Leica Microphone Adapter Set

Leica Microphone Adapter Set

Leica Microphone Adapter Set

B&H # LEMASET MFR # 14634
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  • Stereo Microphone Set for Leica M Camera
  • Fits Multifunctional Accessory Shoe
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Now that the Leica M has full HD video capabilities, you might want to be able to record sound that's up to that standard. The Leica Microphone Adapter Set gives you the means to do just that. The microphone adapter set features an adapter and a stereo microphone. The adapter fits into the multifunctional accessory shoe of the Leica M, and it's quickly and easily ready for action. The adapter can also be used with other microphones.

Stereo microphone set for Leica M camera
Fits multifunctional accessory shoe
UPC: 799429146344
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Leica Microphone Adapter Set
  • Adapter
  • Stereo Microphone
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    Leica 14634 specs

    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.45 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 4.6 x 4.3 x 3.0"

    Leica 14634 reviews

    Microphone Adapter Set is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 2.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Initial Test Done I just received the unit and my test was to confirm that’s it would record audio with a minimal amount of background noise or hum. Tested with the unit attached to my M-P, attached with the supplied cable and with an XLR adapter using a remote mic. I was pleased with the results so far. It did not need an external amp like my Nikon cameras need to reduce the hum.
    Date published: 2018-12-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Get Better Sound for Your Leica Videos Video is sometimes anathema to Leica photographers, but for the curious and those wanting to utilize the video capabilities of their Leica cameras with video capabilities, achieving better sound quality is available to us. This adapter kit was originally designed for the Leica M (Typ 240). I admit to some hesitation in purchasing this adapter kit. The X Vario, which I use, already has a stereo microphone built in, and it does a fine job on those few occasions when I want to shoot video with it. But I also read Thorsten Overgaard's Leica blog regarding recording video and using the adapter kit with the M 240, which helped in my decision-making process. I ordered and promptly received the kit from B&H this past spring. There are times, however, when the usage of better microphones is desired. I recently received a Beachtek DXA-HDV (now discontinued) as a gift and needed a way to connect it to the X Vario. The Beachtek DXA-HDV is a battery powered active unit that provides 48V phantom power for high quality microphones to be used either mono or stereo for videography. But how to connect its 3.5mm plug to the X Vario when there isn't a corresponding 3.5mm jack on the camera? The answer was the Leica Microphone Adapter Kit. Yes, it's the same as the Olympus-branded SEMA-1, and it does cost nearly four times more just to have the Leica brand name on it B&H's price is better @thanks B&H!. But there are at least two differences: Leica provides (1) a leatherette carrying case for the adapter, microphone, cable, and tie clip, and (2) the tight-fitting nature of the adapter onto the hot shoeit will not easily slide off with normal use. The sound quality of the stereo microphone depends on placement, and the more one knows about that, the better. In my test(s), which put the camera with the mic kit directly seated on the camera (which was on a tripod) about 1.5 meters away, the sound quality was fine; in fact, it was a bit better than slightly above average. Coupled with the Beachtek unit, it really shined. With the X Vario, one thing I found was that it is best not to have the wind cut filter turned on from within the camera menu. You can, of course, utilize the AF without picking up the focusing motor's noise, but I would recommend avoiding manual focus when the stereo mic is directly connected to the adapter because those sounds will be picked up (as well as your breathing). This is obviated when a unit, such as the Beachtek DXA-HDV, is used with condenser microphones on their own standseven not in the shot. Thus far, I have been pleasantly surprised with the results. In my first forays with the adapter kit, one finds that mic placement is crucial (especially to avoid phase issues), as is setting the gain on the outboard device; otherwise, the recording might sound a bit dull and grainy. But after a bit of fiddling and a modicum of practice, the results can be outstanding. Yes, the X Vario's onboard mics are good, especially when traveling or on the go in the field. For critical work, however, I would highly recommend going with the Leica Microphone Adapter Kit.
    Date published: 2015-07-01
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