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Old August 30th, 2008, 07:14 PM   #1
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Tomorrow I start buying my wedding equipment. Please check my "To Buy" List

Note - I already have a Canon HV20 so some of these accessories are for it and not the XH-A1

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Also, I will not be buying ALL the equipment tomorrow so some stuff may be missing, but if you have any suggestions please state them.
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Old August 31st, 2008, 02:08 AM   #2
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I don't see a wireless mic, I use 2 cheap irivers and a archos clipon mic which is excellent for capturing the vows.
F.i. you also could invest in a Zoom h2 or h4 for capturing live singing in the church, I have used my zoom h4 plenty times for this and it also captures sound with high quality.
Don't underestimate the importance of sound, this is half your product.
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Old August 31st, 2008, 03:11 AM   #3
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totally agree, you REALLY need a wireless mic.

The Sennheriser G2 is a good one but a cheaper alterntive is to get an Olympus DS-30 and a lab mic. HAve a look for a post by Travis as he explains his setup.

Youll get in a church, the echo will be all too much for your Rode and having a close lav can really help.
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Old August 31st, 2008, 06:55 AM   #4
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buy photographic equipment instead. buy well maintained used gear, invest as little as possible.
that Libec is a nice pod, i have a bogen 3046, i will sell you for cheap, than you just need a good head for
it, save you $200 or so.

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Old August 31st, 2008, 07:09 AM   #5
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Extra Batteries
LS-38 instead of 22 for the A1
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UV Filter for the A1
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Old September 1st, 2008, 06:07 PM   #6
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Irivers! Best things i ever bought. so cheap. i have five now. turn them on, lock them and forget about them. oh and hit record:)
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Old September 1st, 2008, 07:11 PM   #7
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Yup, you gotta get a wireless mic. If you're short of funds, I'd pass on the Libec and Rode mic and instead get a used Bogen with a 501 head and a Sennheiser G2 lav system.
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Old September 2nd, 2008, 02:30 AM   #8
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Instead of MD-3000 light & sound bracket I recommend using Rycote Hot shoe extension.
They come in various sizes, you can mount 2 wireless mic receivers and a light for example.

We use 4" to mount Sennheiser G2 receiver and a light.


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Old September 2nd, 2008, 10:49 AM   #9
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Irivers! Best things i ever bought. so cheap. i have five now. turn them on, lock them and forget about them. oh and hit record:)
Ditto that. Fast set up. No more receivers on my cameras. No more transmission problems or the chance you're on the same channel as the church. Synch is perfect. The one thing I miss is being able to keep tabs on the groom before they come out for the beginning of the service.
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Old September 2nd, 2008, 11:03 AM   #10
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I keep hearing the Iriver being cheap, I googled Iriver and it cost $ 175.00 on Ebay where can I buy them? The H2 cost $ 200, I thought cheap would be half of that.

Thanks in advance.
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Old September 2nd, 2008, 01:03 PM   #11
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Noel -
Prices on eBay are of course all over the place... as befits an auction system... and the 7xx series iRivers command a high premium typically - you can find the 8xx series at better prices, I just sold a couple for around $100 (got one 512M 890 left if you're interested).

Patience and a little knowledge about how to search listings and you might score one even cheaper <wink>, although both the 7xx and 8xx series of iRivers are becoming harder to find. MP3 players with less than a bazillion Gigs of storage and video capability are going the way of the dodo...

The advantage of the iRivers is they are fairly small and easy to stash in a pocket or whatever, smaller than most wireless transmitters... and the H2
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Old September 2nd, 2008, 03:07 PM   #12
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I've heard okay reviews of the LS-22. I bought the 22 legs and use them with the 38 head. I really like the 38 head, but the legs are a little too easy to twist when panning. You almost need to have a hand on them a lot of the time. However, for the price they work very well.

I bought 3 Olympus DS-30s off eBay for $80 each and I truly love them. You get over 4 hours of recording time with them, and the sound quality is really good. They're also a fraction of the size (and price) of a wireless system. And syncing is a small inconvenience compared to interference on wireless.

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Old September 3rd, 2008, 07:10 AM   #13
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Dump the RODE videomic I saw on your list. You'll never use a shotgun for weddings (successfully).
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Old September 3rd, 2008, 08:43 AM   #14
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dump the hard case, you will waste alot of time open and close that hard case.

get a soft padded bag instead.
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Old September 3rd, 2008, 09:04 AM   #15
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I suggest a lowepro commercial AW. great bag! and a shotgun is useful for quick on cam interviews. I ditch mine for reception, because the onboard sony mics do a fine job.
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