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Old February 5th, 2016, 12:14 PM   #1
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Cheap Mic Spacer for Sony Cameras (FS5 / FS7)

After getting my FS5 camera I noticed that the mic clamp was a lot larger than my Rode NTG-3 shotgun, and that Sony's mic spacer was way over priced, so I found a solution that will cost you .44 cents. Normally I would use my Rycote Lyre shockmount that fits into Sony mic clamps, but on the FS5 they have added loose rubber to act as a sort of shock mount, which results in a very wobbly mic, especially when using my Rycote mount. This solution probably won't work on all mics, but it can help if you just want to put your mic in the camera's clamp.
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Old February 5th, 2016, 02:04 PM   #2
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Frugal fix at it's best.
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Old February 6th, 2016, 10:52 PM   #3
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The Sony OEM mic spacers are $11 on their site.

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Old February 7th, 2016, 03:51 AM   #4
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My AT875R came with 2 o-rings specifically for Sony or similar cameras with spacers. Fits snugly despite being O-rings.
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Old February 7th, 2016, 06:51 AM   #5
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Probably made by the same people! Free shipping even :))

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Old February 7th, 2016, 12:40 PM   #6
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Good to see there are more options. I was happy to just drive for 1 minute to the local Ace and get a mic spacer for .44 too. Whatever works is great. I still preferr using a Rycote Lyre shock mount. You can get more handling noise directly in the mic clamp of any camera.

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Old February 7th, 2016, 03:56 PM   #7
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Hi Guys, I've done similar things with a strip of neoprene.... but the old news guys fix; if you weren't using a Sony mic, was a few turns of gaffer tape around the mic before placing in the Betacam mic holder...

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Old February 7th, 2016, 06:07 PM   #8
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Hi Guys, I've done similar things with a strip of neoprene.... but the old news guys fix; if you weren't using a Sony mic, was a few turns of gaffer tape around the mic before placing in the Betacam mic holder...

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This is what I did, and has the added benefit of having a 2 foot strip of 1" wide gaffer tape with you at all time. :-)
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Old October 28th, 2018, 12:43 PM   #9
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Re: Cheap Mic Spacer for Sony Cameras (FS5 / FS7)

Does Sony still sell these things anywhere? I cannot find any on any Sony website and my Rode NTG-1 and NTG-4 wobble around the Sony PXW-Z280 and Z-190 camera mic holders like a limp "you-know-what".
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Old October 28th, 2018, 10:36 PM   #10
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Why bother with Sony when you can buy the exact same thing. I bought five of them and cannot tell the difference from the Sony ones. $3.00 each, value.

https://ebay.to/2ORLQmO

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Old October 28th, 2018, 10:53 PM   #11
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Why bother with Sony when you can buy the exact same thing. I bought five of them and cannot tell the difference from the Sony ones. $3.00 each, value.

https://ebay.to/2ORLQmO

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Could not find any with that link you posted to eBay but I did fine it here: PCV Sony-Type Rubber Microphone Spacer
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Old October 28th, 2018, 11:51 PM   #12
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Yes same thing but three time the price! In the past I even used those Neoprene type mouse pads and cut strips out of them and that worked surprisingly well.

Sorry I tried shortening the link and it didn't work out by the looks of things. Try the full link:

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https://www.ebay.com/itm/Rubber-Tube...0a6b%7Ciid%3A1
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Old October 29th, 2018, 09:25 AM   #13
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Yes same thing but three time the price! In the past I even used those Neoprene type mouse pads and cut strips out of them and that worked surprisingly well.

Sorry I tried shortening the link and it didn't work out by the looks of things. Try the full link:

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https://www.ebay.com/itm/Rubber-Tube...0a6b%7Ciid%3A1
Only thing is those ship from China so it could take up to a month and with shipping, the price isn't that much more.
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Old November 1st, 2018, 04:40 AM   #14
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True. Neither figure is a breaker. Mine arrived in about a week. China/Hong Kong to Aussie isn't too bad.

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