First Impressions of the 16x Manual Lens - Page 2 at DVinfo.net

Go Back   DV Info Net > Canon EOS / MXF / AVCHD / HDV / DV Camera Systems > Canon HDV and DV Camera Systems > Canon XL and GL Series DV Camcorders > Canon XL1S / XL1 Watchdog

Canon XL1S / XL1 Watchdog
Can't find it on the XL1 Watchdog site? Discuss it here.


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old January 13th, 2002, 01:41 PM   #16
Regular Crew
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: Surprise, Arizona
Posts: 143
Stabilization vs. Standard...

If I were to be completely honest I would say that I religously use stabilization now. I shot standard cameras for years without a thought of it.

+'s
- Makes run and gun work enjoyable
- Allows me to hand cameras to unlikely people in a pinch

-'s
- Hard to go back to not having it.
- Sometimes has a slow drift motion when trying to settle.

As with everything in the business, depends on your situation and needs.
__________________
Michael Rosenberger
Sure I'll shoot your wedding, for two million dollars.
Michael Rosenberger is offline   Reply With Quote
Old January 13th, 2002, 03:55 PM   #17
Regular Crew
 
Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: Ashburn, VA
Posts: 42
Thanks Mike. That's exactly what I wanted to know. That's been my main problem with the standard 16x lens....hunting for the "sweet spot". It's like there are little gremlins in the lens with a mind of their own between you and your subject! Also, it's good to hear you seem to be able to snap into focus easily with the standard color viewfinder. While I've gotten some wonderful (after tweaking in Final Cut Pro even stunning) video with my XL1 using the standard 16x lens, I'm coming to the conclusion that more demanding projects with strict deadlines might require the 16x manual servo zoom lens. The lens gremlins in the standard 16x (and mine doesn't have that many of them) simply can't be trusted.
__________________
Don Williamson
Don Williamson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old January 14th, 2002, 11:39 AM   #18
Regular Crew
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: Surprise, Arizona
Posts: 143
I wouldn't say I snap focus as quickly as a manual lens. I usually go in and out and "settle" into a focal point. And the color viewfinder isn't bad, but I still prefer B&W for better critical focus.

I found that setting the sharpness up in the menu selection helped with better edge definition in the picture ( not as much correction in DVStorm), and in focusing. Not too much, a couple clicks if I recall correctly. Too mcuh looked grainy.

I always shoot the standard 16X lens in manual focus. Taeks a bit of practice, but I can get good results. Had sent my XL-1S back to Canon for service and after some lens adjustments it feels much better.

Sounds like the manual lens might be best for you. Again, if I were completely honest I would say if you haven't already shot the standard lens for at least a week to rent a camera and give it a try.

Best of luck Don.
__________________
Michael Rosenberger
Sure I'll shoot your wedding, for two million dollars.
Michael Rosenberger is offline   Reply
Reply

DV Info Net refers all where-to-buy and where-to-rent questions exclusively to these trusted full line dealers and rental houses...

Professional Video
(800) 833-4801
Portland, OR

Omega Broadcast
(512) 251-7778
Austin, TX

Z.G.C.
(973) 335-4460
Mountain Lakes, NJ

Abel Cine Tech
(888) 700-4416
N.Y. NY & L.A. CA

EVS
(800) 238-8480
Glendale, CA

Precision Camera
(800) 677-1023
Austin, TX

DV Info Net also encourages you to support local businesses and buy from an authorized dealer in your neighborhood.
  You are here: DV Info Net > Canon EOS / MXF / AVCHD / HDV / DV Camera Systems > Canon HDV and DV Camera Systems > Canon XL and GL Series DV Camcorders > Canon XL1S / XL1 Watchdog

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

 



Google
 

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:59 PM.


DV Info Net -- Real Names, Real People, Real Info!
1998-2015 The Digital Video Information Network