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Sony HVR-A1 and HDR-HC Series
Sony's latest single-CMOS additions to their HDV camcorder line.


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Old September 8th, 2006, 01:44 PM   #1
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A1U Discontinued?

I'm trying to ahold of four A1U. Sony claims up to 60 day backorder, and stocks seem to be draining everywhere. Anyone know an official story?
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Old September 8th, 2006, 07:04 PM   #2
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I don't have any stories, official or otherwise, but our Sponsor B&H Photo has the A1 in stock at the moment...

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Old September 8th, 2006, 07:35 PM   #3
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When I looked at B&H a few days ago, there was a special price on it and it showed to be in stock. Also, there's a rebate going on so it seems like a good time to get one. I was considering it but I couldn't afford to spend that much.
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Old September 8th, 2006, 09:50 PM   #4
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I contacted the repair facility today on the status of my busted HC1. Parts are still on back order (same parts as found in an A1U). I inquired pretty much the same question and was told that if Sony discontinued any particular item or camera, they would have been informed and I would have been given other options. It takes 2-4 weeks for delivery of items in the consumer market.

Man I miss that camera. I had some interior car shoots and fumbling with a shoulder mounted DV camera made things a little cramped.
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Old September 8th, 2006, 10:17 PM   #5
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I don't have any stories, official or otherwise, but our Sponsor B&H Photo has the A1 in stock at the moment...

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...ughType=search

I'm going to try contacting them when they reopen. J&R has one in stock as well, as does amazon. Unfortunately, it's my employer (a University) which is purchasing them, and they don't exactly turn on a time. My PO is for buying the items directly from Sony. Grrr. Hopefully I can work something else, as there aren't exactly a lot of sub-$3k HDV cameras with XLR audio and whatnot to choose from.
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Old September 8th, 2006, 10:44 PM   #6
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Tell me about it, corporate PO's take forever. I've been back and forth on upgrades for some time now. I had a request to budget two Z1U's, but changed it to a Canon XL-H1, with reserve for an XL-A1. I'm patiently waiting and fear discontinuance as well, meaning I'd have to resubmit, so I'm going for product that we be available when sign off comes around.

If I remember correctly, B&H will accept purchase orders from qualified institutions. Do call them, I think your accounting will need to provide bank and business reference information.
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Old September 12th, 2006, 04:20 PM   #7
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I just ordered one from B&H on Friday and it arrived today so they definitely have them in stock. After the Sony rebate it only cost me $1800 USD. Thatís a pretty sweet deal.

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Old September 14th, 2006, 11:03 AM   #8
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I just ordered one from B&H on Friday and it arrived today so they definitely have them in stock. After the Sony rebate it only cost me $1800 USD. Thatís a pretty sweet deal.

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Hi John. Curious as to how you managed to get a net price of USD1800! On BHphoto.com today the "add to cart for lowr price" is $2499 and then after the $500 rebate, that would be $1999 which is the price its been for a while now. love to know how you managed to get $1800 net price !

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Old September 14th, 2006, 01:19 PM   #9
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A1 from B&H

We just ordered two A1's from B&H. $2499 with a mail-in $500 rebate, each. They arrived overnight.
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love to know how you managed to get $1800 net price ! thanks
I got it with the WEVA show discount which was cheaper than the regular web price. You had to attend the WEVA convention to get the discount codes. (sorry, I should have mentioned that, my bad) Even without that it's still a great price.

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Old September 16th, 2006, 11:15 AM   #11
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I'm having a good weekend. Picked up a used copy of Vegas 4 for $57 on ebay, then upgraded it to Vegas 7 for $135. Picked up Cinescore deal while I was upgrading. This morning got the green light to get an HVR-A1U :)

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