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Old November 24th, 2003, 02:44 PM   #16
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Charles--use it as an "expendable" in your next Instant Film.
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Old November 25th, 2003, 03:43 AM   #17
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hee hee!
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Old November 25th, 2003, 06:25 PM   #18
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Landfill food:

Any cheap plasticky tripod (had a few)

Vanguard shoulder pod (cousin to the above-mentioned)

Almost anything purchased from Radio Shack

Sprint PCS cell phone (Say Hallelujah, November 24th has come and freedom is at hand--Wireless Local Number Portability is now the law of the land!)

Telex wireless mic system (nightmarish)

cheap off-brand PC

Pyro DV card

Olympus C2500 & D510 digicams

Sony Mavica digicams that use floppy disks

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Not so bad:

Smith Victor...I still have some S-V lights that are older than I am, not real pretty (me or them) but still work fine.

Bogen...I have very few complaints with both of mine, for the money.
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Old November 26th, 2003, 09:16 AM   #19
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I'm with Rob Lohman with the iomega Buzz - thats in the closet/ loft now

My dads 8mm cine camera which is completely bust, I had it working at one point.

To my shame I brought a mini din connection kit (recently)- it came with a few phono to BNC adapters

A £35 on board camera light which uses a ni-cad battery and only lasts for 5 minutes - the battery charger that came with it is broken.

Oh how we laugh ;-)

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Old November 26th, 2003, 11:23 AM   #20
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My 2p worth of landfill:

1 unbalanced audio cables

2 unshielded video cables

3 anything from Pinnacle


And my most treasured and used possessions:

1 a full copy of Digital Fusion 4 - it does everything bar making the tea

2 my PDX10

3 Lightwave

4 a copy of "Digital Compositing for Film and Video" by Steve Wright


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Old November 26th, 2003, 09:39 PM   #21
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Julian,

Ever go out to the Steam Museum (AKA the old sewer pumping plant) there in Cambridge?

I hope to go back again next year and do a proper documentary of the place.
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Old November 27th, 2003, 02:20 AM   #22
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My Sony DSR20 DV Deck. It is in the shop for the 4th time. It is a $5,000 boat anchor. Unfortunatly I can't aford to throw it overboard, even though it keeps pulling me under.

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Old November 27th, 2003, 02:57 AM   #23
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Mike,

I haven't been there for many years - that's the trouble with living on the doorstep!

Funny though, I was just in Manchester to make a short documentary about a steam museum there!!

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Old November 27th, 2003, 02:35 PM   #24
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<<<-- Originally posted by Steven Digges : My Sony DSR20 DV Deck. It is in the shop for the 4th time. It is a $5,000 boat anchor. Unfortunatly I can't aford to throw it overboard, even though it keeps pulling me under.

Steve -->>>

Yeow. How many hours on it? I"ve got around 1000 on mine with narry a whimper.
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Old November 27th, 2003, 04:16 PM   #25
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Dylan and Wondercam

Dylan Cooper wrote "A Mightywondercam."
What is it about the Mightywondercam you don't like, Dylan? I have seen a number of posts extolling the virtues of this rig. What camera are you using with it? Is it in good shape? For sale?

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Old November 27th, 2003, 11:11 PM   #26
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Nothing wrong with it at all. It works well and is a decent shoulder mount for the XL1 (which I bought it for) or pretty much any other camera. I just don't use it. I don't find any real difference in comfort between using it and the XL1's normal shoulder mount.
I've thought about selling it, but I'm pretty lazy about getting around to stuff like that. :)
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Old November 28th, 2003, 12:30 PM   #27
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So, Dylan, how much, and which one is it, does it have the ab pad?

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Old November 28th, 2003, 04:29 PM   #28
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The DSR20 has about 700 hours on it. Two repairs were while under warranty. One was at the flat rate repair rate for this deck. Sony charges a $450 minimum just to touch it. For this 4th repair I sent it someplace other than the Sony Broadcast Equip Repair Center in Jersey.

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Old November 28th, 2003, 09:21 PM   #29
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Youch! Care to mention what went wrong?

I figure that when the heads go, the $450 charge isn't going to seem too high for a rebuild. But I would have hated to have to do it a few times over the 5 years I've had the VCR.

Hopefully this time will be a charm.
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Old November 28th, 2003, 11:53 PM   #30
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Mike,

I have many horror stories about Sony service. I refrain because I am not clear on what is considered equipment bashing and good advice here, nor do I want to alienate all of the Sony users. Maybe I’ll start a thread in some appropriate forum (not sure which one that would be) just to let people know what Sony’s flat rate fee program is and how it works, it is far from a flat rate program. We are way off topic, but since you asked………

This latest failure occurred 10 minutes before I was kicking off an 8 hour 2 camera shoot with the DSR20 as the master record deck, post switch. It suddenly decided not to record or play. It was a 2 day shoot so I purchased a Canon ZR70 that night and used it the next day as an emergency record deck. I am now editing 16 hours of tape (just day one) from the iso record in the cameras and trying to make it look like what the audience saw coming from the switch on i-mag. All I would have had to do is title it front and back if the Sony had not failed. Fun and Games.

And yes, the heads have been replaced, luckily that was one of the warrenty repairs or it would have been much more than $450.00.

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