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Old October 13th, 2004, 02:20 PM   #1
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Tape recommendations

So, I imagine that there are as many opinions as tape stocks to choose from, but I wanted to post the question anyway:

Which are the highest quality tapes to use with the XL2?

I know we shouldn't switch between tape stock (lubricant issue). And I think I understand that shooting with DVCam tapes yields a longer than 40 min. runtime...right? Are there any problems with running DVCam vs. MiniDV tapes? Obviosuly, the tape stock is so much better (esp. with the Master Grade), but I've also heard rumors that Sony tapes in a Canon can cause problems. True?

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Old October 19th, 2004, 02:36 PM   #2
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> but I've also heard rumors that Sony tapes in a Canon can
> cause problems. True?

I don't think that is true. I have only used Sony Premium tape in my Canon XM2.
Only one tape had some problems, but that might have been due to the cold weather the day I used it.
(about -10degrees centigrades)
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Old October 19th, 2004, 02:52 PM   #3
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Wow, you're a candidate for the direct-to-disc hard drives... I'll be shooting in those temperatures as well... currently I just have camera warmers all over the body.

Yes, since my post, I've learned that it's not that Sony is bad in Canon, just that switching from one brand to another leaves lubrication residue on the ehads and that the lubrication is not compatible from one brand to another.

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Old October 20th, 2004, 04:05 AM   #4
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> I'll be shooting in those temperatures as well... currently I just > have camera warmers all over the body.


Now, I'm using a PortaBrace Polar Mitten "camera case" to protect my Canon XM2 when the temperature is below freezing point. Working perfect.

PortaBrace makes a similar heating bag for the XL1(s), but I believe it will fit your XL2 also. It is called "Polar Bear".

http://www.portabrace.com/asp/ProdDesc.asp?DescCode=POL
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Old October 20th, 2004, 09:49 AM   #5
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Thanks for the tip... I'll look at those. For more mild temperatures, but where some added heat would be helpful, Camkote makes a rain cover that also has pocket heater slots. Comes in different fabrics, as well, including camoflauge.

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