Mic Shockmounts for the Canon 5D Mark II

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The Canon 5D MarkII with the Pearstone DUSM-1 shockmount 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.

1) The Pearstone DUSM-1 Universal Shockmount

The Pearstone DUSM-1 Universal Shockmount

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

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

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?

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Great review, thanks for the good info.

Thanks Daniel. If you have any specific questions, post 'em here and I'll do my best to get you an answer.

 Sam,

What would recommend for the T2i, the latest and greatest on my wishlist?

Taking a look at the top, it appears that any of the shockmounts in this post would work nicely with the T2i:

 

You can also use The J-Cube, now available at B&H photo. This allows the mounting of a mic, wireless receiver, and audio recorder. The J-Cube and all accessories weigh less than a Speedlight.

www.bhphotovideo.com/images/images345x345/685141.jpg

The Pearstone DUSM-1 blows the others mentioned in the article right out of the water. It is truly an "all-in-one" shock mount for camera-mount, hand grip mount, mic stand mount, and boom pole mount. Wow!!!

Unrelated question: with the new ZOOM H1 mini field recorder coming out in July, does anyone know if there is any shock mount that little guy could fit in? It is 44mm x 24mm (W x D), so it has a lot larger cross-section it has than even the lergest diameter mics. But it would be foolish just to mount it to the camera w/o a shock mount, since it has the built-in stereo mics that need dampening.

Yes I too am wondering what to use for my Zoom H1, I just ordered it today! for my T2i.  I'm thinking that maybe the circular rubber suspender on the pearstone Dusm-1 would stretch out enough? I found the H1 cross section to be a litter bigger though,  44mm x 31 mm (on Zooms website).

In this B&H web video, you can see the Zoom H1 mounted in a Rode SM3 shockmount:

http://bit.ly/cvqm6D

The Rode SM3 is very similar to the Pearstone DUSM-1. The suspenders on the SM3 are thinner and more "rubberband-like" than the thick suspenders on the DUSM-1, so they were able to mount the H1 inside of it. I didn't get a chance to test this out myself, so I can't say if it offered enough suspension to suppress vibration and handling noise.

I'm in the same boat as Joe P. BTW,  in the video I believe its the Pearstone, NOT the SM3.

Would both work equally well with the ZoomH1??

actually I am mistaken, on a closer look IT IS the Rode, but then they cutaway to show the Pearstone product page. Actually the Pearstone looks a tad sturdier....anyone know if it will work with the H1?

 @eco_bach: Some guy in a B&H review says the H1 fits into the Pearstone, but he says it is a very tight fit. Would the tight fit hurt the ability to dampen noise from the body of the camera? thx

Barefoot Intactivist wrote:

 @eco_bach: Some guy in a B&H review says the H1 fits into the Pearstone, but he says it is a very tight fit. Would the tight fit hurt the ability to dampen noise from the body of the camera? thx

I have a Pearstone DUSM-1, but I don't have the Zoom H1, so I can't test this out.

Perhaps someone else can?