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Old May 21st, 2007, 09:28 PM   #31
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"My complaint about this light is that it takes about 1-1/2 seconds to turn on and about eight seconds for checking battery status."

I am really getting sick of companies instituting Draconian measures to protect an insignificant part of their business and hurting the users of their products. Eight seconds to wait in event videos would seem like an eternity. I am a person that generally likes Sony products but their various digital protection schemes are blatantly offensive to their own paying customers. I'm not just talking about batteries. Their whole corporate philosophy seems to have turned into a "defend every penny, even at the cost of a dollar" mentality.

If this kind of thing keeps up, Canon or Panasonic are going to get a new customer. As it is, I'm definitely no longer saving up to buy their video light.
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Old May 21st, 2007, 09:35 PM   #32
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Yes, I know they show them on B&H but they are out of stock for my Canon mount. I went looking for other retailers from the Varizoom website. Can't find Varizoom lights anywhere on their own site.
Ah, I see. Well, I do know that SWIT makes them for Varizoom, and I believe they also sell them under the SWIT brand. So perhaps if you can find a SWIT reseller...
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Old May 21st, 2007, 09:45 PM   #33
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"My complaint about this light is that it takes about 1-1/2 seconds to turn on and about eight seconds for checking battery status."

I am really getting sick of companies instituting Draconian measures to protect an insignificant part of their business and hurting the users of their products. Eight seconds to wait in event videos would seem like an eternity. I am a person that generally likes Sony products but their various digital protection schemes are blatantly offensive to their own paying customers. I'm not just talking about batteries. Their whole corporate philosophy seems to have turned into a "defend every penny, even at the cost of a dollar" mentality.

If this kind of thing keeps up, Canon or Panasonic are going to get a new customer. As it is, I'm definitely no longer saving up to buy their video light.
It's about a 1-1/2 second delay from turning the light on to it actually being on...the 8 second delay is the time it takes to show you the charge capacity of the battery. And yes, it's annoying with what they did with the battery issue; I had 27 Lenmar batteries that I used with the PD170's a few years back and when I got my first Z1U a few years ago and found out that it only worked with Sony's, I spent a fortune replacing all of my batteries - which Sony's are not only more expensive but they don't last as long, either. I now have 20~ Sony batteries and several more Z/V1U cameras and it was a heck of a cost.
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Old May 21st, 2007, 11:41 PM   #34
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That's why I want to go Anton Bauer/IDX with my Canon XL-H1. Really not planning to invest in proprietary batteries from whatever brand.
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Old May 22nd, 2007, 01:32 AM   #35
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Old May 24th, 2007, 01:26 AM   #36
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Hi,
Anyone have experience with Unomat video headlamps?
I want to use with my GL2 /XM2 in wedding situation.
http://www.unomat.de/en/sub-produkte.asp?cat=83&PAGE=4
(Canon VL3 is just 3W, VL10 is a big, heavy lamp, i want something else..)

Here, i like the 20W version DC3000 and DC220 SP/BP.
(SP seems heavier but its in local store here)
Do i need a softener in front of it?


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