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Old March 7th, 2003, 07:10 PM   #1
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Hard to turn camera/VTR/photo switch

To move the camera/VTR/photo switch, one should be
able to do it just with one thumb by pressing the
green switch gently and moving the black outer ring.
(This is how it was on my TRV900) I find it really hard
to turn the switch on my new VX2000e! Only when I press the
green switch deep with my thumb nail, I can turn the switch.
Has anyone experienced this with their VX2000? Any pointers
on fixing this ?

I have been experiencing this for a while but didnít think
much about it. I bought VX2000 (PAL) sometime in Nov 2002
by mail order in US and is past 90-day retail warranty
(Sonyís manufacturer warranty doesnít cover PAL cameras in
US). So if it needs repair, it will come out of my pocket :-(

Many thanks in advance.

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Old March 7th, 2003, 11:15 PM   #2
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As long as it works, why fix it?

Be happy the lock actually works.

Today one of my customers wanted me to convert some Digital8 footage and gave me his camera so I could pull the footage off the tape. As he turned the camera from VTR to Off, he apparently went on through and into Camera mode. And as he put it in the case, he pushed the record button.

I get the case to my studio and open the top. The camera is making motor noises. Sure enough, he recorded black over all but 30 seconds of his footage.

Fortunately our conversation and the sounds of the zipper were recorded on the beginning of the write-over so I could prove I did not destroy his recording.

Fortunaely he had made a VHS dupe which worked OK for his purposes.

As long as you can operate the switch without breaking a fingernail, I'd leave it. It will be an expensive repair if Sony works on it.

My PD150 doesn't switch all that easy.
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Old March 11th, 2003, 11:29 AM   #3
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Mine's pretty much the same way. What makes it even more inconvenient in some ways is that I'm left-handed.

But, I agree with Mike--be happy the lock works well. On my older cam, I used to always accidentally turn the silly thing on "camera" every time I put it in my camera bag.

Unless the switch makes some kind of grinding noise, or actually feels like there is physically somthing wrong, I would not worry about it.

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Old March 11th, 2003, 07:15 PM   #4
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I just bought 2 new 2000's, and when I first tried using them, I had a hard time with the switch until I figured out how it worked, and got used to it. If it's working right, it takes a consciencious inward pressure with the thumb while you move the switch to the desired position. Nothing worse than "accidently" moving the switch.
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