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Old September 8th, 2008, 11:43 PM   #1
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any suggestions for shotgun mics

Hey guys,
I own a canon xh-a1 and i am looking for a good shotgun mic around the $250 to $300 level. any suggestions. preferably not too long but beggars can't be choosers. thanks.

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Old September 9th, 2008, 12:05 AM   #2
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The RODE NTG-1 or 2, check the forum user reports and web prices.

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Old September 9th, 2008, 10:21 AM   #3
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Hey guys,
I own a canon xh-a1 and i am looking for a good shotgun mic around the $250 to $300 level. any suggestions. preferably not too long but beggars can't be choosers. thanks.

jeff
Jeff:

Go to my article here and read, listen and decide. It will hopefully help you make a good choice based upon your ears and your needs.

As I Hear It - Choosing the Right Microphone

All my best,

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Old September 9th, 2008, 11:04 AM   #4
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While it's a little over your stated budget (well okay, double) I just got a Rode NTG-3 from Guy at DVCreators and it's looks very promising. Very similar to the Sennheiser MKH416 at a considerably lower price. Haven't has a chance to put it through its paces yet but at first glance it's definitely worth considering.
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Old September 9th, 2008, 11:59 AM   #5
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Dan's article is very good.

I bought the Oktava 3 capsule system, $350 with all 3 capsules from Oktava.com.
You can get it with just hypercardoid or cardoid capsule for a hundred bucks less.

The reason I bought it was because I had a need for a mic with an omni capsule, and it was cheap. I liked it so well I use it all the time for dialog recording, usually with the cardoid. And, the thing is really tiny. Much skinnier and shorter than a normal short shotgun. Easy to conceal in various places. If you want to use it on the camera you'd have to buy some O-rings at a hardware store, or wrap some foam around it, because it is probably too skinny for the mount. You'd also need a shock mount.

I think it's a bit optimistic when people compare this to the 5 times as expensive Schoeps or Sennheiser, MKH60, but it's a good mic for the money, and having the 3 capsules gives you some added versatility. I also get less boominess for indoor shooting than I do with other shotguns.
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Old September 9th, 2008, 10:01 PM   #6
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Hi Bill:

Yes, I liked the Oktava in the tests. It's a pretty versatile little system and sounds good. I wouldn't use it camera mounted though, it was pretty noisy in my handling tests with lots of microphonics.

The Audio Technica AT-875r is superb on-camera and very good off-camera on a boom. It was also the cheapest mic I tested. I bought one and have been using it a LOT for a bunch of broadcast and DVD projects. Superb mic, almost impervious to handling noise, small, cheap and very good sound. It is my new travel, non-studio mic, I use it in my travel kit. I think I paid $189.00 for it from the Sound Room.

I love my MKH-60 but for travel and on-camera, the little AT is so good.

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Old September 10th, 2008, 04:07 PM   #7
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Were there any suggestions for the AT897? I'm looking to buy an XH-A1 used to save some money and there's a seller here on dvinfo.net who is selling both the XH-A1 and the AT897 so perhaps if we could work out a package deal, I could grab that now too. I am not 100% sure I want a shotgun mic as the first(main?) mic I would be using. But I recently read over on another thread about how bad the built in mic sound is on the XH-A1 (http://www.dvinfo.net/conf/canon-xh-...amera-mic.html) that I thought maybe I should try to get something better right away.
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Old September 10th, 2008, 06:26 PM   #8
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Hey guys,
I own a canon xh-a1 and i am looking for a good shotgun mic around the $250 to $300 level. any suggestions. preferably not too long but beggars can't be choosers. thanks.

jeff
Why a shotgun? What will be shooting and where?

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Old September 11th, 2008, 12:33 AM   #9
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Personally I love the sennheiser 416mic. It is better than the MKH60 in the fact that it is more durable. Pure steal compared to a lot of plastic. However it did cost me a pretty penny at over one thousand, but I love audio and I went nutz and bought myself enough equipment to work on any professional shoot. But if on a budget like some say go with the Rode. It will do for now, but consider the 416 when you go and play with the big boys. For wireless I own the very affordable sennheiser evolution 100 series. I recommend a great boom pole for your shotgun mic. Things like mixers and recorders are also fun.
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Old September 11th, 2008, 03:45 PM   #10
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[QUOTE=Randy Larioz;932279]Personally I love the sennheiser 416mic. It is better than the MKH60 in the fact that it is more durable.


Let's not get started on that one again!!!
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Old September 11th, 2008, 04:42 PM   #11
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+1

The MKH 60 was used on exteriors of the latest Pirates Of The Carribean movie.

Schoeps cmc641 inside.

Ty Ford

PS: If you want to try something new, try teh Rode NTG-3 rf-condenser shotgun. Wider pattern than the 416, not quite as much low end.
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