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Old February 24th, 2005, 04:31 AM   #1
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Mounting mic on FX1

I've just mounted a mic on my FX1 in the same place as the mic on the Z1. The threaded 2.5mm holes are already there, hidden under a rubber strip. I punched holes through the rubber, and screwed on a home-made Z-shaped little bracket. I then screwed an existing mic holder with shock mount to my bracket. Looks great, and IMO is better than the Z1's, as the rubber strip acts as an isolator between the camera and mic - unlike the Z1's, which is bolted straight on with no insulation.
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Old February 24th, 2005, 04:44 AM   #2
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Derek,
I think that a lot of us would appreciate if you could take some stills of your setup and make them available to us.
I'm certainly interested. How did you realise that the holes were under the rubber strip?

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Old February 24th, 2005, 05:13 AM   #3
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Yes, please post pictures!
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Old February 24th, 2005, 09:17 AM   #4
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the Z1 does have rubber isolaters in the mic clamp. : )
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Old February 24th, 2005, 02:11 PM   #5
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Sean - I checked out my friends Z1 and to me it looked like the solid plastic mic mount was just screwed onto the side of the LCD. Where are the rubber isolators?

I knew that the holes where there as I removed the rubber strip within an hour of getting the camera! I'd like to post pics - any idea of hoe I can attach a pic on this forum?
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Old February 24th, 2005, 02:29 PM   #6
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inside the mic mount. I can't say they are vey effective, though. I put a buddy's Beyer MCE 86 in it and wasn't really thrilled with the fit, it was a bit wobbly. I'll probably tweek it a bit when I get my mic.
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Old February 25th, 2005, 01:30 AM   #7
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My Sennheiser also didn't fit - luckily I had some fancy rubber isolator stuff to wrap around the mic to geive it a snug fit. Rubber inner-tubing will work as well.
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Old February 25th, 2005, 02:07 AM   #8
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Derek,
I use www.photobucket.com a lot for uploading pictures.
I'm sure that there are other hosts, but I know that this one is very good.

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Old February 25th, 2005, 03:50 PM   #9
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Gary - I've sent pics

Gary, I've mailed off pics of my mic holder with home-made bracket, as well as my home-made "HDRig" which cost about $ 50 in total. Up front is a Century Optics Wide + Ultra Wide kit - fantastic glass. Using the rig is a dream compared to hand-holding the whole day, especially on doccies.
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Old February 25th, 2005, 06:28 PM   #10
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Here are Derek's pictures:

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Old February 25th, 2005, 08:04 PM   #11
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<<<-- Originally posted by Derek Serra : Sean - I checked out my friends Z1 and to me it looked like the solid plastic mic mount was just screwed onto the side of the LCD. Where are the rubber isolators? -->>>

There aren't any. The mic mount for the Z1 is awful. Tranfers every sound of operation to your tracks.

A small Beyer mic holder in the hot shoe works very well also.
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Old February 25th, 2005, 08:22 PM   #12
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Derek,

What brand is the mic holder you used? I would like to put one of these on my FX1.
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Old February 25th, 2005, 09:16 PM   #13
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Sony CAC-12 mic holder

Does this mount work? I picked one up on EBAY for $75 bucks, it is well over $100 at B&H.
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Old February 26th, 2005, 12:20 AM   #14
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For the life of me I can't remember where I got the mount I'm using - I found it in my storeroom. What's nice about it is that the whole thing clips on and off, leaving behind only the bracket and a little clip. The rubber strip on the side of the lcd acts as an isolator, so oddly this works better than the Z1 mount, which transfers handling sound. The CAC mount should work - I saw it on the B&H site a while back as well. I think it's meant for a BetaSP camera.
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Old February 26th, 2005, 03:18 AM   #15
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Derek, can you tell me what the make of your mount is please.
Its not a cac mount by the look of it.
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