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Hello sound friends!
I own a video producer and we need a new shotgun microphone (ya know, low budgets, we ended up trying the Yoga model which is, believe me, 15 euros hahahah). Unfortunately, being rarely in touch with shotgun mics of different brands and such, I don't have that equipment experience to tell which would be best. We simply want to record fiction with a decent quality. As simple as it gets. Which one would you suggest me to buy remembering that we are starters with not-that-much-money on our pockets?
Thank you very much! You guys are always sooo helpfull!
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Rode NTG-2 gets my vote for an entry level shotgun microphone, from what I read many sound designers still take their NTG-2 with them with their other higher priced ones (416, 816, CSS5 etc) as for the money it is a great piece of kit.
In terms of great value shotguns, I think the Rode NTG3 is probably best value versus quality. At full price, they go for about £400/€475 but, as Shaun said, you can often find them for a good price on eBay. If your budget can go up a bit, the Sennheiser MKH 416 is also a very versatile option. They go for about £700/€830.
My vote goes to the Sennheiser MKH416. It's not exceptionally cheap as such, but not expensive either. This is a mic you're not likely to grow out of any time soon. But mind you it can't be fed through battery, it has be phantom-powered.