Quiet DSLR shutter???

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Quiet DSLR shutter???
Jan 10, 2012

Does anyone know if it is possible to create a quiet shutter for an DSLR camer such as the 7D? One of the 7D's many uses is wildlife and I have always been very annoyed at the awful racket all the DSLR's & SLR's make. I don't know if the high end DSLR's are better at this but it's a moot point as I will never be able to justify the cost of the high end equipment.

Thanks for any responses. I cannot comment or respond till later tonight.

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In reply to rrh, Jan 10, 2012

I haven't looked for it for a while but didn't they usually post a recording of the shutter sound of DSLRs here with the reviews?

I doubt that a good quiet one is going to be that cheap.

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Does anyone know if it is possible to create a quiet shutter for an DSLR camer such as the 7D? One of the 7D's many uses is wildlife and I have always been very annoyed at the awful racket all the DSLR's & SLR's make. I don't know if the high end DSLR's are better at this but it's a moot point as I will never be able to justify the cost of the high end equipment.

Thanks for any responses. I cannot comment or respond till later tonight.

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The newer Nikons have the feature, even the low-end ones. But I'm not sure what do you mean, since most of the noise is made by the mirror slap.

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Pentax K-5 is reckoned to be the quietest DSLR without needing any 'quiet mode'.

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One of my primary reasons for upgrading from my Sony A700 was to get a camera with a quiet shutter.

The new Sony SLTs are pretty quiet, but I opted against the A77 for various reasons.

The lack of a quiet shutter on any Canon (from 5D-II, which was out of my range anyway down through the APS-C models) ruled them out.

I bought a D7000. The shutter is pretty quiet in normal operation; noticably quieter than any SLR/DSLR I've used/tried before. I can't say for sure whether or not it's quieter/as quiet as any of the Sony SLT models. It also has a 'Q' mode for even quieter operation - it's not quite as responsive, but still very good (and vastly better than and DSLRs CDAF mode - I didn't count that as a viable option on Canon) but I find the normal shutter sound quiet enough that I haven't felt the need to use it yet.

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Brad99 wrote:

Pentax K-5 is reckoned to be the quietest DSLR without needing any 'quiet mode'.

I can attest to that. Pentax was the first DSLR I owned (K7), so I wasn't really accustomed to any difference. And then I went shooting with friends who touted Nikons and Canons. The Nikons weren't too bad, but the Canon? Holy egregiously loud...

Now I appreciate my K5's whisper every time

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The Sony A200 I started with was a mid-range clunk; when I went to earlier Pentax I learned to deal with a Clack! which meant only one kitty shot per session Now I have the K-5 and love the snick - some day I will pick up something with a lens motor and disappear from the audio spectrum!

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Brad99 wrote:

Pentax K-5 is reckoned to be the quietest DSLR without needing any 'quiet mode'.

I can attest to that. Pentax was the first DSLR I owned (K7), so I wasn't really accustomed to any difference. And then I went shooting with friends who touted Nikons and Canons. The Nikons weren't too bad, but the Canon? Holy egregiously loud...

Now I appreciate my K5's whisper every time

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I have a Nikon D3100 with a 'Quiet Mode'. I hardly use that mode, but when used I do not feel 'quiet'.

unotisto wrote:

The newer Nikons have the feature, even the low-end ones. But I'm not sure what do you mean, since most of the noise is made by the mirror slap.

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Well, I have a few very nice Canon lenses and can't afford to start over. Was just hoping enough people would care and Canon would take note and see an opportunity to beat the competition. I went to a Wolf Camera store for a demonstration of the "quiet mode" on a 7D but they either didn't know how or couldn't get it to work??

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using the Live View on the 7D? The shutter sound is pretty minimal on the 5D2 that way.

It cannot get any lower due to the mechanical shutter. For that, we need electronic shutters but are there any current DSLR using all electronic shutter. Some CSC (aka mirrorless) cameras might already have that.
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In reply to unotisto, Jan 12, 2012

What about mirror lock up and run off a tether?

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The newer Nikons have the feature, even the low-end ones. But I'm not sure what do you mean, since most of the noise is made by the mirror slap.

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rrh wrote:

Well, I have a few very nice Canon lenses and can't afford to start over. Was just hoping enough people would care and Canon would take note and see an opportunity to beat the competition. I went to a Wolf Camera store for a demonstration of the "quiet mode" on a 7D but they either didn't know how or couldn't get it to work??

"Quiet mode" on Canons works only in live view, which makes sense since you can't make a flapping mirror quiet. So you set it up in a menu, then go to live view.

It isn't absolutely quiet since all it does is leave the shutter open until it records the image; then the curtain closes, making some sound. But there's no sound at all until after the picture is taken.

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