This argument has been put forward numerous times in various forums, however differing responses do make it hard to form my own conclusions.
My dilemma: To buy an NTG-3 or Sennheiser 416 as my short shotgun (Currently putting together a kit, mic collection currently includes an AT815b and ATM33a).
My budget is $700 AUD.
I have heard it said "if at the same price, buy the 416, however if not, get the NTG-3. If budget is a concern, then definitely the NTG-3". Thoughts on this statement? I have been patrolling ebay of recent and have found a 415 & 416 for similar prices than the NTG-3.
I may have just answered my own question BUT:
Although it will be primarily used for location dialogue, a limited budget will probably see this mic be used for ADR recording, foley SFX and ambient work for the foreseeable future. It may also be used in wedding and live event scenarios.
Also, when it comes to sweetening in post, am I likely to find one easier to work with than the other?
With this in mind, would the Rode be 'better' as an 'all rounded' mic (with its slightly wider pick-up) and suggested warmer sound? Or would the brighter sound of the 416 be negligible, and ultimately be a 'better' investment in the long run.
Many thanks for your shared thoughts, knowledge and experiences with each.