Best place to buy Sony Mini DV tapes?

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by K32, Apr 12, 2004.

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    K32 Guest

    K32, Apr 12, 2004
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    David Chien Guest

    OfficeMax has/had Panasonic 60min SP (90min LP) DV tapes @ 3pk/$5 just
    two weeks ago, and they'll still probably have them if you check the
    various stores. May vary depending on stock, but this deal was noted a
    month ago and I still found stock recently, so not everyone knows about it.

    Also, shelf tag says $14.99, but will ring up at $5.

    No problems at all running it in my DV camcorder, and most DV tapes will
    run fine in most camcorders made today w/o any problems at all.
    David Chien, Apr 12, 2004
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    Keith Clark Guest

    What about the lubricant issue?

    I thought once you started using a particular brand of tapes you had to stay
    with that brand to avoid head clogging.

    I've always used only TDK tapes in my Canon GL1, is this no longer necessary?

    Keith Clark, Apr 13, 2004
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    David Chien Guest

    What about the lubricant issue?
    What issue? ,]

    Yes, years ago when DV first came out, you'd have to worry and people
    would report that x brand of tape would be bad in y camcorder, but
    that's been taken care of long ago. The tape makers have had enough
    time to optimize the tapes to make the run for hours in most machines.

    Today, anybody with a brand-name DV camcorder from Sony to Sharp to
    Hitachi to JVC can toss in any brand-name DV tape and run.

    The only 'problems' you may see today are people trying to run those
    unusual-sized 120 minute LP mode DV tapes (regular ones are 90min LP) --
    the thinner tape media here can cause trouble in some machines.

    Otherwise, load and go!


    A few DV camcorders may have unusual trouble with various DV tapes,
    but that's usually limited to just a model or two in a brand, and you
    simply return it and get another. This is rare. Same with the rare
    'bad camcorder' - just exchange it for a good one.


    Don't forget that simple things - dust - can clog up a head faster
    than you'd realize, and that alone can create the appearance of a 'bad'
    tape when in fact you simply need to keep the gear clean and dry.

    Same goes for humidity changes and dew.
    David Chien, Apr 13, 2004
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