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Old November 2nd, 2006, 09:19 AM   #1
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Need Help! Mic Suggestions for DCR-VX2100

Hi,
I need some suggestions for a shotgun mic to attach to my hot shoe. I'm not looking to use any type of pre amp and/or additional equipment due to being mainly videoing on the fly.
I "was" considering the Rode Videomic (retail $149.00), but heard that the mic gets in the way of using the handle along with it's zoom control due to being off set. Is this true?
In addition, I went to the Rode web site in which they have an x/y stereo videomic svm (retail $250.00). Has anyone used this mic? It doesn't appear that it would get in the way due to not being off set.
If you have any other brand suggestions as well as what works well for you, please let me know. Your help would be most appreciated. Thanks!
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Old November 2nd, 2006, 10:04 AM   #2
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Your information about the Rode VideoMic blocking the handle zoom controls is correct. I think you can get at the record button, but I'm pretty sure the tele zoom button is almost completely blocked.

I think its current placement (blocking the zoom controls) is dictated by the height of the vibration mount and the length of the mic -- if it was skewed any further forward the mic might be visible in the picture. You might be able to construct a shoe-to-shoe adaptor to move the mic up and forward a little. It doesn't use any power from the shoe, so it shouldn't be too hard to construct. Otherwise, its a nice mic.

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Old November 3rd, 2006, 07:53 AM   #3
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Hi,
Thanks for the reply! Sounds like a possibility. I'm going to search a little more to see if there's anything out there that's feasable for me to use. I've heard great reviews on the Rode, it's to bad that it's in the way of the zoom control. Thanks again, Ray.
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Old November 21st, 2006, 08:26 AM   #4
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I have the mic in question on my 2100 and it does a fine job...other than being a bit gangly and cumbersome. It does partially block the handle controls; But it is adjustable on the bracket, so I placed it in the farthest forward holes and it is not covering the controls now (it is also not in the picture by a long shot).
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