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I am a camcorder virgin. All of my experience is in still photography, but the HV20 has gotten such phenomenal reviews, I thought I would throw my hat into the video recording ring. I have a few questions on tapes below:

What tapes are people using?

How important is it to stay with a single tape vendor?

What cleaning cassettes are people using?

Any experience with the Sony or Panasonic HDV cassettes.

I can get Sony for about $7.50 ea or I can get Panasonic for about $5.30 each.

Any thoughts or experiences anyone can share would be appreciated.

Thx
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I personally use Panasonic AMQ miniDV tapes at about US$7 a piece from bhphotovideo.com

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For HDV recording, the HV20 manual recommends special HD tapes. I just bought my HV20 about a week ago and purchased Sony HD mini tapes from Amazon for about $18 (2 pack).
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I've heard that you should pick one type of tape and stick to it. I've also heard you should stick to either wet lube tapes or dry lube tapes. Does anyone know if this this manufacturer hype or is it fact?
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For HDV recording, the HV20 manual recommends special HD tapes. I just bought my HV20 about a week ago and purchased Sony HD mini tapes from Amazon for about $18 (2 pack).

I got my hv20 while in Honolulu last week i got the Panasonic dv for hdv-dv tape same as sony hd just a little cheaper (2pack) i hd to buy some more tape i just got the maxell mini dv an the look the same or better then the hd mini tapes.
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For HDV recording, the HV20 manual recommends special HD tapes. I just bought my HV20 about a week ago and purchased Sony HD mini tapes from Amazon for about $18 (2 pack).

The manual says to use HDV tapes because they want you to make them more money, Just like HP selling their ink cartridges for exhorbatant prices. Regular DV tapes will work fine. I use Sony premium DV tapes and have yet to have any dropouts and the recording quality is just as good. Save yourself some bucks. But, I agree with the opinion of only sticking to one brand. If you change brands, its recommended to run a head cleaner between the two.
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I am looking for a cheaper tape also and looked at the Sony premium tapes on Amazon. There are tapes in a blue package and others in a yellow package. They both say they are premium but which ones should I get or are they the same?
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They are supposedly the same. However, due to one severe error caused by Sony cheaper tape, I no longer touch cheaper tapes in general nor I touch Sony tapes at all. The other tapes I currently hate is Sam's Club Maxell miniDV (red wrapper) and Costco's TDK. I tried playing back the same spot several times and the Maxell deteriorates the fastest, followed by the TDK.

As mentioned above, I still swear by Panasonic AMQ series (can be bought at B&H for about $6.50 each -- but shipping is exorbitant) or eBay for about $7.5 each but the shipping is much lower.

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I use Sony DVC Premium (Blue Label) and so far have not had any problems.
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as mentioned in another thread, it really depends on how much you are willing to risk your footage. Broadcast and other pro applications don't want to risk their footage, they put such great value on their footage coughing $10 for a tape is not a big deal. I've experienced a tape dropout right on the spot where my daughter uttered her first word. I was so happy to accidentally captured it but feel severely disappointed (still, even after 8 years) when I realized that the dropout happen to be located at the particular point.

If you feel the once in a lifetime memory doesn't warrant the extra $5 per tape, then don't waste the extra $5. Heck, I know some people re-use their $3 Costco specials tape over and over and don't care about the already-visible dropouts.

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