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Canon XH Series HDV Camcorders
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Old November 23rd, 2006, 12:10 PM   #31
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I think Andrew is referring to the extended warranty program offered by some of the credit card companies when you make a purchase using their card.

Here's some info on the American Express program:

https://www124.americanexpress.com/c...tBenefitDetail

There are some limitations however; you are not covered if you used the camera professionally unless you purchase it with an American Express Business Card.

https://www124.americanexpress.com/c...urance2003.pdf

Also see the following thread:

http://www.dvinfo.net/conf/showthread.php?t=68675
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Old November 23rd, 2006, 01:01 PM   #32
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You can buy the Mack warranty via credit card from Zotz Digital. I think it's about $179.
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Old November 23rd, 2006, 01:14 PM   #33
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On the Mack Warranty. I had a point-and-shoot stolen (after 6 months) and Mack transfers its warranty to my simiarly valued replacement point-and-shoot. Did this over the phone, no hassel.

Last year I sent them a GL2 (under warranty) with zoom and rewind problems and they had it back in about a week (I think) in good working order.
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Old December 4th, 2006, 06:49 PM   #34
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Small point maybe... but I noticed that B&H doesn't list an HDV tape and an SD card in their XH-A1 kit. Canon and the other suppliers I've looked at do. Did you get them with your camera from B&H?
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Old December 4th, 2006, 07:16 PM   #35
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Brad,

The SD card is a supplied accessory from the factory. The included master series tape was also in the box but isn't listed in the manual as a "suppied accessory". I think it's just a promotional from Canon.
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Old December 4th, 2006, 07:34 PM   #36
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Thanks Wade.

I always click on the "what's in the box" button and noticed that B&H didn't mention them although Texas, J&R, Amazon, and the Canon site did. Somebody was talking about open boxes and I was just wondering...

I've ordered from B&H before and never been unhappy, even when I returned an LCD for bad pixels 3 times. Ended up getting my money back and not having to pay for shipping. Actually pretty good service.
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Old December 4th, 2006, 07:46 PM   #37
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I bought mine from B&H and the card and tape are included. However, you might consider TapeworksTexas--they've had a free bag deal when you buy an A1--it's a $150 bag.
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Old December 4th, 2006, 08:09 PM   #38
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I ordered my XH-A1 from B&H last week and apparently they are including a Porta Brace "Field Production Vault" case. Didn't even know I was getting it until I checked the shippment e-mail they sent me. Not sure I even need it, but it wil be nice to have.
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Old December 4th, 2006, 11:43 PM   #39
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Great service

I came across Zotz after seaching for a Libec tripod. Great service from Brian who always answered my questions via email quickly. I will order my Libec tripod sometime this week.
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Old December 5th, 2006, 09:42 AM   #40
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I got the Libec from Brian at Zotz--great customer service there and fun to talk to. It's unusual to talk to a sales type person who actually knows something about the gear and is interested. He recommended the Panasonic AMQ tape stock, which he also sells at a reasonable price (though I get it locally for about the same). Zotz apparently sells a lot of Canons, and he said tape problems with this stock are almost nonexistent--the only dropouts he's heard about come from a wildlife photographer who changes tape in dirty, dusty windy conditions. This corroborates what I've seen in DV tape dropouts too because the only ones I've seen came from guys who practiced lousy tape handling procedures out in the dirt.

Brian recommended the Libec 22 for the A1, and it's a perfect fit. Very lightweight and collapses down pretty small. My purchase of the A1 is all about small, light and fast, so I wanted a much lighter tripod then the normal ones I use. This one is not bullet-proof and you have to watch the end of your pans. You can't just let go like with an O'Connor and expect the head to come to a perfect stop. With a little practice, you can make perfect moves.
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