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    Tapes for canon hx a1

    Hello, I have a new canon hx a1 with about 4 tapes that i have used on it. I Have been using panasonic advanced master tapes. Now I was told to use sony excellence tapes. I have read other forums about using the panasonic tapes and it wasnt an issue. But now Im wondering...Should I use a sony tape cleaning head for mini DV and then use the new sony tapes. Or would some one recommend using the panasonic tape cleaning tape and then use sony tapes. Does it matter. All advice is thanked in advance.
    Regards
    Phil

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    ok...it does not matter......an KEEP THE HEAD CLEANER AWAY!!!!!

    dont use head cleaner till you 100% need it, once you start, you will have to use it all the time. B


    Both tapes are fine, and you can go back and forth
    Manoni Productions
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    tapes

    ok thanks, ive read so many posts elsewhere some say dont switch and others say the opposite. Now I know as long as i use a good tape and not low quality i will be ok even if i change brand Thanks again

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    I would try not to go back and forth much, especially on lower-end cameras, due to the issues you have probably read about (the lubricant used in the cartridge, the exact chemical build of the tape, etc). For high end cameras, you won't see an issue, but I would try to stay on the safe side and stick with a brand for as long as feasible.
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    I would likewise keep to the same brand (at least) as best as I can. With a HDV cam now, I switch between SD and HDV tapes, but they are of the same brand. That's about it.

    My main considerations are the 'hardiness' of the tape itself (gotten some snapping on me!) and cost (of course). I almost never reuse tapes, so all the boasting abt the no of times it can be recorded over are none of my concerns.
    There's no bad camera, just a bad user
    Loong . Singapore

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    I almost never reuse tapes, so all the boasting abt the no of times it can be recorded over are none of my concerns.[/COLOR]
    That's good. The newer tape seems like it just can't put up with as much re-use as old 3/4" tape. I have seen many 2 year old DV/DVCAM tapes used four times start falling apart, but I have seen many 15+ year old 3/4" U-Matic SP tapes and 10+ year old Beta/BetaSP tapes reused many, many, many times, without failure (sure some get dropout, but I have never seen them clog/damage heads as much as I have seen DV/DVCAM tapes).
    Eric Adler (tonsofpcs)
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    to tell you the truth i have used tapes in about a year, but i did use HDV tapes, what evver was cheaper when i ordered them, and never had a problem!
    Manoni Productions
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