Hello, I thought I would post this here in-case anyone is looking for a shotgun microphone but doesn't want to spend more then $50 bucks. After much searching and with a budget of...well practically no money at all, I ran across the HTDZ 320A and HTDZ HT-81. Both the same mic, but the 320A is only 10.83 in long and the HT-81 is 14.37 in long. Here is a couple links to each on ebay, which if you do a search for that name you might not come up with anything, but if you search for Professional shotgun mic, that should work.
320A - http://cgi.ebay.com/Professional-Sho...item1e5ced0307
HT-81 - http://cgi.ebay.com/Professional-Sho...item414e156818
Also there are reviews of these on youtube and all seem good. I did order myself the 320A so its not so long when I mount it on top of my DCR-TRV25 camcorder. But when I receive it, I will post my thoughts on it as well.
Here is one review on youtube that made me decide to go with this.
Hope this helps anyone looking to go super cheap! I will let you all know how mine works for me.