Mic Shockmounts for the Canon 5D Mark II
Loads of people are shooting HD video with DSLR cameras these days, and likewise, they're discovering that attaching microphones and other audio equipment to these cameras can be a little tricky. If you want to use a professional shotgun microphone on your camera, you're going to need a special kind of mount called a "shockmount" that will help the sensitive microphone avoid handling and vibration noise. Here's a list of a few good shockmounts for DSLRs...
I usually daydream about buying exotic recording studio equipment, but lately HD video capable DSLRs are at the top of my fantasizing list. The recent 2.0.3 firmware upgrade from Canon that brings manual audio control and more film-like frame rates to the 5D Mark II just makes me want one. If you use a DSLR camera that has an external microphone input, and you've explored your options for adapting it for professional XLR microphones with a JuicedLink or a Beachtek XLR adapter, then it's time to take a look at microphone shockmounts.
Professional shotgun microphones have some special requirements. Most of them need to plug into an XLR microphone input. Some of them require phantom power from the XLR input to operate, while others get their power from an internal battery (like the R0DE NTG-2 microphone that's pictured in this post mounted on the 5D Mark II) . If you're shooting outdoors, it's absolutely necessary to get proper wind protection for the microphone. These are very sensitive microphones that can accurately capture sounds that originate from several feet away. Their sensitivity is what makes the extra wind protection and suspended shockmounts a necessity.
I own the Pearstone DUSM-1 and I use it at the end of my boompole when I do location sound for video and film productions. What's nice about the DUSM-1 is that it has both a shoe mount to go on a camera, and a 3/8" thread to screw onto a boompole. It's built really well, and the thick suspenders are universally compatible will all kinds of shotgun and hypercardioid microphones. I attached the DUSM-1 to a 5D Mark II today and they fit together nicely. A big plus is that you can adjust the angle of the mount with a rubberized knob. This shockmount a great choice for DSLR video work.
2) The K-Tek K-CAM-SM Shockmount
K-Tek is among the most respected names in shockmounts and location audio equipment. Their products are sturdy and innovative, and can be fully depended upon in the field. The K-CAM-SM shockmount attaches to the shoe of a camera, and its dense polymer suspenders keep unwanted vibration and handling sounds away from your mic. It's compatible with microphones with a 19 to 25mm diameter (like the Sennheiser ME66).
3) The Azden SMH-1 Shockmount
If you're on a budget, the Azden SMH-1 Shockmount can be used on a DSLR. Like the K-Tek, the Azden is set in a fixed position facing forward. Like the Pearstone DUSM-1, in addition to having a camera show mount, it also has a 3/8" thread so it can be mounted on a boompole.
These are a few options that will work. If you've used a shockmount on your DSLR, we'd love to hear about the shockmount you use in the comments section. What do you like about your shockmount? What would you like to see changed about it?