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  • Andrew
    Many thanks for the replies. I know very little about the sound side of things so appreciate the advice. jimbo, that s a fine looking box of tricks you have
    Message 1 of 9 , Aug 2, 2011
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      Many thanks for the replies. I know very little about the sound side of things so appreciate the advice.

      jimbo, that's a fine looking box of tricks you have there. I spent some time reading up about it plus the H2.

      The Rode SVM video mic has good reviews but a little too expensive for me. I just brought an underwater housing for the 5DMKII so funds are down again and have to stick to under $150 :-(

      Thanks for the SMX-10 info. I may try that one out in the local store and see what the results are like. If it's questionable I will order the Zoom H2.

      Andrew
    • mrjimbo
      Andrew , As you can see their are 100 ways to go.. Using a mic directly on your camera may be a good way out.. if that s what works best for you.. remember
      Message 2 of 9 , Aug 2, 2011
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        Andrew ,
        As you can see their are 100 ways to go..
        Using a mic directly on your camera may be a good way out.. if that's what works best for you.. remember that most mics are fairly specific in their job.. even the fancy ones.. The only reason I'm coming back on this is that you referenced the Zoom which typically most on this group wouldn't be familiar with I would think.. So I'm taking it that your after some half way decent sound.... and actually getting it.. You may want to go on You tube and check out a few of the work ups ...they have both the H2 & H4 models.. The mics on both of these things are really very very good.. a huge plus to them is they are adjustable.. 90deg to 120deg.. I've been around units like this for some time and these silly Zooms have the best bang for the buck on the planet I think.
        We've recorded bird songs, water falls, wave sounds, animal sounds as I'm a wildlife shooter.. & guitar music etc as I play ..have even recorded the sound of presses running for a Newspaper.. A plus and it may not seem like it going this way is that you can output your sound is any format.. Mp3 on up top fancy high bit wave files.. and you can edit right on the unit or in the software that comes with it.. They are true 4 channel.. so you can record 4 separate channels and reduce to one channel or stereo.. The only reason I went with the 4 is it dealt with XLR equipment.. Many feel the 2 is a better unit..
        I'm not trying to sell you a zoom but if your after something a bit different and want to raise the bar a bit.. Well, might be worth checking out a bit more.

        jimbo
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        From: Andrew
        To: PanoToolsNG@yahoogroups.com
        Sent: Tuesday, August 02, 2011 11:26 AM
        Subject: [PanoToolsNG] Re: Anyone purchased a good external mic for their 5D MKII?



        Many thanks for the replies. I know very little about the sound side of things so appreciate the advice.

        jimbo, that's a fine looking box of tricks you have there. I spent some time reading up about it plus the H2.

        The Rode SVM video mic has good reviews but a little too expensive for me. I just brought an underwater housing for the 5DMKII so funds are down again and have to stick to under $150 :-(

        Thanks for the SMX-10 info. I may try that one out in the local store and see what the results are like. If it's questionable I will order the Zoom H2.

        Andrew





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      • Sacha Griffin
        Yes, the zoom is SUPER cheap. Considering what the alternatives were before it came out. And it s the quality and features are superb. For 360 s it s not
        Message 3 of 9 , Aug 2, 2011
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          Yes, the zoom is SUPER cheap. Considering what the alternatives were before
          it came out. And it's the quality and features are superb.

          For 360's it's not necessary to input the zoom to the camera. That's just
          for video.. AND. it's really not that hard to sync audio and video these
          days anyway with separate sources.

          Plus, you can escape cable range.

          I have an h2, I think the h4 is pretty similar, and there's another one that
          looks like the mouth parts of a fly that should also be pretty good. With
          16GB SD cards coming with your happy meals these days, basic audio recording
          is pretty cheap and easy.

          "Stereo ambient" is just about the perfect type for the zoom series.

          If you were looking for directional, I'd point to some of the other mics
          that were posted earlier.





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          their 5D MKII?





          Andrew ,
          As you can see their are 100 ways to go..
          Using a mic directly on your camera may be a good way out.. if that's what
          works best for you.. remember that most mics are fairly specific in their
          job.. even the fancy ones.. The only reason I'm coming back on this is that
          you referenced the Zoom which typically most on this group wouldn't be
          familiar with I would think.. So I'm taking it that your after some half way
          decent sound.... and actually getting it.. You may want to go on You tube
          and check out a few of the work ups ...they have both the H2 & H4 models..
          The mics on both of these things are really very very good.. a huge plus to
          them is they are adjustable.. 90deg to 120deg.. I've been around units like
          this for some time and these silly Zooms have the best bang for the buck on
          the planet I think.
          We've recorded bird songs, water falls, wave sounds, animal sounds as I'm a
          wildlife shooter.. & guitar music etc as I play ..have even recorded the
          sound of presses running for a Newspaper.. A plus and it may not seem like
          it going this way is that you can output your sound is any format.. Mp3 on
          up top fancy high bit wave files.. and you can edit right on the unit or in
          the software that comes with it.. They are true 4 channel.. so you can
          record 4 separate channels and reduce to one channel or stereo.. The only
          reason I went with the 4 is it dealt with XLR equipment.. Many feel the 2 is
          a better unit..
          I'm not trying to sell you a zoom but if your after something a bit
          different and want to raise the bar a bit.. Well, might be worth checking
          out a bit more.

          jimbo
          ----- Original Message -----
          From: Andrew
          To: PanoToolsNG@yahoogroups.com <mailto:PanoToolsNG%40yahoogroups.com>
          Sent: Tuesday, August 02, 2011 11:26 AM
          Subject: [PanoToolsNG] Re: Anyone purchased a good external mic for their 5D
          MKII?

          Many thanks for the replies. I know very little about the sound side of
          things so appreciate the advice.

          jimbo, that's a fine looking box of tricks you have there. I spent some time
          reading up about it plus the H2.

          The Rode SVM video mic has good reviews but a little too expensive for me. I
          just brought an underwater housing for the 5DMKII so funds are down again
          and have to stick to under $150 :-(

          Thanks for the SMX-10 info. I may try that one out in the local store and
          see what the results are like. If it's questionable I will order the Zoom
          H2.

          Andrew

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        • Andrew
          Excellent, thanks again for the additional info. Your right, for my needs the H2 would be the way to go especially if I don t even have to have my camera with
          Message 4 of 9 , Aug 2, 2011
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            Excellent, thanks again for the additional info. Your right, for my needs the H2 would be the way to go especially if I don't even have to have my camera with me while recording.

            I think with a bit of practice I can liven up many of the 360 degree images that could do with the added sound.

            I remember years ago my Father used to do nature and train recordings with a large parabolic dish & Mic linked to was probably a really expensive field cassette deck at the time.

            Andrew
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