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Rode SM5 - Shotgun Microphone Suspension

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  • SM5 Microphone Suspension for Cylindrical Camera Clamps

The Rode SM5 is a suspension mount for shotgun, or similarly sized microphones. The design features a cylindrical clamp mount adapter that measures 1.06 inches (27mm) in diameter. The clamp mount adapter fits into the cylindrical clamp mounts found on professional video cameras; such as those found on some Panasonic and Sony models.

The four-way rubber suspension bands provide a secure hold on most shotgun microphones and minimize inherent noise due to handling and vibration. In addition, the SM5 features a two-way mounting system with 1/4" x 20 and 3/8" x 16 internal threads for Tripod and Boom Pole mounting.

Video Camera Clamp Adapter
The versatile SM5 features a cylindrical clamp mount adapter. The adapter allows the SM5 to fit into video camera clamp mounts, such as those on some Panasonic and Sony models.
Four-way Elastic Suspension
The four-way elastic suspension bands suppress noise due to handling and vibration.
Two-way Mounting System
The SM5 incorporates a two way mounting system with 1/4" x 20 and 3/8" x 16 internal threads, for Tripod and Boom Pole mounting.
Rode SM5 - Shotgun Microphone Suspension
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    4.1

    (based on 14 reviews)

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    85%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (9)
    • Lightweight (8)
    • Versatile (5)
    • Compact (4)
    • Good audio (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Professional recording (9)
      • Outdoor events / games (8)
      • Amateur recording (5)
      • Performances (4)
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        • Experienced (12)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Plays Well With EX1.

      Full-disclosure: I am an event videographer and have never owned a suspension shotgun mount before. I never thought I would need one of these fancy gadgets until I bought a Rode shotgun for my...Read complete review

      Full-disclosure: I am an event videographer and have never owned a suspension shotgun mount before. I never thought I would need one of these fancy gadgets until I bought a Rode shotgun for my EX1, only to find that my hands on the camera were louder than my subjects. This mount solves that problem 90% by plugging into the circular clamp mount on the camera.
      I solved the difference of circumference between the EX1 clamp and the mount by wrapping a small piece of gaffer tape around the mount. In the primary interest of looking cool, I used a 12" adjustable, right-angle XLR cable and ran it through the suspension tube so there would be no slack. I had to take the mount apart with a philips screw driver to do this, but the result is very secure. Because I had to disassemble the XLR plug to get it through the tube, there's no chance of it falling out when the mike is disconnected, meaning I have less setup to worry about. Camera fits in my Kata 195 bag with the mount attached because I angled the mount slightly to the side. Mike has to be removed but I can live with this.
      So far I have not had the problems with build quality that others have reported. Comes with extra bands. Strikes me as very sturdy (knock on wood). Not being an audiophile you can take me with a grain of salt, but I'd say buy it.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Hmmm, well, kinda...

      I wanted this to work with my C100 for a couple of reasons. The mic clamp that comes with the camera doesn't fit my Rode NTG-3 mic, it's much too loose, and...Read complete review

      I wanted this to work with my C100 for a couple of reasons. The mic clamp that comes with the camera doesn't fit my Rode NTG-3 mic, it's much too loose, and I didn't want to tape the mic up that much. The other reason was I didn't like the amount of isolation the clamp provided. But this unit is disappointing. The NTG-3 isn't a heavy mic, but the bands that come with the SM5 aren't very strong, and the mic bobs around a lot. If I position the mic exactly halfway into the holder it's ok, but then the mount and/or bands are over the side holes of the mic, and also I can't get the dead cat on it far enough to cover. The other thing I don't like is that the wide end of the mount is too wide to fit and the narrow end is too narrow and again needs to be taped. It just didn't work for me at all. I'm back to using a Pearstone shockmount in the cold shoe of the handle, which isn't optimal because it's so far forward that the mic shows when using a wide lens. Oh, well...

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      5.0

      Amazing product!

      By J.T.

      from Los Angeles, CA

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Events

        Comments about Rode SM5 - Shotgun Microphone Suspension:

        It makes a great difference using it vs. the on-camera mount.
        Almost all the handling noise is gone!
        I'm very happy with this little device. The sound quality using my shotgun mic on the camera is much much better.

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        2.0

        Hmmm, well, kinda...

        By d

        from San Francisco ca

        About Me Experienced

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          Cons

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              Comments about Rode SM5 - Shotgun Microphone Suspension:

              I wanted this to work with my C100 for a couple of reasons. The mic clamp that comes with the camera doesn't fit my Rode NTG-3 mic, it's much too loose, and I didn't want to tape the mic up that much. The other reason was I didn't like the amount of isolation the clamp provided. But this unit is disappointing. The NTG-3 isn't a heavy mic, but the bands that come with the SM5 aren't very strong, and the mic bobs around a lot. If I position the mic exactly halfway into the holder it's ok, but then the mount and/or bands are over the side holes of the mic, and also I can't get the dead cat on it far enough to cover. The other thing I don't like is that the wide end of the mount is too wide to fit and the narrow end is too narrow and again needs to be taped. It just didn't work for me at all. I'm back to using a Pearstone shockmount in the cold shoe of the handle, which isn't optimal because it's so far forward that the mic shows when using a wide lens. Oh, well...

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              4.0

              SM5 - Shotgun Microphone Suspension by R

              By 3D guy

              from Platteville Wisconsin

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Isolation

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • On Camera Mount

                Comments about Rode SM5 - Shotgun Microphone Suspension:

                Works well, I think I will cut off the diameter that I dont need to make it lighter.

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                4.0

                Did the trick for my shotgun mic

                By Pie-in-the-sky

                from Yreka, CA

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight
                • Professional Appearence
                • Versatile

                Cons

                • A Bit Overpriced

                Best Uses

                • Events
                • Onboard Video Camera Mic
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Rode SM5 - Shotgun Microphone Suspension:

                I needed to mount my Rode NTG-2 shotgun mic to my Canon XF100 camcorder. Unfortunately, the Canon microphone mount's inner diameter was too large for the mic. The SM5 fit nicely into the mic mount of the XF100 and provided a nice suspension / acoustic isolation for the microphone. The entire combination of the SM5, mic and XF100 mount, sags a tiny bit (because the XF100 mic mount has a rubber cushion) but is not a problem. The unit appears to be very well built and looks like a professional piece of gear (makes a good impression on clients). I believe it is a decent value although I think it is a bit over priced.

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                3.0

                Holds mic well but loose on camera mount

                By ASF Shoots

                from Portland, OR

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                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight
                • Versatile

                Cons

                • Limited Functions

                Best Uses

                • Events
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Rode SM5 - Shotgun Microphone Suspension:

                The rubber bands hold the mic well but once I clamped it down inside of the shotgun mount on my AG-HMC150, the suspension mount stuck too far out of the clamp and therefore made it very unsteady. Seemed like the whole mount could slide out of the cla,p at any moment. The shotgun mount would be better served on a cstand with clamp or boom pole. Not very good design for being on a camera.

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                4.0

                Simple design - a bit noisy

                By David: Filmmaker

                from Bealeton, VA

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight
                • Versatile

                Cons

                • Poor Sound Quality

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Events
                • Performances

                Comments about Rode SM5 - Shotgun Microphone Suspension:

                I used this both on camera and on a boom pole. This mount is designed to fit various sizes of on camera microphone mounts. I use it on Canon XL2. On a boom pole, the threaded mid section allows me to just screw it on and go.
                The only drawback was the squeaking noise that happens while using this on a boom pole. The microphone slips a little while the pole is in motion. It is very noticeable and makes the audio unusable. As others have noted, twisting the bands a few times to really tighten it up has helped. I guess that's a price of flexibility. I am looking for another specific to the Rode NTG-2 that I can just lock into.

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                4.0

                works for longer mics

                By michael

                from Vancouver, Canada

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Sturdy lightweight

                Cons

                • Requires long shotgun mic

                Best Uses

                • Documentary
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Rode SM5 - Shotgun Microphone Suspension:

                This mount fits into my Sony Z5U microphone holder and extends the mic out of the frame: the problem I was having was using a larger, and better, windscreen than the thin foam one supplied with the Sony shotgun mic that comes with the camera. It kept appearing in wide angle shots, not all the time, but as the mic mount on the camera is somewhat flexible, it would,from time to time, show up in my recorded video (not always noticeable when you're shooting on the fly outdoors using the LCD or viewfinder). So that's why I got this RODE SM-5 mount. The only issue now is that I'll need to get a longer mic to use it, because the shorter Sony mic, with any windscreen on it, is too short for the mount. So...another purchase. Otherwise the mount works as advertised.

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                4.0

                Versatile and quiet - mostly

                By David - Videographer

                from Bealeton, VA

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Compact
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Events
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about Rode SM5 - Shotgun Microphone Suspension:

                  Great to have two sizes for various on-camera mounts. I was also able to screw it onto a boom pole for off camera use. The only complaint comes when trying to use it on the boom pole. The microphone slips a little bit between the elastic bands. This creates obvious squeaking sounds. We got around this by twisting the elastic bands a couple of times before inserting the mic. On-camera use normally doesn't get the lifting, turning or twisting that a boom pole mic gets. I would prefer a clip device suspended by elastics so the sound guy doesn't have to work so hard to be still. No sudden moves! I've seen this clip design on other mic mounts.

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                  5.0

                  Does its job!

                  By John G

                  from Southern Illinois

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Events
                    • Home Studio
                    • Performances
                    • Professional Recording

                    Comments about Rode SM5 - Shotgun Microphone Suspension:

                    Gives you that extra height to keep the windshield out of camera view.

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                    4.0

                    Plays Well With EX1.

                    By Crazy Chris

                    from West Chester, PA

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound
                    • Compact
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Events
                      • Performances
                      • Professional Recording

                      Comments about Rode SM5 - Shotgun Microphone Suspension:

                      Full-disclosure: I am an event videographer and have never owned a suspension shotgun mount before. I never thought I would need one of these fancy gadgets until I bought a Rode shotgun for my EX1, only to find that my hands on the camera were louder than my subjects. This mount solves that problem 90% by plugging into the circular clamp mount on the camera.
                      I solved the difference of circumference between the EX1 clamp and the mount by wrapping a small piece of gaffer tape around the mount. In the primary interest of looking cool, I used a 12" adjustable, right-angle XLR cable and ran it through the suspension tube so there would be no slack. I had to take the mount apart with a philips screw driver to do this, but the result is very secure. Because I had to disassemble the XLR plug to get it through the tube, there's no chance of it falling out when the mike is disconnected, meaning I have less setup to worry about. Camera fits in my Kata 195 bag with the mount attached because I angled the mount slightly to the side. Mike has to be removed but I can live with this.
                      So far I have not had the problems with build quality that others have reported. Comes with extra bands. Strikes me as very sturdy (knock on wood). Not being an audiophile you can take me with a grain of salt, but I'd say buy it.

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                      5.0

                      Does the job!

                      By elementpro

                      from Southern California

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording
                        • Professional Recording

                        Comments about Rode SM5 - Shotgun Microphone Suspension:

                        I use this on my XH-A1 camcorder, it reduces added noise when handling the camcorder. All in all a great product and great value. The only thing is that it fits a little loose on the clamp mount for the XH-A1 (maybe it is not a standard size clamp mount?)

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                        4.0

                        Worked but missing bottom threads

                        By CJ

                        from Columbus, IN

                        About Me Novice

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Clear Sound
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                        • Limited Functions

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording
                        • Events
                        • Home Studio
                        • Performances
                        • Professional Recording

                        Comments about Rode SM5 - Shotgun Microphone Suspension:

                        It works. There are two diameters to use for mounting inside the on camera mic clamp. I used this on a Canon XH-A1, the smaller diameter wouldn't work and the larger diameter was almost to big. It fits really snug.

                        I marked this 4 of 5 because I intended on being able to use this on my boom, however this one didn't come with the threads on the bottom of the unit. I also marked "Cons - Limited Functions" because of this as well. The newer revision of this product does have the threads, I just received an older version unfortunately...

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                        4.0

                        Solid shockmount

                        By Benjamin

                        from Boston, MA

                        About Me Experienced

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Holds Items Securely
                        • Stable

                        Cons

                        • Bulky

                        Best Uses

                        • Professional Recording

                        Comments about Rode SM5 - Shotgun Microphone Suspension:

                        I bought this as a replacement for my broken EX-1 shockmount. This requires disassembling the product and an add on "custom" piece but works well. I think that even if you were using it with the existing EX-1 or similar mount it is a good design for shielding vibrations and raising the mic up out of possible view in the image.

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                        5.0

                        SM5, NTG1 and DVX100B

                        By Consultant

                        from Boston

                        Comments about Rode SM5 - Shotgun Microphone Suspension:

                        I recently purchased a Rode SM5 shockmount to use with theRode NTG1 and the on-camera mic holder on my DVX-100BThe SM5 is well made, machined metal (black) with tappedholes for 1/4 and 3/8 threaded fittings on the underside I also purchased a 3/8 to 5/8 stud adapter so Icould use the SM5 with a light stand as a microphone holder- my mic pole has a 3/8 fitting, so the SM5 can be usedthere as well. I also got a Rycote Extension Handle with a3/8 stud so I can have an assistant use the handle and theSM5 as a handheld mount for the NTG1. (That would make thecost of the SM5 and Rycote as a dedicated handheldshockmount to be only $85 - far below the cost of otherhandheld shockmounts.) You also get a spare full set of fourof the rubber shockmount bands with the SM5.The NTG1 is very sensitive, and even with the shockmount(and the rubber isolation on the DVX mount), it appears topick up a bit of noise from the camera. Also - if you're usinga deadcat wind screen on the NTG - be careful to check thatit is not hanging down into the top of the frame when you'reshooting.If you own a DVX, I would say that the SM5 is the mostversatile of the Rode shockmounts - you'll get the mostutility out of it.As an aside, there was also enough room to mount my Sony UWPwireless lav mic receiver on the accessory shoe mount nextto the SM5 when the SM5 is in the DVX mic holder.

                        Expertise: Independent Producer

                        Problems Encountered: None at all

                        Items I Recommend: Rode NTG1, Rode Deadcat windscreen, Rycote Extension Handle, 3/8-5/8 stud adaptor

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