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Old June 25th, 2002, 10:36 AM   #1
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systems isolator vs mini-mount

OK, I can budget one of these two items, and I figure I should becuase my mic always seems to pick up my hand toutching the camera or something...

So...

They are both in the same price range (ie. twice as much as they should be <g>) which one should I buy?

The system isolator dampens vibrations to both the stock mic mount and the shoe mount, whereas the mini-mount only works for the mic mount.
My Sennheiser MKE 300 won't fit on the mic mount, only the shoe mount, which makes the SI a better choice.
But then again, I don't like how far forward the SI moves the veiwfinder.

Do they both work just as well?

Also, I've seen the mini-mount for $130, what should I expect to pay for the system isolator? I've got a price quote for $170, is this reasonable?

Also, wind screens/wind socks for mics. I know lightwave is great, but does anyone make a moderately priced one? I don't have $400cdn to spend for one for my Sennheiser.

Got to go buy it Friday, so your advice is much appreciated.
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Old June 25th, 2002, 07:45 PM   #2
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I think the system isolator will do you more good since your mic only fits the hot shoe mount. It only moves the viewfinder 60mm forward. I find the 60mm shove a big improvement in the way the camera balances and handles. It may take some getting used to, but i think you'll come to appreciate it. I don't remember what i paid for each but I thought the system isolator was less than the mini mount. Check the sponsors, I'm sure they Zotz and ZGC both sell them.

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Old June 26th, 2002, 11:39 AM   #3
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Does anyone make an isolator that goes right between a mic and a hot shoe?
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Old July 11th, 2002, 12:44 PM   #4
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You might still checkout Lightwave.

Lightwave has systems that will attach to hotshoe. Try http://www.lightwavesystems.com/products/minimount/shoe_carriage.asp as a place to start.

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Old July 12th, 2002, 12:18 AM   #5
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Good tip.
Thanks!
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