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Old March 21st, 2010, 11:55 PM   #16
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pardon the analogy but it's a bit like the Hammer vs the Nail. (EX1) Hammer wins.
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Old March 23rd, 2010, 10:43 AM   #17
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Hmm, having a little trouble with that analogy.... A hammer is a tool; a nail is a piece of hardware.

I think it was Flip Wilson who said, "I'm gonna hit you SO hard, your head is gonna ring like 16 penny nail bein' hit by a greasy ball peen hammer". Now *that* would be the EX1. The Z1 is more like a regular claw hammer.
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Old March 23rd, 2010, 11:09 AM   #18
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I know that many don't like the "balance" of the EX1...

As for myself and several of my colleagues, I'd have to say that all of us were surprised when we got our cameras at how we really didn't seem to see the severity of this issue as many have.

I'm not saying anyone is wrong, just that it's subjective as to what extent the physical balance under the handle affects the ability to shoot handheld.

Keep in mind that the fact that the zoom handle/pod assembly rotates about 100 degrees forward and that offers a handheld posture that has some advantages over traditional configurations...

Pros and Cons... Each person has a different style.
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Old March 23rd, 2010, 11:47 AM   #19
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Occasionally I need to hire crews in other locations. I will not hire someone who uses a Z1. I do not think it generates a good image at all. Yes, it was revolutionary at the time, but it does not hold a candle to more modern cameras, EX1, Z5, Z7.
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Old March 23rd, 2010, 11:51 AM   #20
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The balance of the EX1R?
Well if you use a standard sliding plate like a Monfrotto 501 to place the EX1(R) on a tripod, it is very 'front-heavy'. Using a long sliding plate will give you the room to find the perfect balance for various situations (wide adapter or not, big or small battery, etc, all things that move the center of gravity backward or forward).
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Old August 18th, 2010, 08:05 PM   #21
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Well what can I say, thank you for all your responses, I know its been a while from my original post, however. I am now the proud owner of an EX1-R. I'm loving it. My wife says its my new girlfriend, well I may pay more attention to the Camera than my wife for now & it certainly does look good.. But, well, you know what I mean.

Cheers and thanks again.
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