I've been trying different types of fuzzies (WS-7, etc.) on a few of my shotgun mics. The fuzzy windscreens mute the sound quite a bit, much less transparent than the zep. I expected that. I also have one of the cheaper zeppelins - The CineCity version. It too, with the zeppelin uncovered, changes the sound quite a bit - but much cleaner sound than a shotgun with a fuzzy. My ears are getting used to this as part of the outside recording hurdle.
Do you guys leave your shotguns in a zeppelin all the time?
This zep uses a silk-like material to cut the wind, are others potentially better sounding?
Also, what is everyone using for an outdoor shotgun mic? I'm finding the NTG-3 sounds great at 2 - 3 feet. Should I look for maybe a more directional mic to handle 4ft, 5ft, before resorting to a lav.?
When I need a shotgun outside it's my Neumann 81i. Others prefer the Sanken CS3E, the Sennheiser mkh 60 or the newer 8060. Still others love the Schoeps CMIT 5u. OTOH my Sennheiser MKH 50 is my goto mic for in & outside.