I'm getting the T2i, and I know the on broad mic sucks, so I need to get a mic. And was looking at the Rode Video Mic until I can get a better one. And heard it wasn't too bad, but I have recently seen the sennheiser MKE 400. And the seem similar, the Sennheiser is a bit more, is there a big difference between the two?
Norm, that Mic you recommended has an XLR adapter on it. The T2i is a canon with a mini jack. That particular mic I don't believe will work. I believe you need a Rode, Azden, or Audio Technica with a mini jack capability.
At the low end of the scale, Azden sells a cheap but useable mic, the SMX-10 which shock mounts, is stereo and only costs about $69.00
I just shot this video today using the Azden on the T2i. Is it better than the on board terrible mic? You be the judge. I'd have to say it is. Will it hold up for $65? That remains to be seen.However, I've got a lot of other great XLR based mics, and this seems to be just fine for now. On more professional shoots, I'll use my pro mics, mixpre for mixing, and feed to both the camera and a Zoom.
these choices are always hard. Pay me now, pay me later. Depending on the kind of shooting he's doing, it might do, and I've not had it long enough to know if my $65 will be money out the window in two months. I always say to over buy everything within reason, and if I were him, I'd save up for the *right* mic. A good shotgun for a small camera like this is great, but personally I don't like to use shotguns at all. I'd rather see him get a decent lav mic. But it's nice to have something that 'integrates' well for run and gun, and these DSLR's are not ergonomically designed for that! So the Azden is the *best of the worst* for such a camera. Next up is the fabulous Rode, but that is a ugly looking thing to be walking around with all day, and I worry that it's even more prone to being knocked off, etc, on a long day.
I treat my gear rough, and expect it to take punishment. I do my best to baby it, but I dictate where I shoot, not the other way around.
So without knowing what he shoots it's hard to be exactly prescriptive! If he shoots indoors and in a setup scenario, then the Rode is worth saving for. If he's going to run and gun, then he probably should buy a real Camcorder! (G). I expect the Azden won't last at that price.
Yeah. The principle I was taught was, "Buy your second one first." That way you are not unhappy, and replacing it in six months to a year.
And I got taught to always buy the extended warranty, which has served me well over time, because then no matter how hard or soft you are on your gear (and I pamper everything), for a fraction of the cost you are always guaranteed the long-term use of the equipment (even if it conks out on a particular shoot).