Rode NTG-2 with DSLR/H4n

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I'm looking to buy a Rode NTG-2 to use on a boompole, with a Zoom H4n. I was just wondering, "if" i was to use this directly with my D300s, what kind of preamp would i need? And would it ruin the audio?

The Rode Videomic works with my D300s, and would also work on a boompole, but would the NTG-2 be significantly better when used on the boom with H4n than the Videomic would be?

I don't like the cheap build of the Videomic..

I want to get equipment that is affordable, but will last a while... I'd rather spend $300 on a decent one than 150 on a cheap one.
 
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You shouldn't need a preamp with the zoom. It has a built in preamp, just make sure that in the setup that you use +4 and not -10, or your level will be to hot and distort.
 
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You shouldn't need a preamp with the zoom. It has a built in preamp, just make sure that in the setup that you use +4 and not -10, or your level will be to hot and distort.

Right, but what if, for some reason, I wanted to use it on my DSLR?
 
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If I'm understanding your question, you would record from the Rode directly into the H4N and then mix it with D300s footage in post.

Sean

Primarily, yes. But if I wanted to shoot something quick, not having time to setup the boom etc, is it possible to record the audio DIRECTLY with the d300s?
 
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Yes, the NTG-2 runs on a battery as well as phantom so it does work. I've just tried it and I will say that the amp in the camera is extremely noisy even compared to the camera's built-in mic. Not to mention you can't even monitor the audio. Use only as a very last resort?
 
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In that case invest in a BeachTek DXA-SLR Active Audio Adapter. We use these on a major TV show to do B Roll footage on a 7D.
 
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