So, me and my friend have recently started up our own multimedia company and with our start up loan we have been purchasing some equipment that we knew we’d need for some of our jobs.
Even though we managed to get a loan, its not like we are rolling in it with cash, so we’ve limited our equipment to entry level prices. This is where this Boom Pole and Blimp comes in.
I knew that I was going to pick up a Rode NTG1 microphone and needed something to hold it with for when we are filming as well as a blimp and ‘deadcat’ cover to block out wind noise. I didn’t want to spend much over £100 but I was willing to go up to £150-£200 if that would have been the best cheapest option.
My package came by courier on the first estimated delivery date, which is always a good start. The packaging was pretty simple and secure and I didn’t notice but the boom pole also came with a carrying bag which I can already tell will free up hand space when we are moving and setting up.
Anyway on to what I think about the equipment.
I really like it. The pole extends out and is apparently 6ft long (around double its original length). I haven’t measured it but if its not, its pretty close.
The blimp is very easy to disassemble and came full set up out of the box. I haven’t been able to give the blimp or dedcat cover a wind test run yet, So I’ll have to report back when I get the chance but both seems to be made out of the materials that you’d expect to see on this type of equipment.
Finally, this set also comes with a little bag of spares and replacement parts. I can already see that there is lots of fiddly pieces that could easily be broken or lost.
Now, as much as I am a fan of this little bargain I stumbled upon, It is by no means perfect and there is one thing that I think the manufacture should consider changing. With some of the more expensive boom pole, they offer the choice of running your XLR cable down the centre of the pole or some even have a permanent XLR interior that you can pug into. The problem that I have with my kit is that I am forced to wrap my XLR cable around the boom pole to keep it from hanging into a shot. Doing this increases the risk of tugging on it or knocking or tapping it and sending unwanted noise up it and into my microphone.
With the exception of this, I don’t have any real complains with the kit and I’m really looking forward using it.
All in all, if there is anyone out there who needs an inexpensive Boom kit and doesn’t mind the small fix of wrapping the XLR cable round the outside of the pole, Then I highly recommend buying This product.
PS I’ll try to add some audio clips to this review later in the week.