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Nature and wildlife filmmakers don’t often have a need for a wireless mic system that often. But the more I learn that the story is king, the more I see myself interviewing people about our natural world.
I’ve always been a fan of Sennheiser for many years. In fact, my boom mic is a Sennheiser ME66 shotgun mic that I really love. But it’s not practical for me to carry around a shotgun mic, boom pole and a long XLR cable.
So when my cheapo wireless mic finally gave up the ghost, I knew it was a sign that I needed to add the Sennheiser Evolution G3 series to my camera bag.
I actually looked at Sennheiser back when the G2 series was just coming out but couldn’t justify the expense when I had a system that was working. Not great, but working.
The sound quality of the Sennheiser G3 series is really pretty good. The range is farther than I would ever want to use it.
Set up is very easy. One pass though the manual and I had the system up and was recording audio.
The only real negatives I have on the system is that I’ll probably add a better mic clip than the one provided. It works fine but I’d like to get something a bit more solid.
The other is that the foam windscreen is both huge and worthless. I invested in a Windcutter cover and that cut wind noise down considerably.
Like I say in the video below, I went with the more directional mic since I tend to record in noisier locations. Even though I’m out in a tallgrass prarie, I can hear trains, dogs, planes, motorcycles miles away. The downside of the directional mic is that it picks up wind noise better than an omnidirectional mic will. But the windcutter makes workable.
• EK 100 G3 Camera Mountable Receiver
• SK 100 G3 Bodypack Transmitter
• ME4 Clip-On Lavalier Mic
• 1680 Tunable Frequencies Across 42 MHz
• Auto Frequency Scan Finds Open Bands
• 3 Level Squelch To Block Interference
• 20 Banks With 12 Channel Presets Each
• Compander For Clearer Sound
• Auto-Lock Prevents Accidental Adjustment
The EW112p is the set to get if you want the omni-directional mic
The EW122p is the set to get if you want the directional mic
Sennheiser ew 112-p G3 Camera Mount Wireless Microphone System with ME2 Lavalier Mic – A (516-558 MHz)
Sennheiser ew 112-p G3 Camera Mount Wireless Microphone System with ME2 Lavalier Mic – B (626-668 MHz)
Sennheiser ew 112-p G3 Camera Mount Wireless Microphone System with ME2 Lavalier Mic – G (566-608 MHz)
Sennheiser ew 122-p G3 Camera Mount Wireless Microphone System with ME4 Lavalier Mic – A (516-558 MHz)
Sennheiser ew 122-p G3 Camera Mount Wireless Microphone System with ME4 Lavalier Mic – B (626-668 MHz)
And as always, shoot the ordinary and make it extraordinary!