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Old July 29th, 2006, 04:43 PM   #1
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FX1 Questions - need a few answers

I have a video that is coming up - and a few questions to go along with it .

1) Should I over or under expose for the FX1 (interview/talking head shots)? I really don't want to have to reshoot the Talk/Heads video, so hopefully I will get it right the first time...

2) What is the Thread size for the FX1, I have some 52mm Skylight, Polarizing filters I might want to use with the camera

3) Is Optical stabilization automatically on?

4) I usually use Zooming infinity and focusing on hair to get a focus, is this a good method with the FX1?

Thanks in advance.
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Old July 29th, 2006, 05:17 PM   #2
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1. Use the zebra patterns. Actually, I was just playing with a new monitor today and comparing the zebra to what I saw on the HD screen. My Z1 handles overexposure surprisingly well. I have always set it at 100 IRE, but after experimenting today I kicked it up to the 100+ setting (not sure if the FX1 has this?). At that setting it was much more accurate as to what the monitor could tolerate. While set at 100 IRE the entire sky was showing zebra but the monitor still showed blue areas.

2. It's 72mm so I don't think your old filters are going to be much use...

3. You can turn stabilization on and off in the menus. You can also program it into one of the user buttons to make it easy to control without accessing any menus.

4. Why not? You can also use focus assist which magnifies the center of the image on the LCD and viewfinder. Peaking is another way to help with focus. But it can be tough to get good focus on any of the inexpensive HD cameras. Of course, if you're downconverting for DVD then it will be less of an issue. The LCD screen is actually quite good for focus in regular DV mode.
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