I have been asked by a colleague working in the broadcast/sub-broadcast Doco/ commercial and DSLR areas of what short shotgun mic to purchase.
His budget would allow for a Sennheiser MKH416, MKH60, ME66/K6 or Rode NTG1,NTG2& NTG3, Or even other brands.
He's thinking Sennheiser for name alone as it seems that's what his clients specify.
I have lent him a 416 for a shoot and he came back staggered at the improvement over the ME66/K6 he has previously used.
He has phantom power available most times.
Also what windshield? a full blimp or just a softy, he would be shooting outdoors at times but NOT in adverse conditions.
Add to the mic list the Sanken CS3e A very good sounding short shotgun somewhat similar to the 416 but with a bit more reach. The Rode NTG3 is also a good choice. To start a softie should work just fine. K-Tek has a good line of softies as does Rycote.