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Old March 20th, 2008, 09:10 AM   #1
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Would you still buy the EX1?

Hey all,

I was all gung ho to upgrade when I first read about the EX1, but now with the vignetting and backfocus issues, I'm pretty leery. I'd hate to order one and have to send it back, perhaps more than once.

I know we hear all about problems on a forum, but does anyone have any sense of how widespread the problems are? I figured Sony would have fixed the problem but people are still posting about receiving brand new cameras that show the vignetting.

I think my Z1 might have more life in it than I anticipated...
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Old March 20th, 2008, 09:58 AM   #2
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If you tally everyone here in the "problem" threads you will get a few hand-fulls. A lot of the initial problems seem to have been handled by QA, although some still seem to seep through.

However, serial numbers are in the thousends. So if that is anything to go by, serious problems should be rare indeed.

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Old March 20th, 2008, 10:05 AM   #3
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Just received mine yesterday. It was SN 1789, a very low number for this late after the release. It has the vignetting problem in two corners, however the back focus is fine. I just spoke to someone at sony and I'm going to try to swap it with another one from the dealer rather than send it to them. Once this gets sorted out, I'll have very few complaints about this camera, especially considering what you get.

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Old March 20th, 2008, 11:10 AM   #4
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Mine has neither back focus or vignetting problems.
I would buy another one in a heart beat.
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Old March 20th, 2008, 11:40 AM   #5
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Yes, I would get another

My camera had a back focus issue which I fixed using the camera's internal software...no problem. Also, no problem with vignetting. I would purchase another because it produces a better picture than any other camera that I could hope to afford.
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Old March 20th, 2008, 11:42 AM   #7
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Most reassuring, you guys. I guess I got overwhelmed by all the attention on the vignetting and back focus.

Thanks for the feedback.
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Old March 20th, 2008, 11:43 AM   #8
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Most reassuring, you guys. I guess I got overwhelmed by all the attention on the vignetting and back focus.

Thanks for the feedback.
I would buy it 3 more times. :)
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Old March 20th, 2008, 12:08 PM   #9
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Absolutely yes. Will probably get another. I feel for the guys who have bad ones but I am sure Sony will sort them out. The fact that we have good ones means that Sony must come up with the goods for all.
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Old March 20th, 2008, 12:18 PM   #10
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No only would, but most probably will - as soon as the dust settles...
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Old March 20th, 2008, 12:20 PM   #11
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I wouldn't jump in again until I was SURE all of the issues had been resolved. I took a chance getting in early and I got burned. Mine has horrible back focusing probs (SN# 101581) and it will drain a full batt. in 24 hrs with power off.
It cost me $170 to ship this thing to San Jose CA because (according to Sony) that is the nearest service center that can fix it. :(

I'm hoping to have better luck with the HVR-Z7U that I just purchased.
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Old March 21st, 2008, 01:53 AM   #12
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Mine is for the second time in 4weeks (since I own it) back to San Jose for a faulty auto white balance and they told me, is not only my camera, but a problem with EX1 nobody seems to care. Well, excuse moi, I do expect that a 7k camera will do at least what my 2k PDX10 does perfectly.

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Old March 21st, 2008, 04:23 AM   #13
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My EX1, delivered mid-december, is working perfectly. It's a great camera.
Maybe the besti thing to do is go to your reseller and ask to try it before you buy it, then you can check for white, backfocus or vignetting issues.

I love this cam and would'nt wait for another model, which may be far more buggy :)
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Old March 21st, 2008, 07:02 AM   #14
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I'm exchanging mine today for a higher SN so the dealer can handle returning this one for vignetting. It's annoying, but there are plenty of cameras without this problem. There are some bugs with this camera, but it seems all of these are slowly being worked out. Other than the few issues we've been talking about here, it's a fantastic camera. I seriously doubt that sony would have a replacement at NAB. It seems panasonic will have a new camcorder next month, but that's more of a DVX replacement than an HVX replacement (AVCHD, $2500 roughly).

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Old March 21st, 2008, 09:27 AM   #15
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I would not buy it again! Not now before all the problems are settled.
See my post here:
http://www.dvinfo.net/conf/showpost....&postcount=644
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