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Bradley Jarrett August 9th, 2006 09:54 AM

Just got a new xl2!
I've been researching for ages into getting a new cam and after much luck getting scammed on ebay for a grand, I eventually managed to get a new one and I love it!

This forum is very helpful and I'm glad I've signed up there is a lot of useful info here

I'm Bradley by the way, I'm not a proffesional camera man or anything, but I do run a very small music video production company and own a large green screen studio in London - up for rent if anyones interested :)

my site is www.vibrant-studios.co.uk if anyone wants to take a look, all the footage has been done with the canon xm2s so the quality hasn't been that great, but I'm looking forward to finally doing something with the new XL2!


Steve Witt August 9th, 2006 11:28 AM

Congrats on your new XL2. This is still my dream video camera that I hope to purchase brand new some day. Have fun with it and remember to post some footage once you get going with it.

Bradley Jarrett August 9th, 2006 02:44 PM

Cheers for the reply Steve!

I'll definately be posting stuff as soon as I get going, I'm off out filming tonight for a club promo, and making a music video for the first time with the xl2 friday, Which I will post as soon as its been edited

I hope you get the funds for your xl2, I can tell already this camera is gonna do some amazing things!

Bradley Jarrett August 10th, 2006 09:01 AM

Ok after first day shooting green screen ive noticed that there are some issues with autofocus on quick zooms, im not a proffesional so does anyone know how I could try to overcome this or any threads about this?

i will post the footage in a short while


Chris Hurd August 10th, 2006 09:04 AM

Step One: Turn autofocus OFF.

Step Two: Zoom in on your subject and set manual focus.

Step Three: Zoom back out. Start recording.

This way the focus should stay consistent throughout the zoom.

Bradley Jarrett August 10th, 2006 10:07 AM

thanks a lot Chris that does seem to help actually

Greg Boston August 10th, 2006 12:51 PM


Originally Posted by Bradley Jarrett
thanks a lot Chris that does seem to help actually

Also Bradley you need to know that there is only one motor in the lens pulling double duty. You can zoom or focus, but not at the same time. That's why your autofocus didn't keep up while you were zooming. However, you should employ the method Chris mentioned if for no other reason than it will make you a better camera operator.

The Fujinon lens on my Sony camera actually has a button called 'quick zoom' which allows me to frame a shot, push QZ (the lens will go to full tele at max speed) to set critcal focus, then release and the lens will go back to the exact spot I had my framing set to before. It's a handy button but it also emphasizes that Chris' methodology is the 'professional' way.

Enjoy your new camera!


Bradley Jarrett August 10th, 2006 01:43 PM

cheers guys thats useful to know,

I will definately be practicing focus and zoom shots and playing with the amazing settings on the camera

here is some stuff I did today with the XL2

its a bit compressed, but I got some nice texture and colour from it


Tim Bickford August 10th, 2006 08:11 PM



Looks good. I feel a little funny suggesting this... since I'm still a newbe. However, the zebra function works quite nicely on the XL2. I realize that you were just testing "out of the box". However, there's quite a lot of over exposure in some of the outdoors shots. The zebras always help me to deal with this issue.

Not trying to be be a critic. Just trying to help.

Congrats on the XL2... I love mine.


Bradley Jarrett August 11th, 2006 04:56 AM

You're sure right Tim, I was trying to go for the whole contrast b+w thing but it didn't come out to well. Oh well it's only a first try, I'm gonna try and use the zebra from now on, I understand it is a very important feature that I often over look...

Cheers for watchin!! x

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