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  1. Solo_NZ - thanks for your input. I also just came across Lawrences comments on the same set up - I only wish I’d seen it before I purchased mine, as I am experiencing many of the same issues. http://wetpixel.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=31111 The OLED may be very clear, but with that screens color issues I'm not willing to throw any more money at it. The color matching on the LCD screen is also inconsistent with the LCD monitor. The scrolling monitor back apparently happens when the camera's manual wheel is engaged, and the housing is shut down or the camera goes to sleep. There are two ways to make this go away. -while the monitor is scrolling, push the manual button once to disengage the manual dial, then restart the housing. or -scroll through the monitor back menu once. The telemacro option is ‘greyed out’ when the camera is in the housing. Regardless, I’m very disappointed with both the housing & the camera, which is why I’m hoping for some alternative suggestions. Joe - auto-focus is also unpredictable topside. I’ve reached the point where I am ‘done’ with the XR500, so I dont think I’d be any better off with it in the Gates housing! Initially I was after the Canon/Gates set-up, but the release date on the Gates keeps getting put further back. Whilst ultimately I’ll be using the set-up on a daily basis for customer DVD’s (I cant justify spending hours post production correcting colors), I’d hoped to have it for vacation in 2 weeks. Has anyone tried the HF S10 and the XR500 - I’d be interested to hear their comparisons… Or should I go for something more basic/tried & tested with the theory that there is less to go wrong, & any bugs have already been resolved?!
  2. Hi All, I'm looking for suggestions for an HD upgrade. I've been shooting video with a Sony PC120 with Gates housing and wide port, & have been very happy. I like the manual controls of the Gates, but it would be nice to have a little more control when zooming in, & to have the option of shooting macro too. The PC120 did a great job with auto-white balance. That combined with the color correction filter produced great coloration using only the ambient light. Images were crisp, & the autofocus knew exactly what to focus on. I was very interested in the new Canon HF S10, but Gates are yet to release their housing for it, and L&M's Bluefin C is still waiting on the wide angle ports from Fathom. I have also tried the new Bluefin Pro with XR500, and can honestly say I am not a fan: The manual white balance doesnt set beyond 60 feet or so. The auto focus is all over the place. Accessing the various camera settings through the side window is very awkward, and the telemacro setting is disabled once the camera's in the housing. The LCD monitor has a software bug, which results in the image scrolling so you cant see what you're shooting (there is a trick to reset it by pressing a series of buttons), and when the screen does function, the reflection on the monitor makes it very difficult to see - even with the monitor shade. The colors for the most part are not realistic, & I dont want to be editing that post production. The color correction filter is also more orange than the Gates standard 'rose' color. For a $6000+ set up, I was not impressed. Can anyone recommend a good HD system that will match the performance of the SD Sony PC120? Many thanks for your suggestions.
  3. Hi All, I've been shooting video for a number of years using a Sony PC120 with Gates housing and wide port, & have been delighted with the results. I like the manual controls of the Gates, but it would be nice to have a little more control when zooming in, & to have the option of shooting macro too. The PC120 did a great job with auto-white balance. That combined with the color correction filter produced great coloration using only the ambient light. Images were crisp, & the autofocus knew exactly what to focus on. I was very interested in the new Canon HF S10, but Gates are yet to release their housing for it, and L&M's Bluefin C is still waiting on the wide angle ports from Fathom. I have also tried the new Bluefin Pro with XR500, and can honestly say I am not a fan: The manual white balance doesnt set beyond 60 feet or so. The auto focus is all over the place. Accessing the various camera settings through the side window is very awkward, and the telemacro setting is disabled once the camera's in the housing. The LCD monitor has a software bug, which results in the image scrolling so you cant see what you're shooting (there is a trick to reset it by pressing a series of buttons), and when the screen does function, the reflection on the monitor makes it very difficult to see - even with the monitor shade. The colors for the most part are not realistic, & I dont want to be editing that post production. The color correction filter is also more orange than the Gates standard 'rose' color. For a $6000+ set up, I was not impressed. Can anyone recommend a good 'point & shoot' HD system that will match the performance of the SD Sony PC120? Many thanks for your suggestions.
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