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Old May 18th, 2006, 10:08 AM   #46
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When you get a chance, if you could find out how long in seconds in takes to go from max.wideangle to max.telephoto on the A1 using the 521Pro controller at the slowest possible continuous speed please. Also does the 521Pro have a menu or something or a way of selecting different zoom-speed rates ? Or is there just one rate? Grateful for any info on this pls!

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Old May 18th, 2006, 12:58 PM   #47
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When you get a chance, if you could find out how long in seconds in takes to go from max.wideangle to max.telephoto on the A1 using the 521Pro controller at the slowest possible continuous speed please. Also does the 521Pro have a menu or something or a way of selecting different zoom-speed rates ? Or is there just one rate? Grateful for any info on this pls!

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Will do Stu, but for your second question...you can set your speed. You basically start zooming at the speed you want with the rocker. When you get the desired speed you hold down the focus button for a second and it will keep that speed for when you choose fixed mode zooming. Nice feature indeed. I will do some speed test tonight (will be late) unless someone beats me to it.

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Old May 18th, 2006, 01:13 PM   #48
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Stu...I just did a quick one time test with my shakey hands. I got 32 seconds from tele to wide. Someone may get slower, but that is what I got.

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Old May 18th, 2006, 02:54 PM   #49
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Stu...I just did a quick one time test with my shakey hands. I got 32 seconds from tele to wide. Someone may get slower, but that is what I got.

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Thats great - 32secs is a good result and i think better (i.e slower) than other reports i've read of other LANC products.
Many thanks Michael for that info.
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Old May 18th, 2006, 06:43 PM   #50
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Thats great - 32secs is a good result and i think better (i.e slower) than other reports i've read of other LANC products.
Many thanks Michael for that info.

I will do it again when I get home later tonight to make sure. I basically set my zoom speed like mentioned in previous post and timed it. 32 seconds give or take 1/2 second...
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Old May 18th, 2006, 08:33 PM   #51
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Ok...I did it 3 times and was only able to get 27 seconds. Not sure how I got the 32, but I am starting to think I figured wrong since it is 5 seconds diff.
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Old May 31st, 2006, 01:33 PM   #52
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Manual! (my 2 cents)

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Old May 31st, 2006, 02:28 PM   #53
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Bti late to the pardayy hey Heath?! I reckon, with interest, thats about 2.1cents... ;-)

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Old May 31st, 2006, 03:29 PM   #54
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Yeah, Stu, a bit late, but I couldn't help but jump in. As a film instructor, it kills me when students demand the camera be set to auto, and the DP does so. Then the student gets to editing, he/she blames the DP for it going in and out of focus. (We always try to warn them...)

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Old May 31st, 2006, 03:36 PM   #55
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auto-something-else

He he... I used to be an auto-user but I am going to learn to work with manual. Oddly I am reviewing a couple of tapes to extract the "best of" and make a HDV-demo reel that I can view on my friends HD-screen. I just noticed a clip that when two people leaves the image the sky becomes slightly darker than it was when they were on the screen. So that is auto-something-else I reckon. Is it the exposure?

EDIT: I ment work with "manual" and not auto as I wrote...
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Probably auto-iris and maybe even auto-shutter.

If you aren't controlling the shutter, the image looks a lot different. Auto-shutter in the noon light can make it go to 1/250 and produce an effect you may not want, similar to the opening of SAVING PRIVATE RYAN. In low light, the shutter will go to 1/30 or lower, giving a slow motion look.

You should control the camera and image--never let it control you.

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Old May 31st, 2006, 09:32 PM   #57
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I've been trying to determine a list of what to have manual/auto in order of visual importance for folks who've asked me how to get better pictures on cameras that don't allow manual control over everything...some do focus or exposure, not both at the same time. Someone care to chime in with their importance list of auto features that should be manual for best pic. Here's what I've come up with.

1.exposure
2.shutter
3.focus

focus fishing seems much less noticable to me, but I could be wrong.
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I've been trying to determine a list of what to have manual/auto in order of visual importance for folks who've asked me how to get better pictures on cameras that don't allow manual control over everything...some do focus or exposure, not both at the same time. Someone care to chime in with their importance list of auto features that should be manual for best pic. Here's what I've come up with.

1.exposure - this is your iris, and it's very important to have total control over. People walk in front of something bright, the image will brighten, then darken. Looks amateurish.

2.shutter - If you don't have total control of it, you're video will look slow-mo (low shutter) or jittery and almost like there's no motion blur (high shutter). Looks amateurish.

3.focus - If you're on auto focus, esp. in low light, the camera will have issues finding focus. I've seen it happen. Or when people walk in front of the camera, the focus will shift once, then again when they walk away. When things are out of focus, or the main object isn't in focus, it screams, you guessed it, amateur.

I highly recommend reading up on some books or training DVDs to learn how to get the most out of your camera. Try these:

1. http://vasst.com/product.aspx?id=aa9...c-274132e686c5 (and any www.vasst.com training products, books, DVDs, etc.)

2. http://www.videomaker.com/scripts/in...e=c10&Ftype=F5 (and anything here: http://www.videomaker.com/scripts/menu_clubvid.cfm)

Remember, manual is the key to great video.

Now, of course, if you can't control it, then control the shot. More indoors than outdoors, where light can be controlled (iris, shutter and focus). And take care in how subjects come into the scene, to keep things from going in and out of focus.

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Old May 31st, 2006, 10:13 PM   #59
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I'm personally shooting with an XL1s and run everything manual, I was wondering how you would prioritize them if you had to.

i.e. I'd pick auto-focus/manual exposure if the camera only gave the option of one at a time...or is the focus more important than constant exposure for getting a good picture.
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Old May 31st, 2006, 10:39 PM   #60
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I keep my shutter set at 1/60 all of the time unless I need a different effect. I agree that exposure is a major key as well since you will get that bright/dark/bright amateur effect as mentioned. Focus is a little tricky depending on the cirumstance. I do like the LANC controller I have since I can keep it in manual and use one push auto focus to get a quick result. I started this thread a little while back and have found that manual, on most settings, is needed. I do like to use the one push focus as I mentioned and also like spot metering for exposure. Another key point, for me at least, is proper white balance which I use an 18% gray card and then adjust accordingly.
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