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Old September 28th, 2003, 12:11 AM   #1
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dvx issue

as a long time xl1 user i got a dvx to try it out, after months of sitting on the shelf with no use i finally gave it a go on a project this weekend...i could probably write up a book of what i like and dislike but here is my issue

the camera holding strap is attached to the camera tape door, the door is overly sensitive one pitter patter and you are done, the no tape error message shows up, even in the middle of shooting but worst when it happens just before you turn the camera off and then back on to the pleaseant red blinker...

it took me about an hour to figure out what was going on, mind you i was in a shoot...

anyway i wanted to know if others also have this overly sensitive tape door issue, for me it make the camera un-usable handheld...
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Old September 28th, 2003, 12:55 AM   #2
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I only played with a DVX a couple of times and I could not find fault with holding the cam (with the strap) while the tape was rolling.
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Old September 28th, 2003, 12:49 PM   #3
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I haven't noticed any problem such as you've described, but I usually have my cam on some sort of support.

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Old September 28th, 2003, 03:00 PM   #4
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I've shot some handheld events for four and six hours at a time, and never had an issue with the handle/tape door.
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Old September 28th, 2003, 03:11 PM   #5
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That's (sonewhat) surprising. I had considered this before purchasing the DVC80, but didn't foresee it being a problem.

On the DVC80, the tape door is mechanically separate from the tape trap -- if you remove the battery and pop the tape release button, the outer door opens, but the trap remains closed. I wouldn't think that any weight/vibration/pressure on the protective outer door would cause any problems to the tape. But, phew, would that be a design flaw.

Knock on wood, I haven't had this problem yet. Perhaps it was unfortunately juat a problem with the one you got.
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Old September 29th, 2003, 07:45 AM   #6
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i dont ahve any issues, in fact, its probably one the most ergonomical cams iver ever had the pleasure of owning.

i can run with the cam and my footage is rock solid... sometimes i hold the cam up and run or walk, other times i use the shoulder strap and go for a jog..

very pleased!
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