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Old September 8th, 2003, 02:52 PM   #1
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buying pana MQ tapes online

I just wired Allan Rejoso the money for the gs100k, the housing and a vms2, so now I'm thinking about tapes. I read a suggestion here to pick a cheap tape readily available in your local area and stick with it, but I'm intrigued by discount tape prices found online. 63 min. Pana MQ's sell for $5.86/piece at tapeandmedia.com. I'm considering buying 15 of these (they only sell in fives) which I expect will take me anywhere from 3 to 9 months to expend. When they're used up, I'll want more of the same, so, by buying this premium tape at a low price now, am I risking that it will not be found at reasonable price 6 or so months from now and I will be enslaved to a prohibitively expensive media? I was directed to tapeandmedia.com by a recommendation here and I'm interested in reading others' experiences with this .com and/or other discount media sites generally.

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Paul
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Old September 8th, 2003, 04:05 PM   #2
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Hi Paul,
MQ is their latest product. So, it should stay long theoretically ;-)
In any case if u want to switch to other cassete type, u may have to run cleaning tape, and use other brand.

TDK,PANA MQ and FUJI are the best as far as i know, atleast by technology wise.
So You can stick with whatever u choose.

Be aware that Pana has wet and dry in each category, except PQ and MQ.
Dont mix with wet and dry tapes!
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Old September 8th, 2003, 04:06 PM   #3
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Paul,

I've been using the MQ's exclusively since I got my GL2 and a DSR500 (DVCAM Size tape). Never had any problems with them and I can't imagine the Pana would not continue production as long as there is demand.
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Old September 8th, 2003, 04:58 PM   #4
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You might also try Pro-Tape, a DVinfo sponsor. They can also provide good information and prices on Panasonic tapes.
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Old September 9th, 2003, 01:30 AM   #5
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Hi Paul.
My GS100K is on its way from Tokyo purchased from Allan also.
Just out of curiousity: what housing are you talking about ? underwater one ?
Also, what is vms2 ?

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Old September 9th, 2003, 02:51 AM   #6
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I agree, go with Pro-Tape - since you live in the US. Purchasing from our sponsors helps keep this wonderful site going and growing. I personally prefer Fuji miniDV tapes.
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