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Sunday
Aug182013

ACMAXX X-CAP Auto Lens Cap

I don't want all my video reviews to be epics that take weeks to make and almost as long to watch...so with that in mind here is a very quick video about a lens cap.

CLICK HERE to buy the ACMAXX X-CAP via ebay.

I'm not convinced that I've made the right decision in buying the G6, although only time will tell. My shopping list of features for my new camera restricted the choice down to just a few models. Most importantly I wanted a Mic-in socket,  a fully articulated touch screen with touch-to-focus and a separate video record button (not just a mode on the dial). I like to be able to quickly alternate between taking photos and videos. It also needed to have MP4 or MOV recording, good low light and continuous focussing during video recording. The G6 offered all these features, but there are a couple of things that I've learnt since buying it that are making me unsure whether it's the right camera for me.

Firstly, I should have realised that a camera like this cannot do macro photography like my other cameras - it needs an adaptor lens (now on order). With the stock lens my demonstrations of things like the buttons on a keyring camera would be too far away. The focussing seems a bit odd - it seems to do a lot of hunting, but I still have to play with the settings for this, so maybe I can find a mode that works better. It cannot be powered and record at the same time out of the box without an expensive adaptor (which is difficult to obtain). I'm currently awaiting this from Germany. I also still have to experiment with my new condenser lavalier to see how well it performs with the camera.

So the jury is out on my G6, it looks great, but it might not be completely suited for my studio requirements. On the other hand the lens cap is a definite success....so I suppose that's something.

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Reader Comments (5)

Hi Matt,

Didnt know that you could buy such a thing,nice idea that,thanks for sharing.

August 18, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterwillie

Hi sir!

Love your site and your reviews! Regarding the camera: if you decide to return the G6, check out the GH3 instead. It should be able to do everything you require (although it may not come with a lens kit in your area). Granted, its not the smallest camera, but you will have Panny's top of the line, with every option you will ever need. You wanting something a lil cheaper, check out the previous model, the GH2. One small issue with the GH2 though is that the mic jack is 2.5mm; however, you can purchase a cheap adapter (2.5 to 3.5) and it's all good.

On topic: thanks for the lens cap demo & review. I'll definitely have to check that out

August 22, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteromegabob

What ever camera you get there are *always* times when you wished you'd not got 'abc' model but 'xyz'. However had you got that one then there would have been times when you'd wished you had bought.... and so it goes on.

Anyway, the best camera is always the model that comes out just after you've bought yours.

August 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJohn

Nice!
I'm looking forward to when the Lumix ZS series finally has a mic-in port.
I love my new Lumix DMC-ZS30 (pocket "super zoom") It has an automatic lens cap though as most smaller cams do.

I would get a nice G6 but it's just too big to lug around on vacations.

September 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJazJon

That lens cap must be the product of the year! :D I feel confident of getting a better camera now..

October 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTobbe

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