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Old August 12th, 2004, 12:52 PM   #1
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vx2100 came today!

After months of indecision, debating between all the prosumer cams i bought a vx2100 which arrived today.

I was able to accquire a beachtek dxa-6 for a scandalous price on ebay (scandalous in a good way!)

so i could stretch to the high-end sony.


wow.

Thanks to these forums for alleviating my ignorance! :-) I am very happy with my choice, it's super.

But i was wondering if it was possible to buy a different EVF, i seem to remember hearing that one could purchase a B&W one as an extra.. is this true or is my head making things up? :-S

The EVF is the only thing is can think of improving in the camera, it doesn't look to give a really nice image, the res seems a bit low.
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Old August 12th, 2004, 01:23 PM   #2
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Congratulations on the camera and welcome to the forum. The B&W viewfinder comes only with the PD170.
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Old August 14th, 2004, 07:21 AM   #3
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Good luck and enjoy the camera!
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Old August 14th, 2004, 07:56 AM   #4
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Thanks :-) I intend to put the thing through it's paces soon enough.

Having a few issues with the audio though.. (but it's a vx and that's old news, right? ;-))

Thinking of getting the BBC/Glensound mod .. but having a bit of success filtering the hisss out with FC.

Other than that, brill.
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Old August 14th, 2004, 10:49 AM   #5
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DXA-6 Casper? I have the DXA-4 for my VX2000 and there's a DXA-8 I know of, but the 6?

Welcome to the VX club. The Glensound mod will lift your cam even higher and you've chosen well. If mine exploded this afternoon I'd be buying another before nightfall.

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Old August 15th, 2004, 05:54 AM   #6
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Yes, i ordered the dxa6.. which is basically the dxa4 with dual phantom power for my mics.

Starting to wish i'd got the dxa8 though.. it has the preamps that the 6 lacks.. may have reduced the hiss I'm getting.


- But i do wish somebody had informed me of the 'exploding problem' you speak of..
if i'd have known beforehand that the vx's had a tendency to blow-up i would've opted for the gl2!


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Old August 15th, 2004, 09:25 AM   #7
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GL2 Casper? Has no one told you of the spontaneous combustion problem? DVX100s implode (just to be different) and XL2's fill up with water.
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Old August 15th, 2004, 12:00 PM   #8
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The best way of reducing the hiss is to keep the VX preamp below 50% gain and ideally closer to 25%. The Beach DXA-8 has limiters and gain. Read this write up for more info


"Thinking of getting the BBC/Glensound mod"

Read about Greg Winter's mod, better than the BBC/Glensound. The audio is fed at line level directly into the analog to digital converters.
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Old August 16th, 2004, 11:39 AM   #9
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Beaser, thats the first time I've had a chance to actually listen to the difference the line-level mod by Greg Winter makes and that is extremely impressive.

I think my VX2000 may just have to be "winterized" and then I'll bug you about mics (of which I have zero knowledge).

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Old August 23rd, 2004, 03:29 AM   #10
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<<<-- Originally posted by Bryan Beasleigh : The best way of reducing the hiss is to keep the VX preamp below 50% gain and ideally closer to 25%.

As I recall, the *specific* best signal-to-noise ratio
was found to be at 5-6 notches down from
50% gain. Of course, this is basically what
you said.
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Old August 23rd, 2004, 03:31 AM   #11
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Casper,
There's nothing great about the 170 viewfinder.
Maybe the 150's is better, don't know.
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Old August 26th, 2004, 11:29 AM   #12
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The Sennheiser ME66 mic has a louder output than other shotgun mics. With the ME66 you end up using really low input volume settings and the famous Sony background hiss is (IMHO) inaudible.
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Old August 26th, 2004, 03:38 PM   #13
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You "SAID THAT ALRIGHT!" All the new EVF is nothing but a magnifier that enlarges the LCD EVF and actually causes side distortion unlike its predecessor-the SONY PD 150.

<<<-- Originally posted by Dave Largent : Casper,
There's nothing great about the 170 viewfinder.
Maybe the 150's is better, don't know. -->>>
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Old August 26th, 2004, 04:29 PM   #14
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Yeah, I've noticed that side distortion interferes with
the view. Sorta like lens flare washes out the
whole image. I find I can focus better using
the LCD screen. Looks like Sony messed up
here. I was looking forward to an improvement
over a VX having read how nice the 150's viewfinder is.
I can probably focus better with the 2000's
viewfinder than I can with the 170's. It's bad.
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Old August 31st, 2004, 07:36 AM   #15
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I'm one step away from purchasing vx2100, but I cannot help wondering....
Should I wait for canon xl2, in which I ''fell in love'' right after it was announced to come out (little short on cash to get it just now)? In any case I'd use it for short videos and some documentary work.
Decisions...
Right now I'm (un)happy with my little sony dcr-trv60E (very cute for home use, but of course no more than that).
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