Canon did have a camera a while ago which was completely silent for wildlife photography.. The details escape me bit they didn't use a standard focal plane shutter. Instead they used a mirror with 50% reflectively and the shutter was digital. Not sure if it's still available. Sent from my ONEPLUS A3003 using Tapatalk
I remember the model you are talking about, but forget what the heck they called it.Back in the film days, I believe. There were a couple of 1-series with "unique" modifications available to pro's (or really rich bird hunters)All EOS have semi-reflective main mirrors, as the autofocus gack is behind the mirror, at the bottom of the mirror box.When you press the shutter, a lot of stuff is going on. Metering is up in the pentaprism, so it is disabled as the mirror swings up. A smaller mirror, behind the main mirror (sending light to the autofocus) is also moved out of the way. tracking and metering is active again when the mirror flips back down between shots. Then, the shutter curtains are moving as well.A lot of the noise you hear is mirror slap, not the actual shutter curtains.You want quiet, get a Leica or Rolie TLR. Both film, and no, I have no idea about the digital versions.Or, turn off the shutter FX on your P&S.Chris.
Are camera shutters as loud as they sound during photo opportunities, or is that just another audio cliche like microphone squeal as iconic of live sound? I can imagine a bunch of extra gain from a heavily compressed room ambience mic in a previously quiet room, but it sounded hyped to me. JR
Not sure if it's the model you guys are thinking of, but Waaaaay Back (like 1970s) Canon had the Pellix. Semi-silvered mirror that didn't move, photocell for the light meter was behind it and that swung down when the shutter was released. Metal-panel focal plane shutter.
The shutter curtains themselves are not the loud bit. It's the mirror mechanism that makes most sound.Steve.
The net result is that in the camera pit at a political event, or a media event, when the many cameras start all shooting at high frame rates it does in fact get that loud. It was worse when it was film cameras with motor drives.Mac
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