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Old October 26th, 2007, 01:38 PM   #1
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Does anyone have any experience with the Benk Lanc-50 remote (with a GL2)? Most Lanc remotes are way out of my budget, so I'd like to find a decent remote at a reasonable price. Thanks!
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Old October 26th, 2007, 07:05 PM   #2
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What I did was buy an inexpensive controller off Ebay $40. didn't like the feel of the speed adjustment. So I installed the circuit board in a new heavy duty box and used heavy duty switches. Had to find a 8 bit rotary encoder so I could use the adjusable zoom speeds in 8 steps from low to fast zoom. I will post a pic of it later

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Old October 26th, 2007, 08:17 PM   #3
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These Benk-branded controllers are going for about $60 on Ebay. I've never used one. What you have to watch out for is that the cheaper the controller, the less likely it'll be compatible with your camcorder. It's a gamble. I'd like to hear from anyone who is actually using one of these things.
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Old October 26th, 2007, 08:22 PM   #4
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The one I bought came with a tripod (gave that away quick) it was on the tripod handle with a clip. I use it on my Sony Z1U and can control speed stepped and focus near far Record and turn the camera off and on and I have data view hooked up as well. It works well but I am looking at using a servo controller and servo to use the cameras zoom as it is more linear.

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Old October 26th, 2007, 09:35 PM   #5
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What I did was buy an inexpensive controller off Ebay $40. didn't like the feel of the speed adjustment. So I installed the circuit board in a new heavy duty box and used heavy duty switches. Had to find a 8 bit rotary encoder so I could use the adjusable zoom speeds in 8 steps from low to fast zoom. I will post a pic of it later

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These Benk-branded controllers are going for about $60 on Ebay. I've never used one. What you have to watch out for is that the cheaper the controller, the less likely it'll be compatible with your camcorder. It's a gamble. I'd like to hear from anyone who is actually using one of these things.
Yeah, I heard about them through an eBay search for Lanc remotes. My budget is extremely tight since this is just a hobby of mine, unfortunately. I'm a bit surprised at how expensive remotes can be. I've given the low-end Zoom Commanders some thought, but if I could save money and still get a functional remote, that'll suffice. I just need something simple with variable zoom, start/stop rec, and focus capabilities.
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Old October 26th, 2007, 10:02 PM   #6
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The one I bought was this one (do a search for 120175836915 item number ) $46.00 but it came with the Lanc like this one 300164009812 $55.00 the clip on one and it does everthing on my Z1u I just didn't like the speed control nob

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