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    I am running short of Mini DV tapes and am looking to buy some new ones.

    Can I just get them from Ebay... the well known brands such as Sony and Maxell are there.
    My quesiton really is "are there inferior quality ones or do they pretty much come from the same source and are about the same?"

    Tks,

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    I was going to just ask the same thing......
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    I own a Panasonic and a Canon camcorders and I first tried Panasonic tapes with the Panasonic camcorder, they were bad, then TDK, not much better and now I use Sony tapes in the Panasonic, which I find slightly ironic, and they are the best of the bunch. Just stick with well known brands and you can't go far wrong, you might just have to try a few different ones until you find one that works the best like what I had to. Strangely enough, the Canon will take all makes and give the same results. Also get yourself a tape headcleaner and depending on how much you use the camera, run it through once a month at least.

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    Yes, I agree - Go for Sony or at least the major branded tapes. Basically, the main manufacturers aren't going to ruin the market reputation of their major product for the sake of a consumable sale.

    I personally go for Sony every time. Never had a prob.
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    I also have a panasonic camera and have used atleast 10 sony dv cassettes and have never had a problem with the quality of any of them.

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    All seem the same to me.

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