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Old May 8th, 2003, 10:12 AM   #16
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Follow up.

Hi Louly.

Just wondering how is your "glitches" saga.

Got it allright allready or still strugling?

Take care.

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Old May 8th, 2003, 10:33 AM   #17
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Just one stupid thing that happened to me on a Sony TRV900, got the dropouts and stuff, I put in the cleaning tape for 3 times 10 sec on play, but not on rec, it took me a day to realize that I had to do the exacty same procedure with the rec heads. After that the problems disappeard.

Just thought to mention it since you only used the cleaning tape for 5 sec and then you don't mention if the technician cleaned the REC heads or not.

Hope it works out for you.
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Old May 9th, 2003, 05:18 AM   #18
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All heads (record/play) are on the one drum and get cleaned at the same time when the cleaning tape is "played".
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Old May 12th, 2003, 01:13 AM   #19
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Arnaldo & everybody, "Thank you"

Hi Arnaldo,

Thanks for dropping a line. No, I have not figured out something in terms of fixing it yet…I think it should go to the service when I return home…

But luckily, my film is about Tajik artists and one filmmaker featured in the film is willing to lend me his camera for a couple of weeks to finish the shooting.

Thanks you all for the advice and hoping Jami will get to post his feedback from the service.

Cheers for a great community,
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Old May 12th, 2003, 02:29 AM   #20
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I Just got my Xl-1. The only feedback I received was that "the tape transfer mechanism has been adjusted and cleaned".

The first tests seem to work OK, but I wouldn't count on it yet. The camera has been serviced before for the same reason with lousy results.

I have to keep testing.

The dangerous part of this is that when the camera was serviced before, it seemd to work OK. I then shot some quite important shots, only to find out later that the problem had returned and the shots were unusable.
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Old May 12th, 2003, 06:00 AM   #21
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Don, well, I guess the rec button does something little different since the problem continued after only cleaning it with play.
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Old May 12th, 2003, 06:31 AM   #22
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Hi Louly.

Hope that in the end all comes right to you.

To me, the lesson taken is this:
As soon as I, you and anybody else can (meaning have the money), get a backup camera.

Take care.
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Old May 13th, 2003, 12:29 AM   #23
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Late last year I finally got a backup camera. Lucky thing, too. The camera bought as a backup had to go into warranty service.

Twice.

My old camera proved highly reliable and only went in for routine maintenance after two years.

The new one (XL1s) had trouble getting a manual white balance and is exhibiting a back focus problem that won't go away.

The white balance problem got fixed the second time around, but the back focus problem is still there. So I'm having to plan shots without any zooms.

It'll have to go back for service a third time.

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