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Old January 27th, 2009, 02:48 AM   #1
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PD170 hot meter?

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I need help for knowing about pd170 hot meter?
My friends told me we could check for how many hours the camera operation.
I'm not sure whether its called hot meter hour or something like that.
So how to check how many hour the camera'd been operated?
Could anyone help me..?
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Old January 27th, 2009, 06:06 AM   #2
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never heard of the 'hot meter' but to check the hours on the PD series of cameras; powwer it up, on the button wall (open the LCD - lots of buttuns) go to the one that says "MENU" scroll that all the way to the bottom to the icon labelled 'ECT" push -push the scroll wheel in-that will put the cursor on "World Time" -simply scroll down (use the wheel) to HRS MTR and there you go. OPeration, Drum, Tape and Threading all right there for your viewing pleasure.

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Old January 28th, 2009, 12:30 AM   #3
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Oh..thanx.that's what I mean..
I want to buy a used pd170.Cos I'm in minimum budget.
So in how many hours Operation, Drum, Tape and Threading would tolerate to buy..?
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Old January 28th, 2009, 06:56 AM   #4
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good question but generally I would not want to buy 1 with Drum Run of more than about 4 to 500 hours (4X10 or 5X10).
Operation time simply means the amount of time the camera is ON being ON but not running means nothing so I wouldn't worry too much about that BUT the heads are generally only good to last for about 1200 hours (I had them changed on my 150 at 1400 and it was still going strong but why take a chance) so at 500 hours you're about 1/2 way thru the life expectancy of the heads. Of course there are other factors as well but then overall it comes down to common sense. HOw's the glass, do all the menu items work, etc etc.
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Old February 22nd, 2009, 08:21 PM   #5
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Don I was a little confused by your post...4 to 500 hrs... wouldn't that be 40x10 for the drum hrs to be 400 ...I thought that a camera displaying 4x for drum hrs would be 40 hrs of use...thereby a relatively low hrs. of use?
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Old February 22nd, 2009, 08:46 PM   #6
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I meant to say 400 to 500 hours which would be 40X10 to 50X10.

Hope that clears it up
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Old February 23rd, 2009, 03:31 AM   #7
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The hours meter is a bit like the mileage readout in a car's instrument panel. It can be reset, replaced, fooled with. Remember that a PD170 used in the Iraq deserts during the war may have few hours on the clock whereas a 170 used as a wedding camera in England may have three times as many hours on its clock.

I know which one I'd choose, and which one has had more wear and tear. Much better to have a good careful close-up look at any PD170 you intend to buy. Use a powerful Maglight torch to inspect the deck's innards, check the front element very carefully indeed. Shoot footage and listen to the camera, you ear on the body. Play back the footage on a good TV. Look at the screw heads - have they been tampered with?

And remember that there are lots of 4:3 cameras out there to choose from now, so make a silly offer to start the negotiations rolling.

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Old February 25th, 2009, 11:23 AM   #8
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Well guys..

Finally I just bought a pd170 with 25x10 drum hrs..
this is the best i could find in town..
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Old February 25th, 2009, 11:29 AM   #9
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25X10=250 hours. Looks like you have a good one.

Have fun with it.
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Old February 25th, 2009, 03:42 PM   #10
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Excellent camera. You'll learn lots by using it daily. Take it to the park and 'talk to the mics', I say. As you film tell the mics, 'This shot on full tele, OIS on, autofocus and auto white balance, manual shutter, gain and iris. 100% zebras all over the grey car and the white shirt.'

When you get home, plug it into a good TV and turn 'display' on. This will bring up the technical details, but it's also very useful to have your voice-over filling n the details. You'll soon find out what looks good, what works and what doesn't.

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