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john shand
Camera hour usage
on Sep 23, 2009 at 8:11:04 pm

Hi im looking to buy a certain 2nd hand camera, but it says the meter readings are 'OPERATION 39 X 10H DRUM RUN 17 X 10H TAPE RUN 13 X 10H THREADING 42 X 10'
What does this actually mean, is this good for a used camera?

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John Cummings
Re: Camera hour usage
on Sep 24, 2009 at 12:01:14 am

It's easy math...just multiply the numbers: 39X10=390 hours.

I would call that a pretty low-hour camera.

Some cameras, like a betacam, could need major work (like drums or heads) as soon as 1500 hours. Other cameras, like a Panasonic DVCPro, have been known to make it to 4-5000 hours before needing the same work. Of course, those numbers assume regular maintenance and check ups.

As always, your mileage will vary.

J Cummings

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