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Old April 10th, 2009, 03:59 PM   #1
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Letus Extreme or JVC HD110U?

I know it seems a little awkward questions, but I have a good reason for it.
I have about $3000 budget to add extras to my XH-A1.
Letus Extreme has been my thoughts for shallow DOF for interviews and maybe weddings (details and whatnot).
Then when I visited B&H this afternoon, I saw JVC HD110U for $2999.99.
If stock lens on HD100U is good enough for me to have shallow DOF, why not?
I would not have to bother with rails and attaching/detaching lens & adopter from cameras and whatnot.
Then again, how smooth would workflow be with HD110U for the editing?
For the price, I could get a brand new HD110U with money that I could get Letus extreme plus lens.
HD110U's DOF would not even close to using Letus, but would it still a lot better than XH-A1? I am keeping all the extra stuff for HD110U to a minimum if that's where I am heading.
Any thoughts?
I would greatly appreciate your opinions on this.

JJ
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Old April 10th, 2009, 04:06 PM   #2
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If stock lens on HD100U is good enough for me to have shallow DOF, why not?
I would not have to bother with rails and attaching/detaching lens & adopter from cameras and whatnot.
Then again, how smooth would workflow be with HD110U for the editing?
DOF is a factor of several things, not one of them being "quality of lens". The HD110U has 1/3" chips, just like the XH-A1. No advantage there. Same DOF, all things considered with the noticeable difference being the Canon is probably a bit more light sensitive so you'd get a LITTLE shallower DOF on the JVC in the same light conditions SOLELY due to a wider aperture.

Workflow with JVC's depends greatly on what edit software you use - SPECIFICALLY what version of any given software.

And this is coming from someone who is VERY happy to own 2 HD200U's.
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Old April 10th, 2009, 04:15 PM   #3
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Thanks, Shaun. Since their chip size is same, I thought wider aperture of JVC lens would make some difference, but I don't think that's the case here...

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Old April 10th, 2009, 04:38 PM   #4
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As part of a focal distance/focal length/aperture combo, I'm sure it will make a BIT of a difference, but nothing massive. I would suggest that imager size is probably the biggest single factor in DOF.
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Old April 11th, 2009, 12:17 AM   #5
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Thanks, Shaun. Since their chip size is same, I thought wider aperture of JVC lens would make some difference, but I don't think that's the case here...

JJ

I bought a Brevis35 to use with my HD100 because the DOF was virtually the same as every other 1/3" miniDV, HDV camera out there. Stick with your XH and get the adapter if you want shallow DOF.
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In addition to the fact that the DOF is the same as with any 1/3" camcorder, the Fujinon stock lens on the JVC GY-type camcorders has a terrible "wide angle" of 5.5mm - you'd really have to consider a wider lens, the 5.5mm is really not fun to work with as your widest focal length.
Other than that I think the GY-types are the best to work with 1/3" camcorders because of their real manual lenses and the shoulder mount form.
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