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Old April 11th, 2013, 09:34 AM   #1
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MiniDV tapes?

I have the JVC GY-HD100U and I used to be able to get tapes in my area. Anyone have suggestions as to the best place to get tapes for this camera? Which brand do you prefer?

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Old April 11th, 2013, 12:44 PM   #2
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B&H Photo. I've always used Panasonic DV63PQ. I can count the dropouts on 1 hand. In my experience, I don't see the added benefit of the HDV tapes.
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Old April 11th, 2013, 12:55 PM   #3
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I too use the Panasonic tapes, sourced from LA Color Online.

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Old April 11th, 2013, 01:20 PM   #4
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I used the Panny PQ63s for many years and never ever had a problem. Got them from tape resources dot com. Actually I still have 12 that are wrapped and 4 that are unwrapped but never used. Looking to off load them. If you're interested PM me, I'll give you a good deal. ;-)
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Old April 13th, 2013, 08:28 AM   #5
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Re: MiniDV tapes?

If you're stuck, WalMart carries, in stock, Sony brand mini-DVs that work just fine in my HD100 & HD200.
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Old April 13th, 2013, 09:11 AM   #6
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Re: MiniDV tapes?

Depends which tapes you have used already. Don't switch between brands a lot. Use SONY always or SONY NEVER. Sony has a different formulation than all the other tapes. This said the best results with this camera have come from never using SONY tapes.
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Old April 13th, 2013, 04:52 PM   #7
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Re: MiniDV tapes?

I said "if stuck". However, we have purchased and used several hundred mini-tapes (JVC, Panasonic, Fuji, Sony) with an HD100, HD200 and GY-HD50 deck and never had a single head clog or dropout. (90% HD) We clean our heads periodically and keep the equipment clean and protected. I agree that one should stick with one brand, but we all run into an emergency situation and if you need a mini tape quickly it is nice to know that Walmart does have a standard Sony tape close by.
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Old April 13th, 2013, 06:09 PM   #8
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Placing a Sony tape in either of my HD200UBs means a near instant serious head clog after their lives of using JVC tapes.

I would use ANY other 6mm tape prior to Sony.
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Old April 14th, 2013, 02:27 PM   #9
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Re: MiniDV tapes?

Not as off topic as it appears, but has anyone in Australia, NZ or anywhere else used Expandore* - Professional Audio | Video | Lighting Equipment Supplier in Singapore for mail order? They still seem to have the JVC M-DV63PROHD tapes available.
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Old May 26th, 2013, 10:04 PM   #10
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No. but in NZ I've bought a lot of panasonic tapes from globalmediapro. Free shipping in NZ and arrive really fast. (Not great to deal with if something goes wrong, but that's another story!)
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Old May 29th, 2013, 01:47 AM   #11
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Re: MiniDV tapes?

Cheeky, I know; but I'm selling 22 brand new, unwrapped JVC M-DV63PROHD tapes on ebay... having just sold my old GY-HD111, the tapes are surplus to requirements. I've flagged them up on the "F.A on Ebay" thread.

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Old May 13th, 2015, 08:26 AM   #12
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Re: MiniDV tapes?

I am so late replying. I have been working on projects and just didn't get back her to answer. So sorry.

I do appreciate the replies. I have used some of the Sony's from Walmart before so I can understand needing those in a pinch and they worked good.

I may have used Panasonics when I first got the camera. I have not been using the camera much because my other projects didn't involve me shooting. But now, I need to get the camera ready to go again for a shoot I have coming up.

Thanks for the info on the 63's. I will look into that brand.
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