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Old July 28th, 2009, 05:59 AM   #1
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EX3 or F335?

Hi all, I have recently returned my HVR S270s for a refund due to the awful autofocus issues I experienced. I LOVED the 270 but I use autofocus on the shows I record and the cameras simply couldn't cope. I am now in a dilemma, having been bitten the HD bug. Is there a camera out there (preferably shoulder-mount) that can deliver HD AND use an AF lens? I have been offered for trial a PMW-F335 with a Canon VCL 719BXS AF lens. Various people have slated the lens but I do not want to make a mistake again! The nearest equivalent would be the EX3 - I have not heard a bad thing re either camera but obviously there is a huge price difference, plus a CMOS -v- CCD decision. I film mainly dance shows and school productions and the occasional wedding if I have to!

Can anyone throw any light on which HD camera I should consider please? I honestly believe I have considered most options, but to confirm my requirements:

1 - Must be HD
2 - Preferably (but not essential) shoulder-mount
3 - Must take AF lens
4 - Must have min rec time of 2 hours

Please don't ask why I don't use manual focus - I simply want to use AF!

Many thanks in advance for your help/advice
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Old July 28th, 2009, 12:02 PM   #2
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Forget the EX3 if you want to use AF. As you might have already realised, you have to be spot on in focus every time in HD. You cannot achieve that with AF of the EX3.
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Old July 29th, 2009, 02:19 AM   #3
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How about the Canon XHA1. My other cameras all have manual lenses but I often use the Instant AF on the Canon as it is very fast indeed. For the sort of work you are doing HDV should be absolutely fine - in fact I think you would be wasting money to spend more.

It is reasonably good to handhold as well. Low light isn't as good as any EX but comparable to other HDV cameras.
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