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post #1 of 6
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trying to find the best solution to get rid of the auto focus noise when video recording on my sony a35.

budget 100-150$

ive looked at,

Sony ECM-SST1
ZoomH1
Sony ECM-CG50
Rode VideoMic


friend is doing keyboard, mice, mousepad etc reviews, so everything would take place at his desk so a external mic that sits on his desk would also work, any suggestions?
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I have a Rode Stereo VideoMic and they're excellent. Buy the VideoMic or the VideoMic pro. Quite sensitive and a good frequency response curve. (Although that's not everything.) thumb.gif

Also, make sure you don't have auto-gain on your recording device if recording anything like a concert. Auto-gain should be fine for reviews though. thumb.gif
   
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post #3 of 6
Turn off autofocus, enjoy. But buy a Rode anyway, they are very good intro level mics.
post #4 of 6
I'm going to try that Rode mic too eventually. But I think it'll work better mounted off the body with something like this -

http://www.amazon.com/Opteka-X-GRIP-Professional-Camcorder-Stabilizing/dp/B003PBB4ME/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1325747597&sr=8-1

There's a shoe on the handle for mics or lights. I already have one for skating that I've also used with my A33.

Of course there are things made specifically for DSLR's but the xgrip is pretty cheap and sturdy.
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post #5 of 6
FYI the rode will not mount on the sony hotshoe without an sony/minolta to ISO hotshoe adapter.
Edited by mz-n10 - 1/5/12 at 9:04am
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I'm just about to purchase one of these on a whim because I may be able to get it on the cheap.. just waiting to hear back from the guy. I've heard good things and wouldn't mind having one of these for the 7D for short clips if/when we start our family..

oh my GAWD did I just mention kids??? I need to start chuging Mountain Dew and wearing whitey tighties!
Edited by MistaBernie - 1/5/12 at 8:59am
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