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08/10/2010 11:07:30 AM · #1
I recently started to do wedding photography and I own a Canon Rebel XSi. To be quite honest...I'd rather use a different camera because it is way too loud (especially during the ceremony). Does anyone have any suggestions on a nice, professional camera in the $1,000 range that is quiet?
Thanks so much!!!
08/10/2010 11:11:20 AM · #2
But don't the bride and groom feel like they're getting their money's worth when they can hear the clicks? :)
08/10/2010 11:13:55 AM · #3
LOL you would think...but I'd hate for them to watch their wedding video and hear me in the background snapping away... :-)
08/10/2010 11:15:50 AM · #4
Originally posted by daniela216:

I recently started to do wedding photography and I own a Canon Rebel XSi. To be quite honest...I'd rather use a different camera because it is way too loud (especially during the ceremony). Does anyone have any suggestions on a nice, professional camera in the $1,000 range that is quiet?
Thanks so much!!!


You should try my 20D out... You'll think your nice little XSi sounds great :)

ETA: you could get a blimp..

ETA2: My 50D when it's in liveview mode may chew through the batteries, but it's superbly quiet..

Message edited by author 2010-08-10 11:19:41.
08/10/2010 12:08:02 PM · #5
Cory's live view suggestion definitely has some weight. On the 50D, when in live mode, there are two Quiet modes. They definitely make your camera much quieter, although the continous shot rate goes way down. Not sure if the Rebel line has this feature, but it's worth checking for.
08/10/2010 12:20:36 PM · #6
From my experience, it seems as though Nikon cameras actuate quieter and smoother.
08/10/2010 12:24:26 PM · #7
if you put it in live view the mirror wont flip up, so it should be dead silent if you turn the auto focus beeps off.
08/10/2010 12:39:10 PM · #8
rent a Camera Muzzle
08/10/2010 03:28:44 PM · #9
Originally posted by PGerst:

From my experience, it seems as though Nikon cameras actuate quieter and smoother.

If that's true, you Canon guys must have REALLY loud cameras! LOL!!! My D200 makes me cringe when I shoot in quiet settings.
08/10/2010 03:35:55 PM · #10
I know that the Nikon D5000 comes with a 'quiet mode' (http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/d5000.htm#quiet), but I've never seen it in action and I'm not sure how much shutter lag it creates.
08/10/2010 04:30:22 PM · #11
Originally posted by NikonJeb:

Originally posted by PGerst:

From my experience, it seems as though Nikon cameras actuate quieter and smoother.

If that's true, you Canon guys must have REALLY loud cameras! LOL!!! My D200 makes me cringe when I shoot in quiet settings.


I lovingly refer to my 20D as the "shotgun"... Does that clarify things any for you?
08/10/2010 05:10:47 PM · #12
I find my D40's shutter to be loud, manly, and mechanical-sounding... it reminds me of my old 35mm Nikon's shutter+film advance... whereas Canon shutters sound more automated and muffled. It's one of the reasons I shoot Nikon. I stay stick to Canon if you want quiet-sounding, "nice" shutters.

Although I'm sure the "quiet shutter" of the D5000 is nice, the camera falls in between the "amateur" (D3000) and the "advanced amateur" (D90) Nikons, which is a crappy place to be. If you want to switch to Nikon, I'd say wait for the D90's successor (possibly between the D5000 and D300s, probably sometime in the next 2 months), which should have the AF motor* of the D90; the quiet shutter and other innovations of the D5000; better movie recording and live view than both; and the newest technology in sensor design, AF, metering, and movie recording, all better than the D90's. I'm thinking ~$1300 with an 18-105mm VR lens.

*for older, cheaper, and mostly just-as-good AF lenses.

Message edited by author 2010-08-10 17:17:10.
08/10/2010 05:22:25 PM · #13
My D60's nice and silent. But that's most definitely in a price bracket under yours.
08/10/2010 05:26:45 PM · #14
Originally posted by coryboehne:

I lovingly refer to my 20D as the "shotgun"... Does that clarify things any for you?


Yeah... Mine 20D is the same... for a small camera they really went to some hassle I assume to make that much noise. The Nikon's I have used have been generally far more silent on the shutter slap.

The 7D is far better then the 20D but one option is to enable live view as that stops the mirror slap since it's already up. There is also a less noisy mode if you accept a slower frame rate I assume (never turned it on to test).

Could always have a look at one of the 4/3 bodies maybe if your really really desperate..... or bubble wrap I guess :-)
08/10/2010 05:44:10 PM · #15
Originally posted by daniela216:

I recently started to do wedding photography and I own a Canon Rebel XSi. To be quite honest...I'd rather use a different camera because it is way too loud (especially during the ceremony). Does anyone have any suggestions on a nice, professional camera in the $1,000 range that is quiet?
Thanks so much!!!


i believe pentax k7 is quietest but not very good at higher isos that you would need for weddings.
08/10/2010 07:58:00 PM · #16
ROFL!! Yup...I was impressed on how much louder it was than my ole 300D. Every time I see someone with a Nikon clicking away, I get shutter envy. :)

Originally posted by coryboehne:


I lovingly refer to my 20D as the "shotgun"... Does that clarify things any for you?
08/10/2010 08:35:49 PM · #17
hmmm, I had an impression that my friend's 5d mark II is much quieter than my Nikon d700. But now I'm thinking that maybe it is all subjective as we usually hear our own cameras when they touch our faces, and others from a much larger distance... I wonder if anybody ran objective tests on the noise levels?
08/10/2010 08:43:58 PM · #18
Originally posted by LevT:

hmmm, I had an impression that my friend's 5d mark II is much quieter than my Nikon d700. But now I'm thinking that maybe it is all subjective as we usually hear our own cameras when they touch our faces, and others from a much larger distance... I wonder if anybody ran objective tests on the noise levels?


Ok.. I just held my 50D and 20D about a foot away and fired a few shot simultaneously... I can assure you the 20D is much louder..

Message edited by author 2010-08-10 20:44:03.
08/22/2010 01:05:51 AM · #19
Many of the new 4/3 cameras have gone away from the traditional SLR mirror system. They're definitely an option. Also, while expensive, Leica rangefinder style digital cameras are deadly silent.

However, When I shoot weddings with my partner, we shoot with Canon and Nikon SLR's. Hasn't been an issue.
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