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Old October 24th, 2002, 06:32 AM   #1
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Simple question about shoulder mounts for xl1s.

Heya, i have been using an xl1s for a while, but have to give it back now, so just about to buy my own.

I want to get a shoulder mount, i have been offered some good prices actually, but my simple question is.

I will be using this camera mostly on a tripod but will sometimes pop it up for some types of shoots.

I will be at most ever be using 2 mic's, so a multitude of inputs is not that important.

Will i see any real advantage with going from a ma100 to a ma200?

The price difference is not great at all, just wanting some ideas, as i said it most likely won't be on my shoulder for extended periods of time.

But i do want a shoulder pad/mount not a breakout box.

anyways, thanx for your help.

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Old October 24th, 2002, 06:51 AM   #2
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The MA-300 works only with the GL-2 (and PAL counterparts). You might want to use the search function because alot has been written on this subject. The MA-200 is either loved or hated. No middle of the road on this piece. I happen to find my MA-200 very useful and it is permanently mounted to my camera. the addition of the Lightwave System Isolator make the camera a perfect shoulder mount for me (very comfortable, too). But my background is in larger shoulder mount cameras. When I worked in broadcast, the majority of my work was shoulder mount.

I find the audio to be of high quality. Even though I said I would never use 4 channel audio, once or twice I've resorted to it's use. It saved my butt big time.

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Old October 24th, 2002, 06:54 AM   #3
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Jeff,

so the ma100 is identical in form but only has 2 connectors, or is a smaller unit as well?

I have come from a slightly different background than you i guess. I come from a studio background all tripod mounted, big monitors and not touching the audio at all, as you guessed i was a key camera operator for a studio based comedy show here in australia for 2 seasons.

Anyways,

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Old October 24th, 2002, 07:09 AM   #4
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The MA-100 is slightly smaller because it only accomodates 2 channels of audio, instead of 4 on the MA-200. I now do the majority of my work tripod mounted also. But occasionaly a client will want that hand held look. I don't do any event type work. Event people are usually looking for the bigger shoulder braces. Shoulder braces have been covered a lot in the last few weeks. Just look a little below this topic and you'll see several threads.

Canon shows them side by side here http://www.canondv.com/xl1s/a_audio_access.html The form factor is a little different. Another big advantage is the abillity to mount two batteries at the same time. This also allows use to swap out discharged batteries without shutting down.

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Old October 24th, 2002, 07:13 AM   #5
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Thanx, excellent response,

that thing about the batteries sold me!

ma-200 it is.


thanx

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Old October 24th, 2002, 07:34 AM   #6
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The MA-200 requires the CH-910 to do the 2 batteries http://www.canondv.com/xl1s/a_power_adapt.html It also charges 2 batteries in sequence. It is a very nice accesory and mounts perfectly to either the MA-100 or 200.

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Old October 24th, 2002, 07:52 AM   #7
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thanks jeff,

wow it is amazing, if you buy one thing you always to buy something else.

I think it is a bit sly and unfortunate too... they really should build all in one solutions.


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