If your a beginning sound mixer choosing a boompole can be a confusing since there are countless brands and types. The most commonly found boompoles in a professional sound are K-tek and VDB internally cabled poles. There are many different models but for someone on a tight budget the K-tek KE89CC that is 2.5ft-7.5ft in length and sells for under $200.00 is a good choice . It is a great boompole for most work except for very wide film shots where more extension is needed. I have owned the KE89cc for many years and it has never failed me. For film work and shoots I know I will need to have more reach I use what I consider to be the BMW or Porsche of boompoles the K-tek K-202CCR side exit carbon fiber boompole which retails for about $800.00 it extends to 16 feet giving the reach I sometimes need. It is also much lighter weight than the Ke89cc however it is really a luxury but I love having it in my kit. I also own a K-56cc which is the smallest boompole K-tek makes it is only 1ft 4in collapsed and extends to 4ft 11in. It fits inside 1560 pelican case and can be easily put into most carry on bags. For travel jobs where I will be using mostly wireless lav’s I will bring this pole because it is easy to travel with and easy to carry around. However its limited reach does not make it an ideal boompole for all situations. So for most situation 7-9 feet of reach is plenty however having the ability to extend up to 16 feet is sometimes a must.