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Old February 22nd, 2005, 09:45 AM   #1
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I have a GL1, need a shotgun mic

Hey guys, I need to purchase a shotgun microphone based on my price range (aroudn $100-150). What do you guys think about these mics: ATR55, MKE-300, or the Azden SGM-X . For those of you who own any of these mics, please tell me if they are good or not (pros/cons), thanks.
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Old February 22nd, 2005, 03:03 PM   #2
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Don’t know about the AT and the Azden, but I tried the MKE-300. From the samples I heard, the new Rode VideoMic ($149) is superior to the MKE-300.

In this price range, you could also look for an older, used Sennheiser ME80. Not as sensitive as the newer mics, but still pretty good.
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Old February 22nd, 2005, 07:13 PM   #3
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Save your money and spend the $250 on an Audio technica 897.I bought mine and used it with the gl1. Now I upgraded cameras to the xl2 and still use the 897 as my camera mounted mic.
Youl need an adaptor like the beachtek, and it will give you lots of flexibility.
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Amen. The slightly higher cost for the 897 puts you into a whole new bracket. The Rode is a good mic for the sub 200.00 crowd, especially compared to the Azden or the MKE300. Costs a little more, but a mic is an investment, not an expense. Care for it just a little, it will last a lifetime, and always hold a reasonable resale value, not to mention the quality it can bring to your vid if used correctly.
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Old February 22nd, 2005, 09:53 PM   #5
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Re: I have a GL1, need a shotgun mic

<<<-- Originally posted by Matt Lean : Hey guys, I need to purchase a shotgun microphone based on my price range (aroudn $100-150). What do you guys think about these mics: ATR55, MKE-300, or the Azden SGM-X . For those of you who own any of these mics, please tell me if they are good or not (pros/cons), thanks. -->>>

Some folks think they need a shotgun when, in fact, they need a hypercardioid. Matt, what will you be shooting?

Are you restricted to a camera mounted mic or will you be able to boom it.

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Old February 22nd, 2005, 10:33 PM   #6
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Thank you all for responding, I will be shooting a horror movie. It involves various shots, mostly close shots, but some are far shots depending on the scene. I was considering the ATR55 because of the price (I can get one with a boom pole for $100) , but now im leaning towards the new Rode VideoMic ($149), what do you think?
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