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July 2nd 2009 12:38 am

Recommendations for an external microphone

What's a decent mic I can get for shooting video? I've noticed in quiet areas, the on-board mic can pick up the IS motor noise. I'm not looking to spend too much (always relative of course =) ) for a mic since I won't be using it as much, but at least something better than the one on-board. Also, maybe some sort of bracket or adapter to the hot shoe to mount the mic?

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Both Rode and Sennheiser make hot shoe compatible mics for the Mk II. Neither are mind blowingly awesome but both can be had for ~$100 with some searching / Ebaying. The Rode is what Vincent LaForet recommends.

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I've heard good things about the Zoom H4n.

Zacuto makes a mount for it as well (albeit not the cheapest around).

Philip Bloom has this to say about recording audio with the Canon EOS 5D Mark II: philipbloom.co.uk­/2009­/05­/23­/how­-to­-record­-sound­-w...

He also gives suggestions on how to easily synchronize various clips and sound.
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I like the idea of the Zoom H4n, but I just don't want to sync sound in post production. I spend enough time as it is in front of Lightroom, I don't want to add even more time in front of Final Cut.

That said, I imagine any pre-amp device you get is going to rock out better than the onboard mic.
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There is a program that can do it automatically in that Philip Bloom link above :)

Although I am not sure how it works in reality.
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No, I know about the program, but I also know that for any doc work (which is where I'd use the 5Dii), I'd end up with a couple of hours of audio and a couple hours of video every day. Then I need to import it all and ensure that it syncs up perfectly and then start editing. I'd really just prefer to have it synced in the first place.

It would be less of an issue on an actual scripted shoot where you'd want sound to roll separately anyway because you're going to be taking sound and shots and mixing things up a lot more. (Of course, why not just rent a good DV cam in the first place instead of dealing with the insanity of the SLR style holding, lack of auto focus and lack of another way to view the shot other than on the back of the camera?) But most of the stuff I'm shooting is unscripted moments from life (the kid's birthday party or whatnot) or doc style when it's going to just be a pain later on.

I see it kind of like getting color temperature right when you're taking photos. You can always go back in and fix it later and it won't take very long, but why not just save yourself the time and shoot it properly to begin with?
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