DSR-130 (DSR-1 + D30) by today's standards?

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by woodenbicycle, May 12, 2006.

  1. I have seen a few used DSR-130 combinations for sale. Aside from the
    specs I have read online, all I really know is that it's a DXC-D30 head
    docked to a DSR-1 DVCAM deck. Would it be worthwhile if I were to find
    one at a reasonable price? How do the 2/3" large-but-old CCDs in the
    D30 head compare to more modern 1/2" offerings? Are there any "gotchas"
    aside from weight with this older setup?
    woodenbicycle, May 12, 2006
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  2. woodenbicycle

    Steve Guidry Guest

    The D-30's image will compare favorably with any "modern" 1/2"chip camera.
    And you'll have an added bonus of having access to specialty lenses via
    rental - - something you won't have with ANY 1/2" setup.

    That said, I wouldn't pay more than about $3k for that combination,
    especially if it's an older D-30. The main gotcha for the older ones is the
    fact that after about 7 years or so, capacitors start leaking. When that
    happens, you can piecemeal it, but it's best to have them all replaced,
    which takes a couple of days to a week, and runs about $1k.

    Steve Guidry, May 12, 2006
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