The Sony Videocam a Necessary Tool

Published: 1993-08-15

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As you have probably guessed, what with my videotaping interviews with Hans Schmidt and Charles Provan, I've finally invested in a video camera. Before, I could never justify the expense. Anyone can start shooting interviews and public events. The problem isn't in accumulating revisionist film, but having a way to distribute it that can pay for itself. The Catalog for D&B Productions intends to solve that problem, so I decided the time had come.

After shopping the stores here in Visalia, I bought the Sony 8mm Video Camera Recorder CCD-FX51O at Circuit City. Its retail price is $1,300; I got it for $850. The camera has all the special features I'll need in the near future. There was the camera, then the extra battery ($75), the carrying case, tripod, insurance for three years, etc. It all added up to $1,350. It wasn't cheap, it wasn't expensive (I could have spent $3,000 and more), it was just right.

Of course I didn't have the $1,350, so I opened an account at Circuit City. I've made one $50 payment. The rest of the bill is hanging over my head. If you can, please give me a hand with this one. Some unique video opportunities are coming up. Some I can handle myself, some I'll do with David. And I'll do everything I can to make the camera pay off for us.


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Author(s): Bradley R. Smith
Title: The Sony Videocam a Necessary Tool
Sources: Smith's Report, no. 15 + 16, Summer 1993, p. 14
Published: 1993-08-15
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