If you own or are thinking of buying the Sony PD-150 DV camcorder you will find all pre-made store bought short XLR cables use "straight" XLR connectors. When mounted on your camcorder it is difficult to grab the cameras built-in top handle. I ordered two custom cables requesting that the top female XLR connector be a "right angle" type. You can request "silver", or as I did the "black" connectors, they use high quality "Neutrik" brand. Even with my 13" Beyer 86N shotgun mic attached and pushed forward, I can once again, easily grap the camera's handle, and the mic is well out of "underscan". I found a cable length of 12" to be perfect. Call Eric Perez at "Professional Sound Services" in N.Y. at 800-883-1033 or (212-586-1033) to order yours today. Price $27.95 and they take credit cards.
This same principle works for any camera with a top mountable microphone. I used it with my VX-1000 and Canon XL-1. The "right angle XLR" is what makes it sing!
*NOTE: I am not associated with this company and am only passing on what I found to be a really neat accessory that has to be custom made, but in fact is now, at least for me, a necessity. I bought two, one as a backup. Ask for a 12" cable length, Right angle Female to Male XLR audio cable and chose silver or black as your connector color.
** Check out the "high tech" blue rubber band keeping the manual zoom dial on the lens from accidently being hit and moved while reaching for the focus dial when shooting. You can get these "bands" for free when you buy some "asparagus". I wish these camera makers would allow us to turn off the manual zoom since it does not work that well in the first place!
Pro-Sound Web Site
Here is a link to the companies web site, but they do not take orders there, call the numbers listed above!