January 6, 2017 at 12:25AM

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Suggestions for a Microphone Cable

To the folks more well versed in the realm of technology, I'm wondering if somebody can make a recommendation for the proper cable to connect a Canon Rebel t5i to a Rode NTG2?

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Unless you're just doing casual shooting, I wouldn't bother recording audio on the camera and instead go for a good external recorder. That said, you'd need an XLR female to 1/8" male adapter to use a real microphone with it (and I warn you 1/8" jacks are fragile). You can make cables at the fraction of the price of pre-made ones but you can readily find what you need online too.

January 6, 2017 at 7:39AM

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I also keep seeing people recommend the Saramonic Smartrig ($30) or Smartrig + ($100), which is basically a 9v-powered preamp that converts your XLR audio to 1/8" pretty cleanly. The only issue with the cheaper one is that you need to convert the TRRS output (cell phone-style cable with 4 connectors) to TRS ('normal' headphone jack).

That said, I agree with the poster above; an external recorder like a Zoom or Tascam will work if you can deal with dual system sound. I don't think your t5i has a headphone jack or any audio levels (without stopping recording and jumping into a menu), so it's definitely a guessing game. Yes, the Smartrig has a headphone jack, but you're not monitoring what your camera is recording, so good luck.

Also, I agree; 1/8" connectors are super flimsy. If you at least get one with a right-angle connector, it'll sit fairly flush with the camera body and be less likely to get stressed.

January 9, 2017 at 6:17PM

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