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Old August 26th, 2007, 07:21 PM   #1
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Rode SM-3 vs SM-5

I'm considering the Rode NGT-1 or NGT-2 for the Canon XH-A1 camcorder. Which shockmount would work best, the Rode SM-3 or the Rode SM-5?
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Old August 26th, 2007, 08:28 PM   #2
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I would go for the SM-3. The SM-5 can't mount to a boom pole, only to the clamp (without taking the thing apart). I actually fabricated a clamp adapter of my own out of a dowel rod. I later replaced my clamp altogether with a second shoe mount, one for the SM-3 and the other for my wireless receiver.
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Old August 26th, 2007, 08:48 PM   #3
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Assuming I don't want to use a boom pole - how does the SM-5 attach to the clamp? How does the SM-3 attach to the camcorder?
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Old August 26th, 2007, 09:33 PM   #4
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The SM-3 uses the shoe mount, or a boom pole mount. If remove the actual shock mount from the shoe mount by removing two screws, you also have a 1/4-20 hole for tripod mounting. The SM-5 clamps on using the mic clamp. There is a metal (?) rod that has two diameters for different microphone clamps. If you remove the rod (same way as the SM-3), you have the same 3/8" boom pole thread and 1/4-20 tripod thread.
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Old August 30th, 2007, 12:58 PM   #5
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The newer SM5's can now mount to a boom pole. The ones we have are threaded with 1/4" and 3/8"'s. Pretty cool.
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Old August 30th, 2007, 01:37 PM   #6
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In that case, there seems no reason NOT to get the SM-5 if you have a mic clamp on your cam.
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Old August 30th, 2007, 04:57 PM   #7
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Does the Canon XH-A1 have a mic clamp? (I don't have the XH-A1 yet, stlll in the saving money and researching accessories stage).
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Old August 30th, 2007, 05:12 PM   #8
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Yes. Do a Google image search and you can see it.
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