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Old April 14th, 2007, 02:48 PM   #31
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yes, very smooth on 1-5. it works just as well with the A1 as it does with the
Xl1-s and GL2.

i take it you are on a tripod? so, just make sure auto-focus and anti-shake are both off. on slow zooms its going to look for objects at different focal lengths and also compensate.

on the remote, it's not on the "v" setting right? i've also got zoom speed on the cam switched to "c." ( that may not matter at all.)

you may also just have a faulty remote.
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Old April 14th, 2007, 03:03 PM   #32
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yes, very smooth on 1-5. it works just as well with the A1 as it does with the
Xl1-s and GL2.

i take it you are on a tripod? so, just make sure auto-focus and anti-shake are both off. on slow zooms its going to look for objects at different focal lengths and also compensate.

on the remote, it's not on the "v" setting right? i've also got zoom speed on the cam switched to "c." ( that may not matter at all.)

you may also just have a faulty remote.
I think we may be talking about different things. The zoom speed itself is fine, no complaints - the problem is when I'm in a wide shot and want to tighten up, normally the idea is to gently ease into the zoom, with the ZR-1000 I found it almost impossible. The move begins suddenly and ends suddenly - there is no ramp up or ramp down. This is essential for broadcast quality moves, so I'm still wondering if the A1 is incapable, or the ZR-1000 is incapable?
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Old April 15th, 2007, 09:04 AM   #33
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Well, I've done a little testing, and on 16x it definitely seems to jump into the zoom quickly. How about starting with 1x and then turning the knob to whatever zoom speed you need? That seems fairly smooth. I'm no expert, so more testing might be required.
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Old May 3rd, 2007, 09:15 PM   #34
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I just came across this thread & can't imagine it just died where it did. I believe Kipjaz was obviously talking about the zoom in variable mode, not constant. Any speed setting in constant mode will abruptly start or stop. Variable obviously wouldn't.

I too would like to know anyone's experiences with the ZR-2000, pro & con.

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Old May 6th, 2007, 03:28 PM   #35
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Yep, variable mode is a must. I'm beginning to think not many people are using the ZR-2000 in this way, so perhaps no one can really comment. I returned my ZR-1000 as it was unusable for any critical moves.
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Old May 6th, 2007, 07:56 PM   #36
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Kipjaz, I could be wrong, but I think it's relative to the zoom speed setting you have on the A1. Meaning if you have the A1 set to C (constant), you're going to get that abrupt start/stop on any controller. If the A1 is set to VAR, you should get what you expect. But, this still may not work well with the older 1000 unit, but may with the 2000.

Maybe a quick call to someone that has both the A1 & ZR-2000 in stock and/or display, could shed some light.

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Old June 13th, 2007, 01:09 AM   #37
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Any more experiences/ info?

How are they holding up?

Does VAR zoom setting allow you to slooowly and smoothly creep out of a full-wide or full-tele shot into a slow zoom?
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Old July 1st, 2007, 04:55 PM   #38
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I'm going to echo Shaun's question... is a zoom creep > ramp to faster zoom possible with the ZR-2000? in order to do this, do you need to manually dial up the zoom speed selector as you zoom, or is it possible by "feathering" the zoom rocker directly? also, is it dependent on the camera setting or no?

Also, I'd love to hear somebody weigh in on the sturdiness factor, specifically anyone who has been using this in the field... everybody is commenting on the plastic/delicate build of it... how's it fare in real world use?

has anybody machined an aluminum case for it? I'm sure there's a market for it! ;)

Cheers!

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Old July 25th, 2007, 10:42 AM   #39
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Focus wheel

Does anyone have any feedback on how well the focus wheel on the ZR-2000 works with the A1? Is it as accurate/responsive as the focus ring on the lens?

Thanks :)

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Old June 25th, 2008, 02:42 PM   #40
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*bump*

just wanted to re-iterate my above questions about sturdiness and zoom creep abilities...

can anybody weigh in who has used this controller for a while? cheers!

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Old May 6th, 2009, 04:39 AM   #41
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Please can anyone tell me if the ZR-2000 is any good for focus pulling?

I don't want a controller for zoom control just focus
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Old July 11th, 2009, 05:58 AM   #42
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ZR-2000 Focus Wheel Responsiveness with XH A1

Please can anyone offer any insight?

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Does anyone have any feedback on how well the focus wheel on the ZR-2000 works with the A1? Is it as accurate/responsive as the focus ring on the lens?

Thanks :)

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