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Old March 31st, 2002, 02:32 PM   #1
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xl1s & 100-400l series

Well I have finally done it. Bought 100-400L Zoom for XL1s.
Camera is relatively new. Had 3 field trips tho.
My interest is Wildlife particulary Sambar Deer here in Victoria Australia.
Comments..The same problems as per many others I think.I am very disappointed in the lack of ability of my camera with stock lens & 100-400 to cope with sunlight contrast. Has anyone been able to solve this satisfactorily? Footage is great in tree canopy or just before sun comes up & down. (I have come from a Canon EX1 with Std+ 250 mirror lens). Disappointed as with others with "soft focus" & the funny internal zooming system. The focus is better with the EOS.
Have mounted by camera only on miller tripod DS20 & holds fine. Had to make a new top attachment point for carrying. Put bolt & loop in hole opposite handle..much better. Had also bought Manfrotto 503 head but will not hold cam & big lens in place. The 100-400 lens holder has no locater pin hole in mount..will have to drill if I decide to mount by lens.
Viewfinder kept coming loose & sliding across...put rubber washer in there,& no more problems.
Bought a 6" LCD active matrix screen for a car installation & the picture is great for a monitor. They have come down in price a lot. This cost Aus $420.00..pocket money in$US!
Thank you everyone for help prior to purchase & if I can be of help I will.
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Old April 5th, 2002, 11:35 PM   #2
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Hi Rick,

what 6" LCD did you get ?
how is the refresh rate ?
where did you get it as the price looks good. We in S.A. have the same problem. Our currency makes anything purchased in $US extremely expensive.

I bought a Citizen 3" a while back but it is useless, the refressh rate is so poor that when panning all one sees is blur.

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Old April 7th, 2002, 09:33 AM   #3
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LCD MONITOR

Andrew,

The monitor is "made in China!" Refresh rate is good, and is described as TFT LCD COLOUR MONITOR, and is active screen and great value. I too tried citizen thing. I have model LEE-561LM which has one channel video,& one channel audio input. I bought form Autobarn, a car accessory franchise here in Australia, and is being sold for car video.
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Old April 7th, 2002, 10:26 AM   #4
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Rick did you discover the monitor as you were crusing for a new 6" exhaust tip for your WRX
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Old April 7th, 2002, 01:30 PM   #5
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Thanks Rick

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Old April 8th, 2002, 07:08 PM   #6
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Canon 75-300 USM III lens

....i'm thrilled with the results with the Canon 75-300mm USM III lens and the EF adapter- video is extremly sharp and contrast is very good (even at 300mm it's pretty good)...it's sharper than the stock lens - biggest problem is no image stabilization....but tripod footage is great....the lens was $199 and has surpassed my expectations- anyone wanting to try long range video with a small budget has got to try this lens- works great!

( with multiplier- range is 540mm-2160mm !!)
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