Is the Canon auto-focus lens offered for the XDCAM-HD really that bad? How can one be assured of perfect focus through a non-auto-focus lens without using a large monitor? Is anyone else concerned about this? It seems to me that the slightest mistake in manual focus turns HD into SD or worse.
I demoed the stock Canon lens at NAB and it was really bad next to the higher end Canon lenses (KH21eX5.7IRSE). In my opinion it made the footage look more like HDV. I was planning on buying the stock lens but after playing with it I realized I had to spend more on glass to get the better image/functions. I bought the mid range Fujinon (HSs18x5.5BRD) and I'm really happy with it...
The viewfinder on my 350 is very accurate especially when you crank up the peeking. The LCD is useless for focusing and seems to use a lot of juice to power it so I try to keep it off as often as possible.
I looked at your profile and it seems as though we are neighbors. This is Steve from Show-N-Tell Productions in Tempe. We're at the 101 and Broadway. You and I need to get together and compare cameras and such. I need a backup on some jobs and this might be a very good opportunity for both of us. Please give me a call and let's do lunch. 480-345-2187