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Old January 8th, 2005, 10:41 AM   #1
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Potential good new for future Z1 owners.

Hey HDV'ers,

I've been reading on other sites (to many postings and sites to link - go fishing after you read this) that the Z1 has had "4 additional months of tweaks" since the FX1 was released. Apparently, there are more shutter speed options ("down to 1/25 in all modes" - something the FX1 apparently isn't able to do) that improve upon the 24fps issue. It's been posted elsewhere that the Z1's release is going to kill their PD line too. If that's true and Sony is ok with it...then Z1 has got to be a solid hunk of metal. I am really happy to hear about some tweaks as are others I'm sure!

I'm posting this because it's been the #1 topic of discussion everywhere I've been reading - the "film look" aspect of the FX1 being subpar. I've definately seen Z1 postings from people that actually *physically* have it now, so I thought it was a good time to open discussion.

We will probably know within days and/or weeks about the final tweaks...if anyone gets any information please post! I'm dying to get the latest factual news -- the Z1 is in the hands of people out there! I've been quiet, but it's so close I can taste it!!!!

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Old January 8th, 2005, 11:21 AM   #2
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I haven't heard anymore about Sundance. But there was a rumor that Sony was going to unveil a film shot with the Z1.

Just wondering if anyone has heard anything more about this rumor.
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Old January 9th, 2005, 05:35 AM   #3
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Ummm, I have the FX1E (PAL model) and i have 1/25th shutter speed......all the way down to 1/8th.......?
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Old January 9th, 2005, 07:44 AM   #4
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but you PAL doesnt have 24fps :)
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Old January 9th, 2005, 01:55 PM   #5
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Murph I don't believe that 1/25 is an option in 60i mode
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Old January 10th, 2005, 04:22 PM   #6
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Tim, may I ask where you got your Pal camera? I've been shopping around and the only place I found it stateside was B&H.
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Old January 11th, 2005, 05:59 PM   #7
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Betsy I'm going to go out on a limb and bet that he purchased it somewhere near New South Whales in australia.
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Old January 11th, 2005, 06:45 PM   #8
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Whoops, I never look at the towns anymore:) Oh, well, next time I'm in Australia...
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Old January 12th, 2005, 05:20 PM   #9
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Hi Betsy

Even tho I live in Australia, I bought my FX1E from Expandore Electronics in Singapore ( www.expandore.com ). I couldn't afford to get one in Australia. They were incredibly helpful and nice, and their price was unbeatable at the time I bought it. Got it via FedEx in a few days. Totally happy with the purchase - I heartily recommend them!!

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Old January 13th, 2005, 12:55 PM   #10
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The Z1 will do PAL and NTSC, Betsy, which may be a very viable option for you. 25p goes to 24p very easily...

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Old January 13th, 2005, 02:50 PM   #11
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Great advice Tim and Heath.

Heath, it's not true 25p is it? The Z1 still has that funky frame mode, right (it's probably a moot point cuz it's out of my price range)?

Tim, I checked out the site, always a little nervous re: ordering overseas but 3450 is a good price for a PAL.

By the way, it's so exciting to be a Major Player now! When do the stock options kick in?

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Old January 13th, 2005, 03:16 PM   #12
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Whoops, I meant 25 fps, 50i. Sorry, it's interlaced, NOT progressive. No frame movie mode on the Sony, that's a Canon XL-1 thing. CineFrame is kind of like it, I think.

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Old January 13th, 2005, 05:03 PM   #13
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Hi Betsy

I know what you mean. Ordering a product that expensive from overseas is very daunting!!
I felt very comfortable dealing with them. They advised me of every step they took and I could track the parcel via FedEx's online tracking. I am a very happy customer of theirs and will definately buy more gear off them in the future.
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Old January 13th, 2005, 09:38 PM   #14
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Betsy,

I would STRONGLY recommend against buying overseas. I would also highly recommend purchasing from one of our sponsors.

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Old January 14th, 2005, 08:39 AM   #15
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Thanks, Heath, I'll second that. Pretty soon we'll have a U.S. source for PAL equipment as a site sponsor. I'll let ya'll know about that as soon as it happens.
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