Going to be shooting some "for fun" short films soon. We have access to a Canon 7D and want to go 2-system for better audio.
Any suggestions for cheap(er) recording gear - or good places to start looking? Thinking a digital recorder, boom pole, shock mount, wind zeppelin, and shotgun mic. Also probably an in-line mixer. Was looking at the Tascam recorders, possibly Ars Technica mics.
it's been a LONG time since film school and using a Nagra. Love some tips before I delve too deep into web reviews.
You might want to set some budgetary limits to help people understand what (or where) you are looking.
In November and December the new Rode NTG-3 shotgun was extremely popular because vendors were selling it with a very nice blimp/fur windscreen at an extra $1. But even though the special offer has expired, the NTG-3 still appears to be a very good value for the money.
Many people shooting double-system sound on low budgets are using small digital recorders like the Zoom H4N and similar devices. If I were in the market for a small digital recorder today, I would seriously look at the Fostex FR2LE. Oade Brothers sells several good Edirol, Fostex, Marantz, Sony, Tascam models with improved mic preamps for better recording performance.
I just got a Sign Video ENG-44 mixer which appears to be a decent performing low-budget (~$500) field mixer of the more traditional form-factor. Juiced-Link also offers smaller mixers. If you are looking up-market, then Sound Devices makes some very nice mixers and digital recorders which are well regarded in the industry.