SAB_Click wrote in post #9518109
Chas - Thanks, that's really helpful advice.
I haven't even thought about what mic's I may need yet...that's the next challenge. I suspect (probably know) they come in all shapes and sizes too.
Ha! LOL!!!!! And you thought lenses were expensive! Welcome to my world!!!! :p
Actually. some mics are very, very expensive. The Germany made mics are some of the best out there. I love my Scheops CMC6/41. In the right environment there are few mics that are it's equal for full, rich sound reproduction. When I bought it more than 10 years ago it was the king of the heap and I paid about $2600 for it. They can be had for less now, used. It's one of those wonderful things in this world that if you treat it right, it'll last a very, very long time. So I have made that money back many times over and it sets me apart from others who don't own one.
There are other mics that are cheaper and work very, very well and then there are others that are many hundreds and some that are thousands of dollars more than my beloved Scheops. They all have their uses and places in production. On a daily basis I use my Scheops or a Sennhieser MKH-416T. I also own a Sennhieser MKH-816T for those really long reach shots. Kind of the 400-600mm version of a mic. Or I even have a AKG mic system with two different heads. Simular to the idea of the Scheops, but not to the same quality or sound reproduction. And that's just the "boom" or "shotgun" style mics. In all I have about $40K worth for field sound recording gear that I use. That's what I do for a living.
But the mic I like to suggest to people getting into this new world of sound recording is the Rode NTG-2. It sells for around $240 to $260 and is a very nice and very capable mic. I actually want to buy one for those situations where I don't want to put a much more expensive mic into harms way, but still want good sound quality. The NGT-2 is concidered a "Broadcast quality" mic. Meaning that it is at that level of gear that would be good to use for over the air broadcasts: News, commercials and TV shows.
Below that price point there are other mics that are cheaper, but I can not suggest their use at all. I would never use one of those, unless I absolutely knew it was going to be destroyed. Then I would use something like the Sennhieser or Rode "Video Mic" series of equipment. They have their own built in hotshoe adapters that seem like they would be a perfect choice to use on top of a 5DII or 7D, but I would stay away from those as well.
As you get into video production you'll quickly come to find out that this type of work is a funny one in that the ammount of money you input is directly equatable to product that comes out the other end. The more you spend on production, the better the product will be. Hacked together gear results in hacked video.