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Old October 30th, 2007, 08:59 AM   #1
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LANC for live performances

What is the best LANC out there for the XL2 for live performances? I need control of focus/zoom and prefer Iris as well. The Varizoom controllers I have looked at will manual focus on the XL2.

What are the makes and models that work well in a live situation?
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Old October 30th, 2007, 09:25 AM   #2
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The LANC protocol doesn't allow for direct control of aperture / iris, but there is one controller that will allow you to adjust AE up or down a few steps, and that's the Canon ZR-2000.

Moved from Canon XL2 to Remote Lens Controllers.
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Old October 30th, 2007, 10:55 AM   #3
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Hard to find and too expensive

I only found one vendor that carries the XR-2000 on the Internet and with a $400 price tag. I see less expensive on other LANC controllers but don't know about whether they will work well or not.
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Old October 30th, 2007, 10:58 AM   #4
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Whoops, that's ZR, not XR, my mistake. At any rate, any of our DV Info Net site sponsors who are authorized Canon dealers will be able to get that controller (ZGC, Zotz, B&H, Abel, TTW etc.) If you want the AE Shift function, this is the only LANC controller that has it.
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Old October 30th, 2007, 11:29 AM   #5
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Others?

Are there others that work the focus but not the AE shift? I have read about the cheap quality of the Canon case on the ZR-2000 and am afraid that, at that price, it might be a bad choice. Certainly there is something less expensive. My ministry budget was chewed up with the price of the camera, filters, batteries, case, and tripod.
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Old October 30th, 2007, 11:35 AM   #6
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All LANC controllers offer zoom and rec / pause.

Many (but not all) LANC controllers offer focus control as well.
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Old October 30th, 2007, 11:46 AM   #7
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The ones that actually work are not clearly documented. It would be nice if there were good reviews of what works and doesn't work well with the XL2.
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Old October 30th, 2007, 12:01 PM   #8
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Start with Best LANC Controller for XL2 and continue your search from there by expanding to include Bogen, Libec and other manufacturers.
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Old October 30th, 2007, 12:26 PM   #9
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Thanks Chris. This is good information.
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