens.

I use 35mm SLR lenses quite a lot for my DV work, but this is mainly for super-telephoto footage subjects such as wildlife (or sometimes at the other end of the scale for extreme macro), but the vast majority of my photojournlism in DV is done with the Canon XL range of DV lenses and not the SLR lenses.
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