Hi, I am in the process of obtaining equipment sound etc. to produce a documentary, currently I have the following equipment:
Canon HV30 with shotgun hotshoe canon mic
Velbon D600 Tripod
Sachtler Reporter 300H
The documentary will be shot both inside and outside thus recommendations for outside mics and internal mics would be useful. My previous experience for internal work has been to use wireless Sennheiser G2 mic kits and externally to use a boom mic.
And besides a budget are you doing sit-down interviews, ENG style run 'n' gun, "reality" style, high risk "embedded"? Are you on the ocean, in the desert, in the city? And do you have a sound man or are you on your own?
What, where and how you are shooting will also dictate your equipment choices.
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