Summary: I've been using this mic on a few of my more recent projects and it sounds great. It picks up very little noise. I've mainly used it on legal depositions and to pick up audience ambiance during training seminars. It is the best sounding mic I've used for the money. The only downside is it only runs on phantom power but that isn't a big deal with me.
Summary: This is the ultimate starter mic. Far superior to the ME66. Coupled with the Audio Technica 4071A long-shot, you'll have a perfect 1,2 punch. In a pinch, it can even perform well enough in exterior shots.
Summary: Great mic, I make indies and shorts. This mic is a great shotgun. Best you can get for the price. I was able to record a whisper in another room. The only draw backs I saw was that it was somewhat sensitive to the noise behind the mic and in a large room with an echo, voices sounded metallic. Other than that perfect.
Summary: This is undoubtedly the best Shotgun Mic bang for your buck! Over the years, I've used several more expensive shotguns (Nuemann & Sennheiser) and the AT 4073a easily hangs with the MKH-416. It is even more forgiving in the pickup pattern than the MKH-416 and sounds very similar. It is also a very durable shotgun for the money. For these reasons, I would highly recommend the AT 4073a Shotgun Mic.
Pros: Durable, Good Value, High Quality, Very Forgiving Shotgun