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Old November 7th, 2007, 08:32 PM   #1
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Maintenance budget for F3XX series

Hi - just wondering if anyone has a rough idea of a reasonable annual maintenance budget for the F33x or the F35x? I'm looking to replace some existing equipment in the next 6 months.
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Old November 7th, 2007, 08:58 PM   #2
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Hi - just wondering if anyone has a rough idea of a reasonable annual maintenance budget for the F33x or the F35x? I'm looking to replace some existing equipment in the next 6 months.
We've had a couple cameras for a full yr now, and aside from an issue with a dead pixel (on one), there hasn't been any maintenance costs at all.
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Old November 7th, 2007, 10:49 PM   #3
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Thanks Ryan - I think Sony has a general 1 year warranty and a five year warranty on the drive, which is the best warranty I've seen on a Sony cam. Anyone else? (apart from blown firewire ports which usually stems back to user error)
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Old November 7th, 2007, 11:41 PM   #4
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My 350 hasn't needed any service yet. It's like a BMW in the first few years... it really shouldn't need anything, unless you wreck it.
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Old November 8th, 2007, 12:24 PM   #5
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Yes, the PDW series cameras have a longer warranty than other previous broadcast cameras. That tells you something about Sony's thoughts on reliability of the drive.

I had a shutter board failure last year, but of course that was well within warranty.

I don't think you'll have to spend much. As far as I know, there's not even a cleaning disc available.

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Old November 9th, 2007, 11:19 AM   #6
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As far as I know, there's not even a cleaning disc available.
That's because it has a cleaning system built in. Everytime you insert a disc it does a cleaning cycle on the laser head. :-)
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Old November 9th, 2007, 11:47 AM   #7
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That's because it has a cleaning system built in. Everytime you insert a disc it does a cleaning cycle on the laser head. :-)
Yeah, I knew that. Was more a direct comparison to tape based units and their need for cleaning tapes.

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20 Months of hard use and so far not a penny spent on maintainance, other than cleaning dirt, dust and grime off the exterior.
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