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Old October 20th, 2011, 02:43 PM   #1
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XL2 won't eject tape

Sometimes it will and sometimes it won't. Anyone else ever had this problem? Was it expensive to repair? Also, is there a way to tether the XL2 to another miniDV camera and record the image there? I don't want to take the risk of missing footage because I can't eject the tape. I have heard of people with a similar problem on their GL2s using this trick in a pinch.
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Old October 20th, 2011, 05:00 PM   #2
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Re: XL2 won't eject tape

Marco, I have had this happen many times on my XL-2. Close the gate and try again. If this does not work, what I end up doing is, with the gate open, move my finger gently across the top of the tape transport then hit the eject buttom again. Been doing this for about a year. Hope this helps. Bob
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Old October 23rd, 2011, 11:10 AM   #3
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Re: XL2 won't eject tape

My does it too sometimes. As others, when gate is open I just press tape eject button once again and the tape slides out. I don't ever close the gate and open it twice, pressing the button is all I need. Always works.

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Old November 15th, 2011, 09:21 AM   #4
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Re: XL2 won't eject tape

I've also dealt with this. No rhyme or reason to how I get the tape ejected. Most successful method is switching out batteries, sometimes a few times. Had a live action shoot last week and the tape wouldn't eject until about 2 minutes before start time. A little nerve-racking, to say the least.
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Old June 6th, 2013, 12:46 AM   #5
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Re: XL2 won't eject tape

Yes this is a common issue with this camcorder that is caused by a little pin switch. The contacts oxidize and make it hard to eject the tape. Have that replaced and your problem will be solved.
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Old June 6th, 2013, 07:11 AM   #6
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Re: XL2 won't eject tape

It sure does seem like an oxidized contact. I wonder if it's reachable with DeoxIt?

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Old June 14th, 2013, 12:47 AM   #7
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Re: XL2 won't eject tape

The switch in question is a very specific switch and is mounted on a flexible circuit board. It's not very easy to get to and almost the entire camera needs to be taken apart in order to get to it. I do not recommend spraying anything in your camcorder. Where the switch is at you can't even get to it with a nozzle anyway.
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Old June 14th, 2013, 07:16 AM   #8
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Ah nuts. I see you work at a camera repair company Sherman. Can you estimate a cost for the repair? Feel free to message me if you don't want to post that publicly.
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Old June 14th, 2013, 09:41 PM   #9
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