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Old March 30th, 2008, 03:35 PM   #1
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Can't do a smooth slow zoom

In addition to trying to get my backfocus issues solved, I think I have found another problem? Will compare it with another EX-1 problem tomorrow but want to know if other people notice this. I have a nearly impossible time getting a slow, feathered zoom with the servo zoom toggle. I am used to being able to apply slight pressure, but when I do it starts zooming, then stops, then starts again. 90% of the time I use the manual zoom and rarely zoom during shots, but yesterday was filming a band and could not do a really slow zoom to save my life.

I saw a similar thread related to the top handle zoom and at low speeds (set below 10) and that seems to be a problem too. I don't use that zoom button but I am guessing it is a connected problem? Has anybody noticed this?

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Old March 30th, 2008, 04:41 PM   #2
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Have you checked the top handle zoom with slow settings? Sure sounds like the same problem.
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Old March 30th, 2008, 05:08 PM   #3
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Yeah, I get that same problem on the top handle too (although I never use that one). I assume it is a low speed problem. Has anybody had this problem and gotten it fixed?
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Old March 30th, 2008, 06:44 PM   #4
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An EX owner that posts here had the same issue. Sony has replaced his camera with another one.........just the other day, in fact.

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Old March 30th, 2008, 07:12 PM   #5
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Good to know Don.
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Old March 30th, 2008, 08:09 PM   #6
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I had the same problem. Sony replaced my camera. Try setting zoom speed to something like 3 in the menu and then test with the top handle zoom control. If it's stepping rather than doing a smooth slow zoom, you have the issue.
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Old March 31st, 2008, 06:02 AM   #7
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Im interested in hearing how your turns out. I had the same problem and it came back from Sony somewhat fixed. Its now ok with zoom speed down to 2 but at 1 it still stutters. They said they wont replace my camera.
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Old March 31st, 2008, 08:04 AM   #8
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Mine still steps at 1 too. It is a new camera (replaced the other one). I have a hunch other's don't get smooth zoom on 1. I think many issues go unreported because they go untested. Witness my example of vignette issue from CNN. You'd think a broadcaster would care.
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