First Shotgun Mic Purchase

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      I have been able to get pretty well with a lapel microphone and a zoom H2. However, I find myself now in need a shotgun mic. I am not sure where even to start and looking they range from $150-1500. I would like to spend around $250-300, if that is reasonable.

      Here are a couple of examples where I could have used it and didn’t have one- Shooting a shopping spree at a local grocery store, interviewing a group of 3-5 people, and going around and interviewing person after person at a memorial service.

      Any ideas where I should start and what in particular I should be looking for? Thanks

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      I just bought one my selection was based more on shotgun length than name and specification due to my camera size I select A Sennheiser MKE 400 price is around $229. My first use was inside a church and the result versus the camera mic was so good that I think is a must for any camcoder user. The WEB push Rode VideoMic as a good low price around $149 solution. May be in my case the only bad thing is to turn On the mic and probably I focus on a small mixer with vuemeter onhelp to adjust the signal strenght.

      Shotgun mic is a must to improve the sound quality.



    • #185940

      I was just through all that myself and bought a RODE NTG-2. I have the mono camera top RODE, and it works well but when I put it on my makeshift boom pole the suspension creaks. I’ve been using the mic for about two weeks now and I’ve very happy with sensitivity to noise result. I bought the mic thinking I’ll always be within a meter of my talent and last week I was 2 or 3 and still got a great signal. I only use it when I can’t put a wireless lav on the talent, which means in impromptu and multiple speaker/interviewee situations where I use either a boom or a mic stand (which I also keep in the car!

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