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Old November 21st, 2007, 12:44 PM   #1
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Yippee! They're shipping.

Just got a notice from B&H that my pre-ordered EX1 has shipped.

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Old November 21st, 2007, 02:07 PM   #2
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me too! Can we reschedule the holiday so I can receive tomorrow? :)
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Old November 21st, 2007, 06:13 PM   #3
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Just got a notice from B&H that my pre-ordered EX1 has shipped.

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Old November 21st, 2007, 07:06 PM   #4
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Sometime in October. Soon after they posted their original $6999 price.

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Old November 21st, 2007, 07:10 PM   #5
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Anyone else who ordered through BH get the notice?
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Old November 28th, 2007, 12:37 AM   #6
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I'm getting mine on thursday!

Carroll, did you get yours yet?
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Old November 28th, 2007, 08:56 AM   #7
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It's on the UPS truck for delivery today. :D

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Old November 28th, 2007, 12:37 PM   #8
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It's arrived!

UPS came through a few minutes ago.

INITIAL OBSERVATIONS WHILE AWAITING BATTERY CHARGING

1. The SDI connector cover will be easy to lose. Why doesn't it have a attach strap like the headphones and iLink connectors?

2. The Zoe II Fujinon lens controller connector is not compatible with the connector on the EX1 handle. A very reliable dealer source told me that Bebob is working on a compatible EX1 controller. Availability hopefully in December.

3. Amazing how much the camera resembles the Z1U.

4. It would be nice if the slots in the sliders of several control switches had white paint in them so the slider position would be easier to see. This may be my first "field mod".

5. The Zoom "manual-servo" will take a small finger to operate when using a Sachtler fluid head. My average-size male index finger can barely fit between the camera and the Sachtler DV6 mounting plate.

6. There seems to be a focal plane mark (φ) on the top right side of the camera about midway of the front-to-back of the handle.

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Old November 28th, 2007, 01:11 PM   #9
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Another observation:

The EX1 Picture Profiles are all "Standard", unlike the Z1U that came with six different ones from Sony.

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Old November 28th, 2007, 05:28 PM   #10
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MORE OBSERVATIONS

-DELETING las clip doesn't reset timecode back to the original point.

-If you set "1" for the slow zoom speed in the menu then select the Slow setting on the handle switch you can get an agonizinglly slow zoom with the handle zoom rocker.

-The Macro function on the lens does not seem to work as per its specs on page 124 of the user manual. At least on my unit.

I've uploaded a couple of clips with end-to-end zooms. Both of these were on a tripod with OIS off. I can't see any vignetting in these clips. They exceeded the DVInfo size limitation so I've uploaded them to my website.

http://www.clamcamvideo.com/CLAM0004_01_1.mov

http://www.clamcamvideo.com/CLAM0005_01_1.mov

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Old November 28th, 2007, 05:42 PM   #11
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I can't see any vignetting in these clips.
I take it all back. About 10% into the first clip - sky - there's a hint of shading in the upper right. But you really have to be looking for it to see.

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Old November 28th, 2007, 05:45 PM   #12
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"-The Macro function on the lens does not seem to work as per its specs on page 124 of the user manual. At least on my unit."

the copy of the user manual i have claims macro is invalid in full MF mode. that has to be wrong.

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Old November 28th, 2007, 05:47 PM   #13
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the copy of the user manual i have claims macro is invalid in full MF mode. that has to be wrong.
No it's not, the Macro switch does not function in full MF mode.

Also carroll, the camera does have picture profiles "CINE1" etc, but you need to apply them to the profiles in the menu.

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Old November 28th, 2007, 05:52 PM   #14
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I could not verify that Macro works in any of the focus modes.

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Old November 28th, 2007, 05:58 PM   #15
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No it's not, the Macro switch does not function in full MF mode.

Also carroll, the camera does have picture profiles "CINE1" etc, but you need to apply them to the profiles in the menu.
As I noted in my reply to Vince, I couldn't verify Macro operation in any focus mode.

Yes, I know that there are parameters of the Picture Profiles that can be changed, and are included, like Cine1-4, but as delivered all the Profiles are the same. In the Z1U the six included Profiles had different setups. Not a biggie, just an observation. I suppose Sony felt that EX1 users would be more apt to know how to set Picture Profile parameters.

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