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Old October 28th, 2003, 10:13 PM   #376
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New vx2000 owner

Hey guys.

I just purchased a vx2000 And im pretty siked. I had bought a gl2 before,but sent it back because the quality on the vx2000 is better( for what i will be using it for that is). So im sure ill have plenty of questions for you guys down the road, just thought id introduce myself.

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Old October 28th, 2003, 10:33 PM   #377
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Hey steve, welcome aboard!
Yeah, this place is great, everyone is so helpful and willing in offering advice and opinions.

I'm purchasing a new cam shortly. - have been bouncing back and forward between PDx10 and vx2000. hope I make 'the right' choice.

It will be interesting to see what you've got to say as a new vx user.

Again, welcome.

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Old October 29th, 2003, 12:47 PM   #378
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Welcome to the club.

You wil find that the 2000 will accomplish tasks that few other cameras, even those above its price range can do.
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Old November 23rd, 2003, 10:16 AM   #379
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Congrats Steve. You're going to love the cam.

Just a friendly correction, it's spelled "Psyched", not "Siked"

Good luck

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Old November 23rd, 2003, 03:42 PM   #380
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Steve: Most irritating thing about the VX is that it is constantly
powering down (i.e. going into standby mode). The only way to stop it is by leaving the tape door open; who wants to do that.
A little trick they don't tell you in the owners manual is, to bring it out of standby, press the photo button once.
Anthony: If shooting indoors under natural light is an important consideration for you in a cam, best get the VX; the PDX is very bad in low light.
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Old November 25th, 2003, 02:52 PM   #381
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Lightweight VX2000 Shoulder Mount?

After shooting a lot with a tripod, I've gotten spoiled, and I'm no longer satisfied with what I can shoot hand-held. Side note: the optical stabilization on the VX2000, while not bad without an accessory lens, can not seem to handle an Optex .6x wide angle adapter -- it's as shaky as the standard lens without stablization, and as I get older (or drunker), it's becoming an issue.

I've decided the solution is a good shoulder mount. I've been faking it, using my tripod, with one leg draped over my shoulder. I look like an idiot, and it's not very comfortable, but it is effective. I'd like to find a good, light-weight shoulder mount. Because I do travel videography, it can't be very big or heavy. I don't need much -- only something that will let the camera balance on my should when I'm shooting.

I'd be grateful for any suggestions.
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Old November 25th, 2003, 04:36 PM   #382
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Paul,
I've mentioned before that I've used and still do on occassion a shoulder brace by Studio1store dot com. I think its the same as the HabbyCam. In any case it works very well with my PD150 with a WA lens attachment, shotgun mic,on cam light and wireless receiver mounted to a bracket I fashioned for the back of the brace. There are some others but I can only speak of this one.
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Old November 25th, 2003, 06:25 PM   #383
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The latest WEVA Newsletter, besides having a nice hands-on description of the PD170 has an interesting brief report on the Scorpion System that looks to be modular and will support the camera, lights, microphone, mixer and wireless modules. $139.50 list price. Located in Berkely, MI.

Rather than hook over the shoulder, you press it against your chest. Don't know how practical that is in practice.

Another one, from Anton Bauer, called the Stasis Power support system hangs on the shoulder with one of their batteries on the back of the shoulder hook. Might be OK but at $550 it seems a bit expensive although that seems to include a battery.
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Old December 28th, 2003, 06:55 PM   #384
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VX2100 Time/Date verification

I was just looking at a few posts concerning the ability to burn a time/date permanently onto the tape.

I read that the PD150/170 has the ability to burn a time/date month/hour/second onto the tape for video surveillance and law enforcement work, but can the VX2100 do that also?

I have read posts that say no, and yet other websites like b&H say you can.
Anyone have the real scoop here?
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Old December 28th, 2003, 06:58 PM   #385
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Sound problem - used VX2000

I recently bought a used VX2000 supposedly with low hours.

The first time I used it there was some pixelization during the first 5 to 10 seconds and some audio dropouts during the first minute. After that it recorded fine for the remainder of the event (about an hour).

The next time I used it it showed a warning (C:31:23) then another warning (C:31:40) and then the tape cleaning warning. I ran the cleaning tape for 10 seconds. The warnings seems to have disappeared.

There is still a bit of pixelization during the start of the tape. After that it seems fine. It also takes about 5 seconds for the sound to cut in. After that it seems ok though the sound might cut out for a brief moment during the first minute of recording.

Any thoughts from anyone (other than warnings about buying used equipment :)?

Also, when a VX2000 'wears out' what are the warning signs?

thanks so much.
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Old December 28th, 2003, 10:22 PM   #386
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Re: Sound problem - used VX2000

<<<-- Originally posted by Curt Talbot : I recently bought a used VX2000 supposedly with low hours.

Also, when a VX2000 'wears out' what are the warning signs?

thanks so much. -->>>

Kind of what you have described but I'd try a thorough cleaning first.

Try to find out what brand of tape was used in the camera and, perhaps, stick with that.

If you have the camera cleaned professionally, I'd switch to Sony tapes and stick with them.

The camera doesn't wear out, but some of the consumables have to be renewed from time-to-time. Heads, pinch-rollers, bearings all wear out and can be replaced.
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Old December 29th, 2003, 05:01 PM   #387
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Although Mike suggested that you stick to a particular brand of tape, he also hinted that you shouldn't mix tapes from various manufacturers because the different types of tape lubricants apparently gum up the tape system.
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Old January 10th, 2004, 04:05 AM   #388
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VX2100 Audio/LCD problems?

Hi guys, this may have been addressed previously, if so apologies.

Does anyone know if the VX2100 is still (or ever had) has an audio hum when using the LCD screen?

Any help / advice would be welcomed.

Cheers, Anthony.
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Old January 10th, 2004, 05:10 AM   #389
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Welcome, Anthony. There's been a thread or 2 discussing this. I'll see if I can find the link.

Here's one of the threads, I think there's another one also.

http://www.dvinfo.net/conf/showthrea...threadid=18621
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Old January 10th, 2004, 05:14 AM   #390
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Thanks Frank. I am all set to get one, but non of the retailers i have contacted really know much about it, so any info would be appreciated!!
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