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Old January 7th, 2010, 02:56 PM   #1
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80 minute tapes

Is anyone using them in their XL2?
Pros cons comments?

I have always used 60 minute tapes and want to know if anyone has experienced any problems with 80 minute tapes.

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Old January 8th, 2010, 05:46 AM   #2
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Have used a few in a XL1 and GL1, no issues, but they are more expensive compared to 60 minute tapes, and I believe have a somewhat thinner base so they are not as strong (whihc may not really be an issue).

Probably better than using the slow recording speed though in terms of tape portability to other machines..
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Old January 8th, 2010, 10:12 AM   #3
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I've been using the Panasonic Pro 80 min. Love em. You get an extra 20 minutes. It's great.
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Old January 9th, 2010, 04:53 PM   #4
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I've been using Panasonic PQ83's in both my XL-2 and XL1-s (and my old GL-1) for years with no problem. That extra 23 minutes can give you piece of mind.
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Old January 9th, 2010, 05:43 PM   #5
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Hi Bill,

Like others here, I've used the Pana 80 min tapes for years too, with no problems.

Unfortuately not with the XL2, but with a few Sony units and my Canon HV30.

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Old January 12th, 2010, 10:55 PM   #6
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I've used Pana MQ 83mins for the past 6years. I bought last 50 from BnH 18months ago and they're now discontinued .. or more probably just repackaged.

The only problems have been a few dropouts at the start of a couple of tapes caused by ME! getting airborne microgrit in the transport when I changed tapes in a dusty environment.

That's what causes tape dropouts .. brush/wipe/blow the top of your transport before you open it to change tapes. Have the new tape out ready to load .. keep the tpt open for the least possible time and never leave tapes lying around out of their cases .. you're just asking for trouble.

83 min tapes are 2 microns thinner than 63mins, no problems at all.

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Old January 15th, 2010, 07:56 AM   #7
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Thanks everyone, the tapes I normally use which are 60 minutes are back-ordered with no ship date. Their 80 minute counter part is available I will order them if the backorder is not resolved in time.

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