(Update: I changed microphones.)
During the winter I made the jump to 32-bit audio recording with the Zoom F3 field recorder. I couple this with a Sennheiser MKH 416 shotgun microphone. I’d originally purchased the Rode NTG5, but it was horribly noisy. I soon learned that I wasn’t the only person that had trouble with it, either. The company was not at all responsive about finding the root cause and fixing it, so I sent it back and went with Sennheiser instead.
I mount the mic inside a Micolive blimp windscreen and “wombat” which comes with a pistol grip. It is very comfortable to use. The only question was how to carry the F3. What I settled on was a “magic arm” with double ball head and two 1/4″ male adapters. Another adapter was needed to screw this into the pistol grip 3/8″ screw hole. A tie wrap keeps the short XLR cable out of the way.