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Jeff Moore September 8th, 2008 10:43 PM

any suggestions for shotgun mics
 
Hey guys,
I own a canon xh-a1 and i am looking for a good shotgun mic around the $250 to $300 level. any suggestions. preferably not too long but beggars can't be choosers. thanks.

jeff

Allan Black September 8th, 2008 11:05 PM

The RODE NTG-1 or 2, check the forum user reports and web prices.

Cheers.

Dan Brockett September 9th, 2008 09:21 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jeff Moore (Post 931167)
Hey guys,
I own a canon xh-a1 and i am looking for a good shotgun mic around the $250 to $300 level. any suggestions. preferably not too long but beggars can't be choosers. thanks.

jeff

Jeff:

Go to my article here and read, listen and decide. It will hopefully help you make a good choice based upon your ears and your needs.

As I Hear It - Choosing the Right Microphone

All my best,

Dan

Steve House September 9th, 2008 10:04 AM

While it's a little over your stated budget (well okay, double) I just got a Rode NTG-3 from Guy at DVCreators and it's looks very promising. Very similar to the Sennheiser MKH416 at a considerably lower price. Haven't has a chance to put it through its paces yet but at first glance it's definitely worth considering.

Bill Pryor September 9th, 2008 10:59 AM

Dan's article is very good.

I bought the Oktava 3 capsule system, $350 with all 3 capsules from Oktava.com.
You can get it with just hypercardoid or cardoid capsule for a hundred bucks less.

The reason I bought it was because I had a need for a mic with an omni capsule, and it was cheap. I liked it so well I use it all the time for dialog recording, usually with the cardoid. And, the thing is really tiny. Much skinnier and shorter than a normal short shotgun. Easy to conceal in various places. If you want to use it on the camera you'd have to buy some O-rings at a hardware store, or wrap some foam around it, because it is probably too skinny for the mount. You'd also need a shock mount.

I think it's a bit optimistic when people compare this to the 5 times as expensive Schoeps or Sennheiser, MKH60, but it's a good mic for the money, and having the 3 capsules gives you some added versatility. I also get less boominess for indoor shooting than I do with other shotguns.

Dan Brockett September 9th, 2008 09:01 PM

Hi Bill:

Yes, I liked the Oktava in the tests. It's a pretty versatile little system and sounds good. I wouldn't use it camera mounted though, it was pretty noisy in my handling tests with lots of microphonics.

The Audio Technica AT-875r is superb on-camera and very good off-camera on a boom. It was also the cheapest mic I tested. I bought one and have been using it a LOT for a bunch of broadcast and DVD projects. Superb mic, almost impervious to handling noise, small, cheap and very good sound. It is my new travel, non-studio mic, I use it in my travel kit. I think I paid $189.00 for it from the Sound Room.

I love my MKH-60 but for travel and on-camera, the little AT is so good.

Best,

Dan

Shahryar Rizvi September 10th, 2008 03:07 PM

Were there any suggestions for the AT897? I'm looking to buy an XH-A1 used to save some money and there's a seller here on dvinfo.net who is selling both the XH-A1 and the AT897 so perhaps if we could work out a package deal, I could grab that now too. I am not 100% sure I want a shotgun mic as the first(main?) mic I would be using. But I recently read over on another thread about how bad the built in mic sound is on the XH-A1 (http://www.dvinfo.net/conf/canon-xh-...amera-mic.html) that I thought maybe I should try to get something better right away.

Ty Ford September 10th, 2008 05:26 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jeff Moore (Post 931167)
Hey guys,
I own a canon xh-a1 and i am looking for a good shotgun mic around the $250 to $300 level. any suggestions. preferably not too long but beggars can't be choosers. thanks.

jeff

Why a shotgun? What will be shooting and where?

Regards,

Ty Ford

Randy Larioz September 10th, 2008 11:33 PM

Personally I love the sennheiser 416mic. It is better than the MKH60 in the fact that it is more durable. Pure steal compared to a lot of plastic. However it did cost me a pretty penny at over one thousand, but I love audio and I went nutz and bought myself enough equipment to work on any professional shoot. But if on a budget like some say go with the Rode. It will do for now, but consider the 416 when you go and play with the big boys. For wireless I own the very affordable sennheiser evolution 100 series. I recommend a great boom pole for your shotgun mic. Things like mixers and recorders are also fun.

Jimmy Tuffrey September 11th, 2008 02:45 PM

[QUOTE=Randy Larioz;932279]Personally I love the sennheiser 416mic. It is better than the MKH60 in the fact that it is more durable.


Let's not get started on that one again!!!

Ty Ford September 11th, 2008 03:42 PM

+1

The MKH 60 was used on exteriors of the latest Pirates Of The Carribean movie.

Schoeps cmc641 inside.

Ty Ford

PS: If you want to try something new, try teh Rode NTG-3 rf-condenser shotgun. Wider pattern than the 416, not quite as much low end.


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