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Old October 5th, 2003, 04:30 PM   #961
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Old October 5th, 2003, 05:05 PM   #962
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What does "transferred for broadband use" mean? If you are
going to put up your video on the web you probably don't want
to use the full resolution and thus the sharpness loss will be
less of an issue.

If you mean broadcast use then the signal will probably be
distorted by the mpeg2 encoders most stations use to the point
that it also doesn't matter much (most people don't have that
good TV sets anyway).

There will be some resolution/sharpness loss when shooting
in frame mode. Whether this constitutes to a quality loss is up
to you. Personally I really like the frame mode look of my XL1S.
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Old October 5th, 2003, 05:22 PM   #963
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Keep in mind that you don't want to resample 25 fps to 24 fps,
you'd want to have the system interpret the footage at a
different rate only. The audio will need changing indeed.

Also keep in mind that PAL video is 720x576 and NTSC is
720x480. But if you also have the package output the footage
at a 0.9 pixel aspect instead of 1.067 it should be able to
output it at 720x480.
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Old October 6th, 2003, 12:47 PM   #964
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XL1s custom IRE?

Can you set the XL1s to a different auto IRE than what the factory default is?

I like being able to use the auto exposure when I'm shooting on the fly and it's faced paced and I can stop to make sure my expoure is good with everything else that's going on. The default is way too hot most of the time. Can the be adjusted without sending it back to Canon?

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Old October 6th, 2003, 02:16 PM   #965
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You can use the exposure compensation dial which is right below the audio meters.

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Old October 8th, 2003, 02:53 PM   #966
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Look at this lens

http://cgi.ebay.ca/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?...category=20330

According to the seller, this is a unique lens with a custom mount. What are you thinking about that?
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Old October 8th, 2003, 05:39 PM   #967
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If its just one of a kind its a shame. Front element photo shows its a Fujinon lens, and the specs seem interesting.

Shame its in Cali and not England though.
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Old October 10th, 2003, 09:41 AM   #968
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Filters

This may seem like a dumb question owning an xl-1s, but does the standard lens accept filters like those made by tiffen? I have never used filters before but now I am at a point that I want to. Do any special accessories need to be purchased? Does it just screw on?

If these filters work for the XL-1, do they work for the Gl-1?

Would it be a 58mm or 72mm filter?
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Old October 10th, 2003, 10:29 AM   #969
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The XL1S accepts any standard round 72mm filter such as those by Tiffen, Hoya, etc. They screw right onto the front of the lens.

The GL1 / GL2 requires a smaller diameter filter, 58mm. Therefore the round filters are not interchangeable between the XL and GL camcorders.

With the addition of a matte box, you can use standard 4" by 4" square filters with either camera. Some matte boxes simply clamp to the front of the lens, other boxes require separate mounting rails. These are very effective but somewhat expensive.

For your first filters, I recommend trying the round 72mm types, they're a bit more affordable than the square filter / matte box arrangement. Hope this helps,
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Old October 19th, 2003, 02:07 AM   #970
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Wide angle converter

Any one know anything about this adapter? .7X72mm lens converter from 47st. photo


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Old October 19th, 2003, 09:37 AM   #971
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Who makes it I wonder? Sounds too cheap to be a quality adapter for a 72mm thread mount.
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Old October 19th, 2003, 01:22 PM   #972
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From the Ebay auctions I've seen 47th St. Photo run, anything no-name they sell is pretty cheap (in more ways than one). I won't say it's absolute garbage, because that might be libel, but it's what I'm thinking.
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Old October 20th, 2003, 01:38 PM   #973
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2 Questions:

1. Over this past weekend I had the opportunity to work with that Panasonic with 24p technology. I am a XL1s owner and devotee, and curious about the real differences between what the XL1s is capable of compared with a camera with 24p technology. It's difficult to find objective information on the subject due to the marketing machines buzzing about both devices.

2. Canon's EF adapter is described on Canon's website as providing "quality still imaging." Are the Canon still lenses that attach to this camera designated for stills only? I'm interested in attaching manual lenses to my XL1s, because I have slightly more experience with film and believe I can work more efficiently with manual-style lenses.

Thanks for any help you guys can provide!
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Old October 20th, 2003, 01:42 PM   #974
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XL1s vs. 24p technology

I posted a similar question in the 'lenses and imaging' thread. I just shot some footage with the Panasonic that has 24p technology, but I am an XL1s owner and devotee. I'm looking for more objective reactions to and evaluations of this 24p technology and it's immediate future than the marketing-flooded internet can provide.

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Old October 20th, 2003, 05:16 PM   #975
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You may find much information on both these subjects by searching the database here.

Briefly, and in my opinion:

For outputting to film, a 24p camera has a certain advantage in that it delivers 1:1 framing, temporally speaking (doesn't require a reverse pulldown as would 60i as available on the XL1). The Frame mode on the XL1 is roughly equivalent to the 30P mode on the Panasonic, but with reduced resolution., but this is not a recommended mode to output to film. For achieving a filmlike look to video, some prefer the 30P/Frame mode over 24P as it is not as "jittery". It's a choice. Ultimately it comes down to the filmmaker's preference. 24P is a hot buzzword but has not rendered non-24P cameras obsolete just yet.

Still lenses with the EF adaptor will magnify in focal length 7.2 times, making all but the widest lens a telephoto. If you are used to cine-type lenses, check out Canon's 16x and 14x manual lenses for the XL1, which deliver direct control of focus, iris and zoom.
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