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Old October 12th, 2001, 12:42 PM   #1
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Request info on Initial Purchase

Hi Group
I am in the processing of evaluating what items to purchase to create a XL1s package. I do inhouse corporate training programs and still in the process of putting togeter a camera outfit, lighting gear, tripod and any accessories that are important for the XL1S. I would appreciate any input and suggestions that any of you have. Take Care and Thanks beforehand for your help.

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Old October 30th, 2001, 10:16 PM   #2
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Canon XL-1S with Manual Lens
MA-200 adapter
Canon Wide Angle lens
LCD monitor.

at least 2 spare BP-930 or higher capacity batteries.

You'll need a UV filter, and circular polarizer. I like to have a couple of warming filters a diffusion filter and a ND filter or two. If you get the manual lens the extra ND filter may be unneeded since the lens has 2 ND's built in. I' don't know if you can use both at once.

A spare battery charger/power inverter.

I use a Bogen 3046 Tripod, with a 3066 head. If buying again I'd consider a Tripod with the ability to go lower. The head often seems overbought, but really it is a good choice, especially after you hang all that crap off of it.
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Old November 5th, 2001, 06:19 PM   #3
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Don't forget the audio! It is incredible what a difference it makes to have properly miked up sound, and viewers will more likely forgive shot mistakes, lighting issues, etc. if the soundtrack is crystal clear. I use a combination of wireless and wired mics depending on the situation, and am always on the lookout for more/newer/better. The mic adapter mentioned by Aibraham will allow you to plug in a variety of wired mics plus field mixer if desired. Consider pulling off the stock on-camera mic and mounting a shotgun for those occasions when you must use on-camera sound (we like to be ready to shoot at all times).

My Bogen has been a good tripod to me, I like to use it on a dolly...you never know when you may want to move the camera, and nothing is more awkward (and clumsy/unfprofessional looking to your corporate clients) than dragging an unwheeled tripod around.

Then there's lighting...
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