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Old July 8th, 2009, 09:41 AM   #1
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No more 8GB or 16GB SxS cards

I've just been informed that as of today Sony are no longer doing the 8GB or 16GB SxS cards.
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Old July 8th, 2009, 10:00 AM   #2
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Old July 8th, 2009, 10:02 AM   #3
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Source was a vendor in the UK where I was going to buy my EX3 from. Just spoke to him again and the 16GB is definitely being stopped, but stocks of 8GB are still obtainable. I've managed to purchase an EX3 from another vendor who has stock which includes an 8GB SxS card.
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Old July 8th, 2009, 10:38 AM   #4
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Thanks. My guess is that Sony is moving to the 32 / 64 GB realm as quickly as they can.
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Old July 8th, 2009, 10:57 AM   #5
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Thanks. My guess is that Sony is moving to the 32 / 64 GB realm as quickly as they can.
I just had a call from Sony and the guy was surprised at the information the vendor had given me and he asked me the name of the vendor. Sony have promised to get back to me by tomorrow with an answer to exactly what is going on. I'll post any update here.

It may just be that the vendor was misinformed or that he no longer wanted to include a 16 GB card with the EX3 at that particular price. I hope I'll know more tomorrow.

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Old July 8th, 2009, 11:05 AM   #6
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FYI...
-B&H lists the 16b as discontinued.
-There are 22 8GB still in stock, unsure if they can get more.
-32GB is not in stock but you can order as much as you want.
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Old July 8th, 2009, 01:10 PM   #7
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I had heard a rumor that the 16Gb was to be discontinued as the price of the 32Gb was coming down to the point where it will be almost the same as the 16Gb, so Sony not expecting to sell 16's when you can get 32's for the pretty much the same price were going to drop the 16. I did not hear any mention of the 8Gb being dropped.
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Old July 8th, 2009, 01:12 PM   #8
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It seems SANDISK does not display SxS media on their website anymore.Someone should get a responce from SANDISK corporate offices. I was told they are being discontinued by a SANDISK distributer.
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FYI...
-B&H lists the 16b as discontinued.
-There are 22 8GB still in stock, unsure if they can get more.
How can you tell how many units are in stock at b&h? That could come in handy.
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Old July 8th, 2009, 01:40 PM   #10
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How can you tell how many units are in stock at b&h? That could come in handy.
fill up your basket till it says to select a smaller quantity.
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Old July 8th, 2009, 01:45 PM   #11
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Just don't hit 'Place Order' be mistake!
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Old July 8th, 2009, 01:49 PM   #12
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Just don't hit 'Place Order' be mistake!
Ya, I guess that is kinda important. :)
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Old July 8th, 2009, 02:16 PM   #13
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Not true

When I saw this thread I sent an email to the Sony business manager for Professional Media in the the U.S. His domain includes tape, SxS, and XDCAM optical disks.

Here's a quote:

"This is not correct at all. Sony is still carrying the full range of SxS PRO memory cards including the 8,16 and 32GB capacities."

Obviously, that might not be true for other parts of the world, but that's as close to the source as you can get in the U.S.

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Old July 8th, 2009, 03:26 PM   #14
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My guess is that Sony is moving to the 32 / 64 GB realm as quickly as they can.
I hope it's not true. An 8GB card equates to about 25 minutes which can be a very useful size for (say) a single interview, comparable to a 30 minute tape.

So for many people 8x8GB cards may be a lot more useful than a single 64GB card (assuming a similar overall cost) - shoot a 20 minute interview on card 1, then keep it intact as backup until editings over. And still have 56GB on the other seven cards.......

I had previously heard that a big perceived advantage of SxS over P2 was that it didn't have anything like the high fixed unit cost per card of P2 - the expense was far more proportional to size. So small cheap SxS cards remain more viable versus the bigger sizes than with P2.
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Old July 8th, 2009, 08:56 PM   #15
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If I could get five 8GB SxS cards for $1,000.00, I would buy them in a heart beat.

I currently have 3/16, 1/8 SxS and 4/16 SDHC cards with adapter I never use (don't really trust them and I like overcrank) and I have a PHU-60 that also sees very little use.

What is the current street price for 8GB SxS, still around $400.00?
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