So I was all happy when today my first ever shotgun arrived - Rode NTG-3. It also included the Rode PG2 pistol grip that I had ordered. I set out to do a bit of test recordings this evening, but shock, horror, what an unbelievable amount of handling noise! It's as bad as the handling noise I get when using my Zoom H2 with grip/tripod.
The NTG-3 is supposed to be very resistant to handling noise (so I've read), and I would think the pistol grip helps as well. Even moving a joint in one of my fingers holding the pistol grip creates big boomy mess! Simply touching the plastic handle creates a lot of handling noise.
Now, my question... am I doing something wrong, or did I simply buy the wrong product (which would be the PG2)? This pistol grib has a rubber suspension system where you simply put the microphone in, like so:
What do you people do to reduce handling noise? Am I missing something? Surely buying a more expensive system would be 'better', but this setup/pistol grip is pretty much unusable, hence I have the feeling I might be not understanding some basics here.
edit: when I wrap a cloth around the pistol grip handle, it greatly reduces the handling noise, but surely that's not how it 'should' be?