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#1 Kyle Reynolds

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Posted 17 April 2007 - 11:17 PM

Hey everyone, I'm thinking about buying a canon L2 hi8 camcorder for cheap. I've looked around the internet for some info about it, but I haven't found too much. Does anyone have any experience using one?
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Posted 18 April 2007 - 03:56 AM

I don't know a great deal about the Canon L2 but I saw one once in the second department of a camera store. It looked like a nice set up - interchangeable lenses and the option of manual exposure control. I believe that the design of the Canon XL1 was loosly based on this camera model. Although the resolution wouldn't compare with today's modern video cameras, Ive found that Ive got some surprisingly nice images with old semi-pro analogue video formats like SVHS.
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Posted 18 April 2007 - 10:39 AM

I don't know a great deal about the Canon L2 but I saw one once in the second department of a camera store. It looked like a nice set up - interchangeable lenses and the option of manual exposure control. I believe that the design of the Canon XL1 was loosly based on this camera model. Although the resolution wouldn't compare with today's modern video cameras, Ive found that Ive got some surprisingly nice images with old semi-pro analogue video formats like SVHS.


Resolution-wise, Hi8 is 400 LOR and MiniDV is 530 LOR. If you output right from a Hi8 camera to the computer, it can produce nice looking images.
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#4 Kyle Reynolds

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Posted 18 April 2007 - 03:17 PM

I've always just used my hi8 sony handycam, but am looking to get something a little bit more professional. I've done a couple of weddings and other events with my old camera, but i really want an upgrade. Another question i have is how to transfer footage to my computer. I've been using adobe premiere for editing. If its analog, that means there is no firewire hookup, correct?
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#5 Matthew Buick

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Posted 18 April 2007 - 03:28 PM

I have thought about an L2 (G2 in UK, I think?) but it was a little costly. I recently bought a VM-E1M for straight to youtube stuff. :D

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#6 Matthew Parnell

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Posted 18 April 2007 - 04:22 PM

I've always just used my hi8 sony handycam, but am looking to get something a little bit more professional. I've done a couple of weddings and other events with my old camera, but i really want an upgrade. Another question i have is how to transfer footage to my computer. I've been using adobe premiere for editing. If its analog, that means there is no firewire hookup, correct?


Kyle
If you have your heart set on this camera, then you can just buy a cheap Digital 8 camera and capture your Hi8 via firewire, or canopus and many others produce firewire-analogue AD converters.
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#7 Kyle Reynolds

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Posted 18 April 2007 - 10:37 PM

i thought about that, but wasn't sure if it would work. So if this camera isn't digital, i can still just put the hi8 tape in my digital sony and transfer it that way? i wasn't sure if something was recorded differently than what it is on my digital camera.
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Posted 18 April 2007 - 10:47 PM

i think the L2 could be good for what you need, however, be aware that it is a single chip hi8 unit and thus there are quality limitations. Just my 2 cents :)

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Edited by Dan Goldberg, 18 April 2007 - 10:47 PM.

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