First, I just bought a Panasonic GS-300 (lots of very informative posts in here). After digesting the posts, i keep seeing a recurring theme. Try to stick to one brand of tape. This appears to be a catch-22, as a video newbie, I'm not sure which brand to choose, but yet I must decide which brand without experimenting too much. So I am appealing to the collective knowledge of the group. Advice & recommendations?