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Old July 19th, 2008, 11:23 PM   #31
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I just got my PMW-EX1 yesterday and one of the problems I found is that it takes several seconds to focus on the subject, unlike my previous camera (Sony VX2000).
Is that because of an incorrect setting ? Or it it fact of like with the EX1?
The EX1 is a dream compared to other HD camera's I've used. Try an HVX sometime. They don't even call it autofocus, it's called "focus assist" because it's too slow to even use as an autofocus.

Other than a 1080/60p omission, I have not found ANYTHING about this camera I don't love.
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Old July 20th, 2008, 02:49 PM   #32
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Other than a 1080/60p omission, I have not found ANYTHING about this camera I don't love.
Oh . . . COME ON!

Tell me you love the remote!
(A bar of chocolate in the box would have been more use to me).
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Old July 20th, 2008, 03:00 PM   #33
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Oh . . . COME ON!

Tell me you love the remote!
(A bar of chocolate in the box would have been more use to me).
Or the sticking ND filter switch :(

But these are all minor issues; the more I use (and know) this camera, the more I love it - especially that it will never allow you to get bored, so many new worlds of great (and not so great) features discovered with each new project!
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Old July 20th, 2008, 03:44 PM   #34
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the more I use (and know) this camera, the more I love it
Same here!
Best video camera I ever used - by far!

And my ND Filter switch doesn't stick . . . am I missing something?
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Old July 20th, 2008, 07:29 PM   #35
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My ND filter doesn't stick either. And I can't comment on the remote. It's still in the bag. I don't think I've ever used the remote on my DVX either... and I've had that thing for 4 or 5 years now.
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Old July 21st, 2008, 01:08 AM   #36
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I don't think I've ever used the remote on my DVX either... and I've had that thing for 4 or 5 years now.
The main reason I'd like a remote that actually works would be to use it to get a perfect zoom rather than actually touching the camera (and risking some movement).

Unfortunately, on the EX1 the remote facility seems to have been designed by someone who assumed you'd only want to use it if you were standing in front of the camera (and very close).
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Old July 21st, 2008, 01:20 AM   #37
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The main reason I'd like a remote that actually works would be to use it to get a perfect zoom rather than actually touching the camera (and risking some movement).
That's what a dolly is for.. :)
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That's what a dolly is for.. :)
Not really practical out in our fields. It would have to be very robust, so it would take too much time to set up, dismantle and store - not to mention the cost (and the weight).

So I just have to press the rocker button on the handle if I really must zoom but I don't much like zooming anyway, so I try to avoid it unless I feel it's essential.

Don't misunderstand me, the EX1 is fantastic but it would be handy if the remote was practical.
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Not really practical out in our fields. It would have to be very robust, so it would take too much time to set up, dismantle and store - not to mention the cost (and the weight).

So I just have to press the rocker button on the handle if I really must zoom but I don't much like zooming anyway, so I try to avoid it unless I feel it's essential.

Don't misunderstand me, the EX1 is fantastic but it would be handy if the remote was practical.
I was just kidding. But I am curious now. I'll have to try the remote tomorrow. I've typically found in-camera zooming to not be very filmic, so I dont use it. I tend to shoot as though I have a variety of primes.

To each their own though.
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Old July 21st, 2008, 02:21 AM   #40
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I tend to shoot as though I have a variety of primes.
I agree - people use zoom far too often.
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