is Data8 tape ok to use in Digital8 video cameras? at DVinfo.net

Go Back   DV Info Net > The Tools of DV and HD Production > Open DV Discussion

Open DV Discussion
For topics which don't fit into any of the other categories.


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old November 20th, 2010, 12:31 AM   #1
Tourist
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Perth, Australia
Posts: 4
is Data8 tape ok to use in Digital8 video cameras?

Hello all, I have asked this before with no luck, but from what I am aware Sony no longer sells/makes Digital 8 or Hi8 tapes now, and even other brands are hard to find and now very expensive in Australia, $24 for a 60 min Hi8 tape!!, so I would like to know if I can use sony/other brand Data8 112 metre or 160 metre data8 tapes in my camera?

Data8s come in both metal particle and metal evapourate, so did Hi8 tapes, and of course a digital 8 camera can record to both types of tapes.

I am asking to find out if these tapes can be used because ironicaly these data 8 tapes are very common in Australia at computer shops and sell for about $1.50!! each! oppossed to hard to find VIDEO 8mm tapes of sorts, that are in excess of $20-odd??

thanks Aaron
Aaron Fitzgerald is offline   Reply With Quote
Old November 20th, 2010, 01:03 AM   #2
Inner Circle
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Minnesota (USA)
Posts: 2,171
I don't know what the shipping would cost to Australia, but B&H sells reasonably priced Hi8 tapes:

Hi8 Tapes at B&H
Robert M Wright is offline   Reply With Quote
Old November 20th, 2010, 05:42 PM   #3
Inner Circle
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Tucson AZ
Posts: 2,207
Not sure whether they would work or not, but tape is not tape is not tape, so...

Usually head and tape characteristics have to be balanced - magnetic characteristics of the media can vary widely.etc.

Since I don't know the actual specs of the various tapes and heads I can't say for sure - they might work OK or they might not work at all or they might work somewhat poorly - which would be my guess. But it's purely a guess. And for all I know there might be some feature on the cartridge that would even prevent them from being inserted and loaded in a camera.
Jim Andrada is offline   Reply
Reply

DV Info Net refers all where-to-buy and where-to-rent questions exclusively to these trusted full line dealers and rental houses...

Professional Video
(800) 833-4801
Portland, OR

B&H Photo Video
(866) 521-7381
New York, NY

Z.G.C.
(973) 335-4460
Mountain Lakes, NJ

Abel Cine Tech
(888) 700-4416
N.Y. NY & L.A. CA

Precision Camera
(800) 677-1023
Austin, TX

DV Info Net also encourages you to support local businesses and buy from an authorized dealer in your neighborhood.
  You are here: DV Info Net > The Tools of DV and HD Production > Open DV Discussion

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

 



Google
 

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 01:51 PM.


DV Info Net -- Real Names, Real People, Real Info!
1998-2017 The Digital Video Information Network