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Old May 5th, 2009, 06:28 AM   #91
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Which Lanc Controller for Pulling Focus?

Hey Guys

I need a Lanc controller to function as a pull focus so that the cameraman doesn't have to worry about focusing during tracking shots. then one of the crew members can pull focus for him and watch the focus distances on the LCD screen. I want precise focus control, zoom control doesn't concern us as much. The controller doesn't have to attach to the tripod handle and I want it to be wire control, not infra-red.

Does anyone else use a Lanc controller for this purpose with the XH A1?

Which Lanc controller would you recommend getting for focusing?

Ideally it would have an adjustable focusing speed.

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Old May 5th, 2009, 05:30 PM   #92
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Canon XH-A1 Lanc Controller - VZ-Rock

Greetings from Alaska. New to the board and its mind blowing. I am a fishing/hunting/outdoor guide up here and just started getting into videoing my outdoor adventures. I will have many questions as I have already spent 50 plus hours reviewing this site.

I have a Canon XH-A1. I am having a hard time finding the perfect controller setup for my Manfrotto 055CXPro3, 701HDV.


I have been looking at the 523Pro, and the Varizoom VZ-Rock.


Will these units adequately control the focus and zoom for my Canon XH-A1? Is there a better unit that will deliver better performance?


Appreciate your advice, help, and time.


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Old May 6th, 2009, 03:53 AM   #93
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Hi Marc

I'm in the same boat, I particularly want good focus control. There is another thread here that might interest you:

http://www.dvinfo.net/conf/remote-le...non-xh-a1.html
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Old May 6th, 2009, 11:38 AM   #94
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Hi Marc

I'm in the same boat, I particularly want good focus control. There is another thread here that might interest you:

http://www.dvinfo.net/conf/remote-le...non-xh-a1.html

Thanks for the link to the thread, but I've already read every post within that thread and didn't really get to draw much of a conclusion from that entire thread. That's why I thought I'd post my own and see if anyone has any new fresh ideas.
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Old May 6th, 2009, 03:16 PM   #95
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We use the Canon controller, works nicely. Canon | ZR-1000 Zoom Remote Control | 3089A002 | B&H Photo Video

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Old May 11th, 2009, 03:39 AM   #96
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Any other suggestions?
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Old May 11th, 2009, 04:26 AM   #97
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There's the Bebob DVXL Universal remote zoom/focus controller, haven't used it though
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Old May 11th, 2009, 04:35 AM   #98
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Hi.......

If you're using the Canon XH A1, the only way to go is the ZR 2000.

It even, apparently, works the focus pretty good, something the ZR 1000 doesn't.

Not quite sure what else you're asking for here?


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Old May 11th, 2009, 05:52 AM   #99
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Ooh, thanks Chris, I'll check that one out, I thought there was only a ZR-1000.
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Old September 3rd, 2009, 02:18 AM   #100
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New controllers for Canon HDV

Manfrotto's introduced new line of controllers working much better with Canon HDV (XL-H1, XH-A1, XH-G1 and later). More information in the thread: http://www.dvinfo.net/conf/remote-le...manfrotto.html

One gets PAF, MF/AF mode switch and variable speed focus control (pressure sensitive with zoom rocker).

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Old September 4th, 2009, 08:31 AM   #101
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Manfrotto Lanc and Fig Rig

I have the old style controller on a Fig Rig...will the new one fit properly on the steering wheel?
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Old September 7th, 2009, 02:27 AM   #102
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I have the old style controller on a Fig Rig...will the new one fit properly on the steering wheel?
The housing is the same, so without any problem you can use both 521i and 521PROi on the FigRig.

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Old January 20th, 2010, 05:52 AM   #103
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Anything new?

I see this is a pretty old thread, but i'm probably buying me a figrig for my XH-A1 and I was wondering what you're experiences were (if any) with the controllers you were talking about here since it's likely I'll be buying one as well. I really like the ZR-2000 since it has the advanced focus features (magnifying/peaking), but it is a bit pricy. Or maybe i'm just cheap (don't hold it against me, i am dutch after all :P)

Anyway, let me know if you can.
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Old January 20th, 2010, 09:10 AM   #104
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Hi Edwin. I bought a Varizoom VZ Stealth LANC controller for use with my XH A1. Most of the controls work on it. Including record/stop. And it gives beautifully smooth stops and starts to zooms. The focus buttons work as well.
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Old January 21st, 2010, 03:48 AM   #105
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Any other suggestions?
You could also consider new Manfrotto/Bogen remotes, which include specific Canon LANC extension, which enable advanced functions like push auto focus, or variable speed focus. You can find more information there: New LANC remotes from Manfrotto

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