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Just Ordered my new GL-2!!

Posted: Tue, 19th Aug 2003, 6:16pm

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Not that anybody cares wink ...but yesterday I ordered my new Canon GL-2!! I found a really good price, $1989.99! I can't wait biggrin Expect to see exciting new films from Doomsday Developments soon!!
Posted: Tue, 19th Aug 2003, 6:18pm

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Cool!
You must be really professional spending all that money on a camcorder i only got a kodak mc3 but it's ok for what i want it for........


Lucky You biggrin

cya.....
Posted: Tue, 19th Aug 2003, 6:19pm

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congratulations!
Posted: Tue, 19th Aug 2003, 6:21pm

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Yeah, Congrats. But even thought u got a pretty nice camera, that dosent make u a good filmmaker. wink If you arent already good. uhmm Bye biggrin
Posted: Tue, 19th Aug 2003, 6:22pm

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that was me
Posted: Tue, 19th Aug 2003, 6:40pm

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Anonymous wrote:

Yeah, Congrats. But even thought u got a pretty nice camera, that dosent make u a good filmmaker. wink If you arent already good. uhmm Bye biggrin
Very true Andreas, although I think I am a decent filmmaker, I guess I'll have to see what you guys think after I post a couple projects biggrin
Posted: Tue, 19th Aug 2003, 7:48pm

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not to rain on your parade, or anything, but you could have saved a few hundred dollars:

http://www.kngphoto.com/gl2.html

and then after that, Canon has a $250 dollar mail in rebate :
http://www.canondv.com/promotions/pdf/coupon_gl2_072103.pdf which I suppose you could still use

but you still could have gotten it cheaper
Posted: Tue, 19th Aug 2003, 8:19pm

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Dammit

...at least I might be able to get the $250 rebate.
Posted: Tue, 19th Aug 2003, 9:13pm

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welcome to the gl2 (xm2 in my case) owners club! if you watch anything by me in the cinema you'll see that the robe definitely doesnt make the druid... smile
Posted: Tue, 19th Aug 2003, 9:17pm

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oh, you can use the rebate, no worries there. . . .

that's a nice way of putting it, fallen smile
Posted: Wed, 20th Aug 2003, 10:14am

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callum_slade wrote:

Cool!
You must be really professional spending all that money on a camcorder
I have a feeling that lots of people (myself not included) have cameras worth $1000+ on here. Man I wish I had money to spend on that sort of thing.
Posted: Wed, 20th Aug 2003, 2:57pm

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Whats the difference between GL2 and XM2 ???

Cheers,

JJ
Posted: Wed, 20th Aug 2003, 3:08pm

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I'm pretty positive that the GL-2 and the XM-2 are the same. The names just differ from different regions.

Anyway, get this, I had to call the company I ordered from to verify my order, Broadway Photo, and the guy processing my order was pretty much "harrassing" me for 10 minutes to get me to buy accessories....weird confused [/url]
Posted: Wed, 20th Aug 2003, 3:29pm

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Orion, be careful.

SOMETIMES prices are really low because the item is a reconditioned
or refurbished unit. SOMETIMES the price does not include a battery
or even an AC adapter.

Just a friendly caution...

Once you get the GL-2, you will see many differences. It's a great
purchase.
Posted: Wed, 20th Aug 2003, 4:34pm

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iirc GL-2 is the NTSC (US) name for it, and XM2 is the PAL (European) name for it. Other than that they are identical
Posted: Thu, 21st Aug 2003, 10:07am

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awww geez Orion, I hate to say this, but I think you're in for a lot of trouble. You should've checked the bizrate.com reviews before you made such an expensive purchase. Read here: http://bizrate.com/ratings_guide/cust_reviews.xpml?mid=27931

Seems like this is one of the "Buy Tons of Accessories or Get No Camera" scams. Sorry man.

Btw, I doubt that the KNG Photo site is any better. Try googling it and see what you can find. At a price that low, i'm SURE it's a rip off. Trust me, I've researched GL2 prices for a very long time, reading everything I could. If it sounds too good to be true, then IT IS. The best deal I could find was 1800 on ebay, from a respectable dealer (thousands of positive reviews) who sells brand new GL2s every week: http://www.stores.ebay.com/id=1165250&ssPageName=L2. The only catch is that the camera will take a very long time to arrive. I had to wait about 8 weeks...but it was worth it. =)
Posted: Thu, 21st Aug 2003, 10:50am

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We got the XM2 the month it came out and paid nearly £2000 which is like $3100 or something. Count yourself lucky biggrin

But it is a great camera, and the PAL version with progressive capture and 25fps is ideal for printing to film - well as ideal as a miniDV camera can get.
Posted: Thu, 21st Aug 2003, 11:06am

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You don't need to buy loads of accessories at all, so don't worry about that. It's a great camera straight out of the box.

We bought a wide angle lens, because we needed one. But with its standard lens and setup, it's a fantastic camera. There are, of course, tons of accessories, some of which are really cool - but they're certainly not vital.
Posted: Thu, 21st Aug 2003, 3:51pm

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oh man, I feel so dumb right now.frown Thanks Cyi101, all the reviews on the site were excatly what I had to deal with. I shoulda seen this earlier. I just hope I get my GL-2 and I hope its new and in working order... neutral
Posted: Thu, 21st Aug 2003, 10:21pm

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Well, good news. According to UPS.com my camera is in-transit to my home. biggrin
Posted: Mon, 25th Aug 2003, 8:07pm

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WOOOHOOO!!!!! My GL-2 arrived today via UPS! This is the sweetest camera EVER!! biggrin biggrin biggrin
Posted: Mon, 25th Aug 2003, 8:28pm

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Now that you all have a good camera, let's start seeing some good movies in the cinema. Because, you know, all you need to make a good movie is a good camera! Everyone knows that. Heh. I'm just kidding. But good movies would be nice. biggrin
Posted: Thu, 28th Aug 2003, 2:39am

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Ice_Man, Is that Site you listed Reliable? I am also looking into buying the Gl2.
Posted: Thu, 28th Aug 2003, 1:52pm

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to my knowledge, yes. I've had some of my students purchase their photography equipment through K & G, and they didn't have any problems.
Posted: Thu, 28th Aug 2003, 4:39pm

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all you need to make a good movie is a good camera!
quite often the one with the best equipment - is the one who doesn't do aswell...

Take Golf for example, you can still kick people's ass even if they have the best clubs available.

But yes - they do offer some huge advantages over the majority of cameras. I'm quite happy with my JVC GR-DVL355EK biggrin
Posted: Thu, 28th Aug 2003, 4:42pm

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SOMEBODY who was both a normal cheap DV cam AND a GL2/XM2 I have a small request.

Take the cameras and set them up to record exactly the same thing. (As near togethor as possible). Then take 1 frame from each and post them here SIDE BY SIDE... Let's see the real quality difference.
Posted: Thu, 28th Aug 2003, 5:28pm

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I'll work on it biggrin

I'm going to use my old Sony Digital8 and my GL-2...

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For even better comparasion use TAP2's Media Gadget biggrin
Posted: Thu, 28th Aug 2003, 6:17pm

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Damn... It's not as sunny outside as I would have liked, so this comparision doesn't really do total justice to the GL-2 neutral

Maybe other people could put some comparisions up also? or maybe I'll pust one up some other time.
Posted: Thu, 28th Aug 2003, 6:28pm

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Wohoo! I just got my XM-2 (European version of the GL-2)!!!!! hugegrin

Anyway, when I get it set up (and it stops raining!!!) I'll put some side by side shots up (with my old Sony TR7000E)

Cheers,

JJ
Posted: Thu, 28th Aug 2003, 6:54pm

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The colours are more true on the gl2, also... it's less grainy and more sharp. It'll be interesting to see more comparisons, just don't cheat and apply a "fuzzy" filter to the non-gl2 one biggrin

Indeed, this is what I programmed MediaGadget for! Several people have really appreciated it - useful for colour correcting and comparing your final film.
Posted: Thu, 28th Aug 2003, 7:52pm

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Looking at still-life images isn't always the best way to compare VIDEO cameras, but even still these images do show significantly better images on the GL2 side. Not everyone will see the differences right away though, so take a look at the following:
- Look at the hood of the car. The Sony hood is MUCH more pixelated than the GL.
- Check out the stars in the US flag. The GL shows points where the Sony just shows blur.
- Trees in the background of the GL shot are MUCH more distinct. The GL's better dynamic range shows here.
- Also look in the garage in the second set. The GL image shows much more detail inside than the Sony.

Nice job!
Another really good test would be to shoot video of a pendulum clock. Use the GL in Frame mode and interlace, then compare a frame from each of those with a Sony frame. Then you'll REALLY see the difference.

Anyway, I'm holding off from getting a GL or even an XL.
I'm waiting for more competitors to choose from in THIS CATEGORY!
(Review of that cam with frame grabs)
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Have fun.
Posted: Thu, 28th Aug 2003, 7:57pm

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Look people, you dont want to be filming in frame mode and then interlacing. Proper interlacing still looks better on a TV. Frame or progressive mode is only useful for going to the computer screen and even then its only of use when you arn't resizing down (or at least not by half).
Posted: Thu, 28th Aug 2003, 9:06pm

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that jvc camera is just awesome... I wish I had one of those things.