Thread: Silent shutter ?
04-17-2012, 11:52 AM #1
Silent shutter ?
Im waiting for 5dmk3 to arrive.
Has it got silent shutter ?
Means, absolutely no sound for clicking pictures ?
I would love it. Let me know.5D Mark II and 5D Mark III and few lenses to get it right!
04-17-2012, 12:04 PM #2
The sound of the shutter on a DSLR is mechanical, not digital...it can't be silenced using normal means (that is without a special case called a blimp).
On Point and Shoot cameras the shutter sound is just an added sound effect, but on a DSLR it is the sound of the mirror flipping.
04-17-2012, 12:05 PM #3
04-17-2012, 12:07 PM #4
04-17-2012, 12:39 PM #5
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04-17-2012, 02:22 PM #7
Either way, because shutter speeds are timed using the shutter curtain dropping past the sensor, you can't get away from having some mechanical noise.
Nikon has a "Quiet" mode, that slowly moves the mirror out of the way, avoiding the mirror slap noise, but there really is no escape from the Shutter curtain noise.
04-17-2012, 03:05 PM #8
Here's Bryan's take on the MKIII, specifically.Though the 5D Mark III operates relatively quietly, two silent shooting modes, Silent Single and Silent Continuous, are now provided for very quiet operation. The Silent modes reduce the amount of mechanical noise produced by the camera in both single-shot and continuous shooting (3 fps only) options. Though "Silent" is not silent, the 5D III's Silent shooting modes are awesome - they noticeably quieter than normal operation and are significantly quieter than the 1Ds III Silent mode.
I have frequently utilized the Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III's "Silent" shooting mode - especially when shooting music performances and other quiet events. Though the 1Ds III is quieter in this mode, it can still interfere with a performance. My photos are usually not the primary purpose of a performance, so I try to be very respectful of the event. I capture what I need without becoming a spectacle myself.
With the 5D III in Silent mode, I have a lot more freedom for shooting - allowing the capture of more than just the insurance shots.
Perhaps the most significant downside to using Silent mode is that shutter lag is increased. This didn't bother me while shooting the recitals.
"Silent" will be especially welcomed by event and wedding photographers along with photojournalists. The 5D III's Silent mode will also be welcomed by videographers shooting the same events as photographers. And by those in attendance at the events.
04-17-2012, 04:24 PM #9
Some cameras have an "electronic front curtain" so the shutter doesn't have to close first. I imagine they will eventually develop an entirely electronic "shutter curtain" once they can get processing/record speeds fast enough. (I put them in quotes because they don't/won't exist physically)
The 5DIII is of this type. So the only noise you will hear from shooting in Live view is the closing curtain of the shutter.
04-17-2012, 07:13 PM #10