Well, after a very long friday in front of the telecine machine I have finally come to the conclusion that the Canon HF200 is far more suitable for the telecine business opposed to the Panasonic HDC-SD90. Although initially the Panasonic was sharper it has a lot of down falls in other areas. Firstly it was getting red hot so I don't suppose it was meant to stay on for +3 hours at a time. Secondly it couldn't handle underexposed or overexposed footage very well. Thirdly it kept defaulting back to auto settings after a while which is a real deal beaker for the telecine application.
The Canon, although not quite as sharp (but still bloody amazing) handled all the above with ease. Never got hot, exposes beautifully at all times and perhaps most importantly it keeps manual setting (even when the camera has been turned off for days). I've been putting the Canon through its paces today whilst transferring 500ft of film. It never skipped a beat and it's still going strong whilst I type this out. Looks like come monday the Super 8 telecine service will be up and running! Standard 8 sill needs some fine tuning but it'll be up for the 1st of May at the latest.