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Old May 13th, 2007, 12:40 PM   #1
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Best Wind Protection

I am searching for the best wind protection for a shotgun microphone (AT835ST, if it matters) mounted on-camera, ENG style. This means the zeppelin-style full enclosure windshield is not an option. Note that I live in Europe, where relative pricing is not the same as in the US: the Lightwave products here seem to be significantly less expensive than the Rycote.

The application is mostly action shots, snowboarding and some skateboarding, mainly shot on a tripod.

Here is where I need advice: between the three following setups, which one would give me the best protection and versatility:
- Rycote Softie (140 euro)
- Lightwave Equalizer (90 euro)
- Lightwave Miniscreen (90 euro) + MiniSock (37 euro)

I admit to be tempted to the Miniscreen/MiniSock combo as it seems to be the closest to the concept of a front-end-only zeppelin (not expecting anything as good as result, though) and I can always add the MiniWindmaster fur cover later. Any comments from users would be most welcome, especially if you have compared hands-on these systems.

Also, I have read comments in other threads leading me to further ask if the "support disc system" of the Lightwave products works well?

Thank you,
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Old May 13th, 2007, 01:25 PM   #2
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Getting space between the mic and the filter results in the best reduction. The hair is OK, but not as important as the space.

I'd advise you to contact k-tek in California. They have a way of coming up with solutions that might even allow you to blimpify your camera-mounted mic.

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Old May 13th, 2007, 02:33 PM   #3
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It's really not difficult to mount a full rycote on a camera, wouldn't be suitable for an 835ST but a smaller mic like an Ambient tiny mic and a smaller blimp work fine, I mounted mine using a AT bracket and an Ambient hot shoe plate.
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Old May 13th, 2007, 03:15 PM   #4
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Try this one...

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...indscreen.html

really good wind AND RAIN resistance. you can add the dead cat over it if you need more.
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Old May 14th, 2007, 05:50 AM   #5
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Frederic,

I have an AT835ST and the lightwave miniscreen. It works well inside and also outside with a full fur cover - so I would go for the last option. Have to agree with Ty (who is almost always the best advice on audio) - the dead space around the mic is critical to good wind isolation, but the miniscreen is not good outside without a fur cover. Just one word of warning - the prescribed miniscreen is a tight fit on the AT835ST - which is good for isolation as it seals off the diaphragms - but it is a little difficult to get on and off. Fits better on my Senn MKH416.
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