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Old November 30th, 2007, 10:50 PM   #1
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Just wondering if anyone could inform me of how difficult it is to achieve the aforementioned. Is the lcd screen on the EX1 sufficient enough to get the job done, or is an hd field monitor a requisite investment? What about focus-assist, how well does it work? Any info appreciated.
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Old November 30th, 2007, 11:02 PM   #2
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Spencer,
You are going to be surprised on the Focus assist available with the EX1.
The peaking is just like the JVC HD100 series, but better. It works VERY WELL. We were using just that and when we thought we nailed focus, we looked over at the 24" monitor hooked up via SDI and it was perfect.

The "expanded Focus" also work well.

The person I was working testing the cam with mentioned he wish RED would have the peaking focus that's on the EX1. He wants to buy an EX1 to cut with his RED.

This camera ie REAL easy to nail focus.
The LCD is the best I've used on these cams.
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Old November 30th, 2007, 11:14 PM   #3
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Sweet...so in other words, one may be able to shoot tack-sharp images without a $5000+ field monitor? (That would be a relief).
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Old January 27th, 2008, 08:34 PM   #4
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Is there a secret to getting peaking to work well?

I keep pushing the button because I can't tell if it's on or not. I have tried each of the 3 levels. I seem to get the best results if I have it set on high, and play with the iris.

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Old January 27th, 2008, 08:37 PM   #5
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Clark,

Have you changed the color in the menus? I find BLUE to be the easiest to work with.
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Old January 27th, 2008, 08:55 PM   #6
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Blue is the color that works best for me, too. I don't usually have a problem seeing the indicators when they are on. I just can't seem to get them to join the game.

Most of my experience has been indoors, under fairly low light levels. Maybe the depth of field is just too shallow and the peaking function can't find the edges. I'll keep trying.

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Old January 27th, 2008, 09:13 PM   #7
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I actually use red - as I shoot outdoors a lot it is easier to see if you have lots of blue sky (I live in Australia and we have no shortage of blue sky). Peaking also seems a bit more obvious is you use medium setting - but that's a personal thing.
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