Buy dv tapes in UK

Discussion in 'Video Cameras' started by Thur, Feb 19, 2004.

  1. Thur

    Thur Guest

    I wish to buy a bundle of mini dv tapes for my camcorder,
    but was horrified to see well known brands priced at over
    5 pounds each.

    I did a few searches and found tapes in the region of 2 pounds + each
    for Sony (60 mins) from somewhere called tapecity. (and 5 pounds +
    for carriage).

    I hesitate to use them without a recommendation.

    What do people with experience use and where do you buy?

    Thur, Feb 19, 2004
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  2. If you are in London have got Sony
    60minute DV for 1.99 pounds at the moment. Their web site is dreadful
    and their carriage charges are unreasonable but if like me you can get
    there with no difficulty...
    Malcolm Knight, Feb 19, 2004
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  3. Thur

    Tony Morgan Guest

    Although I generally recommend Sony tapes, only the other day I saw in
    Dixons some very inexpensive JVC tapes in packs of five. Just don't buy
    Panasonic tapes :)

    Surprisingly, Dixons are now selling very inexpensive media of all
    types. I picked up a pack of ten MiniDisks for about eight pounds there
    when I saw the cheap miniDV tapes. They also are selling cheap DVD+R and
    DVD-R (as well as RWs). They used to be one of the most expensive places
    Tony Morgan
    "In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice,
    there is." - Yogi Berra
    Tony Morgan, Feb 19, 2004
  4. Thur

    Hobbit Guest

    What makes their website so dreadful?

    Hobbit, Feb 19, 2004
  5. Thur

    Guest Guest

    You must be really, really patient...
    (and plan on having standby patience to hand, just in case)
    Stuff the URL, anyone got lat/long?
    Guest, Feb 19, 2004
  6. The company where I lend a hand with video matters would charge at
    least £25000 to answer that question and watching my friend, who is
    perhaps the country's leading authority on website accessibility, at
    work makes me very critical. :)

    However in particular when I checked it out in order to help the OP
    (are you doing that or are you yet another who prefers to argue?) it
    provided me with only the top banner and the search box gave no
    results when I entered 'DV tape'. The latter did however lead me to
    DVCAM tape and on that page I spotted the 'special offer' link which
    led to the cheap Sonys.
    Malcolm Knight, Feb 20, 2004
  7. Thur

    Thur Guest

    Thankyou for the information, but I found it impossible to get a quote
    on postage, and finally impossible to order anything.
    Thur, Feb 20, 2004
  8. Thur

    JohnT Guest

    I find that 7 Day Shop are very reliable, but rather slow to deliver (hence the
    name). See

    JohnT, Feb 20, 2004
  9. Thur

    Robin Mayes Guest

    I found a pack of 10 TDKs for 22.99 recently in PCWorld.
    Robin Mayes, Feb 20, 2004
  10. Thur

    Jerry. Guest

    What's the betting that the JVC and Panasonic tapes are the same, seeing
    that both companies are own by the same parent company.

    AIUI what you should not do is mix tapes, as the different tape 'lubricants'
    can cause problems if mixed.
    Jerry., Feb 20, 2004
  11. Last time I managed to find the postage rate on that site it was a
    flat £9 a go. I hope the low tape price inspired you to find Sony
    tapes at a more reasonable price than in the high street.
    Malcolm Knight, Feb 20, 2004
  12. Thur

    Jake Guest

    I've heard that too, which presents me with a dilemma (which in turn was
    going to be the subject of a separate post)...

    My brother in law uses other brand tapes (not sure which, but not Sony,
    which I use) and I've offered to transfer his DV tapes onto DVD. Am I
    better off borrowing his camera so I don't have to use his tapes in mine?

    I think the answer to that is pretty obvious. Just seeking confirmation

    Jake, Feb 20, 2004
  13. mine?

    I hate putting non-Sony tapes in my gear too. They have been 100%
    perfect over many many uses. I have long ago lost count but some must
    be more than 60 uses by now.

    However occasionally I have had no choice and Panasonic, Maxell and
    TDK tapes have been through once or twice each. The only problem is
    that the Panasonic tape gave me false timecode data although the AV
    was OK. Sony blamed it on it being an 80 minute tape in a pro machine
    which isn't set up to take the thinner tape. Could be I suppose but
    overall my limited experience is that all is likely to be well. I
    wouldn't do it if it was avoidable though.

    For entirely different reasons you don't want to do it if the tape is
    recorded in LP mode.
    Malcolm Knight, Feb 20, 2004
  14. Thur

    Jerry. Guest

    I suspect the two spool speeds didn't match what the electronics were
    expecting and cause it to complain by throwing the TC astray IYSWIM.
    Jerry., Feb 20, 2004
  15. Musing out loud :)

    At what rate of usage is it more economical to reuse camera tapes and risk bad
    recordings and/or head damage rather than use a new tape?

    Personally, I only record a tape once but that's for different reasons.


    Stuart McKears, Feb 20, 2004
  16. reasons.

    My tapes cost more than £25 each. I use up to 16 a day. I sometimes
    use as many as 80 before coming up for air so to speak and then go
    into edit mode. Economics force their re-use. As I've said before
    there is an element of duplication in my recording set up so I could
    probably blag my way out of a failure on one tape. I shall therefore
    use them until one shows a problem and only then ditch that particular
    one. So far it hasn't happened.

    I suspect old tapes are less likely to cause head damage than new
    Malcolm Knight, Feb 20, 2004
  17. Thur

    AndyP Guest

    I've just used Tapecity and they were OK, but somehow managed to get my
    credit card details wrong from those entered on the website, so took about
    10 days to get the stuff.
    AndyP, Feb 21, 2004
  18. Thur

    SjT Guest

    I buy mine from ebay and have had no problems at all with them,
    they're usually about £8-10 for 5 sony premiums, with about £2 p+p.

    And sometimes you get the cool japanese versions with nice orange
    packets :)
    SjT, Feb 23, 2004
  19. Thur

    SjT Guest

    That's supposedly a thing of the past now as they all sat round a
    table and discussed it.

    But i would still be wary ;)
    SjT, Feb 23, 2004
  20. Thur

    SjT Guest

    You ever thought about adopting the 'Right first time' approach to
    your work?
    SjT, Feb 23, 2004
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