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Old March 23rd, 2004, 11:24 AM   #31
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Which TV Channel?

It's true, people do think you must be filming something important if they see the Canon XL1(S). I often get asked what TV Channel I'm working for. I've even managed to convince people that it's a Live broadcast!
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Old March 23rd, 2004, 11:46 AM   #32
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This just in...

Test results!
Three of us converged on the Hollywood-Highland complex carrying video cameras. One had a Sony Beta SP rig, another had a PD150 and the third had an XL1s. The Beta SP operator and the XL1s operator were quickly asked to leave since we didn't have prior authorization. Nobody even approached the PD150 operator.
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If you want to blend with the crowd and be less obvious, use the PD150 (which I do on occasion).
The XL1s is perceived as a professional camera.

Be proud of that strangely shaped camera with the red body parts.
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Old March 24th, 2004, 02:15 AM   #33
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Same here. I use the XL with all pro accessories and it never fails wherever I'm shooting. IF someone does ask, it's who are you with? I've also gotten the eye from other shooters, especially news shooters with Beta or DVC Pro rigs, you know that bless your heart, your trying to be like us aren't you look. Then there are those same industry people that like and compliment the camera. I think the original thread poster's friend is just technically ignorant, just doesn't get out enough or both.
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Old March 24th, 2004, 02:24 AM   #34
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Well, for what it is worth,,,

I'll take my XL1S rig
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over a PD-150 anyday.

Unless, of course, I needed to be super low-profile, then I would probably use a handycam such as the GL2. That PD-150 will only give you a stuttery 15fps Progressive Scan. Canon's Frame Mode is a full 30fps and much smoother.

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Old March 24th, 2004, 02:33 AM   #35
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I heard that

I've never really shot much with a palm sized camera. I know that it has it's advantages such as the flip out screen and its smaller size. It just seems that there is more stability with a shoulderable camera as uncomfortable as that XL can be for extended shots. Also, on a smaller camera the buttons are usually in clusters and some have multi-functions to save space on the body. Not fun when you're in a hurry and having to fumble through a menu for what should be a simple adjustment with a dedicated button. I'm with the Donald. I just don't like those little bitty cameras.
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