Azden FMX-DSLR in the field (1 of 4)

I took the Azden FMX-DSLR out on a shoot earlier this week in an effort to get a feel for it in the field. Instead of mounting the FMX-DSLR on the bottom of the camera I opted to mount it underneath of a rail mounted belly pan. This keeps the camera at the same level and gives you easier access to the FMX-DSLR controls.

Azden FMX-DSLR in the field (4 of 4)

With the Azden FMX-DSLR in this position it’s pretty easy to ride the faders and make quick adjustments to incoming audio levels. I’m right handed so this worked out pretty well for me but I could see this sort of mounting being an issue if you’re left handed.

Having the audio inputs facing the back of the rig makes it a little easier to switch between wireless units and a boom mic XLR input. The down side to this positioning is that the battery compartment is on the opposite side of the audio inputs which means it’s pretty much blocked off in this mounting configuration. Thankfully Azden didn’t exaggerate it’s battery life ratings, a fresh set of batteries made it just fine through 8 hours of shooting.

FMX- DSLR XLR audio adapter (4 of 9)

The only issue I really ran into while shooting with the Azden FMX-DSLR is the location of the phantom power switches. Its not that they were hard to get to in this configuration, the switches are on the outside bottom edge and easy enough to find. However the recessed nature of the switches meant that I couldn’t turn phantom power on and off with my fat fingers. I had to pull out a keys from my pocket each time I was switching between boom mic and wireless feeds which was kind of a hassle.

Weekend shoot 2

In the audio department the Azden FMX-DSLR XLR adapter did great. Sound quality was good, phantom power worked fine, and the battery life was good enough to make it through a full day of shooting. I don’t have any complaints on it’s performance.

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