Thanks everyone! I tried a few new things with that review and will probably use it as a template for future lens reviews - not that I get much time to do many these days! Although I do plan to do an updated one with the Nikkor DX 18-200mm VR II soon, plus the Canon EF-S 18-135mm, although there probably won't be a seperate video review of the latter.
Symtex, my Canon HV30 camcorder has a 3.5mm microphone input, so I could connect pretty much any kind of microphone. I tried a shotgun mic mounted on the hotshoe once, but the problem is the HV30 tape mechanism is quite loud and you could still hear it whirring. I needed to get a microphone closer to me and further from the camcorder.
Following some disappointing results with a lapel microphone, I was recommended to try the AKG C1000S, a microphone designed to record voices, singing and music. It does need to be powered, but you have the choice between a traditional phantom power source or an internal 9V battery, so I went for the latter. The microphone is an XLR design, but since I don't have balanced inputs on the HV30, I connected it using an XLR to 3.5mm adapter - not ideal, but it works.
The mic itself was mounted on a tripod about one foot in front and below my face, just out of shot.
http://www.akg.com/site/products/powers ... ge,EN.html
Here's a review of it from Sound on Sound:
http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/dec98/a ... 00.576.htm