Hey everyone, New guy to the forums here, hoping you all can help. I've had my D7000 a few months, love it, yadayada. I come from a film background so I'm especially interested in the D7000 as a video camera. Anyway, recently bought a Rode NTG-2 XLR mic and a XLR to 3.5mm converter cable. Plugged it all together and the audio I'm getting is TERRRRIBLE. It sounds like I'm talking through a bad telephone connection. I've tried switching the mic sensitivity options in the menu, and I've tweaked the only switch on the mic itself (high pass filter) and almost nothing changed. Any ideas? This is an EXCELLENT microphone. Is there some sort of compatibility issue?
#1. "RE: Issues with external mic - NTG-2" In response to Reply # 0
this reply is coming late but i think your problem is the way your xlr->3.5 adapter is wired.
it is probably wired pin1->sleeve pin2->tip pin3->ring
in other words, your adapter cable is meant for a mono balanced xlr to a mono balanced 3.5 input.
however, the input on the d7000 is stereo. (afaik) the tip on the d7000 input is the left audio channel, and ring is the right audio channel. so what you end up getting are left/right channels out of phase with each other. =bad.
instead you need to an xlr-3.5 adapter where xlr pin2 is connected to BOTH tip and ring on the 3.5 connector...so that the d7000 left/right channels get the exact same signal.