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Old June 10th, 2004, 05:46 AM   #1
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What Mini DV tapes do you use?

I've primarily been using Maxell DVM60SE mini DV tapes in my ZR 40, Optura XI, and TRV 950. I started using them mainly because I can get them $24/6 pack at Sam's Club.

Are these tapes as good as anything else? I've been told it's best to stick to one brand and the same model. Are there PRO grade tapes I should consider or are these PRO grade? What other tapes are some of you using?

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Old June 10th, 2004, 11:21 AM   #2
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I use Fuji Film DVC tapes. Mainly because that's all I used in my still camera - so I just stuck with them when I started using MiniDV.
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Old June 20th, 2004, 10:09 AM   #3
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<<<-- Originally posted by Michael Wisniewski : I use Fuji Film DVC tapes. Mainly because that's all I used in my still camera - so I just stuck with them when I started using MiniDV. -->>>

I'm pretty sure those are the exact ones i've been using.
I get them for about $3 each at my work.(employee discount)
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Old June 20th, 2004, 10:57 AM   #4
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Fuji's are great when they're on clearance at Target. As are any tapes on clearance anywhere...

I have had one problem with Sony's red label tapes... I don't use sony anymore.

I LOVE the softer opaque plastic cases with TDK tapes and would gladly stick to those.... no problems with the tape either.
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Old June 29th, 2004, 02:38 PM   #5
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I've read that the Fuji tapes are among the better brands and have been using them exclusively in my Sony VX2100. About 10 hours of taping and no problems yet. (knock on wood)

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Old July 29th, 2004, 02:09 PM   #6
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Re: What Mini DV tapes do you use?

<<<-- Originally posted by Dave Perry : I've primarily been using Maxell DVM60SE mini DV tapes in my ZR 40, Optura XI, and TRV 950. I started using them mainly because I can get them $24/6 pack at Sam's Club.

Are these tapes as good as anything else? I've been told it's best to stick to one brand and the same model. Are there PRO grade tapes I should consider or are these PRO grade? What other tapes are some of you using?

Thanks, dp -->>>

Dave,

I use these same Maxell tapes for the same reason (cost) and haven't had any problems in my ZR70 or Optura 20 in the past year. I'll be buying a GL2 soon and have considered switching to a "btter" tape if I find a valid reason. I'm sure there must be some othe rMaxell usersd out there with opinions.
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Old July 29th, 2004, 05:09 PM   #7
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Thanks Derrick. Maybe some others will post on this subject as well.
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Old July 29th, 2004, 09:03 PM   #8
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Re: What Mini DV tapes do you use?

<<<-- Originally posted by Dave Perry : What other tapes are some of you using? -->>>
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Old August 3rd, 2004, 07:25 AM   #9
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I use the Maxell Tapes from Sam's as well. I've never had a consistent issue with the tapes. Everyone once in a while, I'll throw a new one in my palm cam, and it'll get eaten, but that's only happened twice the 3 years I've owned it. Like the original dude of this thread said, their 24 bucks for 6 at Sams Club. Decent price.
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Old August 3rd, 2004, 08:29 AM   #10
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My experience is strickly with Sony. Over the last 3 years, I have never had a problem.

Josh. Were you working in extremely humid conditions, at the time you had a problem?
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Old September 21st, 2004, 03:56 PM   #11
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I too buy the 6 pack at Sam's and they were recommended to me by an instructor/friend and that is what uses as well. However I too am wanting to know if there is a better one for Canon's cameras.
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Old September 24th, 2004, 04:37 PM   #12
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Only Sony Premium DVM60PR3's. Never have issues with them at all.
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Old September 25th, 2004, 08:41 PM   #13
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I use Sony Premiums and Maxell
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Old September 25th, 2004, 09:12 PM   #14
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Now with my VX1000 and HC-20, i use Sony Premiums. (sold the 2100)
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Old October 24th, 2004, 12:11 PM   #15
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I started using Sony Premiums but then moved to the Excellence line as Sony says it's the highest of their prosumer line tapes.

For those on the thread using Sony tapes any thoughts on which is better?

Also I just went to the Sony Digital master website
(http://digitalmastertape.com/product.asp) and they also offer in DVCAM and MiniDV their "Digital Master" tapes.

Has anyone used these and if so, I welcome any thoughts on them as well.

I have an upcoming shoot in which we'll be using multiple cameras (2 XL1's, PD 150, DVX100, 2 Lipstick cams) for use on a show being pitched for broadcast use.

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