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Old October 11th, 2009, 09:32 PM   #16
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I use a Sony ECM-678.
Great sound, and comes with a rubber sleeve which fits snugly into the EX1 mic holder.
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Old October 12th, 2009, 03:14 PM   #17
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I decided on the NTG-3. I got it new for less than $600, and it has a much "warmer" sound than the MK66 Sennheiser and closely matches the 416 that's more than twice the price. I don't have much experience with other mics, but I liked the way the NTG-3 matches up with the 416 for the money. You can go to the bicycle shop and get a foam hand grip to mount either the Sennheiser or Rode.
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Old October 13th, 2009, 09:32 PM   #18
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I got a used Sanken CS-1 off ebay. It's great as an interview or on camera mic. It's short enough so I can get my camera in the bag with it on.

Also take a look at the Audio Technica AT-875R. For the price, it rocks! It's also even shorter than the CS-1. I've used it a few times. I might get one for myself so I can have both an on camera and off camera shotgun in my bag.
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Old October 14th, 2009, 07:08 AM   #19
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I would second Peter, above, rah, rah, for the Sony ECM-678. I know, it doesn't have the cachet of other brands, but given price and performance, its great! And given the superb audio frequency response and other great characteristics of the EX-1 (what do they mean, dscontinued, good grief!), its a winner. In the past, the audio recording capacities of many camcorders was abysmal, and this camera is outstanding! I've run frequency response tests (record and then playback) of the EX-1, Sony ECM-678 mic, and the frequency response down to and including 30 Hz is just great! To say nothing of usable response up to and beyond 10 kHz (unfortunately beyond these old ears).
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Old October 14th, 2009, 07:40 AM   #20
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Depends what you budget is. Personally I wouldn't go near a Rode NTG-2. Terrible in windy conditions even with a dead cat.
Most mics suffer from this not just the NTG2. Try this test on any mic you have. Fit the mic and headphones on your cam, then, listening through the headphones, blow very gently round the xlr connection, battery compartment thread and the tiny filter switch on the mic, it will sound like a force 10 gale. The answer is iether tape up all points where wind is going to get through, or use a piece of mic windshield foam to cover the back of the mic, and make sure your Softie or Miniscreen covers any joints and miniswitches. I do this on all my mics. No more wind problems, (even shooting out on the cliffs, here in North Cornwall). Rycote actually point out the need to do just this on there website
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Old October 17th, 2009, 04:25 AM   #21
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Hi:
If everybody "meets" a used Sanken CS-1 for sale - get in touch with me. heinavesi@gmail.com
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Old October 26th, 2009, 10:44 AM   #22
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I went for the NTG-3 with a few extras purchased off the classified. Look forwarded to improved audio on the EX1 and PMW-350 this winter.
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Old October 26th, 2009, 04:04 PM   #23
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One shotgun mic you don't hear about very much is the Beyer Dynamic MCE 86. I've been using this mic for years in all sorts of situations and it has never let me down. It's great for run and gun interviews and had excellent off axis noise rejection. I use it with a softie and have no complaints. The thing I like most about it is the quality of the audio, warm and transparent.
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Old October 27th, 2009, 12:30 AM   #24
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Old October 27th, 2009, 12:31 AM   #25
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Have you guys tried an Octava MC012 w/ hypercardioid capsule.
Very cheap and very good quality mic.

Not quite as directional as some of the others but not bad. I used to use this with my old PD100s and PD150's

You need to use a wind screen or a softie and a good idea would be to get an inline lowcut adapter or just turn on the wind filter.
Very nice sound quality though - I think much better than a 416 for a fraction of the cost.
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Old October 27th, 2009, 01:08 AM   #26
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MKH416, I've AB'd it against the Neumann, Schoeps and Sanken and it sounded better. I've also been using it for probably 10 years. The newer Sennheisers don't sound as good in my opinion. 416 is a proven and familiar sound in studios and post houses worldwide.
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Old October 27th, 2009, 01:31 AM   #27
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I guess everyone has different ears. I had a 416 and sold it right after getting my Octava. That was on the advice of 2 very experienced sound menn and on my tests with another experienced sound man.

We liked the sound quality of the Octava much more and even found in a loud restaurant that it seemed to isolate the sound in front of us even more. No doubt the 416 has great reputation though.
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Old October 27th, 2009, 04:58 AM   #28
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I own the Octava MK-012 and its a decent cheap mic. IMO it's not even close to a Sennheiser MKH416 or MKH60.

I use the Octava for interviews and bits and bobs, but I would say its a world away from the Senns. Of course its a fraction of the price, so not likely to be in the same league, and value for money wise it's an excellent buy. I would chose the Octava over the Rode NTG-2 any day.
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Old October 27th, 2009, 05:17 AM   #29
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octava sounds great but it suffers from handling noise. I only use it on a fixed boom during a sit down interview.
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Old October 27th, 2009, 08:48 AM   #30
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I would like to use the standard mic holder on the Ex-3 rather than use one of the shoes or an aftermarket mic holder. Does anyone know where I could purchase the rubber insert on the standard Sony Mic so that the new mic fits the standard sony mic attachment device?

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