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Old December 30th, 2003, 01:48 AM   #16
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Thanx for the info.

One more question if posible.
You said it cost you 60 bucks but how about shipping?
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Old December 30th, 2003, 02:25 AM   #17
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Bogdan,

The mic costs about $55, and shipping is $5 in the US. I happen to have a large shipment of maternity clothes, baby boots and similar stuff coming in from US to Singapore (for my wife and daughter), so the mic rides for free. The large shipment was organised and managed by a friend in California, who dumped everything into a DHL box. Seeing that you are in Japan, the cost may be higher than just $5.
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Old December 30th, 2003, 05:26 AM   #18
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Here's the MX350 setup that Yow Cheong Hoe is using:

http://www.8palm.com/frontsma.jpg
  • MX350
  • Cheap tripod for this photo
  • Step-up ring 43mm to 52mm
  • Step-up ring 52mm to 55mm
  • Ring 55mm (this is a UV filter with the glass removed, needed as the Wide angle lens has a slight protrusion at the back)
  • Fujifilm's 0.79x wide angle adaptor (not zoom through, good up to 5x zoom)
  • Azden ECZ-990 microphone

Photo was taken using my Fujifilm S602zoom, and prepared in Adobe Photoshop.
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Old December 30th, 2003, 06:12 PM   #19
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As one can see from Yow's pic, the Azden ECZ-990 is a sexy addition to the poker-like MX350. I was curious how this mic actually performs. Yow, any further comments?
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Old December 30th, 2003, 06:23 PM   #20
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WoW!...it looks really nice on it...now i have to get one for my dv852 too..
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Old December 30th, 2003, 07:43 PM   #21
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And as you probably already know, the PV-DV852 is shaped like the MX350, so this mic should not extend over the lens housing as shown in Yow's pic. :-))
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Old January 1st, 2004, 02:53 AM   #22
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Yow, thanks for the clarification. Yeah, that's a good way to work around the usually expencive shipping. I guess this way they try to keep customers buying from their own country.

For example the shipping for this mic to JP is 27$. A tripod which cost about 130 has nearly 80$ shippment cost ot Japan. You can understand what I mean.

Oh, and I really think the mic is mono.
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Old January 1st, 2004, 05:47 PM   #23
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Most directional mics are mono, unless it is a stereo zoom mic; which isn't really the same thing.
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Old January 7th, 2004, 09:52 PM   #24
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Just to end what I started, here are my final findings on the Azden 990:

1. Looks cool.
2. Mono mic.
3. Stereo jack outs the same mono signal to both channels.
4. The wind-shield is not too great, but better than none.
5. Ambient hum/buzz/low pick-up is there, but not distracting.
6. The directional settings are effective (long and wide). Great for panning shots to let the sound/speech "come into the picture".
7. The plastic holder can be minimally used as a top handle.

Wish list (but I'll probably pay much more for these):
1. A dial for low levels cut-off.
2. Another dial for manual volume control.
3. Better wind-shield.

Application/usage:
1. For one-man-operated interviews, use the long/zoom setting.
2. For directional sound effect, use the long/zoom setting, especially with the camera zoomed to 5x or more.
3. For general shooting with more ambient sound, use the wide setting.
4. For capturing shound all round, ambient sound, or camera man's naration, unplug the 990 and use the built-in mic (for the MX350, it's on the roof).
5. For interviews with an assistant holding the mic, unhook the mic from the holder, use an extender cable for the stereo minijack and set the mic to long/zoom. Certainly good enough for street/wedding interviews. Tell assistant not to rub/roll/swing/jingle the mic, as it'll pick up sound from its own body, even skin rubbing against the barrel.
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