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- February 17, 2006 at 7:03 AM #42380AnonymousInactive
Im looking to buy a camera in the $1000-3000 range. I came across this GL2 and thought that I was going to get it, but after reading a lot of reviews on it, it seems to have some problems. There was a ton of complaints concering a tape messege error. Can anyone give me some advice on whether or not I should get this camera? Also should I go HDV or just stick with the regular cameras. Thanks
First of all welcome to the maash-pit of videography.
I’m a special event shooter and currently have 2 GL2s. I really like them and to this date I have not had any problems at all (knock on wood.) Supposedly there is an issue regarding the tape transport system that generates a tape eject error of some kind. I guess Im not 100% sure if this is a direct result of poor engineering, user abuse or a combination of both.
Below is a link that takes you to Cannons website. For the most part you have to keep in mind that DV cameras are very sophisticated by nature. Things can go wrong with them just like they can go wrong with your automobile. If you take care of them, theyll take care of you. I have to think that by now Cannon has taken measures to correct this problem. At least lets hope so if they plan on staying in business.
As far as your second question, I guess it depends on what you’re trying to do. Even then it just comes down to a decision that only you can make. There really is no right or wrong answer.
ok thanks alot. Ill prolly end up getting this camera. I was just wondering if HDV was going to be the thing to get from now on, but I think this has pretty good quality from what I hear.
For the money, you have a ton of camcorder options now.
The VX2100, DVC30, and GL2 are all good bets.
I’ve used many a GL2 in the past, without any tape error messages. I’ve even dumped one into a snow bank (hey, nobody’s perfect) and it came out okay. The hard audio pots are a bonus, too.
We keep hearing rumblings of a GL3 though, so so you may have another DV/ HDV option soon.
ok so you would recommend getting the GL2? Its still up to date right because im not sure when it first came out. Ill prolly be making movies but not like professional ones or anything… But I want the best quality for a price under $3000.. thanks again
I just ordered a 3rd GL2 about an hour ago. I chose that model because I think the color looks better than the others. Although you can do better for low-light, I opted for the better (IMO) overall picture for sufficiently lit situations (99% of them, including almost all weddings). It’s your choice but that’s my 2 cents. Oh, BTW, the best price I found (all 3 times) was at Beach Camera. You can find it here (one other reputable place had it for $100 less but charged $100 more to ship. In my book that’s shady and I won’t deal like that):