Getting started with the CanonXF305

Getting started with the CanonXF305
Getting started with the CanonXF305
This guide is based upon the one by Anya Browne that I found here.
So let’s get started and look at the really important bits, you can always consult the manual for the other stuff. Here is a pdf of it for your reference.
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• Insert the battery and the CF (media) card(s).
• Slide out the LCD Monitor screen which is behind and underneath the microphone.
• Press the menu button and navigate the ‘other functions’ menu using the ‘set’ toggle switch located on top of the handle.
• Go to ‘reset all settings’ and do so.
• Set the clock and the date.
• Insert your card and then initialise media. This option is in ‘other functions’ menu.
• Bit Rate / Resolution – The camera will default to the best bit rate and resolution.
• Frame rate – Set to 25p.
External camera buttons
These are shown on the diagram on the last page.
Keep this on L for low, unless you have no choice, as it can degrade the image.
View Finder
By default the viewfinder will only show when the LCD monitor is in. To enable both
go into the LCD/VF settings menu and turn LCD/VF SImul on. The viewfinder has an
eyesight correction slider under it.
This is a focus aid. You can chose 4 colours, Red, Yellow, White, and Blue.
Red and Blue are the best as you can see it better on the outline of people.
This checks the exposure and is just a guide, it will not appear on your footage.
Generally, zebra showing on someone’s nose would indicate correct exposure.
Shutter Speed
The Camera defaults to 1/25 but if you want to you can change this to up to 1/2000.
Image stabiliser
ON when handheld OFF when on tripod. There are three modes that can be chosen.
Full Auto button
Turn OFF – If it is ON it ignores all your manual settings.
AGC – Auto Gain Control
Turn it OFF and set it manually.
White Balance
The most useful way to approach this is manually so make sure that you switch the
AWB to off. You can store two presets and this could be useful if you were filming both
inside and outside as you could set one for each.
Select A or B.
Zoom into a white piece of paper that is where the subject is situated.
Press the button once and keep the camera steady.
After about 3 secs your camera will be white balanced.
• Set the Lens button to AF/MF.
• Select either ‘Ring or Rocker’ on the Zoom Switch.
• If you select rocker the big rocker is touch sensitive.
• The mini rocker seed on the handle has speed controls on the side of the handle.
ND Filter – ‘The Camera’s Sunglasses’
If you have closed the Iris as much as possible but it is still bright outside then flick ND1
up. The brighter it is the more filter you need. ND3 would be used in snow or beach
F stops / Iris
Firstly make sure that the Iris switch is set to manual.
You can adjust the iris with the ring.
The lower number the more open the Iris is and more light / exposure is obtained.
The higher the number the more closed the iris is and less exposure is obtained.
The internal microphone will never be as good as using an external mic.
Always monitor your audio levels with headphones.
Make sure that you have the appropriate input selected.
Make sure that you always select M for manual on the Audio levels.
Do not have your levels too high or low aim for them to peak at around -10.
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