When it comes to microphones there is, in my opinion, for video at least, no beating Sennheiser.
Simple to operate.
I've owned or used 816's, 416's. My goto mic for years was the K6/ME66 kit, and the Evolution G2 wireless mics.
Then about 5 years ago I got a rode NTG-2 as I was needing an extra mic for ambient, it was a one off gig and didn't want to spend a fortune, they had picked up not bad reviews so I thought 'why not'.
Here's what the Rode NTG-2 offers:
Robust Mics (as tough as the sennheisers)
Clean sound (output of ME66/K6 is about twice as hot, but with clean pre-amps...)
Simple to operate (not even a power switch. just remove the battery)
The Sennheiser is the better mic. But it's not twice the mic. It's not 3 times the mic. And thats how the cost differs.
If Rode can come anywhere close to the EW110's but keep the prices at half or a third...
Well, that's pretty stunning.
Agreed. I love my G3's, though I'm now in the market for a shotgun. I'm leaning towards the MKE 600. Any experience with it? It's between that and a NTG-3 (or maybe the NTG-4+ now) only because I'm not using the best pre-amps (Zoom H4n, Zoom H5/H6) and having a hotter signal (I've heard MKE 600 isn't the strongest) into my device might be beneficial for me. I'm looking to use it to capture interview dialogue (tired of hiding my G3 lavs). What would you recommend?
I have the Sennheiser MKE600, and it is a great mic! Bonus: you do not have to remove the battery in order to use it on phantom power. I leave the battery installed all the time, and mic turned off ( does not have to be turned on when using phantom power). It is always ready to use on my 5D3 when needed, but mostly I am using it on my Sony PXW-X70.
I have the following mics, and I recommend all of these:
1. MKE-600 (see above)
2. Rode Video Mic Pro. very compact, best for DSLRs. Has -10, 0, +20 db pad. This is very useful and can be switched fast when sudden large volume changes occur
3. Rode M3. Inexpensive, battery or phantom, excellent for interviews and on podiums.
4. Zoom H1N. I have two with Olympus lav mics ($20 each). The Zoom H1N provides plug-in power to the lavs. I use them almost exclusively like you would use wireless lav systems. They will run for 18 hours. Put them on talent, and sync audio later. Never any interference, audio quality is quite good, and you can get five of these for the price of one sennheiser wireless lav.
5. Tascam DR40. Got this for $125. Records dual level audio (I set main, and second at -10db for safety) . Will run for 12 hours on battery. I plug into house audio, or I put my Rode M3 at the podium plugged into the DR40, or I do both house and M3 into DR40
6. Sony PCM-M10. Very clean preamps. Audio quality is best of all of my audio devices. So clean it surprises me regularly.