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Old October 1st, 2009, 05:20 PM   #1
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UK EX-1 Mic cable solution

My off-the-peg, short, right-angled, camcorder-mic cable has never worked well on my EX-1. The slightly excess cable snags the swiveling grip and the straight, male (camera-end) connector sticks out so much that it catches on my (very wide-mouthed) camera bag every time I retrieve/replace it. I have to nurse it in and out. This I can live with.

Recently I tried gathering the excess cable to the handle but this led to unacceptable handling noise transfer - spoiling some rushes. This I can't live with, so I researched DVinfo and found this Cadence Cable Systems - Pro Audio Cables

Since they're relatively local to me I called them, visited today (with my EX1) and had a custom cable made on-the-spot. We tried various combinations of cable length, connector angle etc. until we found the perfect solution.

Amazingly it was about the same price as the off-the-shelf cable although it was much better quality - thicker cable, better connectors & quality-tested. I wish I had done this a long time ago. Anyway, having blazed the trail on behalf of you UK EX-1 users, you won't have to visit them. Just call Justin & mention your camera.

In case you're wondering, I only need one cable but I bought a second as a back-up and it's pictured to show that it works with two should you need them.

P.S. I have no affiliations whatsoever with Cadence Cables and I don't know of a site-sponsored competitive alternative. It's a purely philanthropic thang. Here're some snaps...
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Old October 2nd, 2009, 01:52 AM   #2
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Hi Paul, how much was your cable?

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Old October 2nd, 2009, 08:16 AM   #3
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Cadence's EX1 mic cable costs 17.50 including vat and first class recorded delivery.
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Old October 3rd, 2009, 11:35 AM   #4
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How are you getting on with the dedo light? (with its 45 power cable....)
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Old October 3rd, 2009, 05:07 PM   #5
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Hi Stuart,

At the risk of going off-topic... I'm very pleased with the Dedo light. I don't like on-camera lights - especially on small cameras like the EX-1 but, this one is, currently, the best I've seen. It's a good "catch-light" or, if you don't have time to set up lights, it'll give your subject a little lift - in an emergency.

It runs off the camcorder battery without making too much of a dent in the run-time. An on-camera light without the drawbacks of an on-camera light - in my opinion. I leave it attached and forget about it. It's light-enough to not upset the camera balance too much. It's small enough to stay in place in my camera bag.

There are brighter lights out there. There are cheaper lights out there but, for what I need, this is the best. With the pace of change in LED technology there's bound to be something better soon but, for now, this will do nicely.

Hope this helps
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