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Old March 29th, 2004, 03:32 PM   #61
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Need input on the DM-50 Directional Mic

I'm wondering what the best applications would be for the Canon DM-50 Directional Microphone, which mounts on top of the GL-2?

I'd like to speak to someone who uses one of these to see how practical it might be, how much range it has, sound quality, etc...

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Old March 29th, 2004, 03:40 PM   #62
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Dan,
We have many, many threads that discuss the DM-50.
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Old March 29th, 2004, 03:58 PM   #63
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Covered, but for a quick answer not worth it. To me the DM-50 and the on camera mic are so similar that I would save a bit more money and get a better mic. Look for a used Senn Me66 perhaps?
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Old March 29th, 2004, 10:17 PM   #64
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Yes, I priced a Senn Me66 and it looks like I'd only be able to afford a used one...

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Old March 31st, 2004, 10:51 PM   #65
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I have to agree that the DM-50 isn't probably the best shotgun mic you could get for your camera. However, it IS relatively inexpensive, and DOES provide pretty good directional sound. I also like that you can switch it from directional to omni with a simply flick of your finger, and the fact that it pulls power from my camera battery, which I can monitor easily.

Overall, I'd say it's a good deal unless you can afford a much better directional mic.
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Old April 1st, 2004, 01:30 AM   #66
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I did notice a difference when I recently got the DM-50, and since I usually add a soundtrack later, I'm happy with it for now. And considering the increased range, windscreen, 3 settings and shock mounting it really is a great value.
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Old April 1st, 2004, 06:35 AM   #67
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Thanks Vladimire and Travis,
I appreciate the help. If anyone has any info on the specs of the DM-50, I'd still like to know the approx. pick-up range/distance of this microphone.

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Old April 2nd, 2004, 12:32 PM   #68
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Dan, I'm relatively new to digital video, so I'm afraid I don't know much about the wireless mic systems. I did use the dm50 for a friends wedding and during the vows I was about 20 feet away, and this was a bit out of range for the mic (although it should be fine with some work in post production). I'd say anything within 10 feet would sound good. (Using a wide-angle converter lets you get even closer to the subject for better audio pickup)
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Old April 2nd, 2004, 02:26 PM   #69
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I've run tests with my DM-50 vs. the onboard mic at ranges around 25 feet, and I picked up sound very well with the DM-50. However, weddings are a different story because the bride and groom (the bride especially usually) will be talking very quietly. I did a wedding this past summer where I was no more than 10ft. from the bride and groom with a GL2/DM-50 combo, and I had a wireless (feeding to another GL2 w/receiver) about two feet above their heads (attached out of view to the struts on the tent they were under). I got only slightly more sound out of the bride using the wireless that was right above her vs. the DM-50. I'd say the DM-50 is a very good mic overall for its price category.
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