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Old April 4th, 2006, 11:10 AM   #16
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I can also confirm that the Manfrotto 521Pro's Push Auto Focus button does work with the HC1 when in manual focus mode.
The Push Auto Focus button does not work on my Varizoom Lanc with my A1. I guess I bought the wrong controller!
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Old April 10th, 2006, 02:23 AM   #17
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Push Auto is "included" in the Spot Focus and Shot Transition !

In these modes you can choose the area where you want to focus. I think it's a great advantage (and improvement!) over a simple Push Auto which only focus on the center...

I use it a lot and I think it is the best usable focus system I have seen on a camcorder.
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Old April 10th, 2006, 12:04 PM   #18
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I noticed you guys talking about an assignable button. Is this feature exclusive to the A1u or is this also available on the HC1?
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Old April 10th, 2006, 12:57 PM   #19
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- the assignable button is only on the A1. It's not on the HC1.
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Old April 10th, 2006, 02:39 PM   #20
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Push Auto is "included" in the Spot Focus and Shot Transition !

In these modes you can choose the area where you want to focus. I think it's a great advantage (and improvement!) over a simple Push Auto which only focus on the center...

I use it a lot and I think it is the best usable focus system I have seen on a camcorder.
Are we talking about the same things?

I may be wrong, but I don't believe "Push Auto" is specifically geared to center focus (any more than "Auto Focus"). It's equivalent to being in manual focus mode, sighting a target and switching to auto focus to auto focus the target, and then switching back to manual focus.

The LCD menu options are great on the HC1 if you are in a static situation and can set up the shot. I have a hard enough time trying to hold the HC1 still freehand, let alone trying to keep it still while playing with the LCD options. Even on a monopod or tripod, the less I touch the camera the better.

Which is why I got a LANC controller. And support for "Push Auto" is why I went with the 521Pro.
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Old April 13th, 2006, 01:00 AM   #21
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I have a specific need for the "Push Auto-focus" button. Every year, I make several flower videos at local rose and rhododendron gardens. I started doing this for my bedridden Mother, but soon found that many other people wanted to see them. With a momentary AF button, I can flit from one flower to the next, like a busy bee. All I have to do to set-up each shot, is pop the momentary button for a couple of seconds and I'm good to go. I've also used it to quickly catch each exhibit at art shows. When you have 50 to 100 different subjects like this, all in a row, the AF button is a great time-saver and a real blessing. It's been 17 years since I had a camcorder without this feature and this could be a deal-buster if a certain model wasn't very outstanding in other ways.
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