Best Mini DV tape to use

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by Craig Busch, Aug 9, 2003.

  1. Craig Busch

    Craig Busch Guest

    I have been using Sony Premium Mini DV tape. I have heard good things
    about Panasonic. I am getting a new camera and was wondering about
    starting and staying with Panasonic.
    Any comments on this?
    Thank you.
    Craig Busch, Aug 9, 2003
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  2. Craig Busch

    Guest Guest

    I am a Sony man myself, just because I figure you won't make a mistake using
    the manufacturer's tape in their own machine.

    It sounds like you are aware of the problem of switching DV tape
    manufacturers. If you chose to go with Panny, I don't see a problem, just
    stay there. They generally are a few pennies cheaper than Sony I find. You
    migth also try to find out (good luck) what other brands are made by Panny.
    TDK, Maxell, and Panny are the 3 non-Sony brands so far as I know, but I'm
    not sure who makes them.

    So if you go with another tape brand, remember that you will not want to be
    using your old Sony tapes in your new camera. If you need to play them, you
    will need the old cammy to do so. If you have an outboard deck, I recommend
    that you do not mix tape brands in it.
    Guest, Aug 9, 2003
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  3. Craig Busch

    Hughy Guest

    Head wear doesn't seem to be quite the consideration it used to be in the
    pre digital era. Someone in the ng claimed that Sony digital heads will go
    2500 hours without a problem - can anyone actually verify this?? If you're
    a consumer, you're likely to be buying a new camcorder long before reaching
    this many head hours (unless you regularly use your camcorder as a deck
    too). No matter, reduction of head wear is "a good thing" if achieved at no

    Panasonic PQ's and MQ's are incompatible with the EB and EK tape series (wet
    lubricant) and Canon tapes (AFAIK made by Panny).

    IMHO Panasonic's refusal to make any comment on the compatibility of the PQ
    series (I emailed Panasonic in US, Australia and Japan) has substantially
    detracted from their credibility. Sony isn't any better, credibility wise,

    Hughy, Aug 14, 2003
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