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Old December 13th, 2001, 12:38 PM   #1
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Question about focus control for DV cameras!

I saw a commercial last night, let me set it up for you.

A close up on a barb wire fence, fence is in focus and in the background are some cowboys but they are out of focus as they walk AWAY from the fence.

Now, I know you can do this with a film camera but what about the XL1 or XL1s? is this at all possible, does it look good?

Thanks for the great help!
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Old December 13th, 2001, 12:48 PM   #2
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Sure, this is easy to do as long as you have plenty of light to work with. This is called "having a shallow depth-of-field" and it's easy to set up in the XL1 or just about any three-chip DV camcorder.

For remote focus control from your tripod pan handle, get a VariZoom Stealth, PG-L, Pro-L or Pro-LX lens controller. Hope this helps,
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Old December 13th, 2001, 01:00 PM   #3
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It has to be with good light, why is that?
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Old December 13th, 2001, 01:15 PM   #4
 
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for a review of depth of field, go to:
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Old December 13th, 2001, 01:28 PM   #5
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I was wondering, is there a web site that lists canon dealers that might have the XL1s in their store so I can get my hands on one?

I really want to get my hands on one and try it out
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Old December 13th, 2001, 01:34 PM   #6
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nevermind, finally found it on Canon's website
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