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Sony VX2100 / PD170 / PDX10 Companion
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Old September 28th, 2002, 11:52 AM   #16
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Hrm... where can I find more info on these? Such as price/place to buy, etc?

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Old September 28th, 2002, 04:06 PM   #17
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I personnaly don't need a portable scope. I use my Gould AS3000 or my Hameg HM312 for videoexperiments at home. I know Fluke has handheds(www.fluke .com). I think Tektronix too. The Fluke prices are about $1000 as far as I remember.
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Old September 28th, 2002, 11:47 PM   #18
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I've been salivating over the new Sharp 10' LCD portable TV. I know it's big, but it's a TOY and it's compact. I had been looking at the marshal 5.6 " TFT monitors and my gaze keeps wondering back to the sharp.
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Old September 29th, 2002, 03:38 PM   #19
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Very nice. Should serve as a focusing tool with the VGA (640x480)resolution. 12VDC input (as do all of their LCD televisions)

The only question I have is about the 200:1 contrast ratio. Is that good enough? The Sharp 13" and above models have 400:1.
I have no practical experience with LCD displays except the small camera-mounted units. Sony does not state the contrast ratio of the monitor on the PD-150

The price is fairly good at around $670 U.S MSRP.
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Old October 5th, 2002, 11:12 AM   #20
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I took one of my cameras in to the retailer and tried the varous LCD TV/Monitors. The higher contrast and brightness on the 13' blew the 10" away. Then there was the Samsung with the 1280 x 1024.(not to mention the 42" plasma that you need a 2nd mortgage for :)

That's how I got into this rat race to start with. I kept going up and up in price and quality. I guess I only like the good stuff.
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Old October 5th, 2002, 02:07 PM   #21
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Amen to that.

Anyone know of a camera mount for the top of a 42" plasma monitor? :-)))
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Old October 7th, 2002, 04:59 PM   #22
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Just as a side note...

regarding the "push in/one-touch focus/pull out" method described above, keep in mind that if your image is particularly out of focus before you zoom in, the one touch will take a hideously long time to bring it in due to the nature of how auto-focus systems work... try and dial it in a bit before the zoom manually with the focus ring... I've literally had my 150 NOT focus at all if I was just doing macro work...

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Old October 8th, 2002, 12:17 AM   #23
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I've posted this elsewhere, but the cam will focus for macro work at the wide setting, but in telephoto, the min focus distance is much greater.
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Old October 8th, 2002, 09:04 AM   #24
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Regarding minimum focus distance in telephoto... that goes wqithout saying... the point I was raising is that if the camera is focused at say 3' or less and is then zoomed in fully (12x optical) on a distant target to acquire focus and you use the one-touch, it will take (nearly) FOREVER to rack in due to the utter lack of contrasting edges to facilitate focus... my VX1000 and DSR 200 always seemed to tack up a little faster...

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Old December 21st, 2002, 11:51 AM   #25
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External monitor or LCD?

I've been researching this same question. I did buy a 5.6" Varizoom at one point and was so dissatisfied that I returned it. The visual angle was so limited that it was extremely difficult to use. My application is for filming stage performances. I often find that it is difficult to tell if my VX2000 exposure and focus is good when the subjects are under spotlights. The spotlight button helps, but I often still have problems when only a small part of the screen is brightly lit. This is difficult to notice on the VX2000 LCD. I have considered a 9" or 13" monitor as the best way to get a really good monitor to use when filming these events. However, the AC requirement and the overall bulkiness of this approach makes it not ideal. Recently I have been looking at the newer personal DVD players that are emerging. Some of these have great displays with respect to visual angle, but they are still pretty pricey ($800=$1000). The DC operation is ideal, but it is difficult to find out how long the battery lasts in these models (often not a published spec). The upside is that I would have a nice portable DVD player to show my work at events and tradeshows. If anyone has a recommendation on one of these units, then please let me know what it is...
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Old December 23rd, 2002, 07:23 PM   #26
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I use a 5" TV set ($150) that has composit video in when I need to be free from wall-power. I take a 12 volt battery with me and power the set. It isn't at all as good as an eight-inch high-res Sony but it isn't $1700 either.
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