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ted irving
zoom on hotshoe
on Apr 29, 2011 at 11:20:15 am

is anyone using their zoom h4n as a shotgun mounted to their dslr hot shoe? or would it be easier & safer to use a shotgun mic on the hot shoe with a wireless transmitter sending sound to the zoom?

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Jim Biffle
Re: zoom on hotshoe
on Apr 29, 2011 at 2:18:55 pm

Ted,

I have a setup that allows me to do both. I like having the mic mounted instead of the Zoom. It is less awkward and less stress on the shoe mount to just have a shotgun mic mounted to the camera instead of the Zoom sitting on top of the camera. I don't have a wireless transmitter so I just put the Zoom in a photog vest or a hip pouch. It would also depend on what kind of audio you want to get.

Hope this helps a little,

Jim


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ted irving
Re: zoom on hotshoe
on Apr 29, 2011 at 3:35:41 pm

thanks. i like that route. i shoot a lot of ENG, run & gun, and if i decided not to use a wireless shotgun then a mic on the DSLR would be cool but since i have a zoom i was thinking it would be less clumsy to have it mounted to the DSLR unless the audio it captures won't compare to a shotgun and will be a waste of time. Something is telling me to check out the fig rig though.

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Noah Kadner
Re: zoom on hotshoe
on May 2, 2011 at 1:33:12 am

I've yet to see a Fig Rig outside a tradeshow floor. Just too specialized and awkward a piece of kit for most operators I think. Plus it's harder on your back compared to say a more traditional shoulder mount or even a steadicam vest.

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Steven Falconer
Re: zoom on hotshoe
on May 2, 2011 at 1:36:01 am

I use an sennheiser mke 400 mounted on the shoe and when I'm looking at extra coverage I used my zoom in tandum.

the sennheiser is usually pretty good (even with the agc) but the the handheld zoom combine with it makes a pretty good combo.

If you are so inclined lots of people rave about majic lantern. I'm a pretty advanced procrastinator so i haven't tried it yet but I'm almost convinced.


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Brent Dunn
Re: zoom on hotshoe
on May 2, 2011 at 3:05:20 pm

I've done both. But the zoom on the shoe isn't that awkward. Patch the audio out in to your camera so you have audio in the zoom and the camera.

I also have a shoe splitter, which is top heavy to mount a light and audio / wireless when needed. This setup is on a tripod, so it doesn't really matter being top heavy.

Rode has a quality small shotgun mic. It all depends what type of audio you are trying to get.

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