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Old May 14th, 2007, 11:12 PM   #1
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The local store was out of Sony HDV tapes, so I bought the Pansonics. Nowhere on the packaging does it say what the tape is or is not compatible with, however, it does say that "HDV is a trademark of the Sony Corp." on the back. I know that some warn against using other branded tapes inside your DV camera (due to different lubrication), but have the new 63 min. HDV tapes transcended this restriction?
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Old May 20th, 2007, 08:46 PM   #2
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Panasonic vs Sony tapes

From the way your post read I gather you have been using Sony tapes. The main problem you are likely to experience is the Panasonics may leave a buildup on the heads & tape guides in your cameras tape transport. The reason for this is Sony uses a wet lubricant on the tape & Panasonic & most other manufactrers use dry lubricant.

Mixing wet & dry lubed tapes usually results in clogged heads causing drop outs or banding of the recorded video. It is a good rule to stick to one brand of tape & never mix the two types. I had problems with some of the Panasonic tapes in my old Canon GL1; from what I have learned it was more than likely the weak clutch on the take up reel that was at fault. I have since switched from Canon to the Sony FX1. I also switched to Maxell tapes & have had no problems with them, after a fellow videographer recommended
Maxell.

This may sound like heresy but I do not buy into the theory that special HD tapes must be used. I use Maxells standard 63 minute tapes & the weddings &
other events I have shot with the FX1 look great; this is what many of the members of Professional Videographers of Central Fla. also use.

Why pay extra for HD tapes when a standard $2.65 tape will do the job equally well?

If you do experience head cloggs get a Panasonic head cleaning tape & follow the directions, on occasion you may need to make 2 passes with it.
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Old May 21st, 2007, 10:50 PM   #3
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Bill -

Thanks for your feedback. Yeah, I have been using Sony HDV tapes. I ended up using the Panny's for a shoot, because I had no other choice. However, I'll try not to in the future. As for the cleaning, thanks for the advice there. It makes sense to use a Panasonic cleaner if I run into trouble.

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Old May 22nd, 2007, 08:49 AM   #4
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Bill,

I've been using Maxell MiniDV 63 min tapes for the past year - and I love them. I can't seem to find a place that sells them in bulk. Where do you get yours, and do you get them in bulk?
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