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Sony HVR-Z7 / HVR-S270
Handheld and shoulder mount versions of this Sony 3-CMOS HDV camcorder.


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Old April 23rd, 2008, 04:33 PM   #16
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Marshall "Bulldog" Levy !!!!!!
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Old April 23rd, 2008, 05:08 PM   #17
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Kudo to you and Bruce! It'll be very interesting to see exactly what Sony will do and what we'll have to do.

Can't wait!
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Old April 23rd, 2008, 05:36 PM   #18
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If contrast detection is all these cameras can do, I wish they would offer auto focus zones as well as an edge highlighting system that would show what the camera has focused on. DSLRs can use phase detection, but in Nikon D300 and D3 "Live View Modes", the focus area can be selected.
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Old April 24th, 2008, 07:00 PM   #19
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Thursday Update...

Well, it's Thursday and no phone calls or emails.

Hmm.

Has the promising excitement worn off? We'll see what happens on Friday.
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Old April 25th, 2008, 08:41 AM   #20
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I have my first job tomorrow with my S270 which has the same lens, the shoot will be used on local news here in the UK over the weekend ( in DVcam) so I will ask the tech guys at ITV to monitor the quality of the pictures. I dont use auto focus and maybe the fault won't be obvious in DV cam mode, but I need to know if there is a problem with this lens. Sony need to sort it out and quick and be honest about what is going on. The main reason I buy Sony cameras is that you know they work the way they are supposed to. If that has changed then their reputation is at stake. To quote a phrase from history " The whole world is watching"!
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Old April 25th, 2008, 08:44 AM   #21
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The shots/footage at hand with this post and others, and what Sony has confirmed, are not based on auto anything - it's all manual, which isn't good!
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Old April 25th, 2008, 11:40 AM   #22
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Friday Update

Testing still going on, will have an update on Monday.

Hmm. Hmm. Hmm.

And to think, that I have so many events coming up, what will I use to film? Concern is slowly increasing!
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Old April 28th, 2008, 06:04 PM   #23
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Monday 04/28 Update

Sony is sending back my camera and I should have it in the next day or so. I'll test it again to make sure everything is working as it was supposedly fixed.

I'm waiting to find out what everyone else should do, and will hopefully know on Tuesday.

Supposedly, the lens assembly had to be replaced which fixed the issue. Interesting.

I'll post again mid-week.
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Old April 28th, 2008, 06:14 PM   #24
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Sony is sending back my camera and I should have it in the next day or so. I'll test it again to make sure everything is working as it was supposedly fixed.

I'm waiting to find out what everyone else should do, and will hopefully know on Tuesday.

Supposedly, the lens assembly had to be replaced which fixed the issue. Interesting.

I'll post again mid-week.
Thanks Marshall. I was wondering what they were doing. Hopefully we can just send the lens back as opposed to shipping the entire body and lens. But then I'm guessing that's just wishful thinking on my part. Maybe it has to be calibrated to the body.
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Old April 28th, 2008, 06:17 PM   #25
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Yeah, who knows. I'll post as soon as I find out anything.

All I know is that I'm happy it's coming back because I've lost so much work because of this.

But now, I'll be able to outfit it with my new redrock follow focus, rods, zylight, and whole bunch of other nonsense!
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Old April 28th, 2008, 06:23 PM   #26
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Marshall,

You should have drawn a smiley face or something recognizable on the lens to make sure there wasn't a swaparoo (technical term)!

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Old April 28th, 2008, 06:28 PM   #27
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oh no worries...they've got serial numbers and stuff to 'em. I'm real particular about sending stuff in to any company for swaps....
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Old April 29th, 2008, 10:35 PM   #28
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Got a camera back and it seems to work fine. I easily noticed a difference in the lens and will be testing it again over the next few days.

Still waiting for a response as to what everyone else should do, but I think one of the problems is that out of all the thousands of posts and countless calls, emails, etc. I've received from owners with the problems, literally no one was active in terms of contacting Sony, or me, with the requested info. It's a shame, really, in that if Sony was/is to do a massive recall of sorts, more than a handful of owners need to make this known.

I'll update again later this week.
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Old April 30th, 2008, 11:04 PM   #29
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got my camera back today

This was under coments: Glitches when record short clips on CF card, Autofocus drifts,(MY COMPLAINTS)-- From Sony--Readjust lens assy, reflanged back lens, performed extensive bench tests on unit with customer CF card and our test CF card. Recorded multiple clips on cust card and ours. Tried different memory recording unit. Called customer and advice solution to his problem. Compared side by side customer unit with new unit from box. Unit works properly. The phone conversation--got the glitches on cust card but not on our card. Recommend that I use a 303X CF card instead of 133x transcend. He told me he wouldn't recommend the 133x card. I asked why does Sony say 133x is min speed when he says 303x???? They say that I use only 303x cards. I guess I will buy one and test it. He said he was rewriting software for the lens but I asked him was this for all cameras or just mine?? never did understand his ans. I will test camera on thursday and post here on the focusing.
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Call me on Thursday if you get a chance.
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