Rode SM5 - Shotgun Microphone Suspension

Rode SM5 - Shotgun Microphone Suspension

Rode SM5 - Shotgun Microphone Suspension


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  • SM5 Microphone Suspension for Cylindrical Camera Clamps

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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.
UPC: 698813000715
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Rode SM5 - Shotgun Microphone Suspension
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    Rode SM5 Specs

    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.25 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.0 x 5.1 x 2.5"

    Rode SM5 Reviews

    SM5 - Shotgun Microphone Suspension is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 14.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Versatile and quiet - mostly 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.
    Date published: 2010-06-22
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Simple design - a bit noisy 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.
    Date published: 2011-05-02
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Did the trick for my shotgun mic 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.
    Date published: 2013-01-07
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from 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 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...
    Date published: 2013-08-27
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from works for longer mics 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.
    Date published: 2011-01-19
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worked but missing bottom threads 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...
    Date published: 2009-11-15
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from 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 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.
    Date published: 2010-02-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from SM5, NTG1 and DVX100B 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
    Date published: 2007-11-03
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